Oberlin College

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2016 Undergraduate Tuition

$51,324

2.8% growth from 2015

2016 Average Net Price

$42,105

After Financial Aid

2015 Student Loan

1.56%

Default Rate

2016 Acceptance Rate

28%

8,518 Applicants

2016 Enrolled Students

2,912

99.1% Full-Time

2016 Graduation Rate

85.2%

660 Graduates

About

Oberlin College is a higher education institution located in Lorain County, OH. In 2016, the most popular Bachelor's Degree concentrations at Oberlin College were General Music Performance (103 degrees awarded), General Economics (52 degrees), and General Political Science & Government (49 degrees).

In 2016, 912 degrees were awarded across all undergraduate and graduate programs at Oberlin College. 55.4% of these degrees were awarded to women, and 44.6% awarded men. The majority of degree recipients were white (650 degrees), 10.5 times more than then the next closest race/ethnicity group, asian (62 degrees).

The median undergraduate tuition at Oberlin College is $51,324, which is $26,909 more than the national average for Baccalaureate Colleges ($24,415).

Costs

The median undergraduate tuition at Oberlin College is $51,324, which is $26,909 more than the national average for Baccalaureate Colleges ($24,415).

After taking grants and loans into account, the average net price for students is $42,105.

In 2016, 84% of undergraduate students received federal grants, while 34% of undergraduate students received federal loans.

Student Expenses

Tuition Costs

$51,324

2016 Undergraduate Tuition

In 2016, the cost of tuition at Oberlin College was $51,324. The cost of tuition at Oberlin College is $26,909 more than than the overall (public and private) national average for Baccalaureate Colleges ($24,415).

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Average Net Price

$42,105

2016 Value

3.83%

1 Year Growth

In 2016 Oberlin College had an average net price — the price paid after factoring in grants and loans — of $42,105. Between 2015 and 2016, the average net price of Oberlin College grew by 3.83%.

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Other Student Expenses

$12,880

Room and Board

$1,958

Books and Supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at Oberlin College was of $12,880 in 2016. During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $1,958. The cost of room and board increased by 4.24% between 2015 and 2016. The cost of books and supplies increased by 2.62% during the same period.

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Financial Aid

Financial Aid by Income Level

84%

Of Undergraduates Receive Grants

34%

Of Undergraduates Receive Federal Loans

84% of undergraduate students at Oberlin College received grants or loans in 2016. This represents a growth of 0% with respect to 2015, when 84% 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.

1.56%

2015 Default Rate

6

Number of Defaults

In 2015 the default rate for borrower's at Oberlin College was 1.56%, which represents 6 out of the 384 total borrowers.

A cohort default rate is the percentage of a school's borrowers who enter repayment on certain Federal Family Education Loan (FFEL) Program or William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan) Program loans during a particular federal fiscal year (FY), October 1 to September 30, and default or meet other specified conditions prior to the end of the second following fiscal year.

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Admissions

Oberlin College received 8,518 undergraduate applications in 2016, which represents a 9% annual growth. Out of those 8,518 applicants, 2,388 students were accepted for enrollment, representing a 28% acceptance rate.

There were 2,912 students enrolled at Oberlin College in 2016, and 56% of first-time enrollees submitted SAT scores with their applications.

Oberlin College has an overall enrollment yield of 31.9%, which represents the number of admitted students who ended up enrolling.

Acceptance Rate

28%

Acceptance Rate in 2016

2,388

Accepted Out of 8,518

In 2016, the undergraduate acceptance rate of Oberlin College was 28% (2,388 admissions from 8,518 applications). This is lower than the acceptance rate of 2015, which was 28.8%. Between 2015 and 2016, the number of applicants grew by 9%, while admissions grew by 6.18%.

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SAT Scores

56%

Submission Percentage

428

Scores Submitted

56% of enrolled first-time students at Oberlin College in 2016 submitted SAT scores with their applications.

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Enrollment

Oberlin College has a total enrollment of 2,912 students. The full-time enrollment at Oberlin College is 2,886 students and the part-time enrollment is 26. This means that 99.1% of students enrolled at Oberlin College are enrolled full-time.

The enrolled student population at Oberlin College, both undergraduate and graduate, is 66% White, 7.59% Hispanic or Latino, 7.18% Two or More Races, 5.36% Black or African American, 3.95% Asian, 0.103% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders, and 0% American Indian or Alaska Native.

