Oberlin, OH
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Reviews 702 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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4 College Senior

Campus Strictness: The college is not very strict about non-academic rules such as drinking. They are more concerned with the students being safe.

3 College Senior

Nightlife: Parties are almost entirely at student houses, and sometimes dorm rooms. There is really only one bar near the campus.

4 College Senior

Guys & Girls: Many girls either dress well or dress very interestingly. A lot of people at Oberlin are free spirits in one way or another.

3 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: The college wants most people to live on campus and will not allow most students to live off campus until their junior year at earliest. In the same vein, they will provide no assistance for you to look for off campus housing.

5 College Senior

Overall Experience: Many professors are excited about what they're teaching and are happy to be teaching in general. Courses are generally small and personal, and though the work can be demanding you can learn a lot.

4 College Senior

Overall Experience: Oberlin is a tight-knit community, and that extends to life after college. There is a large alumni network and lots of people willing to help you get your foot in the door.

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3 College Senior

Campus Housing: Campus is very small, while it's nice to be close to everything it can sometimes feel crowded. Live-in co-ops are very social and friendly, there is less community in normal dorms.

4 College Senior

Campus Dining: Food is better than most other campus's that I've been to. However dining through the campus services means limited hours for meals, ending at 7:30pm or 8pm.

4 College Junior

Campus Dining: Compared to other colleges that I visited, Oberlin's food is great. Students often get sick of it over the semester, but that happens at every college. Oberlin has a lot of great vegan and vegetarian options. The dining hall staff tries really hard to create meals with a lot of variety and quality.

2 College Junior

Diversity: There isn't a lot of diversity on campus. Although Oberlin is very aware of ethnic, racial, and sexual diversities, when it comes to different political and religious beliefs students can be rude. Oberlin is a liberal place and students often take that for granted, thinking that all students are Democratic and Atheist like them.

4 College Junior

Facilities: It is really awesome that Oberlin has a conservatory attached to it. Oberlin's music scene is awesome.

4 College Junior

Facilities: Because there isn't a lot to do in the town, there are always a ton of things to do on campus.

4 College Junior

Campus Strictness: Oberlin does a great job of making sure that students are safe while still understanding that it's college in a small town with little else to do.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Although there is a lot of variety for the size of the town, overtime a lot of the food and restaurants get really boring. The food is good, but sometimes you just want to get out and discover something more interesting.

3 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: There's not a ton to do off campus, but there's so much charm. Sometimes the community even hosts events for students like parades or cook outs. Overall there's a really good relationship between the town and the college.

5 College Junior

Academics: Geology is an awesome major. The faculty is so invested and enjoy what they're doing. A perk of being a geology major is the number of field trips and hands on activities.

5 College Junior

Academics: Academics at Oberlin are hard, but most of the professors are wonderful and truly invested in their students. There is no curriculum, and students can basically take whatever they want. The workload is a lot, but since you get to choose everything you take, a lot of students are really invested and enjoy the work they are doing so it isn't a big deal.

3 College Junior

Athletics: When it comes to varsity athletics, very few students outside of the sports community pays attention. When it comes to intramural sports, however, many more students are involved and enjoy them.

4 College Junior

Campus Housing: There are definitely different quality dorms with different stereotypes attached to them. There are a lot of nice dorms on campus and there are a lot of different room types so it's easy to find an option that fits what you want.

4 College Junior

Majors: In order to get into any major, you have to plan out your next few semesters at Oberlin. It wasn't hard at all and the Geology staff is great!

5 College Junior

Majors: I love being a geology major. The faculty is so welcoming. Geology classes are often fun because there are a lot of opportunity for field trips. There's also research available and plenty of internships.

3 College Sophomore

Diversity: A lot of debate about this on campus. I'm almost afraid to say anything about it.

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4 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: We're a strange bunch, but if you feel comfortable in out tight knit community, you will find kindred spirits everywhere.

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3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: You learn to love the local restaurants, but when you leave Oberlin you realize that they're not actually that good.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Depends on which dorm you're in. If you're a freshman looking for freshman-only housing, be warned that Barrows and Dascomb are going to be gross and loud.

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Veronica Colegrove
Cincinnati, Ohio
Latin/Computer science
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No matter how critical Oberlin students tend to be, they rarely deny the quality of education they receive. In fact, most students are more than appreciative of the unique academic and cultural opportunities Oberlin offers, and are hard pressed to think of a school they’d rather be at. Students who are frustrated with their experience often complain about the small, insular environment, long, cold winters, and the heavy workload. Those who thrive with Oberlin’s stimulating academics and interesting student body are those willing to accept the challenges inherent to attending a small, liberal arts institution. Here you won’t experience the aspects of a state university education, such as Greek life, large sports, a lot of hotties, or packed classes. But that is the point--Oberlin prides itself in being everything that a state university is not.

Many students take for granted the fact that Oberlin, for an undergraduate institution of its size, has one of the most impressive library and art collections in the country, and that the Conservatory provides students with a constant repertoire of world-class music. The opportunities you will receive at Oberlin are countless, but it is up to you to find your place within the mosaic of different beliefs, interests, and passions, and to take advantage of all the available resources. Oberlin provides students with all the tools necessary for a unique and challenging experience, and can affect you to the point you realize the old Oberlin adage is true—once an Obie, always an Obie.

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