Acceptance Rate
Average HS GPA

GPA Breakdown

Over 3.75
3.50 - 3.74
3.25 - 3.49
3.00 - 3.24
2.50 - 2.99

Test Scores

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SAT Reading
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
630 - 730
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
620 - 720
SAT Writing
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
623 - 720
ACT Composite
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
29 - 33

Testing Policies

ACT Writing Policy
ACT with or without Writing accepted

SAT Essay Policy
SAT with or without Writing accepted


Early Decision
November 15

Early Decision II
January 2

January 15

Other Admission Factors


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

Selectivity Rating

Faculty and Class Information

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
Graduate in 5 years
Graduate in 6 years


  • Area, Ethnic, Cultural, and Gender Studies

  • African Studies
  • German Studies
  • Latin American Studies
  • Near and Middle Eastern Studies
  • Russian Studies
  • Women's Studies

  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences

  • Biochemistry
  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General
  • Neuroscience

  • Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services

  • Computer Science

  • Education

  • Music Teacher Education

  • Engineering

  • Pre-Engineering

  • 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

  • Mathematics and Statistics

  • Applied Mathematics
  • Mathematics
  • Mathematics, General

  • Natural Resources and Conservation

  • Environmental Studies

  • Philosophy and Religious Studies

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

  • Physical Sciences

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

  • Psychology

  • Psychology, General

  • Social Sciences

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

  • Visual and Performing Arts

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

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 PhDs, 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."


Post-Bachelor's certificate

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Interest Inventory
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School


Notable Faculty

David Orr
Paul Sears Professorship, Environmental Studies

Robin Eubanks
Associate Professor of Jazz Trombone, Conservatory Jazz Studies

Alexandre Klein
Professor of Oboe, Conservatory Winds/Brass/Percussion

Prominent Alumni

Donald A. Henderson
Leader in Eradication of Small Pox

Liz Phair

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

Academic Rating

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
Graduate in 5 years
Graduate in 6 years

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Interest Inventory
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School


ROI & Outcomes

Information from PayScale:

Starting Median Salary (Up to Bachelor's degree completed, only)

Mid-Career Median Salary (Up to Bachelor's degree completed, only)

Starting Median Salary (At least Bachelor's degree)

Mid-Career Median Salary (At least Bachelor's degree)

Percent High Job Meaning

Percent STEM

Students Say

Oberlin offers abundant opportunities for students to gain experience that may be valuable to future employers. The Career Center, for example, coordinates Winter Term internships in various fields (past sites have included the Smithsonian Institution, Global Green, and Discovery Communications), usually sponsored by Oberlin alumni. Oberlin's recruiting database, ObieOpps, makes the sometimes daunting search for internships and jobs a simple process. The Office of Undergraduate Research provides support for students interested in faculty-mentored research, and OSU has special scholars programs in areas like law, business, and entrepreneurship for undergraduates who wish to hone their skills. To draw upon the experience of Oberlin graduates, students can visit TAPPAN, an online directory with thousands of alumni career profiles. Finally, there are frequent information sessions about anything you might be interested in pursuing after graduation from Google to grad school. Oberlin graduates who visited PayScale.com reported an average starting salary of about $40,200.

And what about life after Oberlin? "The liberal arts degree prepares you to do everything, but a liberal arts college doesn't often model everything," says an art history faculty member and Oberlin alum Erik Inglis. "One of our responsibilities is to make sure students see all the different outlets for what [their] major can do." This means that Oberlin students are continually encouraged to make their own ways—to use their rich, rigorous liberal arts training to connect with their passions and go forth to be the good they want to see in the world. One impressive example: Each year, 63 percent of Oberlin students rally to contribute more than 100,000 hours of community service through the Bonner Center for Service and Learning, a college organization that teams up students, faculty, community partners, and alumni to solve pressing problems. Opportunities include acting as Ninde Scholars to mentor students attending Oberlin City Schools (often so they can be the first in their families to attend college) and joining AmeriCorps as part-time members through the Bonner Leader Program to work on initiatives in public health, the environment, veterans issues, education, and clean energy, to name a few. For fifteen incoming students who are especially passionate about kicking off lifetimes of community service, the center offers the Bonner Scholars Program, a generous, four-year scholarship initiative that requires several hours of weekly community service and participation in seven weeks of summer volunteer programs. There's also the Dalai Lama Fellows Program and Projects for Peace, competitive scholarship programs that reward and facilitate cross-cultural, inter-faith, and conflict-reducing projects at home and abroad.


