A
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    A+
  2. Value
    A-
  3. Diversity
    A-
  4. Campus
    B+
  5. Athletics
    C+
  6. Party Scene
    B-
  7. Professors
    A
  8. Location
    C+
  9. Dorms
    C+
  10. Campus Food
    A-
  11. Student Life
    A-
  12. Safety
    C+
Oberlin College is ...
Private not-for-profit
Athletic Division
NCAA Division III (with football)
Athletic Conference
North Coast Athletic Conference
Address
70 N Professor St
Oberlin, OH 44074

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
29%
Application Deadline
January 15
SAT Range
1260-1450
ACT Range
29-32
Application Fee
$0
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action
Yes
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Cost

Net Price
$40,550/ year
National
$15,403
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $11,843/ year
  • $30-48k
    $16,153/ year
  • $49-75k
    $20,161/ year
  • $76-110k
    $25,055/ year
  • $110k+
    $41,846/ year

Academics

Professors
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
50%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.40 responses
48%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.40 responses
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Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
2,895Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
0%
Pell Grant
9%
Varsity Athletes
12%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 21 responses
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  • Quirky
    38%
  • Passionate
    24%
  • Empassioned
    10%
  • Individual
    10%
  • So different that they're all the same
    10%
  • Angsty
    5%
  • Viciously morally relativist
    5%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
100%
Poll
100%
of students say they don't have Greek life.31 responses
Poll
65%
of students say no one pays attention to varsity sports.57 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 23 responses
Report
  • Weird in the best way possible
    22%
  • Artsy
    17%
  • Granola
    13%
  • Hippie liberal activist hypocrites
    13%
  • Melting pot
    9%
  • Odd
    9%
  • Unique
    9%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$38,400/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
88%
National
48%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
87%
National
83%
74%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.27 responses
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It's gone pretty well so far. Oberlin is a complicated place with a lot of politics underlining the community. I love the academics here but socially I feel that Oberlin is difficult in a number of ways. In the context of being a POC, the community is small so it can feel difficult to really have some distance from others when needed. I will say that overall most people are well meaning though usually people are very self serving/ selfish though not in a mean way. This something that can be understood when spending time on campus. The campus is alright, it's pretty flat. The winters are typically harsh though this year was very lax. Even though I've said many things that are negative, I love Oberlin because the people here are very smart and are willing to engage about almost anything.
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My experience with classes and with professors have been great! I got involved in research my first winter term, I've always felt able to approach professors with questions or just to chat, and they seem to genuinely care and want to work with me when I'm having problems. Unfortunately, the support services for students are sub-par. Disability services doesn't understand that ot expends energy to go ask for accommodations or offer any guidance, they ask you what accommodations you think you might need, which is in some ways good, but if you're newly diagnosed with something it's extremely confusing. Deans and advisors are alright, but they seem to be giving lipservice to some of your concerns. they've offered to do things for me and then decidedly not done them, such as emailing professors on my behalf. I really felt like my mental illness and personal needs were not something they wanted to engage with but that they wanted to just go through the motions and seem like they were taking care of it. I also haven't been checked in with at all while on academic or personal leaves, including not getting any information about if they need forms for my return/extended departure until less than 2 weeks before the forms were due (not that I knew the deadline).

The COOPs are great, there are a lot of driven students, but it's too small, and the lack of anything else in town can feel stifling and make it hard to access medical services. Basically there's a huge disconnect between what students and even faculty want in terms of supporting the student body and what the administration is willing to do. For a private college, that's unacceptable.
As a current student-athlete, Oberlin offers a plethora of classes with the ability to concentrate your interest in a very specific area of interest. There are no TA's, professors are helpful and lead all the labs, diversity is outstanding, Music Conservatory offers daily concerts/recitals/performances, approx 3,000 students, double majors and and dual degrees are frequent occurrences, and the sports programs are rising.