Oberlin College

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Oberlin College, a liberal arts school, provides students a well rounded foundation in education by having a curriculum with a diverse range of subjects. This college is located in Oberlin, OH, a predominately rural area. Over 3,100 students are enrolled at Oberlin College.

Students can submit either the ACT or SAT scores at Oberlin College. A score in the range of 1280 to 1480 on the SAT exam, or 29 to 33 on the ACT exam is among the 25th - 75th percentile range among admitted students. Based on sampled GPA data collected and applied, it is estimated that the Oberlin College average GPA range for accepted students is around 3.68 - 3.89. Oberlin College accepts about 40% of those that apply each year. Of those that are accepted, around 28% of students registered for enrollment. You can get more information from the admissions office website at new.oberlin.edu.

Overall Oberlin College Acceptance Rate - Fall 2020


The overall acceptance rate for Oberlin College was reported as 36.4% in Fall 2020 with over 7,710 applications submitted to this school. Both in state and out of state applicants are included in these figures. We do not have data on transfer acceptance rates currently.

Accepted Applicants Profile

  • ACT Scores: 29 - 33
  • Average GPA: 3.68 - 3.89

How Hard Is It to Get into Oberlin College?

Applicant Selectivity: High

The selectivity of applicants for undergraduate admissions to Oberlin College is considered high, with many applicants scoring in the top percentiles on the SAT or ACT exam, as well as having an excellent high school GPA.

Historical Trend and Acceptance Rate 2022 Projection

The historical trend chart shows acceptance rates from the previous years, from which we have projected the acceptance rate for the 2022-2023 school year. The overall acceptance rate trend for Oberlin College has been getting much higher in the past few years.

Acceptance Rate By Year

  • 2016-2017: 28.0%
  • 2017-2018: 33.7%
  • 2018-2019: 36.2%
  • 2019-2020: 36.4%
  • Projected Acceptance Rate 2022-2023: 32.3%

How Does Oberlin College Compare?

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National Avg

The acceptance rate for Oberlin College is fifty-six percent lower than the national average of all colleges which is around 56.7%.

Nearby Similar College Acceptance Rates

SchoolAcceptance Rate
Baldwin Wallace University72.7%
Cleveland Institute of Music36.6%
Cleveland Institute of Art69.6%
The College of Wooster54.7%
John Carroll University86.3%

Admissions Rates & Enrollment Rates - Details

General Recommendations & Requirements for Admissions

  • High School GPA Scores are Required
  • School Records are Required
  • College Prep Classes are Required
  • Submit Recommendation Letters are Required
  • Standardized Test Scores (SAT,ACT,...) are Required
  • TOEFL Exam (Foreign Language Students) are Recommended

Number of Applicants, Percent Accepted, and Enrolled Students (Fall 2020)


Average ACT/SAT Scores of Applicants to Oberlin College (Fall 2020)

SAT® SectionScore Range
Critical Reading650 - 730
Math630 - 750
Total Score1280 - 1480
ACT®Score Range
English30 - 35
Math26 - 31
Composite Score29 - 33
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