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
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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
28%
Application Deadline
January 15
SAT Range
1250-1450
ACT Range
29-33
Application Fee
$0
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action
Yes

Cost

Net Price
$42,105/ 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
    $14,146/ year
  • $30-48k
    $14,731/ year
  • $49-75k
    $24,134/ year
  • $76-110k
    $28,091/ year
  • $110k+
    $42,076/ year
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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.42 responses
50%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.42 responses
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Students

Full-Time Enrollment
2,869Undergrads
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 23 responses
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  • Quirky
    35%
  • Passionate
    22%
  • Empassioned
    9%
  • Individual
    9%
  • So different that they're all the same
    9%
  • Socially Aware, Curious, Intelligent
    4%
  • Socialist
    4%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
100%
Poll
100%
of students say they don't have Greek life.33 responses
Poll
64%
of students say no one pays attention to varsity sports.59 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 25 responses
Report
  • Weird in the best way possible
    20%
  • Artsy
    16%
  • Hippie liberal activist hypocrites
    16%
  • Granola
    12%
  • Melting pot
    8%
  • Unique
    8%
  • Odd
    8%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$40,200/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
85%
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 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.
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A beautiful campus filled with many different types of people. Students are all very passionate and the professors really engage. All my classes are interesting and my overall college learning experience is amazing. The campus has a very historical history, which is fascinating. The food here is mainly local and vegetarian/vegan, and very tasty. There is also a lot of emphasis on environmental sustainability.
I graduated from Oberlin in the 1990s, and later went in academics and am now a university professor in the UK. I will give Oberlin the highest praise that I possibly can--even in the hindsight of wide experience, I would not have chosen any other university or college in the world over Oberlin. To this day, it is the place that I found the most fascinating, the most filled with interesting and unique people (faculty and students alike), and where I found the highest level of commitment to knowledge. There is no doubt in my mind that the success I've enjoyed (e.g. a Fulbright fellowship and a tenured post at a major research university) is largely attributable to the superlative education I received at Oberlin. All in all, not only did I spend four of the best years of my life at Oberlin, but in my professional opinion, it's one of the best places in the world to go for your undergraduate degree.