Oberlin College

Oberlin, Ohio
4-year Private university


Oberlin College is a private institution established in 1833 with a rural setting located at Oberlin. It is ranked 51 in National Liberal Arts Colleges in the 2024 edition of Best Colleges. Its tuition and fees are $64,646. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 2,896. It practices a 4-1-4-based academic calendar.

#52 in National Liberal Arts College
Location Oberlin, Ohio
Type 4-year Private
Year Founded 1833
Selectivity Moderate
Size Small
2,985 Undergraduates


Student-Faculty Ratio
Visual and Performing Arts
Most Popular Major

Majors Available

  • Area, Ethnic, Cultural, Gender, And Group Studies
  • Biological And Biomedical Sciences
  • Computer And Information Sciences And Support Services
  • Engineering
  • English Language And Literature/Letters
  • Foreign Languages, Literatures, And Linguistics
  • History
  • Legal Professions And Studies
  • Mathematics And Statistics
  • Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies
  • Natural Resources And Conservation
  • Philosophy And Religious Studies
  • Physical Sciences
  • Psychology
  • Social Sciences
  • Visual And Performing Arts


Cost of Attendance
Average Student Contribution
Instate Tution Fee $64,646
Outstate Tuition Fee $64,646
Room and Board Fees $18,941
$28,437 Median Salary After 2 years of Graduation


35% (Moderate Selectivity) Acceptance Rate
Admission Difficulty: Difficult
$0 Application Fee
1.7 Average High School GPA

Application Requirements

SAT/ACT Required
SAT/ACT Writing (essay) Recommended
SAT Subject Test Considered
Essay or Personal Statement Required
SAT Score Range
Middle 50% (25% - 75%) scores range
ACT Score Range
Middle 50% (25% - 75%) scores range

How to Apply?

Accepts CommonApp
Other Applications Accepted Coalition ApplicationQuestBridge Application

For International Students

-- Minimum TOEFL Score
TOEFL Requirement: Required
IELTS, DET Other English Language Tests Accepted
(in lieu of TOEFL)
TOEFL Waived if

If you cannot afford an English proficiency test, Oberlin will review your application without it. When making admissions decisions, we draw upon a holistic review which means that no one element of an application will ever guarantee a student’s acceptance or rejection.

Deadlines for Fall Intake Applications
Early Decision Deadline
Early Decision II Deadline
Regular Decision Deadline
Transfer Applications
Transfer Applications Deadline
For Financial Aid
Financial Aid Priority Application Deadline
Financial Aid Application Deadline

Scholarships and Financial Aid

$49,131 Average Financial Aid
Need-based Aid available for International Students

Need-based Aid

$41,675 Average Need-based Aid
Cost of Attendance for out-of-state students: $82,963
38% Students with need received Financial Aid
100% Students had their need fully met
Deadline for need-based financial application February 1
Forms to be submitted FAFSA, CSS, Institution's own financial aid form

Merit Scholarships

Oberlin Commitment Scholarship
Total Worth renewable $10,000 Oberlin Commitment Scholarship
Eligibility all new students who apply and enroll in the College of Arts and Sciences and/or Conservatory of Music in fall 2024.
Minimum Criteria --
Requirement for maintenance --
Separate application needed --
Application deadline N/A
Conservatory Dean's Awards
Total Worth --
Eligibility All freshmen admitted to Oberlin Conservatory of Music
Minimum Criteria Based on audition ratings and ensemble needs
Requirement for maintenance --
Separate application needed --
Application deadline N/A
John F. Oberlin Scholarships
Total Worth --
Eligibility All freshmen admitted to Oberlin College of Arts and Science
Minimum Criteria Based on academic achievement
Requirement for maintenance --
Separate application needed --
Application deadline N/A

Other Scholarships

Not Available


2,985 Total Undergraduate Enrollment
School Size: Small
91% Freshmen return to Sophomore Year
72% Students graduate within 6 years