Students enrolled at Oberlin College in full-time Undergraduate programs are majority White Female (37.3%), followed by White Male (28.8%) and Two or More Races Female (4.39%). Students enrolled in full-time Graduate programs are majority White Female (29.4%), followed by White Male (23.5%) and Asian Male (11.8%).

Full-Time vs Part-Time Enrollment

99.1%

Full-Time Enrollment

The total enrollment at Oberlin College, both undergraduate and graduate, is 2,912 students. The full-time enrollment at Oberlin College is 2,886 and the part-time enrollment is 26. This means that 99.1% of students enrolled at Oberlin College are enrolled full-time compared with 81% at similar Baccalaureate Colleges.

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Retention Rate over Time

89%

2016 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 89%. Compared with the full-time retention rate at similar Baccalaureate Colleges (74%), Oberlin College had a retention rate higher than its peers.

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Enrollment by Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity

  1. White

    1,923

  2. Hispanic or Latino

    221

  3. Two or More Races

    209

The enrolled student population at Oberlin College is 66% White, 7.59% Hispanic or Latino, 7.18% Two or More Races, 5.36% Black or African American, 3.95% Asian, 0.103% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders, and 0% American Indian or Alaska Native. This includes both full-time and part-time students as well as graduate and undergraduates. By comparison, enrollment for all Baccalaureate Colleges is 55.6% White, 14% Black or African American, and 12.4% Hispanic or Latino.

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, 15 students (0.515%) did not report their race.

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Graduates

In 2016, 98 more women than men received degrees from Oberlin College. The majority of degree recipients at Oberlin College are white (650 degrees awarded). There were 10.5 times more white graduates than the next closest race/ethnicity group, asian (62 degrees).

The most common Bachelor's Degree concentration at Oberlin College is General Music Performance (103 degrees awarded), followed by General Economics (52 degrees) and General Political Science & Government (49 degrees).

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 Cultural & Gender Studies (50 degrees awarded), Philosophy and Religious Studies (29 degrees), and Natural Resources & Conservation (45 degrees).

Workforce

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 (228,689 people), Designers (194,875 people), Miscellaneous managers (175,178 people), Postsecondary teachers (146,537 people), and Lawyers, & judges, magistrates, & other judicial workers (119,543 people).

The most specialized majors at Oberlin College are Cultural & Gender Studies (50 degrees awarded), Philosophy and Religious Studies (29 degrees), Natural Resources & Conservation (45 degrees), Visual & Performing Arts (229 degrees), and English (81 degrees).

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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 Chief executives & legislators, Physicians & surgeons, Aircraft pilots & flight engineers, Dentists, and Dental hygienists

The most specialized majors at Oberlin College are Cultural & Gender Studies (50 degrees awarded), Philosophy and Religious Studies (29 degrees), Natural Resources & Conservation (45 degrees), Visual & Performing Arts (229 degrees), and English (81 degrees).

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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 (406,131 people), Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges (289,897 people), Computer Systems Design (117,328 people), Legal services (106,229 people), and Hospitals (103,978 people).

The most specialized majors at Oberlin College are Cultural & Gender Studies (50 degrees awarded), Philosophy and Religious Studies (29 degrees), Natural Resources & Conservation (45 degrees), Visual & Performing Arts (229 degrees), and English (81 degrees).

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Degrees

Majors Awarded

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Most Common

  1. 103 degrees awarded

  2. 52 degrees awarded

  3. 49 degrees awarded

In 2016, the most common bachelors degree concentration at Oberlin College was General Music Performance with 103 degrees awarded.

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Gender Breakdown for Common Majors

Degrees Awarded to Men

  1. 407

  2. 505

In 2016, 407 degrees were awarded to men at Oberlin College, which is 0.806 times less than the number of degrees awarded to females (505).

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Most Common Male Majors

In 2016, 46 degrees were awarded to men at Oberlin College in General Music Performance, which is 0.754 times less than the 61 female recipients with that same degree.

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Most Common Female Majors

In 2016, 61 degrees were awarded to women at Oberlin College in General Music Performance, which is 1.33 times more than the 46 male recipients with that same degree.

