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    A+
  2. Value
    A-
  3. Diversity
    A
  4. Campus
    B-
  5. Athletics
    B-
  6. Party Scene
    C
  7. Professors
    A
  8. Location
    C
  9. Dorms
    C+
  10. Campus Food
    B
  11. Student Life
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  12. Safety
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Oberlin is a highly rated private college located in Oberlin, Ohio in the Cleveland Area. It is a small institution with an enrollment of 2,790 undergraduate students. Admissions is fairly competitive as the Oberlin acceptance rate is 34%. Popular majors include Music Performance, Biology, and Political Science and Government. Graduating 86% of students, Oberlin alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $26,400.
Athletic Division
NCAA Division III (with football)
Athletic Conference
North Coast Athletic Conference
Address
70 N Professor St
Oberlin, OH 44074
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Oberlin College Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

Admissions

Acceptance Rate
34%
Application Deadline
January 15
SAT Range
1280-1450
ACT Range
28-33
Application Fee
$0
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action
Yes

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Cost

Net Price
$39,794/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $15,096/ year
  • $30-48k
    $14,090/ year
  • $49-75k
    $17,632/ year
  • $76-110k
    $23,713/ year
  • $110k+
    $41,794/ year
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Academics

Professors
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Student Faculty Ratio
9:1
Evening Degree Programs
No
88%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.40 responses
50%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.44 responses
48%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.44 responses
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Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
2,790Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
0%
Pell Grant
11%
Varsity Athletes
12%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 25 responses
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  • Quirky
    32%
  • Passionate
    24%
  • Empassioned
    8%
  • Individual
    8%
  • Socially Aware, Curious, Intelligent
    8%
  • So different that they're all the same
    8%
  • Angsty
    4%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
100%
Poll
100%
of students say they don't have Greek life.35 responses
Poll
62%
of students say no one pays attention to varsity sports.61 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 27 responses
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  • Weird in the best way possible
    19%
  • Artsy
    15%
  • Hippie liberal activist hypocrites
    15%
  • Granola
    11%
  • Odd
    7%
  • Unique
    7%
  • Melting pot
    7%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$40,200/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
86%
National
49%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
92%
National
83%
74%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.27 responses
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I am incredibly glad that I chose Oberlin. It's a place that I think any person enthusiastic about learning and questioning the standards of society can find their place. The academics are challenging and will force you to test your morals, and many classes are demanding as far as workload and participation are concerned. I think the fact that Oberlin is so academically focused is why it's such a great place to go to college; I'm a firm believer in a rigorous liberal arts education, and Oberlin delivers. Many of my classes are interdisciplinary to an unparalleled extent of other colleges. I think the other thing so special about Oberlin is our sense of community. Every student at Oberlin, no matter the part of campus they live on, if they are in the College or Conservatory, or if they play sports, are always treated kindly and as equals.
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What drew me to Oberlin was how it prioritized cooperation over competition. I’ve found that while students can be very intense and passionate, sometimes to the point of being toxic, many of them are incredible people who want to help each other grow.

I think one of Oberlin’s best and most underrated qualities is student activities. We have a circus, a burlesque club, lots of intramural sports, a growing comedy scene, advocacy groups, a drag ball, and endless opportunities for theatre and music. Most of the time, you can find a way into an activity coming from any level of expertise.

Your experience at Oberlin is generally what you make of it. A lot of people make the mistake of overloading their schedule (very easy to do around here), and become very stressed. The academics can also become overwhelmingly difficult if you’re not careful to balance your schedule. But in my mind, even the difficulties have been worth it.
I really enjoy Oberlin and all it has to offer. Academics are outstanding. Classes are interesting and challenging, the professors are brilliant and accessible. Both semesters I got the classes I wanted, though sometimes your have to sit in for a first few days before getting in. (Common at liberal arts schools.)

Oberlin is a great size, small enough to feel like a community but large enough to keep meeting new people. Students are friendly. Some are quirky, athletic, political, or musical, but they are a great mix and you may be surprised at the friendships you make. There is always something to do on campus, and it is easy to get to Cleveland if you miss urban life.

Athletics continue to improve, with several conference championships. Conservatory concerts are popular. The dining hall food is average, but if you like to cook or have dietary restrictions, you should consider joining a fun and delicious dining co-op.