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Oberlin College

Oberlin, Ohio

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Oberlin College overview
Location Oberlin, Ohio
Online oberlin.edu
School Type Private 4 Year
Setting Midsize Suburban
Oberlin College overview
Size Small
Status Non-profit
On Campus Housing Yes
Level of Study Undergrad/Graduate
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Oberlin College, founded in 1833 and located in Oberlin, Ohio, is a private liberal arts college and conservatory of music renowned for its progressive history, including being the first college to grant undergraduate degrees to women and the first to adopt a policy to admit students of any race. Situated 35 miles southwest of Cleveland, the college presents a suburban campus noted for its distinct architectural blend of historic and contemporary buildings, with residence halls providing on-campus living for students. Oberlin is characterized by its intense academic ethos, with a wide range of majors, but is particularly known for its strong music and art programs. The college enrolls a diverse student body and maintains a highly selective admissions process. While not primarily recognized for its athletics, Oberlin competes in NCAA Division III as the Yeomen and Yeowomen.

In the most recent statistical year 11,066 prospective students applied, and 3,859 were granted admission.  Of those admitted 882 enrolled in the school.  2,984 students are enrolled on a full time basis, and 8 attend part time. In-state tuition for 2022/2023, excluding room and board, is $61,106 plus fees of $918. Oberlin is ranked 148 nationally in the CollegeSimply.com 2024 U.S. Colleges Ranking.












Oberlin is rated within the top 26% of four-year colleges nationally and earns a CollegeSimply grade of 8 out of 10. Learn how ratings are calculated


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Admission Standards

Oberlin College overview
SAT 1360/1530
ACT 30/33
GPA 3.67

Applications Accepted

Oberlin College overview
Applications Due Jan 15, 2024
Applicant Competition High
Application Fee $100

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Annual Cost to Attend


Costs for Oberlin College
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$1,908
Other Fees$918
Room and Board $18,390
Budget for Other Expenses$1,908
Total One Year Cost$84,230

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Average Salary After 10 Years

$43,900 per year

Bachelor's Degree Graduation Rate

88% within 6 years

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Popular Areas of Study

Popular subjects studied by Oberlin College students
Subject Percent of Class
Visual and Performing Arts 26%
Social Sciences 13%
Biology 12%
English and Literature 9%
Ethnic Studies 9%

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