Great news! We are extending the application deadline until Monday, January 4th!We
realize that you are scrambling to complete all your college
applications in time for the January 1st deadline, and we don't want
this application to add stress to your New Years holiday. Plus, now
that you have time to spare....
Take a nap!
And don't forget to submit your application and Olin Supplement through the Common App online by midnight on January 4th!
We realize that the remaining pieces of your application will continue to trickle into our office over the next week- and that's fine!
It will probably be several days between when your mail is received in
the mailroom and when it is opened. Please keep this in mind when you
receive "missing items" emails from our office. We are working very
hard to complete your application files, and taking time away to answer
individual emails slows down the process. When your application is
complete, you will receive a confirmation email from us. (likely next
week, as we are auditing all the files before sending out the
Good luck, and enjoy the New Years holiday!
Sincerely, The Olin College Admission Team (Charlie, Emily, Caitlin, Laura, Susie and Jessica)
of you received an email this week that informed you that you are missing one
or more items that we need to complete your application file. Here is the
rundown on each item, and some additional information that might help you.
Current Senior Grades
that we need to have something from your school with current grades. If you do
not have grades from the first semester yet, please have your teachers estimate grades for you.
This is a
document from your school that gives us information on what your school offers.
It is very important in order for us to put your school performance in context.
probably the most important item! We need to know what grades you received in
your classes. We cannot evaluate your application without this.
Additional Transcript (if applicable)
the "if applicable". You need to submit this ONLY IF you have
attended another high school or college AND the grades do not appear on your
regular transcript. Most students will not need to submit this.
Secondary School Report-Guidance Counselor
This item is
vital! If you are quite sure your GC sent it in, please check with them that
they included both a form AND a letter. We need both.
Math or Science Teacher
Recommendation/Teacher of Choice Recommendation
you are sure that your teachers submitted this, please check with them that
they included both a form AND a letter.
American College Test (ACT)
We need EITHER the ACT OR SAT. If you submitted your SAT Reasoning scores we don't need
this. However, if you think you have submitted your scores but we don't
have them, please check with ACT.
Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT)
EITHER the ACT OR SAT. If you submitted your ACT scores we don't need this.
However, if you think you have submitted your scores but we don't have them,
please check with College Board.
Scholastic Aptitude Test - Math and Science
We need the
scores to these tests IN ADDITION to the SAT Reasoning OR ACT tests. If you
haven't taken them yet please let us know so we can evaluate your application
without them. The January 23rd test date is too late for submission. If you
think you have submitted your scores but we don't have them, please check with
If you have
any additional questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
and Caitlin, Laura or I will get back to you. Please note that we are currently
on winter break. We will get back to
you, but it might take a day or so. Please be patient with us, we are a
Yesterday, I had the pleasure of attending our annual end of the semester academic celebration known as the Olin Exposition. This year, faculty member Debbie Chachra and a committee of students and staff made some changes to the program. Instead of students presenting individually over two days, the event was condensed into one day and students could opt to present in groups. Parents, alumni, corporate partners, SCOPE sponsors and prospective students were invited to come and learn about our students' projects. I always learn so much at these events, and our students continue to inspire me with their creativity and technical talent! See pictures below, and read Boston Globe columnist Scott Kirsner's article about the event here.
Welcome to Expo!
Adam ('11) explains the design of his homemade snow maker
Alyssa and Yiyang ('11s) discuss their Sustainable Design projects with Professor Jon Stolk
Leah ('10) and Alex ('11), Sustainable Design
Giulia ('10) explains her work in Quantum Computing
Rob ('12) and Chris ('12) show off their interactive toy, which they hope to market and sell.
I got to play tic tac toe using Daniel and Jacob's robot! (both class of 2012)
The Wired Ensemble is a first-year first semester course where students compose original pieces and perform them. Pictured here are Andrew, Molly and Noah.
By Laura Cotten on December 17, 2009 1:38 PM
I continue to be
impressed by our students here at Olin.Yesterday
I had the pleasure to attend a portion of the AHS Capstone Extravaganza.During this, seniors presented their final
projects for their Arts, Humanities or Social Science courses.The topics themselves and the variety of
topics investigated were very interesting.
Erik wrote an
original musical with another member of the class of 2010 titled, "The Rise and
Fall of the Blackbird Brewing Company."Erik found that there is a real science to writing a story, and even
more difficulty when writing a musical.I think he has a point, do have friends who randomly break out into song
and dance during an average day?!
Katie showed off
her video game design.Katie has been
busy this past semester writing a 30-page document detailing the three
different races that make up the world Galaqua.These three races are able to interact in specific ways based on skill
levels and events that are occurring.Katie had a lot of fun creating a "world guide" for Galaqua and figuring
out the details of each character, the cities they inhabit and how magic in the
interested in atheism and chose to study this topic for his senior capstone
project.Jonathan shared that this is not
only the most under researched population, but also the least trusted group in
society today.Considering 35 million
people state they have "no religion," this is a staggering statistic.Jonathan researched whether being an atheist
is similar to belonging to a religion, which he found to be true.Jonathan also researched if being atheist is
similar to issues seen in the gay rights movements.Because of the social stigma attached to
atheism, he also concluded validity in this statement.
Tim presented his
research on community organizing.He
cited a book titled, "Radicals - A Pragmatic Primer for Realistic Radicals"
written by Saul Alinsky.The book delves
into the idea of uniting and leveraging already existing power structures in a
community to make events happen.He
drove home the importance of ensuring members of the community run the
organization, rather political or professional organizers.
