The Olin Difference

Values Based, Data Driven™ is more than just a motto. It inspires everything we do.

What does it mean to be Values Based, Data Driven™?

Our philosophy includes four key elements in our effort to make business better, for good.

  • Rigorous Decision-Making Criteria

    As a student, you begin your Olin experience with a solid foundation of business fundamentals. From there, you build knowledge and skills, including areas of interest and business savvy. Inside the classroom and out, you're taught to see the big picture, analyze data, question norms and think critically. The result is thoughtful decision-making that confronts challenges and creates change.

  • Values-Based Approach to Commitments and Pursuits

    The education we deliver prepares our students to steadfastly make difficult decisions—the kind that can change the world. Through our Values Based, Data Driven™ approach, we equip you to lead in knowing not only which problems require attention but also which solutions will do the most good.

  • Delivering Results with Integrity

    To understand Olin's leadership approach, look no further than our core values—Respect, Integrity, Collaboration, Diversity, Excellence and Leadership. A WashU Olin education instills competencies that enable leaders to drive results and lead people, in ways that honor personal and organizational values and that are grounded in data and evidence.

  • Research and Evidence-Based Learning

    As part of WashU, one of the leading research universities in the United States, Olin has the means to acquire and disseminate cutting-edge business research. We find answers to complex questions and work to solve today's most vexing business challenges. As an Olin student, you have the opportunity to take part in this research both in academic settings and in the field. You apply your knowledge to tackle real-world problems for the betterment of real business organizations and society as a whole.

    Explore even more ways our research impacts real businesses.

Community and Culture

At Olin, we like to say we know every student by name and story. Students consider their classmates collaborators, not competitors. Faculty keep their office doors open. Staff members are ready with a friendly smile and whatever advice or help you need.

We pride ourselves on being a welcoming community and value all for their unique talents and perspectives.

Learn about Olin’s commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion.