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Oberlin College Admission Requirements


Acceptance Rate

28%
Admission Difficulty for Oberlin College
Measure Difficulty
Admission StandardsElite
Applicant CompetitionHigh

Can I get into Oberlin College? The school has a 28% acceptance rate. Last year, 2,388 out of 8,518 applicants were admitted making Oberlin College a highly competitive school to get into with a lesser chance of acceptance for qualifying applicants.  Academically, it has exceptionally 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 32% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school.

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SAT Requirements

SAT Range
1310-1490
Applicants Submitting SAT
56%
SAT Scores for Oberlin College
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th 670
SAT Math 25th 640
SAT Composite 25th 1310
SAT Scores for Oberlin College
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 75th 740
SAT Math 75th 750
SAT Composite 75th 1490
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 11 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 1310 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 1220. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1400 out of 1600. 56 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 >40%
1400 to 1490 Avg + 28%-40%
1310 to 1400 Avg - 19%-28%
1220 to 1310 Reach 12%-19%
Less than 1220 Low <12%

ACT Requirements

ACT Range
29-33 
Applicants Submitting ACT
51%
ACT Scores for Oberlin College
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 25th 30
ACT Math 25th 27
ACT Composite 25th 29
ACT Scores for Oberlin College
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 75th 35
ACT Math 75th 32
ACT Composite 75th 33
ACT Scores needed to get accepted

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

Admission data indicates that Oberlin College 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 27 in some instances. Prospective students submitting an ACT composite of 31 or higher should be in the upper half of applicants - and students with a 33 and above have very competitive chances. 51 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 >40%
31 to 33 Avg + 28%-40%
29 to 31 Avg - 19%-28%
27 to 29 Reach 12%-19%
Less than 27 Low <12%

Estimated GPA Requirements

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. Even with a competitive GPA, admission to Oberlin College 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

Admission Statistics

Oberlin College admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 5,186 3,332 8,518
Accepted 1,391 997 2,388
Acceptance Rate 27% 30% 28%
Enrolled 438 324 762
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 31% 32% 32%

Fall 2019 Application Deadline

Applications are Due
Jan 15, 2019
Days left to Apply
31

Applicants have 31 days left until the Fall 2019 term applications are 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.