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
7,438
Acceptance Rate
30%
Average HS GPA
3.59

GPA Breakdown

36%
Over 3.75
26%
3.50 - 3.74
23%
3.25 - 3.49
12%
3.00 - 3.24
4%
2.50 - 2.99

Test Scores

SAT Reading
650 - 740
SAT Math
620 - 715
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

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
9:1
Total Faculty
with Terminal Degree


Most frequent class size
10 - 19
Most frequent lab / sub section size
2 - 9

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
86%
Graduate in 5 years
99%
Graduate in 6 years
100%


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

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
$48,054
Required Fees
$628
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$930

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
$6,054
Transportation for Commuters

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodoloy
Federal and Institutional

Scholarships and Grants
Need College Aid Gift
Need Federal Pell Grant
Need Private Sch Grant
Need SEOG
Need State Sch Grant
Need United Negro College Fund

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

“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
2,894
Out of State
92%

Demographics

54% female
46% male
92% are out of state
99% are full time
1% are part time

Overview

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
90%
Help finding off-campus housing
Yes

Quality of life rating
68
First-Year Students living on campus
0%

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

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

Admissions Office 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.