Oberlin College

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Oberlin Fast Facts

One of the nation’s most selective liberal arts colleges, Oberlin is committed to rigorous academics, artistic excellence, and social justice. Oberlin College was the first in America to adopt a policy to admit students regardless of race (1835) and the first to award bachelor’s degrees to women in a coed program (1841).
Oberlin students and faculty prize creativity and individuality while upholding high standards of intellectual inquiry, debate, and service to society. Professors focus on teaching undergraduates while also making significant contributions to their fields through writing, research, and performance. Students create and participate in more than 160 of their own organizations. Each year more than 1,200 participate in community service. Nearly 75 percent enjoy learning experiences abroad during their college careers. Since 1920, more Oberlin graduates have earned PhDs than have graduates of any other primarily undergraduate institution.
During the January Winter Term, students explore the value of self-education. They devise and pursue programs of independent study or research on or off campus. In the Business Scholars Program, for example, students interact with alumni to learn about careers in finance and consulting. The Creativity & Leadership Project, open to students in any major, offers entrepreneurship courses and grants to help students put innovative ideas into practice. Oberlin enrolls more than 2,800 students; about 170 are in a five-year, Double Degree Program that results in degrees from both the conservatory and the College of Arts and Sciences. Students in both divisions share residence and dining halls, joined in their commitment to pushing the boundaries of their determination, intellect, and creativity. Conservatory students broaden their education with classes in the college, and share their talents on campus in nearly 500 performances annually. In 2010, President Obama presented the conservatory with the National Medal of Arts, the highest U.S. award given to artists and patrons. Oberlin’s commitment to artistic expression includes an abundance of performances in music, theater, dance, opera, poetry, and comedy. The Allen Memorial Art Museum collection ranks among the top five of any academic museum in the country. The Science Center (2002) is designed to promote collaboration across disciplines and among students and faculty mentors. Research labs include a supercomputer, confocal microscope, and 600-MHz NMR spectrometer. Each summer approximately 100 students receive stipends for research with faculty in science, social science, and the humanities. Campus architecture is also distinct, with buildings designed by Cass Gilbert, Minoru Yamasaki, Robert Venturi, and William McDonough. The Environmental Studies Center (2001) has photovoltaic arrays totaling 160 Kw and is one the largest solar-powered academic buildings in the country. In buildings across campus, a resource monitoring system encourages energy conservation with real-time displays of electricity and water usage. In 2010, Oberlin opened a jazz studies facility, the first music building in the world designed to achieve a LEED rating for environmental efficiency.About 90 percent of Oberlin students live on campus. Students may opt to live in one of nine program houses, including Afrikan Heritage House, Asia House, German House, and Third World House. The 600-plus-member cooperative housing organization is the largest on any US campus, in terms of the percentage of students who participate. Four residential coops and nine dining coops (including Kosher and vegan) are student-run and provide experiences in shared responsibility and decision-making.

Counselor’s Notes:

Oberlin is a POSSE school and on the 2013 college road trip.  It’s the type of school where students can study several subjects and the arts play a big presence at Oberlin. Students who want to be music students must apply to the Conservatory and not the school of liberal arts and sciences.

Basic Facts

Location:  Oberlin, OH

Number of Undergraduates:  2,900

Percentage of Black students: 6%

Percentage of Latino students: 5%

Overall 4 year graduation rate:  73.2%

Overall 5 year graduation rate: 85.1%

4 year Black female graduation rate: 48%

4 year Black male graduation rate:  54%

4 year Latino graduation rate: 43%

4 year Latina graduation rate: 62%

North Lawndale Alumni graduates: 0

North Lawndale Alumni persistence rate (returning to school beyond 4 semesters): 100%

Average % of financial need met:  100%

Estimated cost of attendance:  $59,633

Average indebtedness at graduation:  N/A

Admission Contact: Jill Medina

Alumni Network Contact:

Current Alumni who attend Oberlin:  1

University Majors/Programs of Study

Undergraduate Application for Admission

Academic Support/Admissions Programs:

Student Academic Services:  Student Academic Services (SAS) supports the institution in its continued commitment to providing equal opportunity for all students. Our services are available to all students enrolled in the College of Arts and Sciences and in the Conservatory of Music. In addition, we offer focused programming for low-income students, first-generation students, students with disabilities, and other students typically underrepresented in higher education. SAS offers assistance to this diverse population through:

  • Comprehensive advising
  • Peer mentorship
  • Individual tutoring
  • Academic workshops, and
  • Credit-bearing courses in study strategies, reading strategies, mathematics, and communication skills

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