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Oberlin College
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  • 4 Year
  • OBERLIN, OH

COVID-19 Update for Prospective Students and Families:

Oberlin is excited to open our campus to prospective students and their families, and 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

Report Card

grade A minus
Overall Niche Grade
  1. Academics
    grade A+
  2. Value
    grade B+
  3. Diversity
    grade A
  4. Campus
    grade C minus
  5. Athletics
    grade C+
  6. Party Scene
    grade C+
  7. Professors
    grade A+
  8. Location
    grade C
  9. Dorms
    grade C
  10. Campus Food
    grade C+
  11. Student Life
    grade C
  12. Safety
    grade B minus

About

38 EAST COLLEGE STREET
OBERLIN, OH 44074
Athletic Division
NCAA Division III (with football)
Athletic Conference
North Coast Athletic Conference
From Oberlin College

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.

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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

Application Deadline
January 15
Acceptance Rate
36%
SAT Range
1280-1480
ACT Range
29-33
Application Fee
$0
SAT/ACT
Considered but not required
High School GPA
Required
Accepts Common App
Yes

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Cost

Net Price
$43,612 / year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Average Total Aid Awarded
$31,024 / year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
88%

Scholarship

Academics

Professors
grade A+
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
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
52%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want. 48 responses
46%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage. 48 responses

Majors

Carbon Neutrality

Sustainability is integral to the way we learn and live. To create an enduring ecological and human community, we shape our college and curriculum to be responsive and responsible to the local, regional, and global environment. A sustainable infrastructure project is underway to help us reach our ambitious goal of carbon neutrality by 2025, making Oberlin a national leader in clean energy.

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
2,822 Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
24
Undergrads Over 25
0%
Pell Grant
8%
Varsity Athletes
16%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 29 responses
  • Quirky
    28%
  • Passionate
    21%
  • Socially Aware, Curious, Intelligent
    10%
  • So different that they're all the same
    10%
  • Empassioned
    7%
  • Individual
    7%
  • Angsty
    3%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
100%
Poll
97%
of students say they don't have Greek life. 39 responses
Poll
62%
of students say no one pays attention to varsity sports. 65 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 26 responses
  • Weird in the best way possible
    23%
  • Artsy
    15%
  • Granola
    12%
  • Melting pot
    8%
  • Odd
    8%
  • Unique
    8%
  • Collaborative and Creative
    4%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$40,800 / year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
86%
National
49%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
90%
National
83%
74%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation. 27 responses

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