Application Deadlines
Feb 1
Notification Date
Apr 1

Required Forms

Business Farm Supp
Forms CSSProfile
Forms Divorced Parent

Bottom Line

Oberlin's top-notch education does not come free. The annual tuition is $49,928 and students will spend another $15,400 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 $34,557 to 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 nine to one 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 find while receiving Oberlin's one-of-a-kind education.

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid

Average Need-Based Loan

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program

Average amount of loan debt per graduate

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package

Financial aid provided to international students

Expenses per Academic Year

Required Fees
Average Cost for Books and Supplies

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
Board for Commuters
Transportation for Commuters

On-Campus Room and Board
Comprehensive Fee

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodology
Federal and Institutional

Scholarships and Grants


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

Institutional non-need-based scholarship or grant aid is available

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs
Direct PLUS Loans
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)

Direct Lender

Financial Aid Rating


Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment



57% female
43% male
95% are out of state
99% are full time
1% are part time

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 reputation 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 different interests and isn't afraid to talk about them." Some here worry, "Oberlin's student body is becoming more and more mainstream each year."


Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
Help finding off-campus housing

First-Year Students living on campus

Campus Environment

Housing Options

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

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 mean "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."

Special Needs Admissions

Type of Program
For all students with disabilities

Jane Boomer

College Entrance Tests Required

Interview Required

Documentation Requred for LD
A recent psychological evaluation.

Documentation Requred for ADHD

Special Need Services Offered

Calculator allowed in exams

Dictionary allowed in exams

Computer allowed in exams

Spellchecker allowed in exams

Extended test time



Oral exams


Distraction-free environment

Accommodation for students with ADHD

Reading machine

Other assistive technology

Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
Number of Honor Societies

Number of Social Sororities
Number of Religious Organizations


Athletic Division
Division III

Men's Sports (Yeomen)
11 Sports

Cross Country
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Women's Sports (Yeowomen)
12 Sports

Cross Country
Field Hockey
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor

Student Services

LGBT Support Groups
Minority Support Groups: Multicultural Resource Center http://new.oberlin.edu/office/multicultural-resource-center/index/index.dot


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.

School Has Formal Sustainability Committee

Sustainability-focused degree available

School employs a sustainability officer

Public GHG inventory plan

% food budget spent on local/organic food

Available Transportation Alternatives

Bike Share

Car Sharing Program

Carpool/Vanpool Matching Program

Cash-Out Parking

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

Incentives Or Programs To Encourage Employees To Live Close To Campus

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

School Adopted A Policy Prohibiting Idling

School Developed Bicycle Plan
Data provided by Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), STARS®, as of February, 2016.

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

Email and Web Access Available

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms

Average Number of PC's per Lab

Network Access in Dorm Rooms

Network Access in Dorm Lounges

Fee for Network Use

Student Web Pages Permitted

Student Web Pages Provided

Partnerships with Technology Companies

Online Class Registration Available

Personal computer included in tuition for each student

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers

Undergraduates that Own Computers

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors

Apple, Gateway

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses

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

Campus Visits Contact

101 North Professor Street
Carnegie Building
Oberlin, OH 44074-1075



Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Allen Memorial Art Museum
Oberlin College Science Center
Adam Joseph Lewis Center for Environmental Studies
Jesse Philips Recreational Center
Cat in the Cream Coffeehouse Dionysus Disco

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Slow Train Cafe
Cowhaus Creamery
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum
Cleveland Art Museum
Cleveland Natural History Museum
Severance Hall (concert hall) Great Lakes Science Center Tower City

Campus Tours

Campus Visiting Center
Monday-Friday and Saturdays in September-May
8:30am-5pm (M-F) and 9am-noon (Sat)

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: Mon-Fri 10am, 12:30pm; Sat 10am, 12:00pm
Average Length: 1 hour

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews

Information Sessions

Mon-Fri 9:00am, 1:30pm, Sat 11:00am

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available

Contact Coach Directly

Contact Email Address for Visit
contact directly

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays

Contact Admissions Office

available through an Admissions program or if student arranges own host


Types of Transportation Available to Campus
Cleveland-Hopkins International Airport is 30 minutes away. Oberlin College has arranged with ACE Transport and Brecksville Road Transit (BRT) to offer daily airport shuttle during the academic year as well as academic break airport shuttle to provide transportation between Oberlin and the Cleveland Airport. Local cab and car services may be found at http://new.oberlin.edu/visitor/transportation.dot

Driving Instructions to Campus
Oberlin College is close to several interstate highways, including I-80 (the Ohio Turnpike), I-480, and I-90. The college is located in Northeast Ohio at the junction of state routes 58 and 511.

Local Accommodations
The Hotel at Oberlin (Main and College Sts. across from Tappan Square; 440.775.7001) is conveniently located in downtown Oberlin.