Mission and Values
Oberlin College, an independent coeducational institution, holds a distinguished place among American colleges and universities. Oberlin was the first college to grant undergraduate degrees to women in a coeducational program and, historically, was a leader in the education of African Americans. The Oberlin community is known for its academic and musical excellence and its commitment to social engagement and diversity.
Oberlin educates students for lives of intellectual, musical, and artistic rigor and breadth; sustained inquiry, creativity and innovation; and leadership. Oberlin aims to prepare graduates with the knowledge, skills, and perspectives essential to confront complex issues and to create change and value in the world.
Oberlin is committed to educational access and opportunity. It seeks to offer a diverse and inclusive residential learning environment encouraging a free and respectful exchange of ideas and shares an enduring commitment to a sustainable and just society.
We are committed to ideas and initiatives that will lead toward one goal: a more sustainable, respectful, and interconnected world for all.
It’s not just about recycling. For us, it means that we conserve energy, eat foods grown locally, reuse materials, and pursue a carbon neutral future.
Learning to think globally is a fundamental characteristic of an Oberlin education. This perspective isn’t limited to classes, but shines through in the experiences, living and learning spaces, and activities available to students.
Oberlin students, faculty, and staff dedicate their time and academic pursuits to enrich and support the local and global community. Many serve through tutoring, literacy, landscaping, and more.
Diversity and Social Justice
Oberlin College acknowledges the distinctive cultural identities and histories of those who live, study, and work here while encouraging them to intentionally engage with those whose experiences and perspectives are different from their own.
Like most schools, Oberlin has its enduring traditions—from the Drag Ball to decorating mortar boards for Commencement. Unlike most schools, some of them get a little quirky. Discover the customs we value that make Oberlin special.
Arts and Culture
Our small campus has a huge art scene—a museum of more than 15,000 works, 500 concerts a year, and plenty of places to create and perform.