Chances of getting into Oberlin College

Acceptance Rate

Acceptance Rate
33.7%
Admission Difficulty for Oberlin College
Measure Difficulty
Admission StandardsExceptional
Applicant CompetitionHigh

How hard is it to get into Oberlin and can I get accepted? The school has a 34% acceptance rate ranking it #4 in Ohio for lowest rate of acceptance. Last year, 2,617 out of 7,762 applicants were admitted making Oberlin a highly competitive school to get into with a lesser chance of acceptance for qualifying applicants.  Academically, it has extremely high requirements for admission test scores, generally admitting students who score in the top 10 percent. Oberlin College typically accepts and attracts "B+" average high school students. Only 28% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school. Most incoming freshmen graduated in the top ten percent of their high school class.

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Oberlin SAT Scores

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range
1340-1490
Applicants Submitting SAT
54%
SAT Scores for Oberlin College
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th 690
SAT Math 25th 650
SAT Composite 25th 1340
SAT Scores for Oberlin College
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 75th 730
SAT Math 75th 760
SAT Composite 75th 1490
Average SAT Score 1420

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What are the SAT requirements for students to be admitted to Oberlin College?

Oberlin College typically requires applicants to be in the top 9 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 1340 on a 1600 scale, below which admission should be considered a reach. We estimate some students could be accepted with SAT's as low as 1260. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1420 out of 1600. The school ranks #2 in Ohio for highest average SAT composite score. 54 percent of applicants submit SAT scores to the school. Note: SAT scores presented on this page have been adjusted upwards per the College Board's concordance tables for test takers after March 2016.

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

Oberlin College admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness Admission Chances
1490 and Above Good >47%
1415 to 1490 Avg + 34%-47%
1340 to 1415 Avg - 23%-34%
1265 to 1340 Reach 15%-23%
Less than 1265 Low <15%
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Oberlin ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range
28-33 
Applicants Submitting ACT
56%
ACT Scores for Oberlin College
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 25th 29
ACT Math 25th 26
ACT Composite 25th 28
ACT Scores for Oberlin College
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 75th 34
ACT Math 75th 32
ACT Composite 75th 33
Average ACT Score 30

ACT Scores needed to get accepted

What are the ACT requirements for prospective students to get into Oberlin?

Admission data indicates that Oberlin regularly accepts students with ACT's of 28 and above. Successful applicants typically send ACT scores in the top 12 percent nationally. We estimate the school accepting minimum ACT composite scores around 26 in some instances. Prospective students submitting an ACT composite of 30 or higher should be in the upper half of applicants - and students with a 33 and above have very competitive chances. The school ranks #3 in Ohio for highest average ACT composite score. 56 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to Oberlin College.

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

Oberlin College admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness Admission Chances
33 and Above Good >49%
30 to 33 Avg + 34%-49%
28 to 30 Avg - 25%-34%
26 to 28 Reach 18%-25%
Less than 26 Low <18%
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Estimated GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Avg. High School GPA
3.57
Typical High School Grades
B+

You will need very good grades in high school to get into Oberlin College. The average high school GPA of the admitted freshman class at Oberlin College was 3.57 on the 4.0 scale indicating that primarily B+ students are accepted and ultimately attend. The school ranks #10 in Ohio for highest average GPA. Even with a competitive GPA, admission to Oberlin will be challenging as the school denies more applicants than it admits.

 What do these ratings mean?

High School GPA's for admitted Oberlin College students
High School GPA Freshmen Within Range Admission Chances
3.75+ 34% Good
3.50 to 3.75 28% Avg +
3.25 to 3.50 23% Avg -
3.00 to 3.25 11% Reach
2.75 to 3.00 4% Reach
2.50 to 2.75 N/A% Low
2.25 to 2.50 N/A% Low
2.00 to 2.25 N/A% Low

High School Class Rank

64% of Oberlin College freshman were in the top ten percent of their high school graduating class.

High School Class Rank for admitted Oberlin College students
High School Class Rank Freshmen Within Range
Top 10% of class 64%
Top 25% of class 86%
Top 50% of class 98%
Bottom 50% of class 2%
Bottom 25% of class 0%

Admission Statistics

Oberlin College admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 4,637 3,125 7,762
Accepted 1,588 1,029 2,617
Acceptance Rate 34% 33% 34%
Enrolled 421 307 728
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 27% 30% 28%

Fall 2019 Application Deadline

Applications were Due
Jan 15, 2019
Days left to Apply
None

The application deadline for Fall 2019 has passed. Applications were due on Jan 15, 2019.

Admission Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to Oberlin College and what considerations affect admission decisions?

Oberlin College Admission Requirements
Test Scores Required
High School GPA Required
High School Class Rank Neither required nor recommended
Completion of College Preparatory Program Required
Recommendations Required
Demonstration of Competencies Neither required nor recommended

Credits Accepted

High School Credits Accepted at Oberlin College
AP Credit Yes
Dual Credit No
Credit for Life Experiences No

Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=204501 IPEDS survey data for Oberlin College.