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The records of students admitted in former years to the College de-
partment will hereafter l>e arranged upon cards in my office, and upon
the same card there will be a memorandum of the quality of work
done by each student The completion of these new cards will mean,
therefore, that with a minimum of effort and with but slight loss of

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time, we shall be able to have full information before us at all times
with reference to former students from any particular high school.
The cards will be filed geographically and in the course of three or
four years the material in the new file will be of very great reference

I wish to join very heartily In the suggestion for the appointment
of a traveling representative of 01)erlin Academy, whose first duty
shall be to visit the high schools of small towns to present the at-
tractions of Oberlin Academy as a place for the completion of pre-
paratory courses. The high schools which are ranked in this state as
of the second and of the third grade could properly be visited in this
way. Students who complete courses in these high schools usually
need one, two, or even three more years of preparatory work before
they are ready for admission to the best institutions, and the at-
tractions of Oljerlin Academy ought to appeal strongly to these stu-
dents if it were possible to bring the Academy effectively to their

Such a traveling representative would not only aid the Academy
by increasing the students in that department, but would advance the
general Interests of the college in at least two other valuable ways:
first, by assisting in placing the graduates of the college in important
teaching positions in the high schools of the state, and by bringing
our Bureau of Appointments Into closer touch with the high school
situation ; and, second, by co-operating with the President's Assistant
in finding men of financial resources to whom the needs of Oberlin
College could well be presented.

An appointment of this character has been urged by the Principal
of the Academy for many years. The experience which I have had
in the last eight years as Secretary of the College makes me sure that
in a very few years such a representative of the Academy would se-
cure results that would fully justify the new appointment.

The conviction has grown upon me that the most Important ques-
tion which Is at present before the friends of Oberlin Is the question
of how to make the college increasingly attractive for men. The need
which has been constantly presented to the Trustees for the last three
years for enough money to make a modest beginning upon shop-
work is more pressing than ever. The shop-work need Is scarcely
more urgent than that of an adequately equipped building which shall
be the center of the men's life. My correspondence with prospective
students convinces me that we would be able to win for Oberlin many

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very desirable men if we could offer to them some shop-work facili-
ties and a richer fellowship of men with men. I think that it is fair
to say that we particularly desire an increased number of men in
our Ck)llege department, and nothing will be so likely to bring to us
men of the right type as the erection of a men's building and the in-
stallation of such facilities for shop- work as will meet the imperative
needs of those who wish to go from Oberlin to technical schools.

The material in this report will be grouped under five main
heads, as follows :

Correspondence and Admission of Students
Scholarships and Beneficiary Aid
Official Records and Statistics
The Athletic Association.

Bulletin of Oherlin College
The most important publication Is the Bulletin of Oberlin College,
issued every six weeks. It included last year the following numbers :
No. 19. Annual Reports for 1904-05, Dec. 1905.
No. 20. Catalogue for 1905-06, preliminary edition, Jan. 1906.
No. 21. Theological Seminary catalogue for 1905-06, Feb. 1906.
No. 22. Necrologlcal Record, for 1905-06, June 1906.
No. 23. Catalogue for 1905-06, final edition. May 1906.
No. 24. Academy Calendar for 1906, June 1906.

One extra number was issued as follows :
Catalogue of Summer School for 1906, Feb. 1906.

Numbers 19 and 23 were mailed to all alumni.
Other Puhlications

The other publications which have been issued during the year
have included the annual calendar and the printed directory of stu-
dents. The calendar for 1006 was issued on the first of December,
1905, the edition being 4,000. Of this number 1,500 were distributed
among the high schools of Ohio and the neighboring states, and proba-
bly 500 more were sent to important friends of the college. The stu-
dents and faculty purchased the remaining calendars. The net cost
to the college of these calendars was about $150.

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The calendar for 1907, which is now in the hands of the printer,
will be of the same general style as the calendar for 1906, with very
decided improvements in the designs of more than half of the interior
pages as well as the cover design. The edition for 1907 will be 4,000,
the same as last year.

The third annual directory of the students was issued October
8th, 1906. It contains the names and addresses of students, faculty,
and trustees, together with information concerning the administra-
tive officers and faculty, and the names of officers of classes and of
student organizations. The sale of the directories to students meets
practically all the cost of printing them.

We have had one more year of experience with the engfraved In-
vitations for Ck)mmencement These invitations have been sent to
trustees, donors, and to other influential friends, and to the presi-
dents of a considerable number of colleges and universities. The re-
sponses showed that the courtesy is appreciated, and the issuing of
these invitations will probably become a regular part of the Com-
mencement schedule. In this same line it may also be noted that
Oberlin Academy has been issuing engraved invitations to its friends
and patrons for several years with increasingly good results.

During the last few years increased attention has been given
to arrangements for the Ck)mmencement Exercises. Carefully pre-
pared programs have been distributed to members of the classes plan-
ning to hold reunions, and special efforts have been made by the
College to see that alumni and friends In attendance at the Com-
mencement Exercises are adequately entertained while in Oberlin.
Mention should be made here of the very efficient work of Mr. L. D.
Harkness in the entertainment of the visitors at Commencement

As chairman of the Committee on Printing for the sixtieth an-
nual meeting of the American Missionary Association, held in Ober-
lin October 23-25, 1906, I had charge of the printing of a souvenir
program containing much illustrative and descriptive material con-
cerning Oberlin. Three thousand of these souvenir programs were
issued. They were mailed to the more important Congregational
ministers In the United States. In addition to large cuts of Oberlin,
the souvenir contained twelve pages of information with reference to
Oberlln's history, professorships, and buildings, and a summary of
the most interesting facts at the present time. The distribution of
these souvenir programs ought to prove to be of value to the college.

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In my last report I made a rather careful statement of the
method of procedure to be followed with reference to prospective
students for our next Freshman class. My plans were carried out as
outlined. The volume of work is sufficient to keep two stenographers
busy all the time, and frequently I am compelled to call in a third

The College Enrolment

The enrolment in the College Department for the year 1905-06, as
published in the final edition of the catalogue was 714. Several mis-
takes were made in the division of this total into men and women.
The correct figures for the year are shown as follows :

Men Women Total

Graduates 15 7 22

Seniors 57 77 134

Juniors 59 77 136

Sophomores 62 97 159

Freshmen 89 119 208

Specials 15 40 55

297 417 714

Analysis of College Enrolment

The following table shows the number of students registered
during the year 1905-06, and the proportion of new students for whom
it was the first year of enrolment in the College Department :

In the College department, year of 1904-05...
In the College department, prior to 1904

In the Academy department, year of 1904-05 . . .

In the Academy department, prior to 1904

In the Conservatory department, year of 1904-05
In the Theological department, year of 1904-05
New students, never registered in any dep*t

Per ct. of
Men Women Total No.



418 58.5



24 3.4



42 5.0


2 0.3



6 0.9


1 0.1



221 30.0



714 100.0

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From this table it will be seen that 442 students had been enrolled
previously in the Ck)llege Department, while 272. representing slightly
more than 33 per cent of the total enrolment, were new students in
that department.

It should be noted that about 62 per cent, of the students had
had previous enrolment in the College department. This percentage
seems to be increasing each year, the corresponding percentage for
1904-05 being 61 per cent, that for 1903-04 being 55 per cent, that for
1902-03 being 60 per cent., that for 1901-02 being 58 per cent

The table shows a decrease in the percentage of students who
came into the CJollege from previous study in the Academy department
This percentage has been decreasing during recent years. Last year
the Academy contributed (J.7 per cent of the total enrolment in tlie
Ck)llege. The corresponding figures for the four preceding years were
7.4 per cent., 10.9 per cent, 11.9 per cent.» and 12.8 per cent This
decrease is explained largely by the other fact of the widening constit-
uency of the College and the increasing number of high schools that
are sending their graduates into the College. In connection with the
large decrease of the last two years it should be borne in mind that
the graduates from Oberlin High School have been entering the Col-
lege department, twenty in 1904-05 and fourteen in 1905-06. Prior
to 1904-05 the graduates of Oberlin High School needed an additional
year in Oberlin Academy in order to secure rank in the College de-

Classification of New Students

The 272 new students who were admitted to the College depart-
ment were classified as follows:

Men Women Total
Admitted as Graduate Students... Oil

" Seniors 4 4 8

" Juniors 4 10 14

" " Sophomores 10 13 23

" Freshmen 81 114 195

" College Specials .... 8 23 31

107 165 272

In addition to the 195 new Freshmen shown in the preceding
table there were 13 others whose names were listed in the Freshman

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class who were Freshmen during the preceding year and failed to ad-
vance to the Sophomore class. The total number of all Freshmen as
shown in the catalogue was 208.

