Oberlin College
Oberlin, OH, USA

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Key Admission Stats

Institution Type
Private
  • Coed

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This school may consider an applicant’s financial situation when deciding admission

Level of Institution
4 Year
Campus Setting
Suburb or town
0
100
36%
Acceptance Rate
7,708
Students Applied
32%
Transfer Acceptance Rate
19
Transfer Students Admitted

Admissions Requirements

SAT
Yes
ACT
Yes
SAT Subject Tests
No
AP Course Credit
Yes
Dual Enrollment
No
Transcript
Yes

Important Deadlines

Application Type Application Deadline Reply Deadline
Early Decision Acceptance is binding so student must attend college if accepted. November 15, 2022 January 2, 2020
Fall Regular Decision January 15, 2022 May 1, 2020
Other
Early decision II
January 2, 2020 February 15, 2020
Test Optional
Yes
Rolling Admissions
No

Admitted Student Stats

In-State Students
5%
Out-Of-State Students
94%
US States Represented
49
Countries Represented
52
41%
Submitting ACT
69%
Submitting SAT
Average ACT Composite: 33
0
36
Average SAT Composite: 1393
0
1600
SAT Percentiles

Math
25th
630
75th
750
Reading
25th
650
75th
730
3.60
Average GPA
Students Enrolled By GPA

3.75+
67%
3.50 - 3.74
17%
3.25 - 3.49
12%
3.00 - 3.24
5%
Students Enrolled By Class Rank

Top 10%
51
Top 25%
82
Top 50%
96

Admissions Resources

Admissions: visit page
Admissions Email: [email protected]
Admissions Telephone: 800-622-6243
For International Student Services: visit page
For Students with Disabilities: visit page

What Students Are Saying

4.08 Average Rating
Stay overnight: you won't get a decent grasp on what the campus is like just hanging out for a few hours on a week day.

Check out the Co-ops: Some people will tell you to avoid the Co-ops (especially Harkness) but its a great idea to go and see how they work and what they are all about.

Talk to a lot of people: get as many perspectives on campus life as possible.
Elliot from Somers Point, NJ
Make sure your essay is creative, Oberlin is a very difficult school to get into because they want unique people. Oberlin truly believes that its students can change the world because the students they select are not just in the top percentile in terms of academics but the students are already entrepreneurs, or go-getters in some way. I didn't have top SAT scores and I was in the top 25% of my class, so I had to stand out in other ways. You need to do the same!
Enimielen from San Antonio, TX
One of the most impressive features of Oberlin is the professors' genuine commitment to education and the individual. Whether you are looking at the college or conservatory, my number one suggestion is to schedule private meetings with the professors in the departments of interest to you, and learn about the things Oberlin has to offer which are specific to your goals. As a conservatory student, I would highly impress upon any conservatory prospectives to observe and take trial lessons with the teachers in which you are interested. Be sure to meet with the someone from the admissions office and ask specific questions, as well as of course taking a tour, staying overnight in a dorm, and observing classes.
Stacy from Columbus, OH
1. Check out a co-op. 2. Stay overnight. 3. Do the interview. 4. Try to come with questions. (Don't just say tell me everything.) 5. Have fun! It's okay to actually engage in real conversations or go to events with students/other prospective students.
Raven from Milwaukee, WI
If you come to this school with an open mind and an open heart you'll fall in love.
M
Buy a calendar! Time management is absolutely crucial to survive in a difficult academic environment, but showing that you care will help professors and advisers help you in this process. A emphasis on caring about others around you will help greatly in your application process.
Ethan from Hudson, OH
Put yourself out there. Stretch your limits, don't be afraid to push yourself as far as you can go. And be yourself; every student has something unique about their personality that makes them stand out from everyone else.
Johnny from Lorain, OH
Spend an overnight and get in touch with someone who is currently at the school.
Fresh(wo)man