An Oberlin Education Can Take You Anywhere!
At the crossroads of a top-ranked liberal arts college and conservatory of music, Oberlin offers one of the world’s great undergraduate educations. Our students and faculty meet in collaborative communities—intellectual and social, scientific and creative—where we engage humanity’s most vexing challenges and debates with intention, patience, and rigor.
Known for its robust academics and progressive history, Oberlin is a residential campus of 2,900 students. You’ll choose from 80+ majors across the College of Arts and Sciences and the Conservatory of Music, but what you learn in the classroom is only the beginning. Your path at Oberlin will include many experiences and places: opportunities to conduct research, a summer or semester studying away, a month-long Winter Term project, and career communities and internships.
Your Professors Will Know You
Oberlin prepares its students for informed, creative, and productive lives through close connections with professors. Faculty here rank among the top in the U.S. for undergraduate teaching, and when you ask Obies what they value most about their Oberlin experiences, most talk about their relationships with professors.
On our small campus without graduate students, Obie can work one-on-one with professors to take part in cutting-edge research and even coauthor and present papers at academic conferences beyond Oberlin. In the sciences, students have access to equipment and labs that you would expect to find at a large research university.
Conservatory of Music
Music is an integral part of Oberlin’s DNA. Whether or not you choose to study music formally, your opportunities to play and experience it will abound here. The Conservatory of Music at Oberlin opens a world of possibilities: esteemed faculty mentors, exposure to resident and guest artists, transformative programs, exemplary facilities, and over 500 concerts on campus each year.
Oberlin has been recognized as one of the ‘greenest’ institutions in the USA and we continue to challenge ourselves and our students to find better and more efficient ways to be environmentally responsible. We’re currently converting our campus to geothermal energy in an ambitious project that will help us reach our goal of carbon neutrality by 2025.
With an ethos that favors intellectual curiosity, creative risk-taking, and collaboration over competition, Oberlin lays the groundwork for students to pursue their own visions. The result is a campus alive with art and music, thoughtful discourse, and a ton of just plain fun.
Employers know that students who study the liberal arts are able to reason, analyze, and communicate—skills that translate to the boardroom, the Peace Corps, the chem lab, the concert hall—and everywhere in between. Our alumni include 23 members of the National Academy of Sciences, nine Pulitzer Prize winners, three Nobel Prize recipients, and countless Grammy winners. Over the last 100 years, more Oberlin alumni have gone on to earn PhD’s than the graduates of any other liberal arts college. No matter where your path may take you, our Career Development Center will support you with resources, fellowship recommendations, and internship opportunities. In every field, in communities across the street and around the world, our graduates make an exceptional impact on the world.
Oberlin students enjoy the best of both worlds: the coziness of a vibrant small town and access to a major city just 35 miles away. Experience it for yourself by participating in our virtual or on-campus visit programming. Some programs, like the Multicultural Visit Program, include funds to cover the cost of your visit to campus.
Oberlin meets 100% of the demonstrated financial need of every admitted student, including international students.
We also offer generous merit scholarships. All new applicants enrolling in fall 2022 will receive a renewable $10,000 Oberlin Commitment Scholarship, and every student, regardless of financial need, will be considered for additional scholarships as part of the application review process.
Applying to Oberlin College
Visit our website to learn more about applying to Oberlin. There are separate application processes for the College of Arts and Sciences and the Conservatory of Music.
College of Arts and Sciences
Early Decision I
- Application due: November 15
- Notification: December 15
Early Decision II
- Application due: January 2
- Notification: February 1
- Application due: January 15
- Notification: April 1
Transfer (via Common Application only)
- Spring Semester due: November 15
- Fall Semester due: March 15
Conservatory of Music
The Conservatory of Music uses the Common Application only, and will not use the Coalition Application due to audition requirements. Learn more about application dates and requirements for the Conservatory of Music.
Oberlin's Double Degree program program – the first of its kind – allows students to complete dual bachelor’s degrees (a BM in the Conservatory and a BA in the College of Arts and Sciences) in five years or fewer. Applicants interesting in pursuing both College and Conservatory degrees must submit two separate applications, one for each division, and meet each division’s distinct deadlines and requirements.
Required Application Materials
College of Arts and Sciences
- Common Application or Coalition Application
- High School Transcript
- Secondary School Report
- Two Academic Teacher Recommendations
- Financial Aid Application
- Arts Supplement
- Standardized test results (SAT or ACT)
First-year applicants may apply using either the Coalition Application or the Common Application. Transfer students must apply via the Common Application. There is no fee to apply to the College of Arts and Sciences.