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Washington University in St Louis Olin Business School

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Olin Experience

Olin brings the business world into the center of your educational experience by providing you with integrative, hands-on learning opportunites.


Size matters. We leverage Olin's small size to create a friendly, supportive, and collaborative environment.


Our resources are vast. You’ll tap into the experience and expertise of our corporate partners and alumni who share our values, offer counsel on our programs and curriculum, provide financial support—and hire you for internships and full-time positions.

Critical Thinking

Critical thinking means many things. Learning how to ask the right questions and formulate them clearly. Gathering, assessing, and interpreting data. Reaching sound conclusions and solutions. Communicating persuasively and effectively. Our faculty apply critical thinking in their research, and they infuse that same analytical thought process in the learning environment, giving you the critical-thinking skills needed to tackle complex business problems and foster innovation.

Real-World Experience + Experiential Learning

Olin creates powerful connections between businesses and our students. You’ll find experiential-learning opportunities in our classrooms, student clubs, and extracurricular activities—allowing you to explore new career options and gain substantive on-the-job experience, valuable mentors, and networking contacts.

Through elective courses offered by Olin's Center for Experiential Learning, you'll apply your academic work and managerial insight to real business challenges in consulting projects with Olin’s network of Fortune 500 corporations, nonprofit organizations, and startup companies.

The Hatchery

Develop your own business plan or one brought to Olin by individuals interested in a group startup. You’ll work in partnership with entrepreneurs and investors. At the end of the course, teams present their analyses to a group of business startup and venture capital experts. Extracurricular entrepreneurship activities such as the Olin Cup business plan competition are offered by the Skandalaris Center for Entrepreneurial Studies, which promotes corporate innovation and the commercialization of new business ideas.