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Washington University in St Louis Olin Business School

Olin Business SchoolOlin Business School

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 boundaryless. 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 learning how to ask the right questions and formulate them clearly and precisely; gather, assess, and interpret data; reach sound conclusions and solutions; and communicate 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.

An integral part of the critical process is the reflection technique, “aperio examen,” which encourages a four-step daily “unguarded examination” to review one’s past thoughts, words, actions and omissions to reprogram subconscious reactions to avoid the biases of jumping to solutions when trying to resolve conflict and/or determine strategic solutions. Popular with business executives, this daily reflection technique can fundamentally change one’s thinking and interpersonal relationships.

Real-World Experience + Applied Learning

Olin creates powerful connections between businesses and our students. You’ll find applied-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.

The Hatchery– Develop a business plan of your own 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.