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Overall Niche Grade
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  1. Academics
    A+
  2. Value
    A-
  3. Diversity
    A
  4. Campus
    B-
  5. Athletics
    C+
  6. Party Scene
    C+
  7. Professors
    A
  8. Location
    C+
  9. Dorms
    C+
  10. Campus Food
    B-
  11. Student Life
    B
  12. Safety
    B-
Oberlin is a highly rated private college located in Oberlin, Ohio in the Cleveland Area. It is a small institution with an enrollment of 2,790 undergraduate students. Admissions is fairly competitive as the Oberlin acceptance rate is 34%. Popular majors include Music Performance, Political Science and Government, and Biology. Graduating 86% of students, Oberlin alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $27,400.
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
34%
Application Deadline
January 15
SAT Range
1280-1450
ACT Range
28-33
Application Fee
$0
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action
Yes

Cost

Net Price
$39,794/ 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
$28,876/ year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
86%

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

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
2,790Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
37
Undergrads Over 25
0%
Pell Grant
11%
Varsity Athletes
14%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 27 responses
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  • Quirky
    30%
  • Passionate
    22%
  • So different that they're all the same
    11%
  • Empassioned
    7%
  • Individual
    7%
  • Socially Aware, Curious, Intelligent
    7%
  • Angsty
    4%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
100%
Poll
97%
of students say they don't have Greek life.37 responses
Poll
63%
of students say no one pays attention to varsity sports.63 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 29 responses
Report
  • Weird in the best way possible
    17%
  • Hippie liberal activist hypocrites
    17%
  • Artsy
    14%
  • Granola
    10%
  • Odd
    7%
  • Unique
    7%
  • Melting pot
    7%

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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Personally, Oberlin worked well for me. I had an incredible academic experience that truly made me a smarter and more thoughtful individual.

However, the institution is in many ways changing. Over the course of my 4 years here, due to financial problems, hundreds of staff have been unfairly laid off. The amenities have gotten far worse. Student jobs have decreased significantly on campus.

Oberlin also worked well for me because I am a liberal white student. The campus culture really caters to this type of person.
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Oberlin creates a lot of opportunities for its students and does its best to work with students to create the higher education that they want to see. While imperfect, I am incredibly grateful for my experiences and education here and feel confident that I will graduate prepared to set myself up for a successful and happy life. As a generalization, Oberlin culture and academics provide many personal and professional challenges that promote growth in students while offering the support necessary to the process. I have enjoyed my time here and have met many lovely friends, professors, and staff members along the way.
There are some great professors and staff members, but the administration is horrible for the most part. The facilities are falling apart and not worth the high cost to students. The college has stopped listening to the needs and wants of students, supposedly because of the budget issues. Campus culture is nor for the weak of heart. If you're not extremely liberal you likely won't fit in. There is very little diversity of thought