Forty-six new students were admitted to higher rank than that of
Freshman. This number is larger than in any other year in the his-
tory of the College with the single exception of the year 1903-04. This
large number of students who come to Oberlin College with advanced
classification, after enrolment in other institutions, constitutes one
of the most striking developments of the recent years. A comparison
of similar statistics for the last six years is added at this point. No
statistics were kept with reference to advanced classification prior to

1905 1904 1903 1902 1901 1900
-06 -05 -04 -08-02-01

Admitted as Graduate Students 13 5 10 1

Seniors 8 5 6 6 4 3

Juniors 14 6 13 9 6 8

Sophomores 23 20 23 14 13 6

46 34 47 30 23 18

Freshmen 195 187 210 168 165 -g^

Cvollege Specials . . 31 40 30 33 19

272 261 287 231 207 168
Students Admitted to Advanced Standing

The preceding table shows that there were 46 new students ad-
mitted to higher rank than Freshman, and in addition to this number
there were 3 College Specials who entered from other colleges and are
fairly to be considered as of advanced rank. Of this total of 49
students of advanced standing 38 came to Oberlin from 30 different
colleges as follows :

Alma College, Michigan

Amherst College, Masj^achusetts

Berea College, Kentucky

Bradley Polytechnic Institute, Illinois

Carleton College, Minnesota

Central College, Indiana 3

Dakota Wesleyan University, South Dakota 1

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Doane Ck)llege, Nebraska

Fitchburg Normal School, Massachusetts

Greenville Ck)llege, Illinois

Hillsdale Ck)llege, Michigan

Iowa Wesleyan University, Iowa

Knox Ck)llege, Illinois

Leland Stanford Jr. University, California

McPherson College, Kansas

Monmouth College, Illinois

Ohio State University, Ohio

Olivet College, Michigan

South Dakota Agricultural College, South Dakota . . .

South Dakota School of Mines, South Dakota

Toledo Normal School, Ohio

University of California, California

University of Denver, Colorado

University of Missouri, Missouri

University of Wisconsin, Wisconsin

University of Wooster, Ohio

Vincennes University, Indiana

Western College, Ohio

Western Reserve College for Women, Ohio

Yankton College, South Dakota

Seven students who were enrolled the previous year in Oberlin
Academy were able to enter the College as Sophomores. These seven
students did not have sufficient credits to secure the Freshman classi-
fication at the beginning of the year, but were ranked as Academy
students with advanced credits, and by doing extra work during the
year they were able to secure classification the succeeding year as
Sophomores with deficiencies. Advancement in classification in some
such way as this is made very easy by enrolment for summer work in
the Oberlin Summer School.

One student entered with the classification of Junior after work
in Oberlin Academy and in several sessions of the Oberlin Summer

Two students entered with advanced standing after classification
the preceding year in Oberlin Conservatory of Music. One of these
secured classification as a Senior, the other as a Sophomore. In both

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Instances there had been preceding enrolment in the College depart-

One student was admitted to the rank of Senior after previous
study In the Theological department. This student was a graduate
from a small college and had had other graduate work in eastern in-

Students Admitted as Freshmen and College Specials

It is of interest to note where the new Freshmen and College
Specials received their preparation for college. Three of the College
Specials and one Freshman had studied in other colleges and were
really of higher rank than Freshman. Three other Freshmen had
taken work in other institutions and entered Oberlln at the beginning
of the second semester, presenting thus some college work in addition
to the usual high school preparation. There were two other students
who, because of their age and definite plans for college work, were
given classification as Si)ecials in the College department without the
usual formality of entrance papers to show previous studies. The
table on page 127 shows 22G new Freshmen and College Specials.
Subtracting the nine students above mentioned we have left a total of
217. Of these, 35 came from Oberlin Academy, and 182 from 128 high
schools, academies, and other institutions.

