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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.
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.
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.