We require two short essays (250-500 words) as part of the application process. Prompts for the 2021-2022 application cycle are:
REQUIRED: Olin is a community striving to improve the world and improve people‘s lives through engineering education. What change do you hope to be a part of? Why is this particular change important to you? How do you want to improve the world?
Tell us the story of a specific time when you made someone happy. Where were you? What happened? What were you thinking and feeling? What impact did this specific experience of making someone happy have on you?
Connect a moment in your life when you felt something strongly (positive or negative) to who you are today. What were the details surrounding this strong emotion? Where were you? What happened? What were you thinking and feeling? And, most importantly, how has that moment informed who you are?
Think about all the things we will learn about you throughout your application to Olin, from your application materials and recommendations and through your own words in your other essays. What‘s missing? Share a specific story that tells us something about you that we don‘t yet know.
The essay demonstrates your ability to write clearly and concisely on a selected topic and helps you distinguish yourself in your own voice. What do you want the readers of your application to know about you apart from courses, grades, and test scores? Choose the option that best helps you answer that question and write an essay of no more than 650 words, using the prompt to inspire and structure your response. Remember: 650 words is your limit, not your goal. Use the full range if you need it, but don‘t feel obligated to do so.
Some students have a background, identity, interest, or talent that is so meaningful they believe their application would be incomplete without it. If this sounds like you, then please share your story.
The lessons we take from obstacles we encounter can be fundamental to later success. Recount a time when you faced a challenge, setback, or failure. How did it affect you, and what did you learn from the experience?
Reflect on a time when you questioned or challenged a belief or idea. What prompted your thinking? What was the outcome?
Reflect on something that someone has done for you that has made you happy or thankful in a surprising way. How has this gratitude affected or motivated you?
Discuss an accomplishment, event, or realization that sparked a period of personal growth and a new understanding of yourself or others.
Describe a topic, idea, or concept you find so engaging that it makes you lose all track of time. Why does it captivate you? What or who do you turn to when you want to learn more?
Share an essay on any topic of your choice. It can be one you‘ve already written, one that responds to a different prompt, or one of your own design.