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Reviews 492 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I love the people that I've met and am having a wonderful experience learning more about things in which I am interested.

3 College Senior

Overall Experience: My experience with classes and with professors have been great! I got involved in research my first winter term, I've always felt able to approach professors with questions or just to chat, and they seem to genuinely care and want to work with me when I'm having problems. Unfortunately, the support services for students are sub-par. Disability services doesn't understand that ot expends energy to go ask for accommodations or offer any guidance, they ask you what accommodations you think you might need, which is in some ways good, but if you're newly diagnosed with something it's extremely confusing. Deans and advisors are alright, but they seem to be giving lipservice to some of your concerns. they've offered to do things for me and then decidedly not done them, such as emailing professors on my behalf. I really felt like my mental illness and personal needs were not something they wanted to engage with but that they wanted to just go through the motions and seem like they were taking care of it. I also haven't been checked in with at all while on academic or personal leaves, including not getting any information about if they need forms for my return/extended departure until less than 2 weeks before the forms were due (not that I knew the deadline).

The COOPs are great, there are a lot of driven students, but it's too small, and the lack of anything else in town can feel stifling and make it hard to access medical services. Basically there's a huge disconnect between what students and even faculty want in terms of supporting the student body and what the administration is willing to do. For a private college, that's unacceptable.

4 College Junior

Overall Experience: I really had to grow into Oberlin. I wanted to transfer a couple times, but I stuck it out, and I ended up really liking it. There are a lot of strong personalities at Oberlin, and the classes are very difficult. The political climate is very heated and is very much an echo chamber, but it feels good to be immersed in social justice and politics. The people are very friendly. Overall great. My one gripe is the food. :/

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3 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: It's not that bad. Oberlin is a place where everyone is doing there own thing, so if you are still finding yourself, Oberlin will definitely challenge you.

2 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Off-campus housing is pretty bad. Not only are there incredibly limited options, the chance of even getting approved for off-campus housing is only available to around less then 3/4 of the senior class. Most people do not even try to get it. In my opinion it is not right that Oberlin forces their students to live on campus and forgo the real world experience they would gain leasing an apartment or house to live in.

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2 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Oberlin is basically a village in my mind. A village with an incredibly limited food supply. There are a few decent options for off-campus food and a few pretty bad options. Among the decent are Subway, Agave, Alladins. Then there is Too-Chinoise which is an incredibly over-priced Chinese restaurant with terrible food and Magpies which is a pretty good pizza place with outrageous prices. After a month or two of trying to escape the terrible campus dining service food, the options in town start to get incredibly boring and repetitive. The only restaurants that are actually good in my opinion are The Feve, Mandarin, Lorrenzo's, and Black River Cafe. But even those become really repetitive after a while. Since there is no way to get anywhere outside of the small village unless you know an upperclassmen with a car(they make it incredibly difficult for freshman to have cars), there is no variety or new things to try.

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2 College Freshman

Party Scene: There really isn't much of a party scene and what there is I wouldn't really even call partying. There are probably 4-5 houses that sometime throw parties on the weekends and after you have gone once it is just the same thing over and over again. If you are the type of person that wants to just go to a party and let loose after a long week of classes, this is not the place for you. They are all incredibly small and you will know everyone there. The music is generally quite terrible and live bands are a lot harder to find than one would think at a school with a world-class conservatory of music. I was highly disappointed when I explored the party scene here after going to parties at other colleges.

3 College Freshman

Administration: I have not had any run-ins with the administration at my school since I started attending in the fall. They are VERY strict about the honor code. That is the one major thing that I know about their policies. They also have a policy regarding drug and alcohol use that states if there is a medical emergency and someone needs assistance they will not be reprimanded for seeking assistance by the college. It was put in place I believe to make students feel safe to seek help in case something bad occurs involving drugs or alcohol.

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3 College Freshman

Scholarships: I received merit based scholarships from both the Conservatory and the College. They help to cover a significant portion of my tuition but with Oberlin being one of the most expensive schools in the country, even though I received a very large Talent Scholarship from the Conservatory I am still left paying quite a bit of money. My only advice for getting scholarship from the school is either be incredibly smart with high test grades and a high GPA or be an incredibly musician.

