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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 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

Report Card

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Overall Niche Grade
  1. Academics
    grade A+
  2. Value
    grade C+
  3. Diversity
    grade A
  4. Campus
    grade C
  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

About

38 E 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
35%
SAT Range
1270-1360
ACT Range
28-33
Application Fee
$0
SAT/ACT
Considered but not required
High School GPA
Required
Accepts Common App
Yes

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Cost

Net Price
$42,745 / 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
$34,379 / year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
87%

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. 52 responses
46%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage. 52 responses

Majors

Oberlin is part of global effort testing for dark matter

academic spotlight

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.

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
2,905 Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
37
Undergrads Over 25
0%
Pell Grant
10%
Varsity Athletes
6%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 33 responses
  • Quirky
    27%
  • Passionate
    18%
  • So different that they're all the same
    15%
  • Socially Aware, Curious, Intelligent
    12%
  • Empassioned
    6%
  • Individual
    6%
  • Angsty
    3%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
100%
Poll
98%
of students say they don't have Greek life. 43 responses
Poll
61%
of students say no one pays attention to varsity sports. 69 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
    15%
  • Odd
    12%
  • Unique
    12%
  • Collaborative and Creative
    8%
  • Melting pot
    8%

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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