Students Say

Oberlin College, a school “for laid-back people who enjoy learning and expanding social norms, allows each and every student to have the undergrad experience for which he or she is looking, all the while challenging the students to change themselves and the world for the better.” Oberlin is a place where students “focus on learning for learning’s sake rather than making money in a career.” As one student explains, “I didn’t plan on becoming a scholar when I entered Oberlin.…As fate would have it, I ended up loving my college classes and professors. Now I hope to be a professor of religion.”

Overview

Applicants
7,227
Acceptance Rate
33%
Average HS GPA
3.58

GPA Breakdown

34%
Over 3.75
30%
3.50 - 3.74
20%
3.25 - 3.49
13%
3.00 - 3.24
3%
2.50 - 2.99

Test Scores

SAT Reading
640 - 730
SAT Math
620 - 720
SAT Writing
640 - 730
ACT Composite
28 - 32

Deadlines

Early Decision
November 15

Early Decision II
January 1

Regular
January 15

Other Admission Factors

Academic

Rigor of Secondary School Record
Class Rank
Academic GPA
Standardized Test Scores

Overall

Students Say

Oberlin College, a school “for laid-back people who enjoy learning and expanding social norms, allows each and every student to have the undergrad experience for which he or she is looking, all the while challenging the students to change themselves and the world for the better.” Oberlin is a place where students “focus on learning for learning’s sake rather than making money in a career.” As one student explains, “I didn’t plan on becoming a scholar when I entered Oberlin.…As fate would have it, I ended up loving my college classes and professors. Now I hope to be a professor of religion.” At Oberlin, “academics are very highly valued, but balanced with a strong interest in the arts and a commitment to society.” Some might suggest Oberlin puts the “liberal” in “liberal arts,” and the school’s staunchest supporters agree, stressing the school’s emphasis on open-mindedness and the belief that “one person can change the world.” Among the school’s offerings, “the sciences, English, politics, religion, music, environmental studies, and East-Asian studies are particularly noteworthy.” The presence of a prestigious music school imbues the entire campus community. One undergrad writes, “Oberlin’s greatest strength is the combination of the college and the conservatory. They are not separated, so students mix with each other all the time.” Professors here—the “heart and soul of the school”—are dedicated teachers who “treat you more like collaborators and realize that even with their Ph.D.s, they can learn and grow from you, as well as you from them.” They are “excellent instructors and fantastic people” who are “focused on learning instead of deadlines.” Undergrads also appreciate “a cooperative learning environment” in which “students bond over studying together for difficult exams.”

Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
8:1
Total Faculty
with Terminal Degree


Most frequent class size
2 - 9
Most frequent lab / sub section size
2 - 9

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
76%
Graduate in 5 years
86%
Graduate in 6 years
88%

Majors

  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences

  • Biochemistry
  • Biology

  • Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services

  • Computer and Information Sciences, General

  • Education

  • Music Teacher Education

  • Engineering

  • Engineering, General

  • English Language and Literature/Letters

  • Creative Writing
  • English Language and Literature, General

  • Foreign languages, literatures, and Linguistics

  • Ancient/Classical Greek Language and Literature
  • French Language and Literature
  • German Language and Literature
  • Latin Language and Literature
  • Russian Language and Literature
  • Spanish Language and Literature

  • Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences

  • Pre-Dentistry Studies
  • Pre-Medicine/Pre-Medical Studies
  • Pre-Veterinary Studies

  • History

  • History, General

  • Legal Professions and Studies

  • Pre-Law

  • Mathematics and Statistics

  • Mathematics, General

  • Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies

  • Biopsychology
  • Neuroscience

  • Philosophy and Religious Studies

  • Jewish/Judaic Studies
  • Philosophy
  • Religion/Religious Studies

  • Physical Sciences

  • Chemistry, General
  • Geology/Earth Science, General
  • Physics, General

  • Psychology

  • Physiological Psychology/Psychobiology
  • Psychology, General

  • Social Sciences

  • Anthropology
  • Archeology
  • Economics, General
  • Political Science and Government, General
  • Social Sciences, Other
  • Sociology