Nikki spent the
semester translating the works of Ana Maria Matute from Spanish into
English.It was clear from her
presentation how much Nikki enjoyed the works of Ana Maria Matute.While translating the short stories, Nikki
had some trouble deciding if she should do a literal translation or if she
should translate the story and then rewrite it in English to make it
grammatically correct and understandable.Nikki decided to do a combination of the two and focus on the reader's
experience when reading the story.She
did not want to make the translation too polished and leave nothing for the
reader to ponder.
typography and graphic design.This
interesting project is something she began during her study abroad experience
in Scotland last year.Amy was
interested in the fact that many people simply read words for their
understanding without taking into account the type base and the art of the type
base.She looked into the recent
political campaigns with Obama, Clinton and McCain.According to a research article Amy found,
Obama used the type font Gotham, which represents Change and Novelty.Clinton used New Baskerville which happens to
be used in many papers, and represents credibility and tradition.Finally, McCain opted for Optima, which is
the same type font used on the Vietnam Memorial, and represents loyalty and
patriotism.For her final deliverable,
Amy was able to make 6 different posters using type font and graphics to
represent the meaning and needs of each organization or individual
I left the event
feeling proud of our students, and excited about their projects.Olin students love to learn, and that feeling
was contagious during their presentations.I am sure they are looking forward to the Winter Break, when they can
rest up and come back for another great semester!Happy Holidays!
I'm back!! I haven't written a blog in FOREVER, mostly
because I was busy having a baby! Baby Moscol is the newest addition to the
Olin Admission extended family, and she will probably be helping out with some
mail processing and some reading this winter (she's very advanced for her
age!).I have to check on the child
labor laws, but 3 months old doesn't seem too early to be able to file,
Welcome to Admission Processing, our busiest time of the year! We have been
getting a lot of your mail, and we expect more to come in the next couple of
weeks. Don't forget, January 1 is our HARD deadline this year, and ALL of your
recommendations and transcripts, etc. have to be in by that date. Last year we
were more lenient, but this year we moved our deadline, so we can't wait
around. We are going to be working over the holiday break to make sure that
everything is processed in a timely manner so that we can start reading!!
Here are a few FAQ's:
Q: I am saving my materials until everything is together.
They may or may not be complete by January 1. Is this OK?
A: You don't have to wait to send in everything at once. Send us your materials
as they are available. We prefer to get things on time in drips rather than all
together and late. In a perfect world scenario we would get things together and early, but that almost never
Q: I have an art project/Eagle Scout project/music
performance DVD/really cool funky thing that I want you to see. How do I get it
A: If you want to send us supplementary materials like artwork or a special
project you may. Please keep these materials within reason. Something that can
fit within a normal sized file folder is your best bet. We don't accept
electronically sent attachments, because they could contain viruses. Please
mail anything extra. Please keep in mind that additional materials are NOT
required or expected!
Q: I have a third teacher/coach/music director/family friend
letter of recommendation. The Common Application says you only accept two and
they have to be from teachers. How can I send in this additional letter?
A: If you want to send additional letters of recommendation, that's fine, just
print out the form and give it to your teacher to mail it in. Please keep in
mind that additional recommendations are NOT required or expected!
Q: My friend applied last year and she told me she sent in
her materials January 9th and it was OK. I'm planning on doing the
A: Because of our new deadline and compressed reading time, we are going to
start reading applications on January 4th. If your materials aren't
postmarked by January 1st, we might evaluate your application
without them. This is likely not in
your best interest.
Q: I didn't know about the December SAT. I'll take it in
January and send you the scores then.
A: If you have missed the December SAT let us know so we don't wait for scores
that won't arrive on time. The January test is too late for us to accept. All test scores need to come
to us on an official score report from the College Board or ACT (and the
December scores should arrive any day now). If you haven't had your
scores sent to us yet - contact the College Board or ACT as soon as possible
and request that they be sent to Olin College; you may have to pay for a Rush
Q: Do you take SAT or ACT "superscores" (combining your highest scores
from each section of a standardized test)?
A: Yes, we do take your
highest individual scores! And yes, even on the ACT. If you choose to go
Choice route, that's fine. We'll evaluate whatever you send us.
Q: How the heck am I supposed to know what I am missing?
Can't you just check for me?
A: We will be sending you emails with what you are missing soon. We are a very
small office, so please be patient with us.
Q: My school is on a semester schedule. How do I send you
grades I don't have yet?
A: If you are currently taking a class and won't have grades by January 1st,
please have your teachers estimate a grade for you. Have your transcript sent
to us with your official grades ASAP.
We do not need a Mid-Year School Report! As long as we have some kind of
documentation of your academic performance in your senior year - by using your
own first quarter/six weeks/trimester report card or some other document from
your high school - that's all we're looking for. Oh and be sure to send
all of your transcripts to us, including those from any college courses you may
Do I need to send an official AP score report?
A: We do not need official AP Scores since AP tests aren't required. Just
fill in the appropriate section on the Common Application and we're good to
go. If you'd like to send a photocopy of your AP scores from the College
Board, that's perfectly fine.
If you have any questions about the application process, please email the office at email@example.com. Laura, Caitlin or I will get back to you.
Thanks, and good luck!!
Asst. Director of Admission, Olin College, Needham, MA
Details: Olin EXPO is an end-of-semester event in
which every Olin student presents an individual or group project of
his/her choice. During Olin EXPO our students will present a variety of
topics, both technical and non-technical, ranging from human-powered
vehicles and Mini Baja vehicle design to sustainability and
entrepreneurship in engineering. EXPO is a time to celebrate our
student's successes and we hope you will join us!
RSVP: Kindly RSVP with your name and organization information to firstname.lastname@example.org if you are planning to attend. Thanks, and we hope to see you there!