Needham, Massachusetts

Olin College Admission Requirements

Chances of getting into Olin College of Engineering

Acceptance Rate

Acceptance Rate
Admission Difficulty for Olin College of Engineering
Measure Difficulty
Admission StandardsElite
Applicant CompetitionVery High

How hard is it to get into Olin College and can I get accepted? The school has a 13% acceptance rate ranking it #4 in Massachusetts for lowest rate of acceptance. Last year, 142 out of 1,062 applicants were admitted making Olin College a very highly competitive school to get into with a low chance of acceptance for typical applicants.  Academically, it has exceptionally high requirements for admission test scores, generally admitting students who score in the top 2 percent. Olin College of Engineering typically accepts and attracts "A-" average high school students. Of those applicants who were admitted, 63% enrolled. With over half of admitted students enrolling, acceptance by Olin College of Engineering is a prized outcome for many students.

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Olin College SAT Scores

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range
Applicants Submitting SAT
SAT Scores for Olin College of Engineering
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th 730
SAT Math 25th 760
SAT Composite 25th 1490
SAT Scores for Olin College of Engineering
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 75th 780
SAT Math 75th 800
SAT Composite 75th 1580
Average SAT Score 1540

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What are the SAT requirements for students to be admitted to Olin College of Engineering?

Olin College of Engineering typically requires applicants to be in the top 1 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 1490 on a 1600 scale, below which admission should be considered a reach. We estimate some students could be accepted with SAT's as low as 1440. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1540 out of 1600. The school ranks #3 in Massachusetts for highest average SAT composite score. A competitive SAT score is critical as 63 percent of applicants submit SAT scores to the school. Note: SAT scores presented on this page have been adjusted upwards per the College Board's concordance tables for test takers after March 2016.

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

Olin College of Engineering admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness Admission Chances
1580 and Above Good >20%
1535 to 1580 Avg + 13%-20%
1490 to 1535 Avg - 8%-13%
1445 to 1490 Reach 5%-8%
Less than 1445 Low <5%
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Olin College ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range
Applicants Submitting ACT
ACT Scores for Olin College of Engineering
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 25th 33
ACT Math 25th 31
ACT Composite 25th 33
ACT Scores for Olin College of Engineering
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 75th 35
ACT Math 75th 35
ACT Composite 75th 35
Average ACT Score 34

ACT Scores needed to get accepted

What are the ACT requirements for prospective students to get into Olin College?

Admission data indicates that Olin College regularly accepts students with ACT's of 33 and above. Successful applicants typically send ACT scores in the top 2 percent nationally. We estimate the school accepting minimum ACT composite scores around 32 in some instances. Prospective students submitting an ACT composite of 34 or higher should be in the upper half of applicants - and students with a 35 and above have very competitive chances. The school ranks #2 in Massachusetts for highest average ACT composite score. 59 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to Olin College of Engineering.

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

Olin College of Engineering admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness Admission Chances
35 and Above Good >20%
34 to 35 Avg + 13%-20%
33 to 34 Avg - 8%-13%
32 to 33 Reach 5%-8%
Less than 32 Low <5%
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Estimated GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Avg. High School GPA
Typical High School Grades

You will need exceptionally good grades to get into Olin College of Engineering. The average high school GPA of the admitted freshman class at Olin College of Engineering was 3.9 on the 4.0 scale indicating that primarily A- students are accepted and ultimately attend. The school ranks #4 in Massachusetts for highest average GPA. Meeting these GPA requirements alone is not enough to gain admission as Olin College is a very selective school.

 What do these ratings mean?

High School GPA's for admitted Olin College of Engineering students
High School GPA Freshmen Within Range Admission Chances
3.75+ 79% Good
3.50 to 3.75 15% Reach
3.25 to 3.50 6% Reach
3.00 to 3.25 N/A% Low
2.75 to 3.00 N/A% Low
2.50 to 2.75 N/A% Low
2.25 to 2.50 N/A% Low
2.00 to 2.25 N/A% Low

Admission Statistics

Olin College of Engineering admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 279 783 1,062
Accepted 78 64 142
Acceptance Rate 28% 8% 13%
Enrolled 44 46 90
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 56% 72% 63%

Fall 2019 Application Deadline

Applications were Due
Jan 1, 2019
Days left to Apply

The application deadline for Fall 2019 has passed. Applications were due on Jan 1, 2019.

Admission Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to Olin College of Engineering and what considerations affect admission decisions?

Olin College of Engineering Admission Requirements
Test Scores Required
High School GPA Required
High School Class Rank Recommended
Completion of College Preparatory Program Required
Recommendations Required
Demonstration of Competencies Neither required nor recommended

Credits Accepted

High School Credits Accepted at Olin College of Engineering
AP Credit No
Dual Credit No
Credit for Life Experiences No

Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=441982 IPEDS survey data for Olin College of Engineering.