Olin College of Engineering

Quick Facts

Top rated engineering school


Needham, MA



Popular Majors

Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering

Total Students

Undergrad Students



Undergrad Tuition

Room and Board




 Average Net Price *



Distance from Boston

School Website

14 miles

School Website

* Average Net Price is is the actual average cost to students for attending the college.  This is calculated by adding the cost of attendance (tuition, fees and room and board where applicable) and subtracting the average amount of federal, state/local government, or institutional grant or scholarship.

The Olin College of Engineering is a private undergraduate engineering college located in Needham, Massachusetts. Although the school was founded in 2002, it has established a strong reputation as a top-notch engineering school. 

The college offers bachelor's degrees in electrical and computer engineering, mechanical engineering, and engineering. Within the engineering program, students may concentrate on computing, bioengineering, materials science, or systems design, or they may design their own concentrations with the administration's approval. Students also have access to an accelerated MS in Technological Entrepreneurship program at Babson College, with the potential to obtain this degree one semester after graduating from Olin College.

The school is noted in the engineering community for its youth, small size, project-based curriculum, and unique approach to education. Much of the curriculum is built around hands-on engineering and design projects. This project-based teaching begins in a student's first year and culminates in two senior "capstone" projects. In the engineering capstone, student teams are hired by corporations, non-profit organizations, or entrepreneurial ventures for real-world engineering projects.

The school's state-of-the-art campus is a perfect learning laboratory for the kind of hands-on, team-oriented education the college offers. Located adjacent to Babson College, the college is nestled on 70 acres, about 14 miles west of Boston. Olin College is accessible by commuter rail from Boston on the Needham line.