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Oberlin College Data & Information Overview

Get the facts about Oberlin College. Learn how it ranks, what majors it offers, how diverse it is, and much more. Want to dig deeper into a particular stat? Just click on its tile and you'll be taked to a more in-depth page on the figure. In addition, you can use the links below to quickly jump to any section on this page.

How Well Is Oberlin College Ranked?

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2021 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 42 badges in the 2021 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is visual and performing arts.

Overall Quality

According to College Factual's 2021 analysis, Oberlin is ranked #128 out of 1,715 schools in the nation that were analyzed for overall quality. This puts it in the top 10% of all schools in the nation.

Oberlin also holds the #4 spot on the Best Colleges in Ohio ranking.

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Is It Hard to Get Into Oberlin?

Acceptance Rate

The acceptance rate at Oberlin College is a competitive 34%, 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 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

The student to faculty ratio at Oberlin is an impressive 9 to 1. That's quite good when you compare it to the national average of 15 to 1. This is a good sign that students at the school will have more opportunities for one-on-one interactions with their professors.

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 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

The freshmen retention rate of 91% 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  91 out of 100

Graduation Rate

The on-time graduation rate for someone pursuing a bachelor's degree is typically four years. This rate at Oberlin for first-time, full-time students is 76%, which is better than the national average of 33.3%.

On-Time Graduation Rate  76 out of 100

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Excellent Overall Diversity at Oberlin

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 2,846 undergraduates at Oberlin with 2,822 being full-time and 24 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

It's not uncommon for college students to take out loans to pay for school. In fact, almost 66% of students nationwide depend at least partially on loans. 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?

The pay for some majors is higher than others, but on average, students who graduate with a bachelor's degree from Oberlin make about $40,800 a year during their first few years of employment after graduation. This is in the same neighborhood of the average college graduate's salary of $39,802 per year. However, certain majors may produce higher-paying graduates.


See which majors at Oberlin College make the most money.

Location of Oberlin College

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

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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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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.


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