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Oberlin Admission Requirements

Oberlin, Ohio

Chances of getting into Oberlin College

Acceptance Rate

Acceptance Rate
36.2%
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 36% acceptance rate ranking it #6 in Ohio for lowest rate of acceptance. Last year, 2,725 out of 7,525 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 12 percent. Oberlin College typically accepts and attracts "B+" average high school students. Only 30% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school. Most incoming freshmen graduated in the top quarter of their high school class.

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Oberlin SAT Scores

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range
1280-1490
Applicants Submitting SAT
62%
SAT Scores for Oberlin College
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th 650
SAT Math 25th 630
SAT Composite 25th 1280
SAT Scores for Oberlin College
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 75th 740
SAT Math 75th 750
SAT Composite 75th 1490
Average SAT Score 1390

SAT Scores you need to get in

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

Oberlin College typically requires applicants to be in the top 14 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 1280 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 1170. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1390 out of 1600. The school ranks #2 in Ohio for highest average SAT composite score. A competitive SAT score is critical as 62 percent of applicants submit SAT scores to the school.

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2018 starting class

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 >49%
1385 to 1490 Avg + 36%-49%
1280 to 1385 Avg - 25%-36%
1175 to 1280 Reach 16%-25%
Less than 1175 Low <16%
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Oberlin ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range
29-31 
Applicants Submitting ACT
47%
ACT Scores for Oberlin College
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 25th 30
ACT Math 25th 26
ACT Composite 25th 29
ACT Scores for Oberlin College
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 75th 34
ACT Math 75th 28
ACT Composite 75th 31
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 29 and above. Successful applicants typically send ACT scores in the top 9 percent nationally. We estimate the school accepting minimum ACT composite scores around 28 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 31 and above have very competitive chances. The school ranks #3 in Ohio for highest average ACT composite score. 47 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to Oberlin College.

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2018 starting class

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

Oberlin College admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness Admission Chances
31 and Above Good >49%
30 to 31 Avg + 36%-49%
29 to 30 Avg - 25%-36%
28 to 29 Reach 16%-25%
Less than 28 Low <16%
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Oberlin GPA

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 #12 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 Competitiveness
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

GPA Data Source, Wintergreen Orchard House

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%
Data Source, Wintergreen Orchard House

Applying

Admission Statistics

Oberlin College admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 4,378 3,147 7,525
Accepted 1,664 1,061 2,725
Acceptance Rate 38% 34% 36%
Enrolled 466 339 805
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 28% 32% 30%

Fall 2020 Application Deadline

Applications were Due
Jan 15, 2020
Days left to Apply
None

The application deadline for Fall 2020 has passed. Applications were due on Jan 15, 2020.

Admission Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to Oberlin College and what student information is used for 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

Other Colleges to Consider

Other Colleges to Consider
Subject Percent of Class
C
Case Western Reserve University

Cleveland, Ohio

K
Kenyon College

Gambier, Ohio

R
University of Rochester

Rochester, New York

W
Washington and Lee University

Lexington, Virginia

R
Rose Hulman Institute of Technology

Terre Haute, Indiana

G
Georgetown University

Washington, District Of Columbia

G
George Washington University

Washington, District Of Columbia

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

FAQs

Does Oberlin College prefer SAT or ACT?

62% of students submit their SAT scores to Oberlin. 47% of applicants send their ACT scores when applying.

What is my chance of getting into Oberlin College?

36% of those who apply are granted admission to Oberlin. Admission competition is high and the college has exceptional admission standards. See if your grades and scores are good enough for admission.

What SAT score is required for Oberlin College?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have SAT scores between 1280 and 1490. 62% of students submit SAT scores when applying. See if your SAT score is good enough for admission.

What ACT score is required for Oberlin College?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have ACT scores between 29 and 31. 47% of students submit ACT scores when applying. See if your ACT score is good enough for admission.


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