Oberlin College Admissions

SAT Scores, Acceptance Rate, Financial Aid & More

Oberlin College
Oberlin College. Allen Grove

Oberlin College Admissions Overview:

Oberlin College is a selective school, with an acceptance rate of only 28%. Students who are accepted, in general, have high grades, solid scores on the ACT or SAT, and an impressive application. Students can apply via the Common Application, and will also need to submit test scores, a high school transcript, and a teacher recommendation. Additional (optional) materials include a personal interview and additional recommendations. Visit the school's website for more information (including information for students interested in the Conservatory), and contact the admissions office if you have any questions or concerns. 

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Admissions Data (2016):

Oberlin College Description:

Oberlin College is one of the leading liberal arts colleges in the country, and it has a distinguished history as the first college to grant undergraduate degrees to women. The school was also an early leader in educating African Americans, and to this day Oberlin prides itself on the diversity of its student body. Oberlin's Conservatory of Music has a strong international reputation that earned it a place among our top 10 music schools in the U.S., and the strengths of the College of Arts and Sciences earned Oberlin a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa. Arts and Sciences has an 11 to 1 student / faculty ratio. The college is located in Oberlin, Ohio, 35 miles southwest of Cleveland.

Enrollment (2016):

  • Total Enrollment: 2,912 (2,895 undergraduates)
  • Gender Breakdown: 43% Male / 57% Female
  • 99% Full-time

Costs (2016 - 17):

Oberlin College Financial Aid (2015 - 16):

  • Percentage of Students Receiving Aid: 87%
  • Percentage of Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 86%
    • Loans: 38%
  • Average Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $24,765
    • Loans: $5,945

Academic Programs:

  • Most Popular Majors: Biology, East Asian Studies, Economics, English, Environmental Studies, History, Music Neuroscience, Political Science, Psychology

Graduation and Retention Rates:

  • First Year Student Retention (full-time students): 89%
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 71%
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 85%

Intercollegiate Athletic Programs:

  • Men's Sports: Football, Lacrosse, Tennis, Basketball, Soccer, Track
  • Women's Sports: Field Hockey, Softball, Swimming, Tennis, Volleyball

Data Source:

National Center for Educational Statistics

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