  • Visual and Performing Arts

  • Art History, Criticism and Conservation
  • Conducting
  • Dance, General
  • Digital Arts
  • Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
  • Film/Cinema Studies
  • Fine/Studio Arts, General
  • Jazz/Jazz Studies
  • Music History, Literature, and Theory
  • Music Performance, General
  • Music Theory and Composition
  • Piano and Organ
  • Violin, Viola, Guitar and Other Stringed Instruments
  • Visual and Performing Arts, General
  • Voice and Opera


Degrees

Bachelor's
Diploma
Master's
Post-Bachelor's certificate

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Prominent Alumni


Donald A. Henderson
Leader in Eradication of Small Pox

Liz Phair
Popstar

Eduardo C. Mondlane
Father of Modern Mozambique

Jerry Greenfield
Co-Founder of Ben and Jerry's Ice Cream

Julie Taymor
Creator of Broadway's The Lion King

Tracy Chevalier
novelist , author of The Girl with the Pearl Earri

Billy Cohn
Developed Cohn Cardiac Stabilizer

Dates

Financial Aid Rating
93
Application Deadlines
Feb 15
Notification Date
Apr 1

Required Forms

FAFSA
Forms CSSProfile
Forms Divorced Parent
School

Bottom Line

Oberlin’s top-notch education does not come free. The annual tuition is $48,054 and students will spend another $14,664 a year on housing, books, and required fees. That said, Oberlin is very committed to helping students financially. Ninety-six percent of needy freshmen receive need-based financial aid here, and 60 percent of the undergraduate population as a whole receive some form of financial aid. The average grant was $31,071to students who needed aid last year. Oberlin is also one of the few American universities that offer a substantial amount of aid to international students. Those who get into Oberlin will get a truly unique education. As one student exclaims, “Oberlin has let me expand my horizons in ways I never would have imagined before I got to college!”

Bang For Your Buck

With an undergrad population of about 2,800 students, Oberlin is a small and selective school. The “excellent instructors” are easily accessible to students, as Oberlin boasts an impressive 9:1 student-to faculty-ratio. “Because of the small-town atmosphere, you can get to know professors quite personally,” one student explains. Oberlin students tend to love their experience: a full 94 percent of freshmen return for sophomore year. Sixty-nine percent of students graduate in four years. “The beautiful campus” has, in addition to the worldclass music conservatory, a great art museum with a peculiar art rental program. For a mere five dollars, students are able to rent out original works of art by such renowned artists as Pablo Picasso, Salvador Dali, and Andy Warhol to hang in their dorm rooms. This is just one example of the kind of unique and forward-thinking ideas that you will fi nd while receiving Oberlin’s one-of-a-kind education.

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$33,248

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$31,071

Average Need-Based Loan
$5,170

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$23,500

Financial aid provided to international students
No

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
$49,928
Required Fees
$636
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$930

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
$4,218
Transportation for Commuters

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodoloy
Federal and Institutional

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based
 

Need-Based College/University Scholarship or Grant Aid from Institutional Funds
Need-Based Federal Pell
Need-Based Private Scholarships
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Scholarships
Need-Based United Negro College Fund

Non-Need-Based
Institutional non-need-based scholarship or grant aid is available

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs
Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
College/university loans from institutional funds
Federal Perkins Loans

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)
No

Direct Lender
No

Overall

Students Say

“If you’re a liberal, artsy, indie loner who likes to throw around the phrase ’heteronormative white privilege,’” then Oberlin might be the place for you. “We’re like the Island of Misfit Toys, but together we make a great toy chest.” “We’re all different and unusual, which creates a common bond between students.” “Musicians, jocks, science geeks, creative writing majors, straight, bi, questioning, queer, and trans [students],” all have their place here, alongside “straight-edge, international, local, and joker students.” Oberlin has a reputa- tion for a left-leaning and active student body. One undergrad observes, “They are less active politically than they would like to think, but still more active than most people elsewhere.” Another adds, “Most students are very liberal, but the moderates and (few) Republicans have a fine time of it. Every student has dif- ferent interests and isn’t afraid to talk about them.” Some here worry “Oberlin’s student body is becoming more and more mainstream each year.”

Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
2,961
Out of State
92%

Demographics

55% female
45% male
92% are out of state
99% are full time
1% are part time

Overview

Students Say

Life during the week at Oberlin can be “pretty bland,” as “almost everyone has to crack the books and study it up.” It’s not always bland, though. Some here manage to find time for the many “events [going on] each weekend—operas, plays, organ pumps, etc.,” or “rally to stage to help the oppressed.” Thursday afternoons at Oberlin means “Classical Thursdays,” an event during which “you get free beer from the college if you bring a professor to the on-campus pub.” Another feature of campus life is “the musical scene, which has its heart in the conservatory. All of the other arts—performing, studio, whatever—are intertwined with the talent in the conservatory.” On weekends, “people let loose and drink beer. Not everyone does this every weekend. Some don’t do it at all,” and “there is absolutely no pressure on those who don’t.” There are also “tons of student-produced social events like parties, fundraisers, concerts, dances, etc.,” keeping students “very connected to each other and to what’s going on in the community.” Hometown Oberlin “is a small town, and about all there is to do there is go out for pizza or Chinese, see a movie for two or three dollars at the Apollo, or go to the Feve, the bar in town.”

Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
77%
Help finding off-campus housing
Yes

Quality of life rating
68
First-Year Students living on campus
100%

Campus Environment
Rural
Fire safety rating
70

Housing Options

Apartment Single
Cooperative
Disabled Student
Dorms Coed
Dorms Female
Other
Theme Housing
Wellness Housing

Special Needs Admissions


Type of Program
For all students with disabilities

Director
Jane Boomer

College Entrance Tests Required
Yes

Interview Required
No

Documentation Requred for LD
A recent psychological evaluation.

Documentation Requred for ADHD
Yes

Special Need Services Offered

Calculator allowed in exams
Yes

Dictionary allowed in exams
Yes

Computer allowed in exams
Yes

Spellchecker allowed in exams
Yes

Extended test time
Yes

Scribes
Yes

Proctors
Yes

Oral exams
Yes

Notetakers
Yes

Distraction-free environment
Yes

Accommodation for students with ADHD
No

Reading machine
Yes

Other assistive technology
Yes

Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
125
Number of Honor Societies
3

Number of Social Sororities
0
Number of Religious Organizations
10

Sports

Athletic Division
Division III

Men's Sports (Yeoman)
12 Sports

Baseball
Basketball
Cross Country
Diving
Football
Golf
Lacrosse
Soccer
Swimming
Tennis
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Women's Sports (Yeoman)
13 Sports

Basketball
Cross Country
Diving
Field Hockey
Golf
Lacrosse
Soccer
Softball
Swimming
Tennis
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Volleyball

Student Services


LGBT Support Groups: GLBT Union

Minority Support Groups: Multicultural Resource Center

Sustainability

Oberlin College was one of the first four institutions of higher learning in the nation to sign the ACUPCC. The college is actively addressing sustainability issues on campus by conducting annual greenhouse gas inventories, developing energy efficiency projects, and working to integrate sustainability into the curriculum and all operations. Currently, 71 percent of Oberlin’s electricity comes from renewable resources, and by 2015 will be 85 percent. The college has determined that all new construction and major renovation on campus will be built to LEED Silver standard or above. The Adam Joseph Lewis Center (AJLC) for Environmental Studies is the greenest building on campus, a net-positive building featuring solar panels, recycled and environmentally friendly materials, geothermal wells, and The Living Machine, an “ecologically-engineered system that combines elements of conventional wastewater technology with the purification processes of wetland ecosystems to treat and recycle the building’s wastewater.” Equally noteworthy, the college has created six experimental wetland restoration cells on the George Jones Memorial Farm. Oberlin also boasts a Green Room rating system, a Free Store, residential composting program and recycling programs, and the student-funded “Green EDGE Fund” for sustainability and efficiency projects. The recycling program is unique in that it focuses not just on cans and plastic, but also clothing and even carpets! Oberlin has developed a Campus Resource Monitoring System, which gives students, faculty, and administration the opportunity to monitor energy use in dorms in real-time. The system also allows the college to hold a yearly competition to see which dorms can reduce its energy consumption—and thereby its carbon footprint—the most. First-year students who live in Kahn Hall, the newest residence on campus, have pledged not to bring a car on campus and to make environmental sustainability a way of life.