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Time to Complete

76%

100% Completion Time

88%

150% Completion Time

In 2016, 76% of students graduating from Oberlin College completed their program within 100% "normal time" (i.e. 4 years for a 4-year degree). Comparatively, 88% completed their degrees within 150% of the normal time, and 88% 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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Diversity

Graduation Rate by Race and Gender

Showing demographic groups with ≥ 5 graduating students.

American Indian or Alaska Native Male

Highest Graduation Rate (100%)

The student demographic with the highest graduation rate at Oberlin College is Male and American Indian or Alaska Native (100% graduation rate). Across all Baccalaureate Colleges, Asian Female students have the highest graduation rate (67.2%).

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, 0.152% of graduates (1 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Share

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity

  1. White

    650 degrees awarded

  2. Asian

    62 degrees awarded

  3. Hispanic or Latino

    60 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity at Oberlin College is white (650 degrees awarded). There were 10.5 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, asian (62 degrees).

1.75% of degree recipients (16 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Gender

Most Common Gender Demographic

  1. White Female

    349 degrees awarded

  2. White Male

    301 degrees awarded

  3. Hispanic or Latino Female

    38 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity and gender grouping at Oberlin College is white female (349 degrees awarded). There were 1.16 times more white female recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, white male (301 degrees).

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Operations

Oberlin College has an endowment valued at nearly $872M, as of the end of the 2015 fiscal year. The return on its endowment was of $27.2M (3.12%), compared to the 2.13% average return ($717k on $33.6M) across all Baccalaureate Colleges.

In 2015, Oberlin College had a total expenditure of $183M. Of that $183M, they spent $80.8M on salaries and $183M on benefits.

Oberlin College employs 116 Professors, 99 Assistant professors, and 98 Associate professors. Most academics at Oberlin College are Male Professors (75), Male Associate professors(54), and Male Assistant professors (50).

The most common positions for non-instructional staff at Oberlin College are: Service, with 185 employees, Office and Administrative Support, with 141 employees, and Management with 118 employees.

Finances

Endowment

$872M

2015 Endowment

0.592%

growth from 2014

Oberlin College has an endowment valued at about $872M, as of the end of the 2015 fiscal year. The endowment of Oberlin College grew 0.592% from the previous year. The value of their endowment was $838M 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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Government Grants and Contracts

Grants & Contracts

  1. $2.06M - Federal

  2. $52k - State

  3. $0 - Local

As of 2015, Oberlin College received $2.06M in grants and contracts from the federal government, $52k from state grants and contracts, and $0 from local grants and contracts.

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Expenses

Primary Expenses

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$80.8M

Salary Expenditure

$183M

Benefits Expenditure

In 2015, Oberlin College had a total expenditure of $183M. Of that $183M, they spent $80.8M on salaries and $183M on benefits.

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Expenditure by Category

This tree map shows all of the primary expenses of Research at Oberlin College as a share of total expenditure.

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Salary Expenditure

$80.8M

2015 Salaries

4.28%

growth from 2014

In 2015, Oberlin College paid a median of $80.8M in salaries, which represents 44.1% of their overall expenditure ($183M) and a 4.28% growth from the previous year. This is compared to a 2.61% growth from 2013 and a 3.05% growth from 2012.

The median for similar Baccalaureate Colleges is 13.3M (38.4% of overall expenditures).

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Instructional Salaries

$31.5M

Instructional Salaries

331

Number of Employees

In 2015, Oberlin College paid a total of $31.5M to 331 employees working as instructors, which represents 38.9% of all salaries paid.

This is compared to a median of $4.52M (34%) for similar Baccalaureate Colleges.

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Faculty and Staff

Occupations by Share

Professor

Most Common Instructor

116 Employees

Service

Most Common Non-Instructional Employee

185 Employees

In 2016, the most common positions for instructional staff at Oberlin College were Professor with 116 employees; Assistant professor with 99 employees; and Assistant professor with 98 employees.

In 2016, the most common positions for non-instructional staff at Oberlin College were Service with 185 employees; Office and Administrative Support with 141 employees; and Management with 118 employees.

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Instructors by Academic Rank and Gender

Most Common Demographic

  1. Male Professor

  2. Male Associate professor

  3. Male Assistant professor

In 2016, the most common demographic for instructional staff at Oberlin College was Male Professor with 75 employees, Male Associate professor with 54 employees, and Male Assistant professor with 50 employees.

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

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