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Reviews 661 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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5 College Student

Academics: The workload here can pretty much be what you make it. There are definitely people who get by doing very little work, and there are those who challenge themselves by taking hard classes and extra credits. There are definitely a whole lot of the latter than the former. Oberlin students are passionate, and that passion carries over into their schoolwork. The professors are great, for the most part.

3 College Student

Diversity: Oberlin students are generally very open-minded and accepting of diversity. However, our campus is mostly white, almost exclusively super-liberal Democrats, and filled with New Yorkers. That said, we have an amazing diversity in terms of gender and sexuality.

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4 College Student

Computers: Internet is good. Pretty much everyone has their own laptop. There are several computer labs, but in my experience they haven't been the most convenient, though they are certainly very accessible.

4 College Student

Local Atmosphere: Oberlin is a small town with not a whole lot going on. I really love the atmosphere and the familiarity students have with the town. That said, most things to do are in Cleveland, which is a pain to get to. Oberlin College also facilitates lots of work-study jobs and volunteer work with community organizations, so it's very easy for students to meet and work with community members.

5 College Student

Scholarships: I did not apply for financial aid, as my parents have relatively high incomes, but they are putting four kids through college right now so when I was awarded a substantial merit scholarship, which I did not even have to apply for, by Oberlin, it was great.

4 College Student

Health & Safety: I've never felt unsafe. Student Health is a bit of a walk, so it's a little inconvenient, but it's good.

5 College Student

Campus Housing: I've only ever lived in co-ops, which was one of the best choices of my life. Not because the dorms are bad (I wouldn't know but I hear they're fine), but because co-ops are the best things ever. There is a really close-knit community of people who really respect and care about each other. In co-ops, we decide our own rules and policies. OSCA is superb.

3 College Student

Athletics: Oberlin students aren't very interested in our sports teams, whether it is on the varsity, club, or intramural level.

5 College Student

Off-Campus Dining: There are a ton of options, most of which students love. Most are very affordable, and a couple are reserved for when parents visit and take you out.

3 College Student

Drug Safety: Drugs (mostly weed) and alcohol get used a lot around campus, but there's definitely no peer pressure and there's plenty to do without partaking. As a recovering addict, I feel completely safe and comfortable at Oberlin, despite the proliferation of pot smoking.

3 College Student

Weather: It's cold and snowy, which would be ok, except that because it's in Ohio, it's flat, so there are no mountains for alpine or telemark skiing. Not only that, but there are no groomed cross country ski trails in Lorrain County.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: My dorm is not great, but there are definitely some nice ones. Once you get past freshman year, you can do pretty well for yourself, but it's not PERFECT by any stretch.

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: I don't partake in the consumption of drugs and alcohol and feel little to no pressure to do so at Oberlin. However, a lot of the social scene revolves around that, so if you abstain it can be difficult to find something fun to do on Friday and Saturday night.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: As a foodie, I'm pretty picky, but this town has something for everyone. The middle eastern food is great, the health food store is excellent, there's good ice cream, and the coffee shops are wonderful.

2 College Freshman

Weather: It's cold and grey for almost the entire year. Coming from California has been difficult.

4 College Freshman

Diversity: While, ideologically, it's the kind of place that would make FDR look like Milton Friedman, in terms of sexuality and race it's fairly diverse.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: As a white male I feel safe in every situation anyways, but overall I feel especially safe here.

3 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: It's a cute small town with some charm and great food, but it's DEFINITELY not a city.

4 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: They are pretty lenient regarding most illegal activities, which is nice for people who want to participate in said activities.

4 College Freshman

Academics: The workload is heavy but not excessive.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Its not too bad, but it could use some updating.

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Weather: Its too cold. Its terrifyingly cold.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I have not yet felt particularly uncomfortable or scared on the campus. I've also been impressed with Student Health Services; they treated me very professionally and efficiently when I went to be seen.

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3 College Freshman

Athletics: We have decent athletics, but nobody pays attention to me. The gym, on the other hand, is pretty much terrible. The aerobics equipment is located in a hallway and everything else is hard to find.

3 College Freshman

Weather: It's been interesting as a Californian in Ohio, though I'm really tired of grey skies and I'd rather it was about 20 degrees warmer in the winter.


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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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