{ The Letters are in the Mail! }

The Arts & Sciences Admissions Office is celebrating today, because decision letters for this year's applicants are finally being mailed out. For us, this represents the culmination of months' worth of work reading files and making difficult decisions. This year we had our largest application pool ever, with over 6000 applicants competing for spaces in Oberlin's class of 2014. This was the most selective admissions year in the history of Oberlin, and we have sent offers of admission to a third of our applicants.

Each file was read at least twice. We scrutinized your transcripts, read your essays, and gave careful consideration to each and every one of you. We talked about you in committee, and got really bummed when we realized that we didn't have spaces for all of the fantastic students we wanted to accept. (Seriously. There were some tears around the table.) We also got really excited to admit a fantastic group of students--congratulations, all of you!

My loyal blog readers (all two of you, right?) know that we use a holistic review process, and don't make decisions exclusively on the basis of GPAs and test scores. Nevertheless, our admitted class still has some record-setting statistics. The average unweighted GPA is a 3.71. The average SAT scores in each sub-section were: Critical Reading--712, Math--693, Writing--709. This is the first year we have had a Reading/Math score average above 1400. The average ACT score for this year's admitted class is a 31. For those students who have schools that report class rank, over 80% are in the top 10% of their class. Those are impressive statistics, and you should all be proud of your accomplishments.

However, what gives us the most warm and fuzzy feelings is not the statistics, it's the stories. We've admitted an incoming class not just made up of great students, but one that is comprised of many very interesting people. They have a wide variety of accomplishments demonstrating their intense commitment to everything from science research to community service. They have started their own businesses and achieved national recognition for their artwork. Like true Obies, they have obtained academic excellence while still intently pursuing all of their passions.

Welcome, Oberlin's Class of 2014, and please be advised: now is the time to start obsessively checking your mailbox.

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{ Responses To This Entry }

note to self: start stalking mailman =p
Do you know if/when the conservatory has sent/will send their letters?

Posted by: Maddie on March 25, 2010 4:33 PM

The Conservatory is sending out their letters today and tomorrow.

Posted by: Elizabeth on March 25, 2010 4:34 PM

Aw dang, I missed waving the mail truck full of letters goodbye.

Posted by: Brandi on March 25, 2010 6:56 PM

Is there a way to find out admissions decisions via phone or email?

Posted by: Lindsay Goldstein on March 25, 2010 7:20 PM

No, sorry, you have to wait for the letters to arrive.

Posted by: Elizabeth on March 26, 2010 9:27 AM


Thank you to you and everyone in the Admissions Office for your hard work. Good luck filling out the Class of 2014.

I remember very well the Spring Day in 1974 when my Oberlin acceptance letter came. I had only applied to 3 schools and if Oberlin had not accepted me, I would have ended up at state football factory (Univ. Tenn). What a difference (for the better) that acceptance letter made in my life!

Roy '78

Posted by: Roy on March 26, 2010 1:38 PM

Oh dear, after looking at those stats I think my heart jumped a little. Well, I better practice my mailbox opening technique soon.

Posted by: Mary on March 26, 2010 8:37 PM

If a merit scholarship is awarded, will it be included in the acceptance letter? Will the financial aid award be included or does this come as a separate mailing?

Posted by: Charles on March 26, 2010 11:53 PM

If you're put on the waitlist, is it possible to be accepted as a transfer from the waitlist for fall 2011? Or, if an accepted student has already enrolled at another school, is it easier to get accepted as a transfer if you've been accepted this year? Or do applicants have to go through the entire process again?

Posted by: Hank on March 27, 2010 8:04 AM

I thought we were getting t-shirts with the albino squirrel design? When are they coming?

Posted by: Rayla on March 27, 2010 10:25 PM

My twins both got accepted, but only one got a financial aid package (the other, who applied to the conservatory got no financial aid letter at all). Do dual degree applicants get their financial aid decisions later, or was there possibly a mistake in the system?

Posted by: Tom on March 28, 2010 9:12 AM

Regarding financial aid questions--financial aid information (including scholarships awarded) is usually included with the acceptance letter. If you applied for aid and have not received an aid award with your acceptance letter, call the Financial Aid Office to find out why (800-693-3173).

@Hank--we do not carry over the waitlist. If you do not enroll at Oberlin this fall and would like to try again for fall 2011, you would have to submit a new application.

@Rayla--yes, you are getting t-shirts! They are being mailed separately, and will probably be in your hands by the end of next week.

Posted by: Elizabeth on March 29, 2010 8:53 AM

Does Oberlin consider any financial or scholarship award appeals? Do any of the merit scholarships awarded to students who go elsewhere get redistributed? While my son would love to attend, he was offered significantly more in merit scholarships and received additional need-based aid from a college just slightly below in rankings.

Posted by: Cindy on March 31, 2010 6:49 AM

Cindy, there are some circumstances under which financial or scholarship award appeals will be considered. For questions about need-based aid, please call the Financial Aid Office at 800-693-3173. If you would like to discuss merit scholarship awards, please call the Admissions Office at 800-622-6243.

Posted by: Elizabeth on March 31, 2010 8:58 AM


A friend of mine sent me the link to your blog. We were on vacation with our school's marching band and arrived home to an Oberlin letter putting my daughter on the wait list. Although we are a tad disappointed and not sure what her decision will be, your message reassures me that she had monumnetal mountains to climb to actually get in to Oberlin's class of 2014. And I am proud that she was considered in such a group of amazing young people. Now it's on to decision time!

Posted by: Betsy on April 2, 2010 10:23 AM

Betsy, thank you for your thoughtful comments! As your daughter considers whether or not to remain on the wait list, you may wish to refer to an entry I wrote last year, Demystifying the Waitlist, which addresses some of the common questions about the wait list.

Posted by: Elizabeth on April 2, 2010 2:54 PM

My son chose to remain on the wait list. When should he expect to hear if he has been admitted?

Posted by: jane on May 21, 2010 11:53 AM

All waitlisted students will notified no later than June 30, but some activity may happen before then.

Posted by: Elizabeth on May 24, 2010 8:41 AM

Do you post GPA/SAT statistics on the first years who are enrolled? I have seen the stats on those who are admitted, but not on those who accept and enroll.

Thank you and your office for all your hard work. I think you have chosen well based on the Obies I know.

Posted by: Mark on May 27, 2010 8:40 PM

Mark, this year's enrolling class has the following median 50% score ranges:

SAT critical reading: 660-740
SAT mathematics: 640-720
SAT writing: 650-740
ACT: 28-32

These are pretty much the same as for the previous year. I haven't seen stats on the average GPA for this year's enrolling class, but I expect that it will also be similar to last year's average, which was 3.6.

Posted by: Elizabeth on June 1, 2010 2:10 PM

My daughter chose to remain on the wait list. Is there still an opportunity for her to be accepted to Oberlin College?

Posted by: Michele on June 8, 2010 8:34 PM

Right now, we have reached capacity for our incoming class. However, until we formally disband the wait list (no later than June 30), there's still a possibility that we may take some students off the wait list.

Posted by: Elizabeth on June 9, 2010 8:44 AM

I have no idea if there is any chance that Roy '78 will read this comment, but I just wanted to say thanks for that because that is a pretty similar situation to mine. Okay, not super similar because though I live in Tennessee and have been urged time and again to apply to UTk, I have resisted! And I refuse to apply there. Nonetheless, I know the feeling! So that made me laugh.

Posted by: Anonymous on November 4, 2010 9:50 PM

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