Green Rating
94
School Has Formal Sustainability Committee
Yes

Sustainability-focused degree available
Yes

School employs a sustainability officer
Yes

Public GHG inventory plan
Yes

% food budget spent on local/organic food
25%

Available Transportation Alternatives

Bike Share
Yes

Car Sharing Program
Yes

Carpool/Vanpool Matching Program
Yes

Cash-Out Parking
Yes

Free Or Reduced Price Transit Passes And/Or Free Campus Shuttle
Yes

Incentives Or Programs To Encourage Employees To Live Close To Campus
Yes

Indoor And Secure Bike Storage, Shower Facilities, And Lockers For Bicycle Commuters
Yes

Reduced Parking Fees For Car And Van Poolers
Yes
Data provided by Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), STARS®, as of February, 2014.

Campus Security Report

Campus Security Report

The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.

Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources: http://www.princetonreview.com/safety

The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education: http://ope.ed.gov/security


Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

Email and Web Access Available
Yes

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms
10

Average Number of PC's per Lab
34

Network Access in Dorm Rooms
Yes

Network Access in Dorm Lounges
Yes

Fee for Network Use
No

Student Web Pages Permitted
Yes

Student Web Pages Provided
No

Partnerships with Technology Companies
No

Online Class Registration Available
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers
No

Undergraduates that Own Computers
70%

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
Apple, Gateway

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses
No

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Campus Radio / TV Stations
Yes

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
Debra Chermonte
Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid

Address
Admissions Office
Carnegie Building
Oberlin, OH 44074-1075

Phone
800-622-6243

Email
joshua.levy@oberlin.edu

Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Allen Art Museum
Oberlin College Science Center
Adam Joseph Lewis Center for Environmental Studies
Mudd Library
Jesse Philips Recreational Center

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
Cleveland Art Museum
Cleveland Natural History Museum
Severance Hall (concert hall)
Tower City

Campus Tours

Campus Visiting Center
Monday-Friday and Saturdays in September-May
8:30am-5pm and 9am-noon
800-622-6243

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: No
Dates: Year-round
Times: Mon-Fri 10am, noon, 2:30pm, 4:30pm; Sat 10am, noon
Average Length: 1 hour

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
Yes

Information Sessions
Available

Times
Mon-Fri 1:30pm, Sat 11:15am

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Contact Email Address for Visit
joshua.levy@oberlin.edu

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Available

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Limitations
2-night maximum; not available during exam periods and summer; not available to juniors during April

Transportation

Types of Transportation Available to Campus
Cleveland-Hopkins International Airport is 25 minutes from the college. Public transportation is available from the airport to campus; see bus route 33 at http://www.loraincountytransit.com for details. Relatively inexpensive limousine service is also available for the ride from the airport to campus; call 216-267-8282 to arrange for this.

Driving Instructions to Campus
From the east, take I-80 (the Ohio Tpke.) to Exit 152; then take Ohio Rte. 10 W. to Rte. 20 W. Take Rte. 20 to the SR 511 exit, and take Rte. 511 W. into Oberlin. From the west, take I-80/90 to Exit 145 (Elyria-Lorain). Take Ohio Rte. 57 S. to Ohio Rte. 113; then take Rte. 113 W. to Ohio Rte. 58. Proceed south on Rte. 58 to Oberlin. From the north, take Rte 58 S. to Oberlin. From the south, take I-71 N. to the Ashland exit; take U.S. Rte. 250 E. to Ohio Rte. 89. Head north on Rte. 89 to Ohio Rte. 58, then follow Rte. 58 N. to Oberlin.

Local Accommodations
The Oberlin College Inn (Main and College Sts. across from Tappan Square; 440-775-1111) is conveniently located in downtown Oberlin, just one block from the Admissions Office. Downtown you will find a variety of restaurants, coffee shops, bookstores, and a movie theater. The Ohio Tpke. (I-80 and I-90) pass approx. 10 minutes north of Oberlin, heading west from Cleveland to Toledo. You will find familiar chains of hotels located near these major highways.