The Olin Difference: Our Pillars

Our four pillars guide us and are core to all we do—from the decisions we make to the future we envision.

Values Based, Data Driven

Individually, values based and data driven are important traits of a great leader. Together, they are transformative. To meet the challenges of today’s tech-enabled world, Olin advances the application of rigorous decision-making criteria balanced with a steadfast commitment to personal and societal values. This results in more discerning leaders with the courage to make really hard decisions and see them through.

Global Outlook

Olin believes every business leader needs familiarity and practice with critical global issues. That’s why our full-time MBA program includes a six-week, immersive global experience, and the majority of our undergraduate students study abroad. Our curriculum is informed by key global priorities so that students are globally minded and globally mobile, no matter the size or location of their future organizations.


Experiential learning—whether around the corner or across the globe—provides students with a broader perspective on and an appreciation for differences. Throughout their Olin education, we expose our students to senior leadership and involve them in high-profile decision-making so they develop the confidence to operate beyond their comfort zone.

Innovative and Entrepreneurial

Developing an entrepreneurial spirit is a vital part of the student experience. Olin has deep relationships with the vibrant St. Louis entrepreneurship scene—but that’s just the start of it. Olin students are pushed to think innovatively in the classroom and out of it. Whether they are involved with a startup, consult for a corporation, or work with a nonprofit, students are tasked with promoting innovation that addresses changing behavior and needs.