Oberlin College

573 reviews
  1. Oberlin, OH
  2. 4 Year
A
Overall Niche Grade
  1. Academics
    A+
  2. Value
    B+
  3. Diversity
    A
  4. Campus
    B+
  5. Athletics
    C+
  6. Party Scene
    B
  7. Professors
    A+
  8. Location
    B
  9. Dorms
    C+
  10. Campus Food
    B+
  11. Student Life
    A-
  12. Safety
    B-
Oberlin College is ...
Private not-for-profit
Athletic Division
NCAA Division III (with football)
Athletic Conference
North Coast Athletic Conference
Address
70 N Professor St
Oberlin, OH 44074

Oberlin College Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

Admissions

Acceptance Rate
33%
SAT Range
1260-1450
ACT Range
28-32
Application Fee
$0
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required

Cost

Net Price
$38,887/ year
National
$15,431

Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.

Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $11,788/ year
  • $30-48k
    $15,566/ year
  • $49-75k
    $19,063/ year
  • $76-110k
    $24,241/ year
  • $110k+
    $39,728/ year

Academics

Professors
A+
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
9:1
Evening Degree Programs
No
88%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.40 responses
49%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.39 responses
46%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.39 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
2,920Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
0%
Pell Grant
9%
Varsity Athletes
13%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 20 responses
Report
  • Quirky
    40%
  • Passionate
    20%
  • Empassioned
    10%
  • Individual
    10%
  • So different that they're all the same
    10%
  • Angsty
    5%
  • Viciously morally relativist
    5%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
100%
Poll
100%
of students say they don't have Greek life.30 responses
Poll
66%
of students say no one pays attention to varsity sports.56 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 22 responses
Report
  • Weird in the best way possible
    23%
  • Artsy
    18%
  • Granola
    14%
  • Hippie liberal activist hypocrites
    14%
  • Melting pot
    9%
  • Odd
    9%
  • Like a bathroom stall: grungy & covered with words
    5%

After Oberlin College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$38,400/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
88%
National
47%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
87%
National
83%
74%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.27 responses

Reviews

573 reviews
  • Excellent
    103
  • Very Good
    227
  • Average
    193
  • Poor
    34
  • Terrible
    16
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.
  • College Senior
  • July 16 2015
Great faculties-all my professors are available and are very willing to help every time I asked. The advisor system is eapaecially helpful; as an international student, I receive a lot of support from the dean of students, who helped me make an important connection with an alum. The career center and writing center are also impressive. This is the best part of this school: as long as you try to get support, you get almost everything you want from the community.

The community is friendly and supportive, but it is very very left. Also the workload is heavy-as a good academic college. I did enjoy my first semester here, but I know indeed there's gonna be much more challenges.
  • Freshman
  • 25 days ago
The overwhelming majority of professors are so passionate, quirky, and intelligent! A lot of classes let this passion bleed through and are so enjoyable and rewarding to take. There are many classes here that will rock your world! And the workload is manageable as long as you don't obsessively procrastinate.
  • College Freshman
  • Jan 19 2016