Oberlin is a place of intense energy and creativity, built on a foundation of academic, artistic, and musical excellence. With a top-ranking liberal arts college, a world-class conservatory, and a first-rate art museum all on a single campus, it is the ideal laboratory in which to study and design the world you want.
Our Mission and History
From its founding in 1833, Oberlin College has been a school with a mission, or rather, many missions. Beginning with abolition and coeducation, and most recently addressing the challenges of climate change, Oberlin has always been—to quote historian Geoffrey Blodgett ’53—a “peculiar mix of scholarly ambition and stubborn moral idealism.”
Leadership and Administration
The Board of Trustees is the governing body of the college, ensuring that we achieve major goals and uphold our mission. The president provides day-to-day leadership and general supervision over the functions of Oberlin, reporting to the board and serving as member ex officio. Senior staff oversee academic and administrative functions of the college and advise and support the work of the president.
Academic Resources and Support
Beginning with your first year, you’ll work closely with an advisor to build a meaningful academic experience. Throughout your time at Oberlin, you’re supported with resources to help meet your educational needs, including mentoring, tutoring, and peer workshops.
Health, Wellness, and Safety
A safe and supportive community promotes learning and personal growth. We offer confidential individual assistance as well as campus programs addressing substance use, health and safety, stress management, and more.