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Oberlin College Overview

Oberlin College is a private not-for-profit institution located in Oberlin, Ohio. The charming, small-town atmosphere of Oberlin draws many to the area.

What Is Oberlin College Known For?

886 Undergraduate Awards
$52,556 Avg Cost After Aid
34% Acceptance Rate
  • Students who want to work more closely with their professors have an easier time at Oberlin since the student to facuty ratio is 9 to 1.
  • The student loan default rate at Oberlin is 2%, which is significantly lower than the national rate of 10.1%. That's great news for students who are worrying about paying off their student loans.
  • Although it may not be available for every major, the master's degree is the highest award a student can attain at Oberlin.
  • For the 2017-2018 academic year, 93% of the faculty were full-time.
  • The average Oberlin student graduates in 4.2 years. That's better than the national average of 4.4 years.

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Oberlin College Rankings

Our rankings are based on an outcomes-based approach rather than subjective ones used by other media outlets. As such, we utilize data from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and the College Scorecard, among other sources. Visit our rankings and methodology section to learn more.

Program Level Awards

These are highlights of some of the most noteworthy awards granted to specific programs at Oberlin.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#6 Most Popular Music Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#32 Most Popular Area Studies Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#33 Most Popular Religious Studies Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#52 Best Computer Information Systems Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#55 Most Popular Area, Ethnic, Culture, & Gender Studies Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#78 Most Popular Philosophy & Religious Studies Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#95 Most Popular Visual & Performing Arts Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#117 Most Popular History Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#117 Most Popular History Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#152 Most Popular English Language & Literature Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Awards From Around the Web

The following table lists some notable awards Oberlin has earned from around the web.

Rank Ranking Name Source
#43 Best Colleges for Visual & Performing Arts College Factual

Where Is Oberlin College?

Location of Oberlin College

Contact details for Oberlin are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 70 N Professor St, Oberlin, OH 44074
Phone: 440-775-8411
Website: www.oberlin.edu
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/OberlinCollege
Twitter: https://twitter.com/OberlinCollege

How Do I Get Into Oberlin?

You can apply to Oberlin online at: https://apply.commonapp.org/Login?ma=187

Admission Requirements for Oberlin

Submission Required?
High School GPA required
High School Rank neither required nor recommended
High School Transcript required
College Prep Program required
Recommendations required
SAT or ACT Scores required
TOEFL recommended

How Hard Is It To Get Into Oberlin?

34% Acceptance Rate
61% Of Accepted Are Women
54% Submit SAT Scores
You'll need to do what you can to make your application stand out if you plan to apply to Oberlin. The school screens its applicants carefully and has a fairly low acceptance rate of 34%. So, don't just throw your admission packet together at the last minute!

Approximately 39% of accepted students are men and 61% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 33%, and the acceptance rate for women is 34%.

Average Test Scores

About 54% of students accepted to Oberlin submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 650 and 720. Math scores were between 630 and 730.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Oberlin College  ( 650 to 720 )
200
800

SAT Math Scores for Oberlin College  ( 630 to 730 )
200
800
Oberlin received ACT scores from 56% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT English scores ranged between 29 and 34. Math scores were between 26 and 32. Composite scores were between 28 and 33.

ACT English Scores for Oberlin College  ( 29 to 34 )
1
36
ACT Math Scores for Oberlin College  ( 26 to 32 )
1
36
ACT Composite Scores for Oberlin College  ( 28 to 33 )
1
36

Can I Afford Oberlin College?

$52,556 Net Price
41% Take Out Loans
2.0% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of Oberlin is $52,556. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group.

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.

Student Loan Debt

While almost two-thirds of students nationwide take out loans to pay for college, the percentage may be quite different for the school you plan on attending. At Oberlin, approximately 41% of students took out student loans averaging $5,884 a year. That adds up to $23,536 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Oberlin is 2.0%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

Oberlin College Undergraduate Student Diversity

2,822 Full-Time Undergraduates
59% Women
26% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 2,846 undergraduate students at Oberlin, with 2,822 being full-time and 24 being part-time.

 Full-Time vs. Part-Time Undergraduate Students at  Oberlin

There are also 17 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 2,822 full-time undergraduates at Oberlin, 41% are male and 59% are female.

Undergraduate Student Gender Diversity at  Oberlin

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of Oberlin College students is as follows.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Oberlin Undergraduate Students
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 125
Black or African American 154
Hispanic or Latino 237
White 1,713
International Students 343
Other Races/Ethnicities 250

Geographic Diversity

Ohio students aren't the only ones who study at Oberlin College. At this time, 39 states are represented by the student population at the school.

Over 53 countries are represented at Oberlin. The most popular countries sending students to the school are China, South Korea, and Canada.

Oberlin College Undergraduate Concentrations

The table below shows the number of awards for each concentration.

Major Undergraduate Certificate Bachelor’s Master’s TOTAL
Music 14 118 2 134
History 0 55 0 55
Political Science & Government 0 50 0 50
General Biology 0 48 0 48
Fine & Studio Arts 0 48 0 48
General English Literature 0 46 0 46
Economics 0 44 0 44
Natural Resources Conservation 0 43 0 43
General Psychology 0 36 0 36
Area Studies 0 35 0 35
Computer Information Systems 0 32 0 32
Neurobiology & Neurosciences 0 28 0 28
Mathematics 0 26 0 26
Writing Studies 0 24 0 24
Film, Video & Photographic Arts 0 23 0 23
Drama & Theater Arts 0 20 0 20
Philosophy 0 17 0 17
Legal Professions (Other) 0 16 0 16
Romance Languages 0 15 0 15
Religious Studies 0 15 0 15
Physics 0 15 0 15
Ethnic Studies 0 14 0 14
Chemistry 0 14 0 14
Sociology 0 14 0 14
Geological & Earth Sciences 0 13 0 13
Biochemistry, Biophysics & Molecular Biology 0 12 0 12
Linguistics & Comparative Literature 0 11 0 11
Classical Languages & Literature 0 8 0 8
Anthropology 0 8 0 8
Dance 0 8 0 8
Germanic Languages 0 4 0 4
Other Engineering 0 3 0 3
Slavic, Baltic & Albanian Languages 0 3 0 3
Other Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 0 3 0 3
Other Visual Art 0 2 0 2
Archeology 0 1 0 1
Teacher Education Subject Specific 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 14 872 2 888

References

*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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