1. Olin College of Engineering
Located on a 70-acre campus in suburban Needham, Mass., just about 14 miles west of Boston and nearby Boston College, Olin College has only 355 students enrolled -- 53 percent men and 47 percent women. Nearly all of the students at the school live on campus.
The school’s curriculum includes the “Olin Triangle,” which involves an emphasis on science and engineering, entrepreneurship, and the liberal arts. Undergraduates attending Olin choose from three majors: electrical and computer engineering, mechanical engineering, or engineering, which includes bioengineering, computing, materials science, and systems. There is a required Senior Capstone Program in Engineering, a program that runs over the course of a year and is sponsored by a specific client in engineering.
In addition to the Triangle and the SCOPE program, students may take a variety of classes in business, natural sciences, arts, social science, and humanities at Wesleyan, Boston College, and Brandeis. The 2013-2014 tuition was just over $42,000.
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