Oberlin College

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2022 Undergraduate Tuition
$61,106
2.9% growth from 2021
2022 Average Net Price
$46,462
After Financial Aid
2019 Default Rate
0.748%
on Student Loans
2022 Acceptance Rate
34.9%
11,066 Applicants
2022 Enrolled Students
2,992
99.7% Full-Time
2022 Graduation Rate
83.5%
636 Graduates

About

Oberlin College is a higher education institution located in Lorain County, OH. In 2022, the most popular Bachelors Degree concentrations at Oberlin College were General Music Performance (95 degrees awarded), General Biological Sciences (78 degrees), and General Psychology (68 degrees).

In 2022, 931 degrees were awarded across all undergraduate and graduate programs at Oberlin College. 59.4% of these degrees were awarded to women, and 40.6% awarded men. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients was white (546 degrees), 6.35 times more than then the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (86 degrees).

The median undergraduate tuition at Oberlin College is $61,106, which is $32,776 more than the national average for Baccalaureate Colleges ($28,330).

Costs

In 2022, the median undergraduate tuition at Oberlin College is $61,106, which is $32,776 more than the national average for Baccalaureate Colleges ($28,330).

After taking grants and loans into account, the average net price for students is $46,462.

In 2022, 92% of undergraduate students attending Oberlin College received financial aid through grants. Comparatively, 33% of undergraduate students received financial aid through loans.

Tuition Costs

$61,106
2022 Undergraduate Tuition

In 2022, the cost of tuition at Oberlin College was $61,106. The cost of tuition at Oberlin College is $32,776 more than than the overall (public and private) national average for Baccalaureate Colleges ($28,330).

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Average Net Price

$46,462
2022 Value
3.97%
1 Year Growth

In 2022 Oberlin College had an average net price — the price paid after factoring in grants and loans — of $46,462. Between 2021 and 2022, the average net price of Oberlin College grew by 3.97%.

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Other Student Expenses

$13,856
Room and Board
$1,908
Books and Supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at Oberlin College was of $13,856 in 2022. The cost of room and board decreased by 3.76% between 2021 and 2022.

During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $1,908. The cost of books and supplies did not change during the same period.

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Financial Aid by Income Level

92%
Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid through Grants
33%
Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid through Loans

92% of undergraduate students at Oberlin College received financial aid through grants or loans in 2022. This represents a growth of 4.55% with respect to 2021, when 88% of undergraduate students received financial aid.

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Student Loan Default Rate

Cohort default rates only account for borrowers who default in the first three years, and some schools only have a small proportion of borrowers entering repayment. These rates should be interpreted with caution, as they may not be reflective of the entire school population.
0.748%
2019 Default Rate
3
Number of Defaults

In 2019 the default rate for borrower's at Oberlin College was 0.748%, which represents 3 out of the 401 total borrowers.

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Admissions

Oberlin College received 11,066 undergraduate applications in 2022, which represents a 4.43% annual growth. Out of those 11,066 applicants, 3,859 students were accepted for enrollment, representing a 34.9% acceptance rate.

There were 2,992 students enrolled at Oberlin College in 2022. 37% of first-time enrollees submitted SAT scores with their applications.

Oberlin College has an overall enrollment yield of 22.9%, which represents the number of admitted students who ended up enrolling.

Acceptance Rate

34.9%
Acceptance Rate in 2022
3,859
Accepted Out of 11,066

In 2022, the undergraduate acceptance rate of Oberlin College was 34.9% (3,859 admissions from 11,066 applications). This is higher than the acceptance rate of 2021, which was 34.3%. Between 2021 and 2022, the number of applicants grew by 4.43%, while admissions grew by 6.05%..

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SAT Scores

37%
Submission Percentage (2022)
329
Scores Submitted (2022)

37% of enrolled first-time students at Oberlin College in 2022 submitted SAT scores with their applications.

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Enrollment

Oberlin College had a total enrollment of 2,992 students in 2022. The full-time enrollment at Oberlin College is 2,984 students and the part-time enrollment is 8. This means that 99.7% of students enrolled at Oberlin College are enrolled full-time.

The enrolled student population at Oberlin College, both undergraduate and graduate, is 61.4% White, 9.56% Two or More Races, 8.19% Hispanic or Latino, 5.18% Asian, and 4.55% Black or African American.

Students enrolled at Oberlin College in full-time Undergraduate programs are most commonly White Female (36.9%), followed by White Male (24.5%) and Two or More Races Female (5.57%). Students enrolled in full-time Graduate programs are most commonly Asian Male (16.7%), followed by Two or More Races Male (16.7%) and White Male (16.7%).

