There are many colleges. There is only one Oberlin.
Oberlin offers one of the world’s great undergraduate educations, and we have a long tradition of educating top scholars and musicians. Here, students pursue multiple passions and interests within a supportive, collaborative community. We focus on undergraduate teaching, hands-on research projects, culturally immersive study away experiences, and world-class music opportunities. For over 100 years, Oberlin alumni have gone on to earn more PhDs than graduates of other liberal arts school. And in nearly every career field, our graduates are making an impact and improving our world.
An Oberlin education is extraordinary, and each person experiences it differently.
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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.
First-Year Deadlines for Fall 2021
Early Decision I: November 15
Early Decision II: January 2
Regular Decision: January 15
If you’re attending college for the first time and live in the United States, this application is for you.View requirements for first-year applicants »
Transfer & Visiting
Earned some college credits already? If you’ve been in a degree-seeking program or have earned more than 30 semester hours of college credit, this is probably the application you want.View requirements for transfer applicants »
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Guided campus tours have resumed, and we’ve created a variety of virtual visit options to help you get to know Oberlin from a distance.
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