- 4 Year
- OBERLIN, OH
COVID-19 Update for Prospective Students and Families:
Oberlin is excited to welcome prospective students and their families to campus. We will continue to monitor local, state, and national guidelines as our top priority remains the health and safety of our students, staff, and visitors. In addition, we’re offering many virtual experiences that capture the energy and passion of this amazing place—and of our amazing Obies. Learn More
- Academicsgrade A+
- Valuegrade C+
- Diversitygrade A
- Campusgrade C
- Athleticsgrade C
- Party Scenegrade C+
- Professorsgrade A+
- Locationgrade C
- Dormsgrade C
- Campus Foodgrade C
- Student Lifegrade C+
- Safetygrade B
There are many colleges. There is only one Oberlin.
Located in Oberlin, Ohio, about 40 minutes from Cleveland. Oberlin offers our 2800 students one of the world’s great undergraduate educations, and we have a long tradition of educating top scholars and musicians. Here, students pursue multiple passions and interests within a supportive, collaborative community. We focus on undergraduate teaching, hands-on research projects, culturally immersive study away experiences, and world-class music opportunities. For over 100 years, Oberlin alumni have gone on to earn more PhDs than graduates of other liberal arts school. And in nearly every career field, our graduates are making an impact and improving our world.
An Oberlin education is extraordinary, and each person experiences it differently.
Oberlin College Rankings
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Most Popular Majors
- Music Performance102 Graduates
- Political Science and Government52 Graduates
- Biology43 Graduates
- History43 Graduates
- Psychology43 Graduates
- Environmental Science39 Graduates
- Information Science37 Graduates
- Economics36 Graduates
- English33 Graduates
- Creative Writing28 Graduates
Oberlin is part of global effort testing for dark matter
Professor Jason Stalnaker’s physics lab is one of only three undergraduate-only institutions collaborating in the Global Network of Optical Magnetometers for Exotic Physics Searches (GNOME). Three Oberlin students were coauthors on an important article published in Nature Physics, reporting the first limits the GNOME network has placed on a potential dark-matter candidate.
- So different that they're all the same15%
- Socially Aware, Curious, Intelligent12%
- Weird in the best way possible23%
- Collaborative and Creative8%
- Melting pot8%
Oberlin College Reviews
Pros: There's so much live music! Professors are great and really care about their students-- office hours are very accessible. Art rental, co-ops, and yummy food in town. I love the bike path. Have not had a class larger than 40 people and there is a lot of freedom in the general distribution requirements.
Cons: Admin are annoying and the whole union busting thing was bad. There have many bad choices made by the College. The school can feel pretty small at times, especially when the winters are so rough. Super expensive. Lots of rich people from New York, Boston, and California. Is expensive but does give more aid than other comparable schools in my experience
Classes are small so far except for my economic and computer science intro classes--but I get sufficient help nevertheless. Obies are also pretty amazing. I already have some close friends despite being a somewhat shy international first-year student (now rising second-year!). The overall atmosphere of Oberlin is friendly and open. It's a small campus, and everyone is nice so far!
In this COVID19 pandemic, Oberlin really showed its capacities. It's one of the fatest colleges to switch to online courses and its professors adapt to the situation very quickly. They are also providing support for students!