Full-Time vs Part-Time Enrollment

99.7%
Full-Time Enrollment

The total enrollment at Oberlin College in 2022, both undergraduate and graduate, is 2,992 students. The full-time enrollment at Oberlin College is 2,984 and the part-time enrollment is 8. This means that 99.7% of students enrolled at Oberlin College are enrolled full-time compared with 79.6% at similar Baccalaureate Colleges.

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Retention Rate over Time

87%
2022 Retention Rate

Retention rate measures the number of first-time students who began their studies the previous fall and returned to school the following fall. The retention rate for full-time undergraduates at Oberlin College was 87%. Compared with the full-time retention rate at similar Baccalaureate Colleges (72%), Oberlin College had a retention rate higher than its peers.

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Enrollment by Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity (2022)
  1. White
    1,837 enrolled students
  2. Two or More Races
    286 enrolled students
  3. Hispanic or Latino
    245 enrolled students

The enrolled student population at Oberlin College is 61.4% White, 9.56% Two or More Races, 8.19% Hispanic or Latino, 5.18% Asian, and 4.55% Black or African American. This includes both full-time and part-time students as well as graduate and undergraduates. By comparison, enrollment for all Baccalaureate Colleges is 54.3% White, 13.8% Hispanic or Latino, and 13.1% Black or African American.

Any student who is studying in the United States on a temporary basis is categorized as a "Non-Resident Alien", and the share of those students are shown in the chart below. Additionally, 36 students (1.2%) did not report their race.

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Graduates

In 2022, 175 more women than men received degrees from Oberlin College. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients at Oberlin College is white (546 degrees awarded). There were 6.35 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (86 degrees).

The most common Bachelor's Degree concentration at Oberlin College is General Music Performance (95 degrees awarded), followed by General Biological Sciences (78 degrees) and General Psychology (68 degrees).

In 2022,  the most specialized majors across all degree types at Oberlin College, meaning they have significantly more degrees awarded in that concentration than the national average across all institutions, are Language & Linguistics (46 degrees awarded), Visual & Performing Arts (215 degrees), and Philosophy and Religious Studies (27 degrees).

Common Jobs by Major

The most common jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Oberlin College are Elementary & middle school teachers (263,271 people), Lawyers, & judges, magistrates, & other judicial workers (225,071 people), Other managers (203,178 people), Postsecondary teachers (198,062 people), and Secondary school teachers (180,848 people).

The most specialized majors at Oberlin College in 2022 are Language & Linguistics (46 degrees awarded), Visual & Performing Arts (215 degrees), Philosophy and Religious Studies (27 degrees), English (62 degrees), and History (29 degrees) (as of 2022).

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Highest Paying Jobs by Major

The highest paying jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Oberlin College are Diagnostic medical sonographers, Surgeons, Cardiovascular technologists and technicians, Securities, commodities, & financial services sales agents, and Magnetic resonance imaging technologists

The most specialized majors at Oberlin College are Language & Linguistics (46 degrees awarded), Visual & Performing Arts (215 degrees), Philosophy and Religious Studies (27 degrees), English (62 degrees), and History (29 degrees) (as of 2022).

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Common Industries by Major

Most Common Industry

The most common industries for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Oberlin College are Elementary & secondary schools (618,499 people), Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges (399,068 people), Legal services (188,232 people), Computer Systems Design (182,727 people), and General medical and surgical hospitals, and specialty (except psychiatric and substance abuse) hospitals (138,068 people).

The most specialized majors at Oberlin College are Language & Linguistics (46 degrees awarded), Visual & Performing Arts (215 degrees), Philosophy and Religious Studies (27 degrees), English (62 degrees), and History (29 degrees) (as of 2022).

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Majors Awarded

IPEDS uses the Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) standard, so the categories may not match the exact concentrations offered by Oberlin College.
Most Common (2021)
  1. 65 degrees awarded
  2. 50 degrees awarded
  3. 49 degrees awarded

In 2021, the most common bachelors degree concentration at Oberlin College was General Music Performance with 65 degrees awarded.

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Sex Breakdown for Common Majors

378
Degrees Awarded to Men
in 2022
553
Degrees Awarded to Women
in 2022

In 2022, 378 degrees were awarded to men at Oberlin College, which is 0.684 times less than the number of degrees awarded to females (553).

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Most Common Male Majors

In 2022, 41 degrees were awarded to men at Oberlin College in General Music Performance, which is 0.759 times less than the 54 female recipients with that same degree.

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Most Common Female Majors

In 2022, 54 degrees were awarded to men at Oberlin College in General Music Performance, which is 1.32 times more than the 41 male recipients with that same degree.

