Oberlin College

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2017 Undergraduate Tuition

$52,762

2.8% growth from 2016

2017 Average Net Price

$39,794

After Financial Aid

2016 Student Loan

2.07%

Default Rate

2017 Acceptance Rate

33.7%

7,762 Applicants

2017 Enrolled Students

2,853

98.7% Full-Time

2017 Graduation Rate

86.4%

641 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 (86 degrees awarded), General Biological Sciences (59 degrees), and General Political Science & Government (55 degrees).

In 2017, 910 degrees were awarded across all undergraduate and graduate programs at Oberlin College. 55.3% of these degrees were awarded to women, and 44.7% awarded men. The majority of degree recipients were white (627 degrees), 8.14 times more than then the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (77 degrees).

The median undergraduate tuition at Oberlin College is $52,762, which is $27,568 more than the national average for Baccalaureate Colleges ($25,194).

Costs

The median undergraduate tuition at Oberlin College is $52,762, which is $27,568 more than the national average for Baccalaureate Colleges ($25,194).

After taking grants and loans into account, the average net price for students is $39,794.

In 2017, 85% of undergraduate students received federal grants, while 34% of undergraduate students received federal loans.

Student Expenses

Tuition Costs

$52,762

2017 Undergraduate Tuition

In 2017, the cost of tuition at Oberlin College was $52,762. The cost of tuition at Oberlin College is $27,568 more than than the overall (public and private) national average for Baccalaureate Colleges ($25,194).

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Average Net Price

$39,794

2017 Value

5.49%

1 Year Growth

In 2017 Oberlin College had an average net price — the price paid after factoring in grants and loans — of $39,794. Between 2016 and 2017, the average net price of Oberlin College grew by 5.49%.

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Other Student Expenses

$13,260

Room and Board

$1,958

Books and Supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at Oberlin College was of $13,260 in 2017. During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $1,958. The cost of room and board increased by 2.95% between 2016 and 2017. 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

34%

Of Undergraduates Receive Federal Loans

85% of undergraduate students at Oberlin College received grants or loans in 2017. This represents a growth of 1.19% with respect to 2016, 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.

2.07%

2016 Default Rate

8

Number of Defaults

In 2016 the default rate for borrower's at Oberlin College was 2.07%, which represents 8 out of the 387 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 7,762 undergraduate applications in 2017, which represents a 8.88% annual decline. Out of those 7,762 applicants, 2,617 students were accepted for enrollment, representing a 33.7% acceptance rate.

There were 2,853 students enrolled at Oberlin College in 2017, and 54% of first-time enrollees submitted SAT scores with their applications.

Oberlin College has an overall enrollment yield of 27.8%, which represents the number of admitted students who ended up enrolling.

Acceptance Rate

33.7%

Acceptance Rate in 2017

2,617

Accepted Out of 7,762

In 2017, the undergraduate acceptance rate of Oberlin College was 33.7% (2,617 admissions from 7,762 applications). This is higher than the acceptance rate of 2016, which was 28%. Between 2016 and 2017, the number of applicants declined by -8.88%, while admissions grew by 9.59%.

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SAT Scores

54%

Submission Percentage

391

Scores Submitted

54% of enrolled first-time students at Oberlin College in 2017 submitted SAT scores with their applications.

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Enrollment

Oberlin College has a total enrollment of 2,853 students. The full-time enrollment at Oberlin College is 2,816 students and the part-time enrollment is 37. This means that 98.7% of students enrolled at Oberlin College are enrolled full-time.

The enrolled student population at Oberlin College, both undergraduate and graduate, is 64.1% White, 7.68% Hispanic or Latino, 7.61% Two or More Races, 5.29% Black or African American, 3.89% Asian, 0.0701% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders, and 0.0351% American Indian or Alaska Native.

Students enrolled at Oberlin College in full-time Undergraduate programs are majority White Female (37.1%), followed by White Male (27.1%) and Two or More Races Female (4.59%). Students enrolled in full-time Graduate programs are majority White Male (42.3%), followed by White Female (15.4%) and Two or More Races Male (0%).

Full-Time vs Part-Time Enrollment

98.7%

Full-Time Enrollment

The total enrollment at Oberlin College, both undergraduate and graduate, is 2,853 students. The full-time enrollment at Oberlin College is 2,816 and the part-time enrollment is 37. This means that 98.7% of students enrolled at Oberlin College are enrolled full-time compared with 80.6% at similar Baccalaureate Colleges.

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Retention Rate over Time

91%

2017 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

    1,829

  2. Hispanic or Latino

    219

  3. Two or More Races

    217

The enrolled student population at Oberlin College is 64.1% White, 7.68% Hispanic or Latino, 7.61% Two or More Races, 5.29% Black or African American, 3.89% Asian, 0.0701% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders, and 0.0351% 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 54.9% White, 14% Black or African American, and 12.6% 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, 23 students (0.806%) did not report their race.

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Graduates

In 2017, 96 more women than men received degrees from Oberlin College. The majority of degree recipients at Oberlin College are white (627 degrees awarded). There were 8.14 times more white graduates than the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (77 degrees).

The most common Bachelor's Degree concentration at Oberlin College is General Music Performance (86 degrees awarded), followed by General Biological Sciences (59 degrees) and General Political Science & Government (55 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 (73 degrees awarded), Natural Resources & Conservation (52 degrees), and Visual & Performing Arts (213 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 (198,664 people), Lawyers, & judges, magistrates, & other judicial workers (144,885 people), Other managers (144,651 people), Postsecondary teachers (121,428 people), and Graphic designers (91,940 people).

