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.”
Admissions Campus Visits
We encourage you and your family to experience the academic, cultural, and social life at one of the top-rated liberal arts colleges and conservatories of music in the nation. We offer several different ways for you to spend time on campus exploring our classrooms, facilities, and living spaces.
Application 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.
We are happy to provide flexibility on our application deadlines for those students affected by recent natural disasters. Please contact us to learn more.
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 »
Get to Know Us Better
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.