Oberlin College
Oberlin, OH 44074


Type 4 year
Control Private
Business model Not for Profit
Campus size Small
Campus locale Town
Degrees offered Undergrad & Graduate
Calendar system 4-1-4
Total enrollment 2,912
Religious affiliation None
Students with disability 20%
Student to faculty ratio 9:1
Campus housing
Dormitory capacity 2,600 students
Freshmen are required
to live on campus
Types of Programs Offered
Postbaccalaureate Recreational or avocational education
Adult basic remedial or high school equivalent
High school education
Medical Degree
Special Learning Opportunities
Weekend/evening classes
Study abroad
Teacher certification
ROTC - Army
ROTC - Navy
ROTC - Air Force
Student Services Offered
On-campus day care for students' children
Remedial services
Academic/career counseling services
Employment services for students
Placement services for graduates


Acceptance Rate
(Fall 2016)

Oberlin College is very selective in its admission process. In Fall 2016, it received 8,518 applications and only 2,388 students were granted admission. Oberlin College is at the #26 spot (in a scale of 1 to 100) in terms of admission difficulty out of 1,781 4 year colleges in the U.S.

Among other admission requirements, applicants must submit ACT or SAT test scores in order to get their application considered. In Fall 2016, 51% of the enrollees submitted ACT scores and 56% submitted SAT scores.

Test Scores

Students admitted and enrolled in Fall 2016 have test scores in the following ranges.
SAT1250 to 1450
ACT29 to 33
Learn more about admission requirments

Tuition & Fees

In 2016-2017 academic year, Oberlin College's tuition was $51,324 for all students regardless of residency (91.6% more expensive than the national average tuition of a typical 4-year private institution)

Follow the link below to learn more about additional cost components such as books and supplies, room and board and other expenses.

Average Net Price
National Average = $22,127
In State Tuition
National Average = $26,792
Out of State Tuition
National Average = $26,792
Learn more about tuition & fees

Financial Aid

In 2016-2017 academic year, 87% of Oberlin College's full-time freshman students were awarded some type of financial aid. 9% of the students received need based financial assistance from the federal government with an average amount of $4,375 (which is 0.6% below the national average.)

The total number of federal student loan recipients at Oberlin College in 2016-2017, was 268, which is 35% of the total eligible students. The average loan amount given out to these students was $6,099 (which is 3.5% above the national average.)

Pell Grant
National Average = $4,400
Federal Loan
National Average = $5,895
Financial aid
National Average = 92%
Learn more about financial aid

Student Body

In Fall 2016, Oberlin College has enrolled a total of 2,912 students (2,886 students full-time and 26 on a part-time basis). Out of the total 2,912 students, 32 of those students were transfer students. The gender ratio of the new enrollee was 43% men and 57% women and 2,895 students were enrolled for undergraduate programs and 17 for graduates studies.

Total Enrollment

Student Diversity

White: 66%

Non-resident alien: 9%

Hispanic: 8%

Two or more races: 7%

Black/African American: 5%

Asian: 4%

Race/ethnicity unknown: 1%

Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander: 0%


Listed below are the 10 largest majors offered at Oberlin College.

Study areas with their online column set to zero are those programs that have an online option but there was no graduate in 2016-2017 academic year.
Study Areas Percent Total Graduates Online
Visual And Performing Arts 13% 92
Social Sciences 10% 66
English Language And Literature/letters 8% 52
Foreign Languages, Literatures, And Linguistics 6% 40
Biological And Biomedical Sciences 4% 30
Area, Ethnic, Cultural, Gender, And Group Studies 4% 30
Natural Resources And Conservation 4% 26
History 4% 26
Mathematics And Statistics 3% 20
Philosophy And Religious Studies 3% 20

Graduation & Dropout Rates

Graduation rate
national average: 55%

Graduation rate is a key indicator of an institution's education quality and the level of academic and financial support provided to students.

The following section details graduation and dropout rates of Oberlin College full-time students who started class in 2010 and graduated or dropped out prior to August 31, 2016.

Still enrolled
Dropout rate
Transfered out

The above graduation rate is the percentage of students who graduated within 150% of the normal graduation time. For a 4 year degree program, 150% of 4 years is 6 years and for a 2-year program 150% is 3 years.

Earnings After College

Median Annual Income
national average: $33,604

The typical median income of Oberlin College graduates 6 years after enrollment is $26,400. Last year, out of the total 508 graduates who entered the institution 6 years ago, 467 were reported to have been employed. On the same note, out of 646 graduates, who enrolled 10 years ago, 556 were employed.

6 years after enrollment 10 years after enrollment
Annual Income $26,400 $40,200
Employment Rate 92% 86%
Total Graduates 508 646

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30.4 mile away
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