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About Oberlin College

Oberlin College Early Decision Results Release Date 2021

Oberlin College will release their ED1 results on Wednesday December 15th at 7 pm EST. Share results and connect with other early applicants in the Oberlin College Community discussion.

Good luck to all early applicants!

Oberlin College Overview

Oberlin College is a private, nonprofit school in a small town setting in Oberlin, Ohio. Oberlin College was founded in 1833 and now enrolls around 2,658 students a year, including 2,647 undergrads. Oberlin College provides housing for up to 2,580 students. The majority of students live on campus, and first year-students are required to live in campus housing. On the weekends, about 95% of students stay on-campus and participate in campus events and social life.

There are many ways for students to get involved at Oberlin College! Love music or performing? Sing in a chorus or perform with one of Oberlin College's theater groups.

Interested in journalism or communications? Oberlin College students can write for the campus newspaper, host a radio show or be a producer for the student-run television channel.

There are no fraternities or sororities at Oberlin College, so it might be a good choice if you're not interested in Greek life.

Planning to play sports? Oberlin College has many options for athletes. See them all and learn more about life at Oberlin College on the Student Life page.

Learn more about life at Oberlin College on the Student Life page.

Mark your calendar! The deadline to apply regular decision to Oberlin College for Fall 2022 is January 15.Regular decision applicants for Fall 2022 should find out if they got admitted by April 1.

2021 Oberlin College Facts At-A-Glance
Academic Calendar 4-1-4 (2 long terms separated by a month-long mini-term)
Overall Acceptance Rate 35%
Early Decision Acceptance Rate 65%
Average GPA 3.6
Tuition $57,654

Is Oberlin College a Good School?

The definition of a "good school" is different for different people. Admissions criteria, acceptance rate and average GPA are good indicators of how competitive an institution is, but they don't say much about the quality of the education or the student experience. There are a few statistics that can give you a good idea of how satisfied students are and how well a school supports its students.

Let's take a look at each of these factors to get a better idea of what Oberlin College offers and if it might be a good fit for you.

Oberlin College Acceptance Rate 2021

It is very difficult to get into Oberlin College. Around 35% of applicants get into Oberlin College each year. Last year, 9,309 students applied to Oberlin College and 3,292 were admitted.

Retention and Graduation Rates at Oberlin College

Retention is the number of students that stay enrolled at a school over time. This is a way to get a sense of how satisfied students are with their school experience, and if they have the support necessary to succeed in college.

Out of all the first-year, full-time undergrads who start at Oberlin College, around 84% come back the next year. Oberlin College's six-year graduation rate for undergrads is 87%. The average six-year graduation rate for U.S. colleges and universities is 61% for public schools, and 67% for private, non-profit schools.

Job Outcomes for Oberlin College Grads

Job placement rates after graduation and average starting salaries can all give important clues about the value of a degree from a specific school. Within six months of graduating, 62% of graduates receive at least one full-time job offer.

Oberlin College's Endowment

An endowment is the total value of a school's investments, donations, and assets. Endowment is not necessarily an indicator of the quality of a school, but it can give you a sense of how much money a college can afford to invest in expanding programs, improving facilities, and support students. Oberlin College's endowment was valued at $937 million in 2021, compared to a national average of $905 million.

Tuition and Financial Aid at Oberlin College

Cost is another important factor when choose a college. Some colleges may have high tuition, but do a better job at meeting students' financial need. Oberlin College meets 100% of the demonstrated financial need for undergraduates. First-year students that attend Oberlin College full-time are awarded $47,452 a year in financial aid, on average.

The average student debt for graduates in the class of 2021 was around $27,952 per student, not including those with no debt. For context, compare this number with the average national debt, which is around $36,000 per borrower.

The 2022-2023 FAFSA Opened on October 1st, 2021

Some aid is awarded on a first-come, first-served basis, so fill out the FAFSA asap. Visit the FAFSA website to apply for student aid. Remember, the first F in FAFSA stands for FREE! No one should ever pay to fill out the FREE Application for Federal Student Aid, (FAFSA), so don't give your money (or info!) to any website that claim you do.

Learn more about Tuition and Financial Aid at Oberlin College. Based on this information, how does Oberlin College sound? Remember, the best school for one person may be a terrible fit for another! So ask yourself: Is Oberlin College a good school for you?

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Where is Oberlin College Located?

Oberlin College is located in the small town setting of Oberlin, Ohio, less than an hour from Cleveland.

If you want to see Oberlin College for yourself, plan a visit. The best way to reach campus is to take Interstate 90, Interstate 80 to Oberlin, or book a flight to the nearest airport, Cleveland Hopkins International.

You can also take a virtual campus tour to get a sense of what Oberlin College and Oberlin are like without leaving home.

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College Info

173 West Lorain Street Oberlin, OH 44074

Campus Setting: Small Town

Oberlin College Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Jan 15

Transfer Applications are Due

Apr 1

The deadline for Fall first-year applications to Oberlin College is Jan 15.

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to Oberlin College is Apr 1.

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Wondering what life at Oberlin College is like? There are approximately 2,658 students enrolled at Oberlin College, including 2,647 undergraduate students and 11 graduate students. 99% percent of students attend school full-time, 6% percent are from OH and 94% percent of students are from other states.


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