Oberlin College

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2019 Undergraduate Tuition
$55,976
3% growth from 2018
2019 Average Net Price
$43,612
After Financial Aid
2017 Student Loan
1.79%
Default Rate
2019 Acceptance Rate
36.4%
7,708 Applicants
2019 Enrolled Students
2,863
99.2% Full-Time
2018 Graduation Rate
86.2%
654 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 (82 degrees awarded), General History (55 degrees), and General Political Science & Government (50 degrees).

In 2019, 888 degrees were awarded across all undergraduate and graduate programs at Oberlin College. 57.3% of these degrees were awarded to women, and 42.7% awarded men. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients was white (604 degrees), 9.15 times more than then the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (66 degrees).

The median undergraduate tuition at Oberlin College is $55,976, which is $28,696 more than the national average for Baccalaureate Colleges ($27,280).

Costs

The median undergraduate tuition at Oberlin College is $55,976, which is $28,696 more than the national average for Baccalaureate Colleges ($27,280).

After taking grants and loans into account, the average net price for students is $43,612.

In 2019, 85% of undergraduate students received federal grants, while 35% of undergraduate students received federal loans.

Student Expenses

Tuition Costs

$55,976
2019 Undergraduate Tuition

In 2019, the cost of tuition at Oberlin College was $55,976. The cost of tuition at Oberlin College is $28,696 more than than the overall (public and private) national average for Baccalaureate Colleges ($27,280).

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Average Net Price

$43,612
2019 Value
0.472%
1 Year Growth

In 2019 Oberlin College had an average net price — the price paid after factoring in grants and loans — of $43,612. Between 2018 and 2019, the average net price of Oberlin College grew by 0.472%.

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Other Student Expenses

$14,251
Room and Board
$1,958
Books and Supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at Oberlin College was of $14,251 in 2019. During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $1,958. The cost of room and board decreased by 1.97% between 2018 and 2019. The cost of books and supplies did not change during the same period.

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Financial Aid

Financial Aid by Income Level

85%
Of Undergraduates Receive Grants
35%
Of Undergraduates Receive Federal Loans

85% of undergraduate students at Oberlin College received grants or loans in 2019. This represents a growth of 0% with respect to 2018, when 85% 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.
1.79%
2017 Default Rate
6
Number of Defaults

In 2017 the default rate for borrower's at Oberlin College was 1.79%, which represents 6 out of the 336 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 7,708 undergraduate applications in 2019, which represents a 2.43% annual growth. Out of those 7,708 applicants, 2,806 students were accepted for enrollment, representing a 36.4% acceptance rate.

There were 2,863 students enrolled at Oberlin College in 2019, and 69% of first-time enrollees submitted SAT scores with their applications.

Oberlin College has an overall enrollment yield of 28.4%, which represents the number of admitted students who ended up enrolling.

Acceptance Rate

36.4%
Acceptance Rate in 2019
2,806
Accepted Out of 7,708

In 2019, the undergraduate acceptance rate of Oberlin College was 36.4% (2,806 admissions from 7,708 applications). This is higher than the acceptance rate of 2018, which was 36.2%. Between 2018 and 2019, the number of applicants grew by 2.43%, while admissions grew by 2.97%.

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SAT Scores

69%
Submission Percentage
539
Scores Submitted

69% of enrolled first-time students at Oberlin College in 2019 submitted SAT scores with their applications.

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Enrollment

Oberlin College has a total enrollment of 2,863 students. The full-time enrollment at Oberlin College is 2,839 students and the part-time enrollment is 24. This means that 99.2% of students enrolled at Oberlin College are enrolled full-time.

The enrolled student population at Oberlin College, both undergraduate and graduate, is 60.4% White, 8.38% Hispanic or Latino, 7.82% Two or More Races, 5.41% Black or African American, 4.4% Asian, 0.0349% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders, and 0% American Indian or Alaska Native.

Students enrolled at Oberlin College in full-time Undergraduate programs are most commonly White Female (35.8%), followed by White Male (24.9%) and Two or More Races Female (5.1%). Students enrolled in full-time Graduate programs are most commonly White Male (23.5%), followed by Asian Female (5.88%) and White Female (5.88%).

Full-Time vs Part-Time Enrollment

99.2%
Full-Time Enrollment

The total enrollment at Oberlin College, both undergraduate and graduate, is 2,863 students. The full-time enrollment at Oberlin College is 2,839 and the part-time enrollment is 24. This means that 99.2% of students enrolled at Oberlin College are enrolled full-time compared with 81.1% at similar Baccalaureate Colleges.

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Retention Rate over Time

91%
2019 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 91%. Compared with the full-time retention rate at similar Baccalaureate Colleges (73%), 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
    1,730
  2. Hispanic or Latino
    240
  3. Two or More Races
    224

The enrolled student population at Oberlin College is 60.4% White, 8.38% Hispanic or Latino, 7.82% Two or More Races, 5.41% Black or African American, 4.4% Asian, 0.0349% 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% White, 14% Black or African American, and 13.1% 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, 27 students (0.943%) did not report their race.

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Graduates

In 2019, 130 more women than men received degrees from Oberlin College. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients at Oberlin College is white (604 degrees awarded). There were 9.15 times more white graduates than the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (66 degrees).

The most common Bachelor's Degree concentration at Oberlin College is General Music Performance (82 degrees awarded), followed by General History (55 degrees) and General Political Science & Government (50 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 (49 degrees awarded), Philosophy and Religious Studies (32 degrees), and History (55 degrees).

Workforce

Common Jobs by Major

Most Common Job

The most common jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Oberlin College are Other managers (158,650 people), Lawyers, & judges, magistrates, & other judicial workers (146,394 people), Elementary & middle school teachers (143,054 people), Postsecondary teachers (120,174 people), and Secondary school teachers (106,458 people).

