Oberlin College of Arts and Sciences

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Oberlin College, known for strong academics and progressive history, is a residential campus of 2,900 students. We are the only institution where a top-ranked liberal arts college and a world-renowned conservatory of music share a seamless student culture and campus. Students and faculty challenge conventional thought in music, science, the arts, or humanities, and are committed to sustainability and creative entrepreneurship. Oberlin was the first college to admit students of all races and the first to grant bachelor's degrees to women in a coed setting. Our legacy of inclusion and respect for diversity sets the tone for campus life today.

Academic Programs

  • Research
  • Science
  • Liberal Arts
  • Business
  • Music
  • Art & Design
  • Economics
  • Government/Political Science
  • Performing Arts
  • Social Science
  • Visual Arts

Student experience

  • Athletics
  • Co-op/Internship Opportunities
  • Disability Services
  • Intramural/Club Sports
  • LGBTQIA Services
  • On-Campus Housing
  • Study Abroad
  • Undergraduate Research

Application information

Find out about requirements, fees, and deadlines

First-year

First year students may apply Early Decision I, Early Decision II, or Regular Decision. A strong high school performance in a full range of challenging courses is essential. When making our admissions decisions, we draw upon a holistic review process that allows us to get a sense of not only the applicant’s academic qualifications, but also of what the applicant is like as a person, and what they will contribute to the Oberlin community. We seek an incoming class that represents a variety of talents, viewpoints, and achievements.

Transfer

An applicant is considered to be a transfer student if they have been enrolled in a degree-seeking program (regardless of how many credits have been earned), or if they have earned more than 30 semester hours of credit without being enrolled in a degree-seeking program. Transfer students may apply for either spring or fall semester. We accept transfer applications from students in their first, second, and third years of college though students in their first year of study at another college may only apply for fall admission.

Additional Information

All admitted students are considered for academic merit scholarships. Oberlin is also a partner with the Stamps Family Charitable Foundation that offers leadership scholarships; again, all admitted students are considered. Admitted underrepresented and first generation students are also invited to apply for Bonner Scholarships which are four year community service scholarships.

Visit us

Oberlin welcomes visitors and offers several different ways to spend time on campus exploring our classrooms and labs, visiting (or staying in) our living spaces, eating in our dining halls, attending recitals or student concerts, or taking a music lesson with a faculty member. General information sessions and tours are offered on weekdays and on Saturdays during the academic year. Prospective students may also schedule an on-campus interview. Check availability and schedule a visit at go.oberlin.edu/asvisit.

For me, the pleasure of teaching Oberlin students comes from their genuine love of learning and for sharing their enthusiasm. I get to play a role in their journeys – from first-year seminars to senior honors projects – building on the foundation and strength of the liberal arts tradition.

Roger Laushman, Associate Professor of Biology and David Orr Associate Professor of Environmental Studies, Biology and Environmental Studies
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Admissions office

Visit us

School location
Address

Office of Admissions, 38 E. College St.
Oberlin, OH 44074, United States of America

Phone number

(800) 622-6243

Region

Midwest

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