There were 302 schools that were represented by one student each.
The schools which sent more than one student numbered 26. With
the extension of the course of study at Oberlln High School the grad-
uates of this school are able to take classification as Freshmen, and
14 of the Oberlin High School graduates were admitted to the College
department The next school in point of enrolment of graduates was
Elyria High School, with 7 students.

The 128 schools which furnished new students of Freshman grade
for Oberlin College were as follows :

Adams, N. Y., High School 1

Albany, N. Y., New York State Normal School 1

Argyle, Minn.. High School 1

Ashland, O., High School 1

Ashtabula, O., High School 2

Augusta, Wis., High School 1

Austlnburg, O.. Grand River Institute 3

Baraboo, Wis., High School 1

Benzonia, Mich., Benzonla Academy 1

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Boone, la., High School

Buffalo, N. Y., Central High School

Buffalo, N. Y., Masten Park High School ,

Calumet, Mich., High School

Canton, O., High School

Canton, S. D., Augustana College

Cattaraugus, N. Y., High School

Chardon, O., High School

Cherokee, la., High School

Chicago, 111., Lake View High School

Chicago, HI., Medlll High School

Chllllcothe, O., High School

Chrisman, HI., High School

Cleveland, O., Central High School

Cleveland, O., Lincoln High School

Cleveland, O., West High School 3

•Cortland, O., High School 2

Dayton, O., Steele High School 3

Denmark, la., Denmark Academy

Denver, Colo., East Side High School .'

Detroit, Mich., Central High School

Dunkirk, N. Y., High School

East Chicago, Ind., High School

East Northfleld, Mass., Northfleld Seminary

Easton, Pa., High School

Elkhart, Ind., High School

Elk Point, S. D., High School

Elmwood, 111., High School

Elyria, O., High School

Flushing, N. Y., High School

Fort Edward, N. Y., Ford Edward Collegiate Institute

Fostoria, O., High School ,

Frederick town, O., High School

Gambler, O., Kenyon Military Academy

Geneva, O., High School

Georgia State Industrial College, Ga

Greencastle, Ind., High School

Hancock, Mich., High School

Hartford City, Ind.. High School

Honolulu, H. I., Oahu College

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Hoopeston, 111., High School

Huntington, Ind., High School

Huntsburg, O., High School

Jaclcson, Mich., High School

Jackson, Minn., High School

Kane, Pa., High School

Kendallville, Ind., High School

Kenton, O., High School

KIrtland, O., High School

LaGrange, Ind., High School

Lakeside, O., High School

La Sueur, Minn., High School

Lawrence, Mich., High School

Lima, O., High School

Lisbon, O., High School

Lodi, O., High School

Madisonville, O., High School

Mansfield, Mass., High School

Mansfield, O.. High School

Maquoketa, la.. High School

Marion, O., High School

Marysville, O., High School

Maryville, Mo., High School

Miller, S. D., High School

Moline, 111., High School

Montevideo, Minn., Windom Institute

Muskegon, Mich., High School

Napoleon, O., High School

Nevada, la.. High School

Newark, O., High School

New Brighton, Pa., High School

New Jersey State Normal School, N. J

New London, O., High School

Normal, 111., High School

Northfleld, Minn., Carleton College Academy

Norwich, N. Y., High School

Oak Park. 111., Oak Park and River Forest Twp.