The most specialized majors at Oberlin College are Cultural & Gender Studies (73 degrees awarded), Natural Resources & Conservation (52 degrees), Visual & Performing Arts (213 degrees), History (44 degrees), and Philosophy and Religious Studies (21 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, Sales managers, Dentists, Securities, commodities, & financial services sales agents, and Physicians

The most specialized majors at Oberlin College are Cultural & Gender Studies (73 degrees awarded), Natural Resources & Conservation (52 degrees), Visual & Performing Arts (213 degrees), History (44 degrees), and Philosophy and Religious Studies (21 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 (349,490 people), Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges (243,928 people), Legal services (119,035 people), Computer Systems Design (108,845 people), and General medical and surgical hospitals, and specialty (except psychiatric and substance abuse) hospitals (93,566 people).

The most specialized majors at Oberlin College are Cultural & Gender Studies (73 degrees awarded), Natural Resources & Conservation (52 degrees), Visual & Performing Arts (213 degrees), History (44 degrees), and Philosophy and Religious Studies (21 degrees).

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Degrees

Majors Awarded

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Most Common

  1. 86 degrees awarded

  2. 59 degrees awarded

  3. 55 degrees awarded

In 2017, the most common bachelors degree concentration at Oberlin College was General Music Performance with 86 degrees awarded.

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Gender Breakdown for Common Majors

Degrees Awarded to Men

  1. 407

  2. 503

In 2017, 407 degrees were awarded to men at Oberlin College, which is 0.809 times less than the number of degrees awarded to females (503).

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Most Common Male Majors

In 2017, 44 degrees were awarded to men at Oberlin College in General Music Performance, which is 0.863 times less than the 51 female recipients with that same degree.

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Most Common Female Majors

In 2017, 51 degrees were awarded to women at Oberlin College in General Music Performance, which is 1.16 times more than the 44 male recipients with that same degree.

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Time to Complete

76%

100% Completion Time

88%

150% Completion Time

In 2017, 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 (68.1%).

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, 1.56% of graduates (10 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Share

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity

  1. White

    627 degrees awarded

  2. Hispanic or Latino

    77 degrees awarded

  3. Asian

    62 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity at Oberlin College is white (627 degrees awarded). There were 8.14 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (77 degrees).

0.44% of degree recipients (4 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Gender

Most Common Gender Demographic

  1. White Female

    343 degrees awarded

  2. White Male

    284 degrees awarded

  3. Hispanic or Latino Male

    40 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity and gender grouping at Oberlin College is white female (343 degrees awarded). There were 1.21 times more white female recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, white male (284 degrees).

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Operations

Oberlin College has an endowment valued at nearly $880M, as of the end of the 2017 fiscal year. The return on its endowment was of $103M (11.8%), compared to the 7.76% average return ($2.88M on $37.1M) across all Baccalaureate Colleges.

In 2017, Oberlin College had a total salary expenditure of $187M. Oberlin College employs 118 Professors, 109 Assistant professors, and 94 Associate professors. Most academics at Oberlin College are Male Professors (75), Female Assistant professors(58), and Male Associate professors (53).

The most common positions for non-instructional staff at Oberlin College are: Service, with 175 employees, Office and Administrative Support, with 132 employees, and Management with 110 employees.

Finances

Endowment

$880M

2017 Endowment

8.81%

growth from 2016

Oberlin College has an endowment valued at about $880M, as of the end of the 2017 fiscal year. The endowment of Oberlin College grew 8.81% from the previous year. The value of their endowment was $842M 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. $2.15M - Federal

  2. $3.44k - State

  3. $0 - Local

As of 2017, Oberlin College received $2.15M in grants and contracts from the federal government, $3.44k from state grants and contracts, and $0 from local grants and contracts.

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Expenses

Salary Expenditure

$75.7M

2017 Salaries

0.0684%

decline from 2016

In 2017, Oberlin College paid a median of $75.7M in salaries, which represents 40.5% of their overall expenditure ($187M) and a 0.0684% decline from the previous year. This is compared to a 6.22% decline from 2015 and a 4.28% growth from 2014.

The median for similar Baccalaureate Colleges is 14.2M (38.9% of overall expenditures).

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Instructional Salaries

$31.7M

Instructional Salaries

327

Number of Employees

In 2017, Oberlin College paid a total of $31.7M to 327 employees working as instructors, which represents 41.9% of all salaries paid.

This is compared to a median of $8.01M (34.6%) for similar Baccalaureate Colleges: Arts & Sciences Focus.

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Faculty and Staff

Occupations by Share

Professor

Most Common Instructor

118 Employees

Service

Most Common Non-Instructional Employee

175 Employees

In 2017, the most common positions for instructional staff at Oberlin College were Professor with 118 employees; Assistant professor with 109 employees; and Assistant professor with 94 employees.

In 2017, the most common positions for non-instructional staff at Oberlin College were Service with 175 employees; Office and Administrative Support with 132 employees; and Management with 110 employees.

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Instructors by Academic Rank and Gender

Most Common Demographic

  1. Male Professor

  2. Female Assistant professor

  3. Male Associate professor

In 2017, the most common demographic for instructional staff at Oberlin College was Male Professor with 75 employees, Female Assistant professor with 58 employees, and Male Associate professor with 53 employees.

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

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