Located just outside Cleveland, Ohio, Oberlin College is a leading, private liberal arts college and conservatory of music.

The College of Arts and Sciences offers a four-year undergraduate program leading to the Bachelor of Arts degree. The Conservatory of Music offers four-year undergraduate programs of professional and academic studies leading to the Bachelor of Music degree. Oberlin is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, Higher Learning Commission.

Changes Related to COVID-19

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Oberlin has temporarily changed its academic calendar in order to de-densify the campus. This involves among other things, spreading out student enrollment over three full terms rather than two to mitigate the chance of viral spread. This data will be updated in January 2021 to better reflect our total enrollment and retention rates for the 20/21 academic year.

Enrollment Breakdown

Table 1:
Oberlin Enrollment for 2019-2020
School Students Enrolled % of Total
Total Undergraduate Enrollment 2,846  
Arts and Sciences 2,284 80.3%
Conservatory 364 12.8%
Double Degree 198 7.0%
Table 2:
Enrollment Breakdown
Group Students Enrolled % of Total
Female 1,663 58.4%
Male 1,183 41.6%
White 1,725 60.6%
Hispanic 240 8.4%
Black 155 5.4%
Asian 125 4.4%
Hawaiian/Pacific Islander 1 0.0%
2 or more races 225 7.9%
No answer/missing 26 0.9%
Foreign 349 12.3%

Retention and Graduation Rates

Table 3:
Retention by Ethnicity/Race and Year
Group 2016 2017 2018 2019
Overall 88.6% 91.3% 89.0% 91.2%
Hispanic 87.0% 89.1% 89.5% 93.1%
Black 92.6% 87.3% 82.3% 89.2%
Asian 89.3% 94.8% 87.5% 91.0%
Foreign 94.3% 94.0% 94.1% 94.3%
Table 4:
Graduation Rate by Ethnicity/Race and Year
Group 2016 2017 2018 2019
Overall 85.4% 86.3% 86.5% 86.4%
Hispanic 79.3% 77.3% 73.2% 87.0%
Black 80.3% 86.9% 74.6% 81.7%
Asian 82.8% 87.5% 94.8% 90.0%
Foreign 83.3% 90.2% 88.5% 84.5%

Degrees

Table 5:
Degrees Conferred
Degree 2016 2017 2018 2019
Bachelor of Music 85 82 96 78
Bachelor of Arts 554 588 606 562
BM/BA (Double Degree) 37 31 31 24
Table 6:
PhDs Granted to Oberlin College Graduates
2008 to 2019
Academic Area PhDs Awarded
Total 891
Life Sciences 215
Physical Sciences and Earth Sciences 83
Mathematics and Computer Sciences 38
Psychology and Social Sciences 187
Engineering 18
Education 61
Humanities and Arts 266
Other non-Science/​Engineering 23