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Time to Complete

77%
100% Completion Time
86%
150% Completion Time

In 2022, 77% of students graduating from Oberlin College completed their program within 100% "normal time" (i.e. 4 years for a 4-year degree). Comparatively, 86% completed their degrees within 150% of the normal time, and 87% within 200%.

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Graduation rate is defined as the percentage of full-time, first-time students who received a degree or award within a specific percentage of "normal time" to completion for their program.

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Graduation Rate by Race and Sex

Showing demographic groups with ≥ 5 graduating students.
Two or More Races Female
Highest Graduation Rate (92.5%)

The student demographic with the highest graduation rate in 2022 at Oberlin College is Female and Two or More Races (92.5% graduation rate). Across all Baccalaureate Colleges, Asian Female students have the highest graduation rate (73.2%).

The department of education defines graduation rate as the percentage of full-time, first-time students who received a degree or award within 150% of "normal time" to completion.

The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) categorizes any student who is studying in the United States on a temporary basis as a "Non-Resident Alien", and the graduation rate of those students is shown in the chart below. Additionally, 0.472% of graduates (3 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Share

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity (2022)
  1. White
    546 degrees awarded
  2. Hispanic or Latino
    86 degrees awarded
  3. Two or More Races
    79 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity at Oberlin College is white (546 degrees awarded). There were 6.35 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (86 degrees).

1.07% of degree recipients (10 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Sex

Most Common Sex Demographic (2022)
  1. White Female
    319 degrees awarded
  2. White Male
    227 degrees awarded
  3. Hispanic or Latino Female
    54 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity and sex grouping at Oberlin College is white female (319 degrees awarded). There were 1.41 times more white female recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, white male (227 degrees).

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Operations

Oberlin College has an endowment valued at nearly $1.25B, as of the end of the 2022 fiscal year. The return on its endowment was of −NaNM (−5.71%) compared to the 0.58% average return (286k on 49.3M) across all Baccalaureate Colleges.

In 2022, Oberlin College had a total salary expenditure of 192M. Oberlin College employs 95 Assistant professors, 82 Professors and 71 Associate professors. Most academics at Oberlin College are Female Assistant professor (56), Male Professor (53), and Male Assistant professor (39).

The most common positions for non-instructional staff at Oberlin College are: Librarians, Curators, Archivists, and Academic Affairs and Other Education Services, with 117 employees, Community, Social Service, Legal, Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports and Media, with 81 employees, and Office and Administrative Support with 79 employees.

Endowment

$1.25B
2022 Endowment
7.68%
decline from 2021

Oberlin College has an endowment valued at about $1.25B, as of the end of the 2022 fiscal year. The endowment of Oberlin College declined 7.68% from the previous year. The value of their endowment was $1.2B higher than than the median endowment of Baccalaureate Colleges according to the Carnegie Classification grouping.

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The small bar chart below shows the endowment quintiles for all universities in the Baccalaureate Colleges: Arts & Sciences Focus Carnegie Classification grouping.

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Salary Expenditure

$70.7M
2022 Salaries
0.925%
decline from 2021

In 2022, Oberlin College paid a median of $70.7M in salaries, which represents 36.9% of their overall expenditure ($192M) and a 0.925% decline from the previous year.

The median for similar Baccalaureate Colleges is 15.7M (37.9% of overall expenditures).

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Instructional Salaries

$26.1M
Instructional Salaries
278
Number of Employees

In 2022, Oberlin College paid a total of $26.1M to 278 employees working as instructors, which represents 36.9% of all salaries paid.

This is compared to a median of $5.04M (32.1%) for similar Baccalaureate Colleges.

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Occupations by Share

Assistant professor
Most Common Instructor
95 Employees
Librarians, Curators, Archivists, and Academic Affairs and Other Education Services
Most Common Non-Instructional Employee
117 Employees

In 2022, the most common positions for instructional staff at Oberlin College were Assistant professor with 95 employees, Professor with 82 employees, and Associate professor with 71 employees.

In 2022, the most common positions for non-instructional staff at Oberlin College were Librarians, Curators, Archivists, and Academic Affairs and Other Education Services with 117 employees, Community, Social Service, Legal, Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports and Media with 81 employees, and Office and Administrative Support with 79 employees.

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Instructors by Academic Rank and Sex

Most Common Demographic (2022)
  1. Female Assistant professor
  2. Male Professor
  3. Male Assistant professor

In 2022, the most common demographic for instructional staff at Oberlin College was Female Assistant professor with 56 employees, Male Professor with 53 employees, and Male Assistant professor with 39 employees.

This chart shows the sex split between each academic rank present at Oberlin College.

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