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If you want to know more about Oberlin College, such as what majors does it offer, how diverse it is, how well it ranks, and more, this is your one-stop resource. If you're interested in learning more about a particular stat, just click on its tile to go to a new page that covers the topic more in-depth. Also, you can jump to any section of this page by clicking one of the links below.

How Well Is Oberlin College Ranked?

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2021 Rankings

College Factual recognizes the best colleges and universities in its annual rankings. These rankings include categories for best overall colleges, best colleges for each major, best value schools, and much more.

Oberlin College was awarded 46 badges in the 2021 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is visual and performing arts.

Overall Quality

Oberlin landed the #128 spot in College Factual's 2021 ranking of best overall colleges in the United States. The higher ed experts analyzed 1,715 colleges and universities across the nation to determine this ranking. 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 #210 spot on the Best Overall Colleges list.

Oberlin is also ranked #4 out of 80 schools in Ohio.

See all of the rankings for Oberlin College.

Is It Hard to Get Into Oberlin?

Acceptance Rate

If you're applying to Oberlin College you'll face some tough competition, since the school's acceptance rate is only 34%. Definitely don't wait until the last minute to submit your application, since applying early may be in your favor.

Average Test Scores

About 54% 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 720. Math scores were between 630 and 730.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Oberlin College  ( 650 to 720 )

SAT Math Scores for Oberlin College  ( 630 to 730 )
Oberlin received ACT scores from 56% 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

In addition to the student to faculty ratio, some people look at what percentage of faculty members are full-time as a sign of how much time professors will be able to spend with their students. This is because part-time teachers may not be be on campus as much as their full-time counterparts.

The full-time faculty percentage at Oberlin College is 93%. This is higher than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  93 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at Oberlin College

Freshmen Retention Rate

Oberlin College has a freshmen retention rate of 91%. That's a good sign that full-time students like the school and their professors enough to want to stick around for another year. It's also a sign that the admissions team did a good job in choosing applicants who were a good fit for the school.

Freshmen Retention Rate  91 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 76%. That is great when compared to the national average of 33.3%

On-Time Graduation Rate  76 out of 100

Find out more about the retention and graduation rates at Oberlin College.

Excellent Overall Diversity at Oberlin

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 2,827 undergraduates at Oberlin with 2,790 being full-time and 37 being part-time.

Oberlin Diversity Score

For each college and university, College Factual calculates an overall diversity score that takes four factors into account: gender, ethnicity, age, and home location of the student. Then, the schools with the best mixtures of students with respect to these factors are ranked the highest.

With an overall score of 97.44 out of 100, Oberlin is one of the most diverse schools in the nation.

Overall Diversity Score  97.44 out of 100
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How Much Does Oberlin College Cost?

The overall average net price of Oberlin is $35,555. 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 +
$14,092 $14,001 $20,483 $30,213 $43,873

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 41% of students took out student loans averaging $5,884 a year. That adds up to $23,536 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 $40,800 in their early years. This is right on par with the average college graduate's salary of $39,802 per year. Also, graduates in your major field may make more.


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. The location of Oberlin is a good match for students who are interested in living in a college town while they pursue their degree.

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Location of Oberlin College

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, 872 received undergraduate degrees and 2 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 118 $17,600
History 55 NA
Political Science & Government 50 NA
Fine & Studio Arts 48 NA
General Biology 48 $21,500
General English Literature 46 $19,000
Economics 44 $39,100
Natural Resources Conservation 43 $17,400
General Psychology 36 $20,600
Area Studies 35 $16,700

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

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