Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering (Olin College)

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Olin College can be found in Needham, MA, a nonprofit private college which focuses on only a select few programs offered. Olin College has only around 390 enrolled students, which allows them to offer smaller classes.

Most of the students accepted into this school earned an SAT score within the range of 1460 to 1560, or got accepted with an ACT composite score in the range of 34 to 35. We were able to estimate the Olin College average GPA (4 - 4) of admitted students by applying sampled GPA data on over 150 schools. The competition to get accepted at this school runs high, given that only 20% of students who applied are granted admission to the school. You can get more information from the admissions office website at

Overall Olin College Acceptance Rate - Fall 2020


The overall acceptance rate for Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering was reported as 15.7% in Fall 2020 with over 905 college applications submitted to Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering. Both in state and out of state applicants are included in these figures. We do not have data on transfer acceptance rates currently.

Accepted Applicants Profile

  • Olin College ACT Scores: 34 - 35
  • Olin College Average GPA: 4 - 4

How Hard Is It to Get into Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering?

Applicant Selectivity: High

Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering has a very competitive selection process for applicants, where most students accepted have a higher than average high school GPA and scored in the top percentiles on standardized tests like the SAT or ACT exam.

Historical Trend and Acceptance Rate 2024 Projection

The historical trend chart shows acceptance rates from the previous years, from which we have projected the acceptance rate for the 2024-2025 school year. The overall acceptance rate trend for Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering has been getting much higher in the past few years.

Acceptance Rate By Year

  • 2016-2017: 10.2%
  • 2017-2018: 13.4%
  • 2018-2019: 15.7%
  • 2019-2020: 15.7%
  • Projected Olin College Acceptance Rate 2024-2025: 13.6%

How Does Olin College Compare?

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National Avg

The acceptance rate for Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering is more than 100% lower than the national average of all colleges which is around 56.7%.

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Admissions Rates & Enrollment Rates - Details

General Recommendations & Requirements for Admissions

  • High School GPA Scores are Required
  • High School Class Rankings are Recommended
  • School Records are Required
  • College Prep Classes are Required
  • Submit Recommendation Letters are Required
  • Standardized Test Scores (SAT,ACT,...) are Required
  • TOEFL Exam (Foreign Language Students) are Recommended

Number of Applicants, Percent Accepted, and Enrolled Students (Fall 2020)


Average ACT/SAT Scores of Applicants to Olin College (Fall 2020)

SAT® SectionScore Range
Critical Reading700 - 760
Math760 - 800
Total Score1460 - 1560
ACT®Score Range
English34 - 35
Math33 - 35
Composite Score34 - 35
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