All students are required to stay on campus during their time at Olin at one of two dorms, West Hall or East Hall. West Hall features a private bath, air conditioning, and cable while East Hall has several single occupancy bedrooms. The residence halls can hold up to 354.

Currently, Olin only has two competitive sports teams, Soccer and Ultimate, but students are free to participate in clubs and intramurals at the nearby Babson and Wellesley Colleges, although they are not permitted on the varsity teams. Many choose to take part in rugby, martial arts, fencing, the Boston Marathon, and more. Students can also take advantage of the gyms and fitness facilities at the two colleges as well as the ones featured in their own halls.

There are several clubs and organizations at Olin, including the Honor Board, film club, orchestra, Power Chords, and the Council of Olin Representatives. SERV is also a popular choice which focuses on volunteering and community service in the surrounding cities. If students find there isn’t a club that fits their interest, they can apply for funding at the Students Activities Organization.

Every year, Olin participates in the Mathematical Contest in Modeling, where students received the highest rating in 2002 and 2005, also winning the INFORMS prize in the later year. Other competitions include the Society of Automotive Engineers’ Mini-Baja and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers’ Human Powered Vehicle. Academic career counseling, placement services, a library, and employment services are also available to all students.

Students are also encouraged to visit nearby Boston, only 14 miles away, where they will find a vibrant culture with educational opportunities, museums, delicious food, and plenty of history.

Campus Housing - Dorms and Meal Plans

Provides on campus housing
Yes

Residence hall capacity
354

Does college offer a meal plan?
Yes, number of meals in the maximum meal plan offered

Must all students live on campus?
Yes

Number of meals per week are provided with the meal plan
19
Residence halls on campus:
st Hall



Campus Services and Programs

Services
Academic/career counseling service
Employment services for students
Placement services for completers
Library facilities
Access to digital/electronic resources
Access to library collections that are shared with other institutions
Established library hours
Organized collection of printed materials
Physical facilities
Staff trained to provide and interpret library materials
Services and Programs for Servicemembers and Veterans
Yellow Ribbon Program (officially known as Post-9/11 GI Bill, Yellow Ribbon Program)
Hospital on campus?
No

 

Other
% of students with registered disabilities
7%


Nearby Restaurants

Volante Farms

Miles From Campus: 0.7

Singh's Cafe

Miles From Campus: 1.38

Blue On Highland

Miles From Campus: 1.48

Trader Joe's

Miles From Campus: 1.5

Stacy's Juicebar

Miles From Campus: 1.53

Cappella Restaurant

Miles From Campus: 1.58

French Press Bakery & Cafe

Miles From Campus: 1.6

The Rice Barn

Miles From Campus: 1.6

Cook Needham

Miles From Campus: 1.6

Masala Art

Miles From Campus: 1.66

Hearth Pizzeria

Miles From Campus: 1.66

The Farmhouse

Miles From Campus: 1.68

Abbott's Frozen Custard

Miles From Campus: 1.71

Sweet Basil

Miles From Campus: 1.72

Needham House of Pizza

Miles From Campus: 1.76

Ray's New Garden

Miles From Campus: 1.76

Kosta's Pizza & Seafood

Miles From Campus: 1.82

Dragon Chef

Miles From Campus: 1.85

Sweet Tomatoes Pizza

Miles From Campus: 1.85

Mighty Subs

Miles From Campus: 2.31

Mandarin Cuisine

Miles From Campus: 2.34

The Biltmore Bar & Grille

Miles From Campus: 2.46

Dunn Gaherins

Miles From Campus: 2.46

BrickFire Pizza

Miles From Campus: 2.48

Jean And Lee Kitchen

Miles From Campus: 2.5

Santé Mobile Farmhouse Café

Miles From Campus: 2.58

New England Soup Factory

Miles From Campus: 2.79

District 118 Kitchen and Bar

Miles From Campus: 3.03

The Farm Grill & Rotisserie

Miles From Campus: 3.19

Walnut Grille

Miles From Campus: 3.56

Little Big Diner

Miles From Campus: 4.38

Lee's Burger Place

Miles From Campus: 4.51

COOK

Miles From Campus: 5.01

Johnny's Takeaway

Miles From Campus: 5.1

Balani Restaurant

Miles From Campus: 5.36

Fiorella's

Miles From Campus: 5.51

Shaking Crab - Newton

Miles From Campus: 5.56

Roadworthy

Miles From Campus: 5.68

Steamers

Miles From Campus: 5.78
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Nearby Social Spots

Quebrada Baking Company

Miles From Campus: 1.47

Koko FitClub of Needham

Miles From Campus: 1.48

Cafe Fresh Bagel

Miles From Campus: 1.49

The James

Miles From Campus: 1.59

Juniper

Miles From Campus: 1.6

Needham Center Fine Wines

Miles From Campus: 1.63

Needham Bowlaway

Miles From Campus: 1.65

Wasik's Cheese Shop

Miles From Campus: 1.66

H.Y.P. Studio

Miles From Campus: 1.76

Bin Ends

Miles From Campus: 2.1

Gymboree Play & Music, Needham

Miles From Campus: 2.33

Goldfish Swim School - Needham

Miles From Campus: 2.65

The Bagel Place

Miles From Campus: 2.73

The Capital Grille

Miles From Campus: 4.77

The Paint Bar

Miles From Campus: 5.01

Tempo

Miles From Campus: 5.37

The Gaff

Miles From Campus: 5.38

Porter Cafe

Miles From Campus: 5.87

Max and Leo's

Miles From Campus: 5.93

Buff's Pub

Miles From Campus: 5.95

Koko Bakery

Miles From Campus: 6

Yard House

Miles From Campus: 6.25

Cafénation

Miles From Campus: 6.82

Barcelona Wine Bar

Miles From Campus: 7.13

The Publick House

Miles From Campus: 7.25

The Glenville Stops

Miles From Campus: 7.67

Deep Ellum

Miles From Campus: 7.73

FoMu

Miles From Campus: 7.73

Lone Star Taco Bar

Miles From Campus: 7.73

Lulu's Allston

Miles From Campus: 7.9

Urban AdvenTours

Miles From Campus: 11.82
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