Since our founding in 1833, Oberlin students, faculty, staff, and alumni have tackled initiatives that influence social change. As we say here on campus: “Think one person can change the world? So do we.”

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Use the online Common Application to apply to Oberlin for 2018 enrollment after August 1. We encourage you to submit the optional Application Part I as early as possible, so that we are aware of your intent to apply and can follow up with important dates and requirements. There is no fee to apply to the College of Arts and Sciences.

Requirements & Deadlines

Oberlin students demonstrate both academic achievement and a commitment to creating a better world. A strong high school performance in a full range of challenging courses is essential. While we look for students who have demonstrated high academic achievement, we also seek individuals who care about the world, who believe they can make it a better place, and who have the courage to try. If that describes you, we encourage you to apply.


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We’re here to answer any question you have about the Oberlin experience. You also can experience Oberlin up close and in person. You have many ways to explore our community.

Additional Resources to Explore

Areas of Study

We encourage you to study broadly and learn deeply, in subjects ranging from Africana studies to theater to computer science—and much more.

Double Degree Program

Oberlin invented the Double Degree Program, which allows interested students to combine rigorous music training with a broad liberal arts education. Receive degrees from both our college and conservatory in five years or fewer.

Costs & Aid

We’re committed to meeting 100 percent of the demonstrated financial need of every admitted student.

Admissions Campus Visits

A great way to get to know Oberlin is by visiting the campus. If you can’t attend a specific visit program, we sponsor visit opportunities most days of the week.