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Strengthening Oberlin: Today and Tomorrow

Launched in 2018, One Oberlin was a bold vision designed to build upon the institution’s powerful legacy and ensure its reach and relevance for a third century and beyond. The plan focused on enhancing student learning outcomes and supporting academic and artistic excellence, while providing a roadmap to financial resiliency.

One Oberlin Oversight and Advisory Committee 2024

With the financial runway created by One Oberlin, we now have the chance to be ambitious about what this institution will become in its third century, adding to our historic core strengths with new programs and structures that build on our academic and artistic leadership.

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As One Oberlin comes to a close, we celebrate its many accomplishments:

Record Admissions Trends

Applications to Oberlin College and Conservatory have increased by nearly 52 percent, improving our selectivity rate and increasing the size of our newest class by 11 percent. High school GPAs and student academic ratings continue to rise.

Enhanced Curricular Offerings

Oberlin has introduced 11 integrative concentrations and five interdivisional minors that invite students to explore interests across multiple disciplines. These new opportunities include business, data science, global health, and arts administration and leadership. In the conservatory, we’ve redesigned the curriculum to support DEI work and added a minor in African American music.

Improvements to Infrastructure

Oberlin’s $175 million Sustainable Infrastructure Program, through which we are converting our century-old fossil-fuel-based heating system to eco-friendly geothermal technology, moves campus toward our goal of carbon neutrality by 2025. We’ve also redesigned and expanded academic and co-curricular spaces, most notably our new Center for Engaged Liberal Arts. CELA connects nine experiential learning areas—such as Career Development, Entrepreneurship, and Undergraduate Research—into an innovative central hub in Mudd Center. We also broke ground on a new residence hall for 400 students, scheduled to open in fall 2025.

Cultivating Change

Oberlin was awarded a $1 million grant by the Mellon Foundation to help launch a food studies program in collaboration with Lorain County Community College. Another new initiative is the Oberlin Screenwriters Intensive, which invites aspiring Oberlin screenwriters to learn from seasoned Hollywood creatives. Oberlin was again recognized as a top producer of Fulbright students—for the 14th consecutive year—and we’re about to launch a Center for Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion.

Investing in Experiential Learning

Oberlin’s new our Internship+ program guarantees each new student up to $5,000 to support internships and performance-based experiences in the summer after their junior year. We’ve expanded on-campus Winter Term opportunities; more than 900 students take part in individual or group projects in Oberlin, backdropped by winter-themed social events, performances, and local trips.

Financial Resiliency

Tuition revenue at Oberlin has increased, and we’ve secured $17.3 million in annual savings. Oberlin’s endowment has grown to more than $1 billion, thanks to a lower payout rate and growth, and we award more than $87 million in financial aid and scholarships each year.

Strong Alumni Support

Over the last four years, Oberlin has raised more than $160 million from a strong community of donors. All in for Oberlin, our annual day-of-giving campaign, has raised $1 million over each of the last three years, and a $1.6 million gift to the conservatory supports an endowed fellowship in jazz history.

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