College Junior 2013-07-31T17:38:51Z
Olin College is located in a suburb town. There are some stores and restaurants downtown and in the neighboring town. It's not super exciting, but there is easy access to the trains that can take students into Boston.
College Junior 2013-07-31T17:36:54Z
If you're not from the east coast, it may take a while to adjust. However, since the campus is small, weather does not usually affect many people when to go between buildings. There may be problems for professors or others who come to campus when there is a lot of snow.
College Junior 2013-07-31T17:33:11Z
Majority Live on Campus – There are enough rooms in the dorms for every student to live on campus. There are rare situations where students do live off campus, but for reasons such as marriage and local residency.
College Junior 2013-07-31T17:30:04Z
Olin College is usually very safe. There is no pressure to do drugs or drink if you don't want to. Help is usually available and provided when needed.
College Junior 2013-07-31T17:26:15Z
Due to its small size, Olin College does not offer many sports. Olin has an Ultimate Frisbee team and soccer team. There are also other sports clubs that aren't too big. However, Olin allows and encourages students to join sports teams of neighboring colleges (Babson, Wellesley, and Brandeis).
College Sophomore 2013-04-24T19:01:48Z
Health & Safety:
Nothing is more important at this school than safety. There is no crime at all on campus; nothing has ever been reported stolen. I never feel in danger because I personally know every student. You can immediately recognize someone who doesn't go here; unless they seemed obviously accompanied by an Oliner, they are asked there purpose here. We share a police department with a neighboring college. They rarely come over here unless called (just because we're so chill). If there was an issue, I have trust in them.
College Sophomore 2013-04-24T18:56:04Z
Olin doesn't allow Greek life because of the non-communal implications it creates (only certain people are allowed to rush).
We also have a very small school so there's never been a point.
College Sophomore 2013-04-24T18:54:32Z
At the beginning of freshman year, you buy a school-sponsored computer. For the next four years, you have unlimited IT access to fix them if they break AND a ton of software including but not limited too: MATLAB, solidwords, and the entire adobe suite (all which you use regularly in your classes).
As we all are computer nerds, some people complain of the lack of support for non-school-sponsored laptops (i.e. Macs or even operating systems like linux). There are a good portion of people like that however, and they have ironed out most of the details of making everything work out.
College Sophomore 2013-04-24T18:47:05Z
Ethnic: We have mostly white students, with a substantial population of Asians and Indians. There are pretty few African-Americans, Hispanics, and other nationalities. Race isn't something that is discussed or even thought about.
Economic: Olin offers a half-tuition scholarship that allows students (like me!) without the means to attend Olin--it is a private, small, high-tech school. There are rich people who also go here too. I don't know what percentages or exact diversity there is because nobody really cares.
Everything Else: This is where Olin really stands out as diverse. The experiences that Oliners have been through in their lives, go through at Olin, and will do after graduating is amazing. My personal friends ride horses, plan to be on Broadway, own businesses, spin fire, unicycle, have won international tae kwon do tournaments, have climbed mount everest, bike cross country, etc.
College Sophomore 2013-04-24T18:37:09Z
The food is really good. The dining hall is always willing to make gluten-free or vegetarian versions of the options upon request. There are tons of vegetarian, vegan, and meat varieties everyday. In the past, it has tended to get repetitive (just because we are a small school), but this semester all the food seems to be different. If you do get tired of the food, Olin students have unlimited access to the larger and a bit more diverse Babson dining hall.
College Sophomore 2013-01-15T06:40:14Z
Free parking! There are always a lot of empty parking spaces.
College Sophomore 2013-01-15T06:39:34Z
Dorm rooms are huge. Freshmen are required to live in doubles at West Hall, but upperclassmen can choose to live in doubles (at West or East Hall) or suites (East Hall) by a lottery system. There however is an exception to live in a single.
College Sophomore 2013-01-15T06:36:49Z
The neighboring town does not have much to offer in terms of off-campus dining.
College Sophomore 2013-01-15T06:36:01Z
The food is delicious! I believe the food was rated #8 in the nation by Princeton Review at one point.
College Sophomore 2013-01-15T06:34:59Z
There's an abundant amount of resources for students to use. The facilities like labs and machine shops are also world-class because they are fairly new.
College Sophomore 2013-01-15T06:33:45Z
There is a computer lab at Olin, which has very high specs. All students are issued laptops which are very powerful for applications like Solidworks and MATLAB.
College Sophomore 2013-01-15T06:31:05Z
Health & Safety:
Students go to neighboring Babson College's clinic for health services. The workers there are friendly, helpful and efficient. The only drawback is that you'd have to make an appointment 24 hours in advance during peak times.
College Sophomore 2013-01-15T06:29:05Z
Olin is at a quaint suburban town 14 miles away from Boston. A lot of venues close at around 9pm, which is troubling for hungry college students who want food at midnight. There is not much going on in town but there really is no need to venture out. (It's fun being in campus!)
College Sophomore 2013-01-15T06:25:11Z
The professors are genuinely passionate in their field and enjoy teaching their students. They really want them to succeed, and they encourage students to visit them in their office. The course work for classes are generally project-oriented, which may be a plus for some or a negative for others. The courses and research opportunities are not as diverse as a huge university, but the quality of education for the opportunities they have is world-class.
College Sophomore 2013-01-15T06:17:48Z
The weather is what it is. Olin is in the northeast, so you're getting the four seasons. My favorite season at Olin is the fall, since the scenery and weather is pretty nice. In general, the weather can be quite erratic day to day. The winters can get pretty cold so be sure to bring thick jackets and layers. That being said snowfall is not a huge issue, because it is easy to get around since Olin has a small campus.
College Junior 2012-12-07T05:02:43Z
The administration leaves it to the students to obey the Honor Code. The students are treated like adults.
College Junior 2012-12-07T04:59:31Z
All students must live on campus. The rooms are very big and each double or suite has one or two bathrooms. There are team study rooms and lounges. Doors are left open and unlocked. Valuables are safely left in the open.
College Senior 2012-11-28T15:52:11Z
There are lots of places to eat around the town and quite a bit of them offer student discounts and weekend deals. Wellesley/Needham are pricey towns though so you do end up spending quite a bit for a meal as a college student.
College Senior 2012-11-28T15:49:39Z
Really Safe – Alcohol's not forbidden, smokers are rarely seen. Our school's really good with taking care of one another since we're such a small school so drinking environment's really safe, unless students from near-by colleges who come to our parties try to put drugs into alcohol. Those stupid kids get thrown out of our parties once they get caught though.
College Senior 2012-11-28T15:49:07Z
Olin gives merit scholarship to EVERYONE. Everyone gets half off tuition for all four years.
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