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Reviews 559 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Some of the buildings are kind of janky, but some are also really nice and new. The same goes for houses- except some of the really old houses are sort of decrepit. But in a nice vintage-y type way.

3 College Freshman

Athletics: It's a D3 school, so it's not great. The student body doesn't really care much about athletics.

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Never before have I been in a place where individualism and self expression are so thoroughly cherished and celebrated.

4 College Junior

Party Scene: Parties are really fun to go to with friends, if you like that sort of thing, and if you don't you can guarantee there are about a million other things you can do.

4 College Junior

Party Scene: The parties people throw are usually really fun to go to with friends. There's always good music playing and generally a fun, happy atmosphere. My favorite parties are Halloween parties because everyone's costumes are always so great. It's great to just, after a long week at school, go out and have fun and be goofy with your friends.

5 College Junior

Academics: Honestly, the Academics are the part of Oberlin I have no qualms about. I'm not a straight A student by any means, but I enjoy every class I've ever taken at Oberlin and my professors are always competent and nice. The registration process gets easier every year, as does the workload. One thing I wish I had learned sooner was that there's an Office of Disability Services available to those with learning disabilities/any issue that might get in the way of academics. The Office has helped me so much, and has really kept me on the right track.

3 College Junior

Diversity: I think on the surface, people are really accepting here, but I do worry about some of my friends who fall under "minority" categories, just because this school isn't very ethnically diverse, and that can be hard for them. When it comes to sexual/gender orientations, people are generally really accepting, and there are a diverse number of LGBT people on campus. The political scene on campus is pretty homogenously liberal, but you can still get interesting discussions going. I'd say in terms of religion, a lot of people on campus are culturally Jewish/Christian, but don't practice. But there are many opportunities to get involved in Jewish life on campus. And there's a Kosher/Halal Co-op for Jewish and Muslim students who want to observe food law.

3 College Junior

Drug Safety: I know plenty of people who do lots of drugs/alcohol and I know plenty of people who never do anything like that, and both groups have really active, happy social lives. Sometimes people from either groups are even friends with each other. In my experience, people really don't like to pressure others into doing things they're not comfortable with.

4 College Junior

Overall Experience: I've taken so many great classes here, taught by great professors. When I came in as a first year, I wanted to take Russian, and now, as a third year, I feel like I'm conversationally fluent. I watch Russian films without subtitles, and I owe it all to my fantastic Russian professors. I also feel like I lucked out in all of the science courses I've taken, I've never had a bad science professor here. I've never had a bad professor, period. I always like my professors and TA's and I always feel like I can come to them to ask for help.

4 College Junior

Overall Experience: The "Obie" Network is really strong, and I feel confident that I can use resources provided to me by that network to find a job after school.

5 College Junior

Health & Safety: I think this is one of the safest campuses due to the attitude of students here about consent. Consent is viewed as really important here and students and faculty do everything they can to make sure people feel safe here.

4 College Junior

Campus Housing: I've always had good luck with housing. First year, I lived in Noah, an upper class dorm. It was a nice dorm, but I wouldn't recommend that for the first year, since I would have liked to have met/hung out with first years my age. Second year I lived in Burton, which was great, since I knew people there. Burton is also a fantastic building. My third year, I lived in Talcott (a.k.a. Hogwarts), which was a beautiful building, and had great rooms. Housing on campus is usually pretty great.

3 College Junior

Athletics: I'm not very familiar with the sports/athletic life on campus, and I'd say that's standard for most non-athletes at the school. The athletes I know are stellar and really cool people, but Oberlin is not known for being sporty.

3 College Junior

Overall Experience: I had a really rough start. The transition was so difficult for me, for whatever reason. But people around me were pretty sensitive to that, and I've slowly found my niche in Oberlin, it's just taken me a really long time, and it's still a learning process. A lot of people at my school recognize that everyone has their own struggles, so a lot of people are really understanding and care about me and my wellbeing. My freshman year, my experience was "It's the Worst" and now my experience is "It's great." So, over all my school experience has been "Okay." Hopefully next year it'll be better.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Some dorm rooms are small but typical from what I have seen at other college or universities. Would really appreciate a sink/water source in every room.

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: There is a new mindset that bright smart students can be great athletes as well. The College is attracting better athletes to go along with the very high achieving student status. All programs seem to be on the upswing. New football stadium to attract better athletes too.

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5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Great college with an eclectic group of students with progressive ideas and socially active.

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3 College Junior

Campus Housing: Program Housing and Co-ops are great, but the Off-Campus housing lottery is a really terrible system that disadvantages low-income students.

1 College Junior

Athletics: Athletics play a very small role in Oberlin's culture.

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4 College Junior

Overall Experience: I actually really love Oberlin.

1 College Senior

Diversity: if you're not a moral relativist or atheist, it's extremely hard to fit in here

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1 College Senior

Health & Safety: There is way to much sexual assault and drunken hook-ups at this school.

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4 College Senior

Overall Experience: Most professors are pretty good and there are some really cool classes in the Conservatory, but the Historical Performance Department is ridiculously disorganized and doesn't deserve it's international reputation.

5 College Senior

Overall Experience: As far as a music performance degree, it's one of the best.

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3 College Senior

Campus Housing: it's fine but most buildings are old and gross

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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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