Oberlin College

Oberlin College

Oberlin College is a private, liberal arts college located in Oberlin, Ohio, United States. It was established in 1833 by Presbyterian ministers. The college is a member of the Great Lakes Colleges Association and The Five Colleges of Ohio consortium: Ohio Wesleyan University, Denison University, Kenyon College, and The College of Wooster. Oberlin College offers a wide variety of degrees and programs in diverse areas of study.

Oberlin College's publications are called the "Oberlin Review," "the Grape," and "In Solidarity." Oberlin's athletics department sponsors more than 20 sports teams. They participate in the North Coast Athletic Conference (NCAC) Division III. Their sports teams are nicknamed the Yeomen and Yeowomen.

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Contacting Oberlin

Oberlin College
70 N Professor St
Oberlin , OH 44074
General Phone: (440) 775-8411

Oberlin Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Liberal Arts268East Asian studies, Latin American studies, Russian studies, area studies, African-American studies, women's studies, comparative literature, Russian language, German language, ...
Music144music history and theory, music performance, music theory and composition, various music studies
Science72biology, biochemistry, chemistry, geology, physics
Religion and Philosophy33philosophy, religion, Jewish studies
Therapy and Counseling28psychology
Conservation and Resource Management26environmental studies
Fine Arts24fine arts, art history and criticism
Drama and Performing Arts15dance, drama, various performing arts
Photography and Commercial Art11film studies
Computer Science and Engineering10computer and info science
Law7legal professions
Education and Teaching6music teaching
Engineering4various engineering courses, archeology

Number of programs and degrees for Oberlin in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Bachelor's degree67049
Master's degree64
Award of at least 2 but less than 4 academic years71
Postbaccalaureate certificate31

Oberlin Student Body

In 2007-2008, Oberlin had a total enrollment of 2,774 students (2,724 full-time equivalent).

Students in the Freshman Class:

Group Percent
Men 46%
Women 54%
Full-Time 100%

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 100%
Graduate 0%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 75%
Black 6%
Hispanic 5%
Asian 8%
American Indian 1%
Unknown 0%
(Foreign Students) 6%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 3%
18-19 47%
20-21 42%
22-24 7%
25-29 1%
30-34 0%
50-64 0%

Oberlin Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 92 %
Part-Time 94 %

Oberlin Room and Board (2007)

Oberlin offers campus housing for 2,400 of its 2,724 (full-time) students. Freshmen are required to live on campus.

(Please refer to our profile of Oberlin, Ohio for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other Ohio Colleges).

The school offers students a meal plan with 19 meals per week.

Oberlin Admissions and Selectivity


EnrolledPercent of
Accepted Enrolled

Standardized Test Scores:

Test25th Percentile75th Percetile
SAT Verbal640740
SAT Math620710
SAT Writing640730
ACT Composite2732

Application Requirements:

Class Ranknot required
High School Recordrequired
College Prep Programrequired
Formal Demonstration of Competencenot required
Standardized Tests (SAT and/or ACT)required
Percent of Applicants Submitting SAT83%
Percent of Applicants Submitting ACT42%
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)recommended
Other Standardized Testsnot required

Oberlin Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 38,280
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 38,280
Room and board $ 9,870
Room charge $ 5,150
Board (meal plan) charge $ 4,720
Books and supplies $ 1,808
Other expenses $ 700

Financial Aid:
Oberlin participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 308600)

Oberlin Faculty

Oberlin has a tenure system for faculty.

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professoracademic year79$114,19431$106,594
Associate professoracademic year62$87,08843$84,903
Assistant professoracademic year37$64,83647$60,253
Instructoracademic year4$59,1299$49,792
All faculty totalacademic year182$93,716130$78,732

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Oberlin Athletics

Athletic Conferences:

Football North Coast Athletic Conference
Basketball North Coast Athletic Conference
Baseball North Coast Athletic Conference
Track North Coast Athletic Conference

Oberlin Degree Programs (2007)

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer and Information Sciences, General

Conservation And Resource Management
Environmental Studies

Drama And Performing Arts
Dance, General
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
Visual and Performing Arts, Other

Education And Teaching
Music Teacher Education

Engineering, Other

Fine Arts
Art History, Criticism and Conservation
Fine/Studio Arts, General

Legal Professions and Studies, Other

Liberal Arts
African-American/Black Studies
Ancient/Classical Greek Language and Literature
Area Studies, Other
Classics/Classical Languages, Lit & Linguistics, General
Comparative Literature
Creative Writing
East Asian Studies
Economics, General
English Language and Literature, General
French Language and Literature
German Language and Literature
History, General
Latin American Studies
Latin Language and Literature
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other
Political Science and Government, General
Russian Language and Literature
Russian Studies
Spanish Language and Literature
Women's Studies

Mathematics, General


Music History, Literature, and Theory
Music Performance, General
Music Theory and Composition
Music, Other

Photography And Commercial Art
Film/Cinema Studies

Religion And Philosophy
Jewish/Judaic Studies
Religion/Religious Studies

Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Chemistry, General
Geology/Earth Science, General
Physics, General

Therapy And Counseling
Psychology, General

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