Oberlin College: Narrative Description

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173 West Lorain St.
Oberlin, OH 44074
Tel: (440)775-8121
Free: 800-622-OBIE
Admissions: (440)775-8411
Fax: (440)775-8886
Web Site: http://www.oberlin.edu/


Independent, comprehensive, coed. Awards bachelor's and master's degrees. Founded 1833. Setting: 440-acre small town campus with easy access to Cleveland. Endowment: $550 million. Educational spending 2003-04: $14,807 per student. Total enrollment: 2,827. Faculty: 286 (266 full-time, 20 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 10:1. 5,824 applied, 40% were admitted. 67% from top 10% of their high school class, 85% from top quarter, 96% from top half. 36 National Merit Scholars, 47 valedictorians. Full-time: 2,741 students, 55% women, 45% men. Part-time: 66 students, 53% women, 47% men. Students come from 50 states and territories, 44 other countries, 90% from out-of-state, 1% Native American, 5% Hispanic, 6% black, 8% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 6% international, 1% 25 or older, 73% live on campus, 1% transferred in. Retention: 90% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: visual/performing arts; social sciences and history; English. Core. Calendar: 4-1-4. ESL program, services for LD students, advanced placement, self-designed majors, honors program, independent study, double major, part-time degree program, internships. Off campus study at Great Lakes Colleges Association. Study abroad program.

Entrance Requirements:

Options: Common Application, electronic application, early admission, early decision, deferred admission, international baccalaureate accepted. Required: essay, high school transcript, 2 recommendations, SAT or ACT. Recommended: SAT Subject Tests, SAT II: Writing Test. Required for some: interview. Entrance: very difficult. Application deadlines: 1/15, 11/15 for early decision plan 1, 1/2 for early decision plan 2. Notification: 4/1, 12/15 for early decision plan 1, 2/1 for early decision plan 2.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $35. Comprehensive fee: $38,806 includes full-time tuition ($30,975), mandatory fees ($188), and college room and board ($7643). College room only: $4020. Full-time tuition and fees vary according to course load. Room and board charges vary according to board plan and housing facility. Part-time tuition: $1290 per credit. Part-time tuition varies according to course load.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, marching band, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 120 open to all. Most popular organizations: Experimental College, Community Outreach, Black Students Organization, Students Cooperative Association, student radio station. Major annual events: Artist Recital Series, Convocation, Commencement. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling, women's center. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, student patrols, late night transport-escort service, controlled dormitory access, crime prevention programs. 2,200 college housing spaces available. Freshmen guaranteed college housing. On-campus residence required through sophomore year. Options: coed, women-only housing available. Mudd Center Library plus 3 others with 1.5 million books, 364,504 microform titles, 4,560 serials, 59,186 audiovisual materials, and an OPAC. Operations spending 2003-04: $5.5 million. 340 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

Oberlin College is located 35 miles southwest of Cleveland in a small town.

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