The most specialized majors at Oberlin College are Cultural & Gender Studies (49 degrees awarded), Philosophy and Religious Studies (32 degrees), History (55 degrees), Visual & Performing Arts (235 degrees), and Natural Resources & Conservation (43 degrees).

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Highest Paying Jobs by Major

Highest Paying Job

The highest paying jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Oberlin College are Surgeons, Securities, commodities, & financial services sales agents, Agents & business managers of artists, performers, & athletes, Physicians, and Chief executives & legislators

The most specialized majors at Oberlin College are Cultural & Gender Studies (49 degrees awarded), Philosophy and Religious Studies (32 degrees), History (55 degrees), Visual & Performing Arts (235 degrees), and Natural Resources & Conservation (43 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 (356,025 people), Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges (248,446 people), Legal services (117,303 people), Computer Systems Design (112,231 people), and General medical and surgical hospitals, and specialty (except psychiatric and substance abuse) hospitals (86,104 people).

The most specialized majors at Oberlin College are Cultural & Gender Studies (49 degrees awarded), Philosophy and Religious Studies (32 degrees), History (55 degrees), Visual & Performing Arts (235 degrees), and Natural Resources & Conservation (43 degrees).

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Degrees

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
  1. 82 degree-majorss awarded
  2. 55 degree-majorss awarded
  3. 50 degree-majorss awarded

In 2019, the most common bachelors degree concentration at Oberlin College was General Music Performance with 82 degrees awarded.

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Gender Breakdown for Common Majors

379
Degrees Awarded to Men
in 2019
509
Degrees Awarded to Women
in 2019

In 2019, 379 degrees were awarded to men at Oberlin College, which is 0.745 times less than the number of degrees awarded to females (509).

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Most Common Male Majors

In 2019, 45 degrees were awarded to men at Oberlin College in General Music Performance, which is 0.9 times less than the 50 female recipients with that same degree.

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Most Common Female Majors

In 2019, 50 degrees were awarded to women at Oberlin College in General Music Performance, which is 1.11 times more than the 45 male recipients with that same degree.

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Time to Complete

75%
100% Completion Time
86%
150% Completion Time

In 2019, 75% 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 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.
Asian Male
Highest Graduation Rate (100%)

The student demographic with the highest graduation rate at Oberlin College is Male and Asian (100% graduation rate). Across all Baccalaureate Colleges, Asian Female students have the highest graduation rate (69.1%).

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, 1.38% of graduates (9 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Share

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity
  1. White
    604 degrees awarded
  2. Hispanic or Latino
    66 degrees awarded
  3. Two or More Races
    65 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity at Oberlin College is white (604 degrees awarded). There were 9.15 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (66 degrees).

1.8% 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
    344 degrees awarded
  2. White Male
    260 degrees awarded
  3. Two or More Races Female
    37 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity and gender grouping at Oberlin College is white female (344 degrees awarded). There were 1.32 times more white female recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, white male (260 degrees).

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Operations

Oberlin College has an endowment valued at nearly $985M, as of the end of the 2019 fiscal year. The return on its endowment was of $70.9M (7.2%), compared to the 3.99% average return ($1.62M on $40.7M) across all Baccalaureate Colleges.

In 2019, Oberlin College had a total salary expenditure of $189M. Oberlin College employs 95 Professors, 82 Associate professors, and 81 Assistant professors. Most academics at Oberlin College are Male Professors (64), Male Associate professors(45), and Female Assistant professors (42).

The most common positions for non-instructional staff at Oberlin College are: Service, with 165 employees, Office and Administrative Support, with 127 employees, and Management with 103 employees.

Finances

Endowment

$985M
2019 Endowment
3.96%
growth from 2018

Oberlin College has an endowment valued at about $985M, as of the end of the 2019 fiscal year. The endowment of Oberlin College grew 3.96% from the previous year. The value of their endowment was $944M 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. $1.96M - Federal
  2. $11.4k - State
  3. $0 - Local

As of 2019, Oberlin College received $1.96M in grants and contracts from the federal government, $11.4k from state grants and contracts, and $0 from local grants and contracts.

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Expenses

Salary Expenditure

$71.3M
2019 Salaries
2.57%
decline from 2018

In 2019, Oberlin College paid a median of $71.3M in salaries, which represents 37.7% of their overall expenditure ($189M) and a 2.57% decline from the previous year. This is compared to a 3.37% decline from 2017 and a 0.0684% decline from 2016.

The median for similar Baccalaureate Colleges is 15.5M (41% of overall expenditures).

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Instructional Salaries

$27.6M
Instructional Salaries
307
Number of Employees

In 2019, Oberlin College paid a total of $27.6M to 307 employees working as instructors, which represents 38.8% of all salaries paid.

This is compared to a median of $4.89M (31.6%) for similar Baccalaureate Colleges.

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Faculty and Staff

Occupations by Share

Professor
Most Common Instructor
95 Employees
Service
Most Common Non-Instructional Employee
165 Employees

In 2019, the most common positions for instructional staff at Oberlin College were Professor with 95 employees; Associate professor with 82 employees; and Associate professor with 81 employees.

In 2019, the most common positions for non-instructional staff at Oberlin College were Service with 165 employees; Office and Administrative Support with 127 employees; and Management with 103 employees.

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Instructors by Academic Rank and Gender

Most Common Demographic
  1. Male Professor
  2. Male Associate professor
  3. Female Assistant professor

In 2019, the most common demographic for instructional staff at Oberlin College was Male Professor with 64 employees, Male Associate professor with 45 employees, and Female Assistant professor with 42 employees.

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

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