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Oberlin College Profile - SAT Scores, Costs and Admissions Data

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Oberlin College

Oberlin College

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Oberlin College Description:

Oberlin College is one of the leading liberal arts colleges in the country, and it has a distinguished history as the first college to grant undergraduate degrees to women. The school was also an early leader in educating African Americans, and to this day Oberlin prides itself on the diversity of its student body. Oberlin's Conservatory of Music has a strong international reputation, and the strengths of the College of Arts and Sciences earned Oberlin a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa. Arts and Sciences has an 11 to 1 student / faculty ratio. The college is located in Oberlin, Ohio, 35 miles southwest of Cleveland.

Admissions Data (2012):

Enrollment (2012):

  • Total Enrollment: 2,944 (2,930 undergraduates)
  • Gender Breakdown: 45% Male / 55% Female
  • 99% Full-time

Scholarships for Oberlin College (powered by Cappex.com)

Costs (2012 - 13):

  • Tuition and Fees: $44,905
  • Books: $1,958 (why so much?)
  • Room and Board: $12,120
  • Other Expenses: $700
  • Total Cost: $59,683

Oberlin College Financial Aid (2011 - 12):

  • Percentage of Students Receiving Aid: 88%
  • Percentage of Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 85%
    • Loans: 42%
  • Average Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $21,478
    • Loans: $5,742

Most Popular Majors:

Biology, East Asian Studies, Economics, English, Environmental Studies, History, Music Neuroscience, Political Science, Psychology

Graduation and Retention Rates:

  • First Year Student Retention (full-time students): 94%
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 71%
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 85%

Data Source:

National Center for Educational Statistics

Oberlin College Statement of Goals and Objects:

the complete statement can be found at http://catalog.oberlin.edu/content.php?catoid=20&navoid=434

"Oberlin College, an independent coeducational institution, holds a distinguished place among American colleges and universities. Oberlin was the first college to grant undergraduate degrees to women and historically was a leader in the educating of African Americans; its heritage is one of respect for the individual and active concern for the larger society. The College uniquely combines an outstanding professional school of music with a leading undergraduate college of arts and sciences. The two divisions reinforce each other. The Conservatory provides flexible programs to prepare students as professional musicians and teachers of music. Deeply committed to academic excellence, the College of Arts and Sciences offers a rich and balanced curriculum in the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences. Within that framework the College expects that students will work closely with the faculty to design an educational program appropriate to their own particular interests, needs, and long-term goals.

Oberlin seeks a diverse and promising student body. Recognizing that diversity broadens perspectives, Oberlin is dedicated to recruiting a culturally, economically, geographically, and racially diverse group of students. Interaction with others of widely different backgrounds and experiences fosters the effective, concerned participation in the larger society so characteristic of Oberlin graduates. Oberlin seeks students who are talented, highly motivated, personally mature, and tolerant of divergent views. The Conservatory of Music in particular seeks talented musicians with considerable potential for further growth and development. Performance is central to all of the curricula including music education, history, theory, composition, and technology.

Oberlin’s faculty is dedicated to combining effective undergraduate instruction with productive scholarship and artistry. Members of the faculty are highly skilled and professional, well-grounded in their chosen discipline; yet they characteristically have interests that extend beyond their own specialization. The College seeks to recognize and encourage teaching of unusually high caliber, and scholarly and other creative activities are considered essential to continued teaching excellence. Thus, active research, scholarship, artistry, and/or performance is expected of each faculty member..."

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