High School 2

Oberlin, O., Oberlin Academy 35

Oberlin, O., High School 14

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Olivet, Mich., College Preparatory Department 1

Omaha, Neb., High School 5

Osborn, O., High School

PainesviUe, O., High School

Pasadena, Calif., Throop Polytechnic Institute

Pennsburg, -Pa., Perklomen Seminary

Peoria, 111., High School

Phoenix, N. Y., High School

Plqua, O., High School

Ravenna, C, High School

Rushvllle, 111., High School

St Johns, Mich., High School ,

St Paris, C, High School

Salem, C, High School

Sandusky, O., High School

Santa Ana, Calif., High School

Scranton, Pa., High School

Seattle, Wash., High School

Sibley, la., High School

Sidney, N. Y., High School

Sioux Falls, S. D., All Saints School

South New Lyme, O., New Lyme Institute

Springfield, 111., High School

Stanton, Mich., High School

Taylorvllle. 111., High School

Tiskllwa, 111., High School

Toledo, O., Central High School

Troy, O., High School

Ubee, Ind., Central College

Union City, Pa., High School

Upper Sandusky, O., High School

Van Wert O., High School

Waterloo, Ind., High School

Wauseon, O., High School

Wellington, C, High School

West Oneonta, N. Y., High School

West Richfield, N. Y., High School

Wllmot O., High School

Youngstown, C, Uayen High School

Zanesvllle, 0., High School..-

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Requirements for Admission to the College Department

For a number of years the definitions that have been used for
units of admission credit have remained unchanged. In two or three
of the subjects, particularly in the History and Civics group, there
seems to be need of general revision, and the Ck>mmittee on Admis-
sion will probably spend some time during the coming year upon the
definitions of entrance credits. The North Central Association of Col-
leges and Secondary Schools is facing the subject of revision of defi-
nitions of entrance units, and any changes that are made in Oberlin
ought probably to follow very closely the definitions adopted by the
North Central Association.

Amount of Entrance Credits

For two years the following vote by the Committee on Admission
has been In force. — "That not more than sixteen units of admission
credits will be granted to any student whose preparatory work In
High School (or Academy) covered only four years In time." Our
experience with this rule has been altogether satisfactory. In 1904-05
there were only nineteen students, comprising 9 per cent of the to-
tal number, who were granted entrance credits of more than sixteen
units, and In 1905-OC there were only fourteen students, comprising
somewhat less than 7 per cent of the total number, whose entrance
credits were In excess of sixteen units. In all cases these students
had preparatory courses covering four full years and an additional
year either In the Academy or as a post-graduate In a high school.

Referring again to the table on page 127, which shows a total
of 226 new Freshmen and College Specials, there were three Specials
and three Freshmen who had studied In other colleges, whose admis-
sion credits Included both high school and college work. Deducting
these six students, also seven other students whose credits were either
never Investigated or were In such Irregular condition as not to per-
mit of easy tabulation, we have left a total of 213 new students.
The preparation of these 213 students has been carefully studied and
the results recorded In the following tables.

The table of percentages which follows shows roughly, (1) the
number of students who were conditioned at entrance, (2) the stu-
dents who exactly met the admission requirements, and (3) the stu-
dents who entered with more than fifteen units of credit A "unit"
of work for entrance comprises four recitation periods a week for

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one year with recitations of one hour eacii. it being understood that
five periods of forty-five minutes eacli are accepted as an equivalent.

Number of Amount of
StttdenU Entrance Credit

Per Cent

Per Cent




Between 14 and 15 units.

. 29.6





15 units

. 30.5





Between 15 and 16 units.

. 33.3





More than 16 units





213 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0

Seventy per cent, of ail the students who come to Oberlin are
now able to enter with the full admission credit of fifteen units or

The details of entrance credits for the 213 students are as fol-

Units Presented Men Women Total

14 units 9 15 24

14 1-6 units 3 4 7

14 1-3 units 2 10 12

14 1-2 units 5 9 14

14 2-3 units 1 1 2

14 5-6 units 2 2 4

15 units 24 41 65

15 1-6 units 2 3 5

15 1-3 units 3 6 9

15 1-2 units 9 9 18

15 2-3 units 6 7 13

15 5-6 units 1 2 3

10 units 9 14 23

More than 16 units 9 5 14

85 128 213

Entrance Subjects Presented by Freshmen

English. Two hundred and six applicants, representing 96.7 per
cent of the entire number, met the full requirement of three units in
the subject of English. Forty-two of this numbeir received credits
slightly in excess of three units, in consideration of preparatory work

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