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Oberlin College Data & Information Overview

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How Well Is Oberlin College Ranked?

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2023 Rankings

In its yearly rankings, College Factual analyzes over 2,000 colleges and universities to determine which ones are the best in a variety of categories, such as overall value, quality, diversity, which schools are the best for each major, and much more.

Oberlin College was awarded 265 badges in the 2023 rankings.

Overall Quality

According to College Factual's 2023 analysis, Oberlin is ranked #118 out of 2,241 schools in the nation that were analyzed for overall quality. This puts it in the top 10% of all schools in the nation. This is an improvement over the previous year, when Oberlin held the #161 spot on the Best Overall Colleges list.

Out of the 96 colleges in Ohio, Oberlin is ranked at #4.

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Is It Hard to Get Into Oberlin?

Acceptance Rate

The acceptance rate at Oberlin College is a competitive 35%, so make sure you take your application seriously when putting it together. Even leaving out a minor detail could be a reason to move you to the rejection pile.

Average Test Scores

About 63% of students accepted to Oberlin submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 650 and 690. Math scores were between 620 and 670.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Oberlin College  ( 650 to 690 )

SAT Math Scores for Oberlin College  ( 620 to 670 )
Oberlin received ACT scores from 41% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT Composite scores ranged between 28 and 33.

ACT Composite Scores for Oberlin College  ( 28 to 33 )

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Oberlin College Faculty

Student to Faculty Ratio

At Oberlin, the student to faculty ratio is an excellent 9 to 1. That's much better than the national average of 15 to 1. This indicates that many classes will probably be small, and students will have ample opportunites to work closely with their professors and classmates.

Percent of Full-Time Faculty

When estimating how much access students will have to their teachers, some people like to look at what percentage of faculty members are full time. This is because part-time teachers may not have as much time to spend on campus as their full-time counterparts.

The full-time faculty percentage at Oberlin College is 92%. This is higher than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  92 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at Oberlin College

Freshmen Retention Rate

The freshmen retention rate of 83% tells us that most first-year, full-time students like Oberlin College enough to come back for another year. This is a fair bit higher than the national average of 68%. That's certainly something to check off in the good column about the school.

Freshmen Retention Rate  83 out of 100

Graduation Rate

Students are considered to have graduated on time if they finish their studies within four years. At Oberlin the on-time graduation rate of first-time, full-time students is 75%. That is great when compared to the national average of 33.3%

On-Time Graduation Rate  75 out of 100

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Oberlin College Undergraduate Student Diversity

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 2,647 undergraduates at Oberlin with 2,611 being full-time and 36 being part-time.

How Much Does Oberlin College Cost?

The overall average net price of Oberlin is $34,777. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group. See the table below for the net price for different income groups.

Net Price by Income Group for Oberlin

$0-30 K $30K-48K $48-75 $75-110K $110K +
$8,756 $13,745 $21,401 $29,172 $44,465

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.Note that the net price is typically less than the published for a school. For more information on the sticker price of Oberlin, see our tuition and fees and room and board pages.

Student Loan Debt

While almost two-thirds of students nationwide take out loans to pay for college, the percentage may be quite different for the school you plan on attending. At Oberlin, approximately 38% of students took out student loans averaging $4,925 a year. That adds up to $19,700 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Oberlin is 2.0%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

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How Much Money Do Oberlin Graduates Make?

Although some majors pay more than others, students who graduate from Oberlin with a bachelor's degree go on to jobs where they make an average salary of $47,921 in their early years. That's great news for Oberlin students since it is 13% more than the average college graduate's salary of $42,485 per year.


See which majors at Oberlin College make the most money.

Location of Oberlin College

Oberlin College is a private not-for-profit institution located in Oberlin, Ohio. Oberlin is a good match for students who enjoy small-town life.

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Contact details for Oberlin are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 70 N Professor St, Oberlin, OH 44074
Phone: 440-775-8411

Oberlin College Majors

During the most recent year for which we have data, students from 37 majors graduated from Oberlin College. Of these students, 771 received undergraduate degrees and 1 graduated with a master's or doctor's degree. The following table lists the most popular undergraduate majors along with the average salary graduates from those majors make.

Most Popular Majors Bachelor’s Degrees Average Salary of Graduates
Music 100 $20,910
General Biology 50 $28,688
Political Science & Government 49 NA
General Psychology 45 $28,538
Area Studies 41 $19,436
Economics 34 $57,721
History 34 $28,902
Mathematics 33 NA
Fine & Studio Arts 33 $16,622
Computer Information Systems 33 $70,028

Learn more about the majors offered at Oberlin College along with which ones have the highest average starting salaries.

Learn more about online learning at Oberlin College.

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Notes and References


*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.


More about our data sources and methodologies.