Oberlin College Admission Chances

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Acceptance Chances

Can I get into Oberlin College? These admission statistics provide an indication how difficult it is to get in and what your chances are. 2,249 out of 7,815 applicants or 29% were admitted making Oberlin College a more competitive school to get into with a lesser chance of acceptance for average applicants. Academically, it has extremely high requirements for admission test scores. Oberlin College typically accepts and attracts B+ average high school students. Only 35% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school.

Women Men Total
Applied 4,622 3,193 7,815
Accepted 1,304 945 2,249
Acceptance Rate 28% 30% 29%
Enrolled 446 332 778
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 34% 35% 35%

Scores you need to get in

What are the SAT and ACT requirements for students to be admitted to Oberlin College and what score do you need to get in? The tables below describe the SAT and ACT test score percentile profile of the Fall 2015 starting class.

ACT Requirements

Admission data indicates that Oberlin College regularly accepts students with ACTs of 29 and above. We estimate the school accepting minimum ACT composite scores around 28 in some instances. Prospective students submitting an ACT composite of 30 or higher should be in the upper half of applicants - and students with a 32 and above have very competitive chances. 46 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to Oberlin College.

SAT Requirements (New SAT)

Reporting indicates the school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 1340 on a 1600 scale, below which admission should be considered a reach. We estimate some students could be accepted with SAT's as low as 1255. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1425 out of 1600. A competitive SAT score is critical as 64 percent of applicants submit SAT scores to the school. Note: SAT scores presented on this page have been adjusted upwards per the College Board's concordance tables for test takers after March 2016.

25th Percentile Score 75th Percentile Score
SAT Composite 1340 1510
SAT Reading 680 760
SAT Math 640 740
ACT Composite 29 32
ACT English 31 34
ACT Math 27 31

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by Score

What do these ratings mean?

ACT Score Competitiveness Est. Admission Chances
32 and Above Good >45%
30 to 32 Avg + 29%-45%
29 to 30 Avg - 22%-29%
28 to 29 Reach 17%-22%
Less than 28 Low <17%
SAT Score (NEW 1600 scale) Competitiveness Admission Chances
1510 and Above Good >41%
1425 to 1510 Avg + 29%-41%
1340 to 1425 Avg - 19%-29%
1255 to 1340 Reach 12%-19%
Less than 1255 Low <12%

Estimated GPA Requirements

You will need very good grades in high school to get into Oberlin College. The average high school GPA of the admitted freshman class at Oberlin College was 3.57 on the 4.0 scale indicating that primarily B+ students are accepted and ultimately attend. Even with a competitive GPA, admission to Oberlin College will be challenging as the school denies more applicants than it admits.

What do these ratings mean?

High School GPA Freshmen Within Range Admission Chances
3.75+ 34% Good
3.50 to 3.75 28% Avg +
3.25 to 3.50 23% Avg -
3.00 to 3.25 11% Reach
2.75 to 3.00 4% Reach
2.50 to 2.75 0% Low
2.25 to 2.50 0% Low
2.00 to 2.25 0% Low

Fall 2017 Application Deadline

The application deadline for Fall 2017 has passed. Applications were due on Jan 15, 2017.

Admission Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to Oberlin College and what considerations affect admission decisions?

Test Scores Required
High School GPA Required
High School Class Rank Neither required nor recommended
Completion of College Preparatory Program Required
Recommendations Required
Demonstration of Competencies Neither required nor recommended

Credits Accepted

Does accept high school AP credits or award dual credit towards both a college and high school degree?

AP Credit Yes
Dual Credit No
Credit for Life Experiences No

Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=204501 IPEDS survey data for Oberlin College.

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