Oberlin enrolls a diverse class with a wide variety of interests, and you are welcome to submit supplemental materials to highlight a special accomplishment or talent. Supplemental materials are not required for the admissions process, but they will be reviewed within the context of your application by our admissions staff. Additionally, music supplements will be reviewed by Oberlin Conservatory of Music faculty to help identify which opportunities in the College’s very active musical community might be a good fit for you.
Art Supplements must be submitted online through an applicant's status portal. Any supplemental art materials that are mailed or emailed to our office will not be reviewed.
Applicants will receive instructions on how to access their status portals and submit supplemental materials after their Common Applications or Coalition Applications have been submitted and processed, typically within 1-2 days.
While supplemental materials may highlight any talent, we most commonly see submissions in the following categories:
• Visual Art
• Creative Writing
In consideration of the application committee's time, we ask that you limit uploads to no more than two files per talent area (or 10 photos for visual art). When submitting music supplements for classical instrumental areas, two short contrasting solo works, unaccompanied or with accompaniment, are preferred. Performances by chamber ensembles and jazz combos are welcome if it is clear which member of the ensemble is you. Large ensemble recordings (choirs or symphonic bands) are discouraged. Audio or video clips should be no more than five minutes in length. All common file formats are accepted.
Art supplements should be submitted within one week of the application deadline.