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2 College Freshman

Campus Food: The food is not good quality and the options on campus are incredibly limited. There are three dining halls on campus. However only one of them is open on the weekend and one of them is only open for dinners. There is also a very limited variety of foods at the two smaller dining halls and even the large one. I have been to dining halls at other colleges and ours just do not compare. The only pleasant place to eat is DeCafe which is a sandwhich/grocery store in the basement of the Student Union that makes sandwiches, wraps, and smoothies select times of the day. It is also rather difficult to eat healthy because the salad bars are very limited in their offerings and what they do have is very low quality. On multiple occasions I have ended up with salad or bell peppers that taste strongly of chemicals and are inedible. They also do not allow you to be off the meal plan even if you are one of the lucky few to get approved for off campus housing. You are still required to have and pay for a 7 meals a week plan, which is a whooping $4,000 that could be used to buy healthy and fresh food that you could cook at the place you are living.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: There are many things that are okay with Oberlin's on campus housing and many things that are very bad. Beginning with the okay: no matter which dorm you live in you will not have a far walk to classes or dining and the buildings are kept relatively clean. Besides those two things everything remaining is quite bad. Our housing and dining plans are incredibly expensive. They also force you to live on campus for a minimum of three years and only a select number of seniors get approved for off-campus housing. This means more money for the college and more time for us living in the subpar dorms. There is only one relatively new dorm on campus and it is quite small and only allows for freshman residents. All of the other dorms are old, have no air conditioning, are terribly sound proofed, and in some cases are falling apart. There are not really any amenities to speak of in regards to the dorms. Some of them have functioning TVs but not all. One of the dorms has a new gym in the basement but it only contains very limited cardio equipment and now free weights. They also have kitchens that are not cleaned by the janitorial staff so they become incredibly dirty by the time the RA's are forced to clean them. The housing lottery is a nightmare, with everyone praying that they will either get on campus village housing(houses) that are in better condition then the dorms or off-campus housing. It is so rare for Juniors to get village housing that most of the ones I know do not even attempt to get out of the dorms. But honestly the worst part of it for me is just how incredibly expensive it is and the fact that they do not allow you to forgo living on campus and paying for a meal plan unless you are married to a non-Oberlin student, over the age of 23(I believe), and some other crazy requirements. Around $13,000 for housing and dining a year is more then a lot of students pay for tuition without scholarship. This is one of my main complaints about Oberlin.

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3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Student health services are a joke, they aren't really open when they are supposed to be, they've given me the wrong antibiotics that made me more sick, and the counseling center has a multi month waiting list.

The campus is very safe, i would never feel unsafe walking around at any time, on campus or in town

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3 College Sophomore

Athletics: Obies are not known for their athletic interests... The gym doesn't have air conditioning and is very crowded during varsity practices. We do have a huge new football field, but only 40 students use it

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: its great if you get off-campus housing status, you get a house and its bigger and nicer and cheaper than what oberlin offers. the residential life department, however, only allows 20% of seniors to live off campus because the college makes money off of on-campus housing costs (which are certainly higher than off campus housing costs)

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: There is everything but indian food. Get feve brunch!

4 College Sophomore

Administration: You have to be selling lots of drugs that aren't weed to get in any real trouble

5 College Sophomore

Party Scene: There is a lot of stuff to do on the weekends and weekdays, most of it revolves around the music scene

2 College Sophomore

Campus Food: Don't come here for the food, but food shouldn't be your main concern when choosing a college....

the Campus Dining Services food kind of tastes like poison rubber, unless you stick to making yourself salads and yogurt and cereal.

You can join a co-op instead, which is great but also gets repetitive, lots of rice and beans... and you have to work for the co-op which is time consuming but rewarding for lots of people

Eat in town!

4 College Sophomore

Administration: I haven't had many experiences with the administration, but overall I think they do a good job of responding to student concerns in a measured way.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Food: Campus food gets extremely repetitive over time. The dining halls don't realize what they're actually good at, so often they try way too hard on making something that's not great. Some days there are few options that look edible, but some days there are good things. All campus food gets boring after a couple months, though, so you can't win.

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3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Housing is decent. The college is overall in the process of slowly renovating most buildings, but the older buildings are unfortunately not great.

3 College Freshman

Party Scene: Not the best parties, but there's something for everyone on the weekends.

4 College Freshman

Campus Food: The food is great here compared to other colleges.

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4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: So far Oberlin has been great for me. I think it's an amazing school with everything a student could need.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Great restaurants! Lots of variety in style, quality and price.

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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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