Admissions & Aid

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Oberlin students often pass through Wilder Bowl several times a day to get to class, the main library, their residence hall, or other common space. The grassy open area is walkable, though one will find the occasional unicycle as a preferred mode of transport. Photo credit: Kevin Reeves

Oberlin’s learning environment is like no other. It combines a top-ranked liberal arts college, a prestigious conservatory of music, and one of the finest academic art museums in the country—all on a single campus.

We look for students with a variety of talents, viewpoints, and achievements. Belle Espinal ’16 traveled via three study away programs by the end of her third year. Seventy-five percent of our students study away at some point while at Oberlin. Photo credit: Tanya Rosen-Jones ’97

Applying to the College of Arts and Sciences

We look for students who have demonstrated high academic achievement, who care about the world, who believe they can make it a better place, and who have the courage to try. And while Oberlin is highly selective, the student body is down-to-earth and noncompetitive.

We enroll and graduate exemplary music students from all over the world. Conservatory students, along with faculty and guest artists, will present more than 500 solo and ensemble concerts in a given year. Photo credit: Yevhen Gulenko

Applying to the Conservatory of Music

Our artist faculty will mentor and challenge you to be the professional musician you want to be. Study with them on our all-Steinway campus, practice in rooms with windows, and learn for yourself why we received the National Medal of Arts.

Costs & Aid

We’re committed to bridging the gap between your financial need and a top-notch college education. Whether you’re doing the math or researching grants, we’re here to help.

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Financial and Academic Resources

Academic Resources

Get the information you need to help you decide if Oberlin is the right fit for your academic goals. We offer a range of academic support services, peer mentoring, and more.

Financial Aid Resources

Investing in education equates to an investment in human potential. At Oberlin College, our financial aid policies reflect a historic commitment to inclusion and academic excellence.

Financing an Oberlin Education

Financial aid packages meet 100 percent of the demonstrated need for every student as calculated by the Office of Financial Aid. Grants typically make up about 75 percent of a student’s award, with the balance composed of work-study and low-interest loans.

Aerial view of the Oberlin College campus. Photo credit: Courtesy of John Peterson

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Get all the information you need to decide if Oberlin is your next home. Walk under the trees in Tappan Square, sit in on classes, visit our recital halls or labs, and see if this is the place where your dreams might take root.

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Oberlin College Commencement and Reunion Weekend marks the beginning of life post-Oberlin for college and conservatory students. Photo credit: Yevhen Gulenko

Life After Oberlin

The support you get from Oberlin doesn’t end with a diploma. We’ll stay in close touch the first four years after graduation, connecting you with career guidance and our vast alumni network.

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