Oberlin College is near several interstate highways including I-80/Ohio Turnpike, I-480, and I-90. The college is in Northeast Ohio at the junction of state routes 58 and 511.

To get to Oberlin, follow the directions to the Clyde S. McGregor ’74 Office of Admissions.

Directions to Admissions

Oberlin College is less than 30 minutes by car from Cleveland Hopkins International Airport . Most major airlines fly into Cleveland’s airport, which serves as a crew and maintenance base for United Airlines.

If driving to Oberlin from the east, follow the directions as listed under “Driving from the East” on I-480.


Driving from the East

I-80 (Ohio Turnpike)

Travel west to exit 140 (Amherst/ Oberlin interchange). Go south for six miles on Ohio Route 58. After crossing Lorain Street (Ohio Route 511), turn left on East College Street. Just past the hotel, take the first left on Willard Court, across from the Apollo Theater.

Admissions visitor parking is on the left. The admissions office entrance is adjacent to the hotel entrance.

I-90

Travel west and exit at Ohio Route 2 west. Exit at Ohio Route 58 in Amherst and follow the directions above.

I-480 (from Cleveland Hopkins International Airport and points east of Oberlin)

Follow I-480 west as it becomes Ohio Route 10 west toward Norwalk as it becomes Ohio Route 20 west. Take ramp on right for Ohio Route 511 toward Oberlin. The Oberlin exit, Ohio Route 511 west, is also Lorain Street. Go west for 2 miles.

Just after the second traffic light (Park Street), turn left on Willard Court. Admissions visitor parking is on the right, just before the College Street intersection.

Driving from the South

Travel on I-71 north to I-80 west (Ohio Turnpike)

Take exit 140 (Amherst/Oberlin interchange) and go south for eight miles on Ohio Route 58 into Oberlin. At the intersection of Ohio Route 58 (Main Street) and College Street, turn right on College Street. Just past the hotel, take the first left on Willard Court, across from the Apollo Theater. Admissions visitor parking is on the left, and the admissions office entrance is adjacent to the hotel entrance.

Alternate routes

Take I-71 north to exit 196 (toward West Salem). Go north on Ohio Route 301 to Ohio Route 303. Go west on 303 to Ohio Route 58. Take 58 north into Oberlin.

You also can follow I-71 north to exit 186 (toward Ashland). Go east on U.S. Route 250 to Ohio Route 89. Go north on Ohio Route 89 to Ohio Route 58. Go north on Ohio Route 58 into Oberlin. At the intersection of Ohio Route 58 (Main Street) and College Street, turn right on College Street. Just past the hotel, take the first left on Willard Court, across from the Apollo Theater.

Admissions visitor parking is on the left, and the admissions office entrance is adjacent to the hotel entrance.

Driving from the West

Take I-80 (Ohio Turnpike)

Take the turnpike east to exit 140 (Amherst/Oberlin interchange). Go south for six miles on Ohio Route 58. After crossing Lorain Street (Ohio Route 511), turn left on East College Street. Just past the hotel, take the first left on Willard Court, across from the Apollo Theater. 

Admissions visitor parking is on the left, and the admissions office entrance is adjacent to the hotel entrance.

Transportation Options

Oberlin College is committed to helping its students, faculty, staff, and visitors make the most environmentally responsible choices as possible in their travel to, from, and around Oberlin. Although students are allowed to have cars on campus, we encourage students to look critically at their need and use, and consider such options as shuttle services, and carsharing or carpooling with friends rather than bringing a car to campus.

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