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Oberlin College Data & Information Overview

187 awards Ranking Badges
Great Price Value for Your Money
34% Acceptance Rate
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How Well Is Oberlin College Ranked?

#226 Best Colleges in Nation
#8 Best Colleges in OH
Music Highest Ranked Major
Quality Badge

2024 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 187 badges in the 2024 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is music.

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Overall Quality

College Factual ranked Oberlin as #226 out of 2,217 colleges and universities in the country on its 2024 Best Colleges list. This puts it in the top 15% of all schools in the nation.

Oberlin also holds the #8 spot on the Best Colleges in Ohio ranking.

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Is It Hard to Get Into Oberlin?

34% Acceptance Rate
63% Of Accepted Are Women
34% Submit SAT Scores

Acceptance Rate

Oberlin College has an acceptance rate of 34%, which means the school is serious about who it admits. Take your time in putting together a strong application that highlights why you are a good fit for Oberlin.

Average Test Scores

About 34% 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 680 and 750. Math scores were between 658 and 710.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Oberlin College  ( 680 to 750 )

SAT Math Scores for Oberlin College  ( 658 to 710 )
Oberlin received ACT scores from 22% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT Composite scores ranged between 30 and 34.

ACT Composite Scores for Oberlin College  ( 30 to 34 )

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Oberlin College Faculty

9 to 1 Student to Faculty
92% Full Time Teachers

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

91% Freshmen Retention
76% On-Time Graduation Rate

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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Oberlin College Undergraduate Student Diversity

2,611 Full-Time Undergraduates
28.0% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
58.6% Percent Women

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?

$34,777 Net Price
38% Take Out Loans
$20,308 Total Student Loans
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 $5,077 a year. That adds up to $20,308 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?

$47,921 Avg Salary of Grads
High Earnings Boost
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

Ohio State
2,611 Full-Time Undergraduates
Town Campus Setting
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

37 Majors With Completions
765 Undergraduate Degrees
1 Graduate Degrees
During the most recent year for which we have data, students from 37 majors graduated from Oberlin College. Of these students, 765 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
Computer Information Systems 33 $70,028
Fine & Studio Arts 33 $16,622
Mathematics 33 NA

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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