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Founded in 1833, Oberlin College. is a Private college. Located in Ohio, which is a city setting in Ohio, the campus itself is Town. The campus is home to 2,895 full time undergraduate students, and 17 full time graduate students.
The Oberlin College Academic calendar runs on a Four-one-four plan basis. In the school year the student to faculty ratio was 9:1. There are 326 full time instructional teachers. Degrees awarded at Oberlin College include: Bachelor's Degree, Masters Degree, Post-master's certificate, Doctor's degree.
Admissions at are considered More Selective, with ,46% of all applicants being admitted.
In the school year, of the students who applied to the school, only 9 of those who were admitted eventually ended up enrolling.
100% of incoming freshmen are in the top half of their high school class. 90% were in the top quarter, and 68% were in the top tenth. You can apply online.
We asked, and students answered these important questions about student life at Oberlin College.
86 Students rated on-campus housing 3.5 stars. 10 % gave the school a 5.0.
60 Students rated off-campus housing 3 stars. 0 % gave the school a 5.0.
87 Students rated campus food 3.4 stars. 13 % gave the school a 5.0.
86 Students rated campus facilities 3.8 stars. 20 % gave the school a 5.0.
86 Students rated class size 4.5 stars. 57 % gave the school a 5.0.
86 Students rated school activities 4.3 stars. 53 % gave the school a 5.0.
88 Students rated local services 3.7 stars. 23 % gave the school a 5.0.
86 Students rated academics 4 stars. 33 % gave the school a 5.0.
19 Students rated Oberlin College
When I first arrived, I already had a pretty good impression of the place. But from living here, studying here, and just utilizing all of the facilities the campus has to offer, I fell in love with this place. The atmosphere is great, it's the perfect kind of small college town, and studies are wonderful. There's no better place to study as an undergraduate.
Academically, the school is excellent. All the professors are experts in their field and extremely passionate about their subjects. The small class sizes are amazing and really encourage intellectual growth and discussion. I also find that the opportunities on campus are fantastic. Because there is no graduate school, there are countless research and publishing opportunities for students. I got a paid research opportunity at the campus art museum my freshman year. Faculty are extremely helpful in terms of finding opportunities and internships, and Oberlin is one of the top Fullbright producers in the country.
In terms of campus life, it really is what you make of it. The dorms are run down and there are limited options when it comes to food. The real highlight is the music scene here on campus. There are around 3-7 concerts every week, ranging from full classical orchestras to hyperpop to rap, and all of them are free. Nightlife mostly revolves around these concerts, since Oberlin is not really a party school and has no greek life. There is a party scene on campus if you're looking for it, but most students prefer smaller dorm parties with their friends. There is also a huge scene for weed and psychedelics. The location does kinda suck, but the sheer number of activities and events that the college offers really does make up for it.
I would not do justice describing Oberlin as just an incredible college with wonderful teachers and students. Oberlin is a college that pushes creativity and individuality. Its community is widely diverse, and welcoming. I feel safe at my school in every aspect. Students and professors alike are proud of the fact that we are a tight-knit family, and we have each others back. I would highly recommend this school to people who are looking to finding their own voice/ sense of self in a safe and accepting community.
The fall 2020 acceptance rate for Oberlin College is 28%. That means, out of _____ applications received in 2020 , _____ students were offered admission. The number of males who applied was _____ vs the number of females which was _____.
Students are militant about their political correctness.
Couldn't be happier!
What a great world we live in, blue skies, green grass, clear water. I wouldn't change a single thing!
Basil (Baz) Simon spinning huge fire poi for Oberlin College's Beltain Festival.
Visit the college. Speak to students, sit in on classes that pique your interest, and attend a concert or party to get a sense of the scene. Be honest with yourself about whether you would be excited to spend four years there. If you are debating between a few, make a check list for each one and weigh your priorities with what each school offers. Is the social environment too judgemental? Did the classes seem challenging? Do the living options suit your taste? Once you have decided and been accepted, you may be overwhelmed with the number of extracurricular activities that you can choose from. I would encourage you to be realistic. Choose a reasonable courseload that will allow you to enjoy life and excel at classes. Choose activities that supplement your interests and serve a more enriching purpose, such as an athletic outlet. Friends will come through shared experiences and activities, and you may not find best friends right away. Be up front with your roommates to avoid lingering problems, and address your professors directly with questions, concerns, or for advice on paper topics and structure. They're there to help you! Figure out how to get enough sleep.
The people at Oberlin are what make it unique. You are constantly surrounded by a diverse student body who have done things you've never heard of. Everyone is really nice, friendly, and welcoming. Also, Oberlin is a small place so you run into everyone a lot, even if you don't want to!
Try everything, it's all amazing.
It's so far left-leaning that it cuts down on some of the political and socioeconomic diversity that would keep things more interesting and balanced.
Oberlin is full of people who believe that one person can change the world.
Someone who is willing to work hard for one of the best educations money can buy. Musicians will find the conservatory perfect for anyone.
Oberlin has an extremely progressive history. It's known for openly challenging the status quo and taking deliberate steps to change it. It was the first American institution of higher learning to accept women and African Americans and it is now leading the country in green initiatives.
People who are not interested in learning and/or stepping outside of their comfort zones.
Being able to be yourself and experience the variety of cool things that happen, because it's a combination that exists only at Oberlin.
The start to the women's race. Joanna Johnson, already out front, is OCXC's star runner.
The people! The tendancy to see your professors outside of class. Exactley what about the students would be percieved by those at home as "weird" is wonderful.
On a shallow level, the thing that frustrates me the most is the weather!! But that's probably because I'm from the south. On a more deep level, what frustrates me the most about Oberlin is how we're suppose to be an open/progressive school, but there are SO many judgemental people that try to stamp on other people's beliefs.
This is actually one of my favorite things about Oberlin. The students at Oberlin are the individuals who do not fit a stereotype. They come from all backgrounds: in terms of place, family, culture, language, political and religious beliefs, and everything in between. People just surprise me again and again and again, and I loved being surprised by something like that. Imagine someone with so much personality it simply overflows. That is who you'll find at Oberlin. There are certainly exceptions, but in my experience they are few and far between.
Here are some more specifics. Frats do not exist. Neither do jocks. The athletes at Oberlin are those athletes who have love and dedication for their sport, but are not consumed by it. Division III athletics means academics and real life come first, but athletics are still valued and challenging. I would argue there are no geeks at Oberlin either, though some might disagree. At Oberlin, everyone has wide interests and Oberlin is where everyone can pursue them all, or as many as possible with the time commitments required. In my definition of geeks, they are only interested in science or technology to the exclusion of social abilities and hygiene, but no one is so narrow-minded at Oberlin.
That is the best description of students at Oberlin: Open-minded and full of heart.
Alex talks about how she came to be at Oberlin, some Obie stereotypes, her favorite movie, favorite class and more.
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All students must apply yearly for financial aid. This process starts with the FAFSA.
Though financial aid deadlines vary by school, it is a good idea to apply as soon as possible. For the upcoming school year, you can apply as early as October 1 for the FAFSA. Additional school aid will be dependent on the FAFSA results.
87% of students
attending Oberlin College receive some sort of financial aid.
9% were awarded federal grants.
While 35% received federal loans.
Many students do also need to apply for additional private student loans.
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