Virtual and In-Person Visit Options

To our prospective students and families:

Due to social distancing measures required by the global COVID-19 pandemic, some admission-related visit options have been suspended until further notice. As of June 23, 2020, we will resume offering guided tours of campus on a limited basis. Please check our current COVID-19 Visit Guidelines to help you plan for a visit to Oberlin. We continue to offer a variety of dynamic virtual sessions for prospective students.

In-Person Campus Visits

Before scheduling a visit to campus, please review our COVID-19 Guidelines for Admissions Visits. Registration is now available, on a limited basis, for campus tours and conservatory information session/tours (descriptions below).

Register for a Campus Visit

Guided Campus Tour

We are now scheduling walking tours of our beautiful campus on a limited basis. Each student/family will have a personalized tour with a student tour guide. Several tour times will be offered daily. Advance registration is required.

Conservatory Information Session and Tour

We are now offering a combined information session and tour to a limited number of conservatory prospective students each weekday. The Conservatory Information Session will take place inside the Birenbaum Innovation and Performance Space; however, the conservatory tour will remain entirely outside. Advance registration is required.

Virtual Visit Options

Regardless of whether you plan to visit Oberlin's campus, we hope that you will engage with us through a variety of virtual visit options. We are pleased to offer:

Virtual Information Sessions

We can’t wait to share with you how Oberlin offers an exceptional academic experience in the ideal college setting. While the campus is closed, you can watch a prerecorded session or register for a live online session.

Learn more:

College of Arts and Sciences information session
Conservatory of Music information session

Tuesday Talks

Join us on Tuesday evenings at 7pm EDT this fall for Tuesday Talks, a series of informative workshops to support your college search and application process. Sessions will be hosted by an Oberlin admissions counselor and will include ample time for Q&A.

  • September 29: Affording a Liberal Arts College
  • October 6: The College Application Process for 1st Generation and Underrepresented Students
  • October 13: The College Application
  • October 20: Showcasing Your Creative Interests in the College Application


Virtual International Student Panel

Spend an hour with international Obies and hear about their experiences finding community, support, and belonging at Oberlin. In this live Q&A session, you will be able to ask all of your pressing questions about transitioning to a small liberal arts college and what Oberlin is like for international students.

  • September 23
  • October 7
  • October 21


Virtual Interviews

Interviews are an opportunity to connect one-on-one with an Oberlin admissions representative. Prospective College of Arts & Sciences applicants for 2021 college entry are eligible to interview.

Register for a virtual interview

Con Chats

Con Chats (short for conservatory chats) are online sessions for prospective conservatory students held every Saturday through Zoom. Led by current conservatory students, these conversations will provide you the opportunity to learn about Oberlin from their unique perspectives.

Register for a Con Chat

Virtual Tours

Recorded campus tour: We’ll show you what it’s like to spend your college years in a place where you have room to breathe and the freedom to explore and apply new ideas. Join our student guides as they take you around our picturesque campus.

Recorded Conservatory tour: Oberlin is a place of intense creativity. Join our student guides for an insider’s view of the Conservatory complex, from our classrooms and performances venues to our social hubs and practice spaces.

Allen Memorial Art Museum: Hear from directors, professors, alumni, staff, and more about the last one hundred years at the Allen and what the future holds. 

Aerial tour of campus: Get a bird’s eye view of our campus. Watch the aerial tour.

360 degree virtual tour: An insider's view of campus hotspots. View the 360 tour.

Athletics: See a video tour of Oberlin’s extensive athletics facilities, and browse our latest athletics photo gallery.

Walking tour map: This map highlights the places most central to student and academic life at Oberlin and sites that are historically and architecturally significant to our campus and town. Download the walking tour map.

Conservatory Faculty Lessons

At Oberlin, our faculty are a big reason why the conservatory is so special. These celebrated teaching artists and educators are completely invested in undergraduate education. While we are unable to accommodate in-person lessons on campus, we always encourage you to interact with our faculty to find out for yourself if Oberlin Conservatory is for you. Please feel free to email them for opportunities to have a virtual lesson. We recommend you attach a musical résumé when emailing so that our faculty can learn more about you.

Find a faculty member in your area of study

Conservatory Webinars

View our webinar playlist for prospective students interested in the Conservatory of Music.

College Faculty Lecture

Oberlin prepares its students for informed, creative, and productive lives through close connections with professors. In fact, faculty here are ranked among the top in the US for undergraduate teaching. In this lecture, Professor of Psychology and Environmental Studies Cindy Frantz considers the question, “Why are people sometimes irrational, inconsistent, and blind to basic facts?”

Watch the sample lecture

Digital Publications


Online viewbooks: Oberlin offers one of the world’s most relevant undergraduate educations. Read about how we make connections between excellence, passion, and impact.

College viewbook:

Conservatory viewbook:


Looking for some quick facts about Oberlin? Download this short informational brochure that is packed with info.
An Oberlin Education Can Take You Anywhere

Oberlin is a four-year residential college, and we believe that living and eating together fosters a strong community. Download the pdf to check out your options.
A Quick Guide to Living and Eating at Oberlin

Oberlin is committed to working with campus and community partners to create a climate where all students belong and have equitable opportunities and outcomes. Read more about finding community, support, and belonging at Oberlin.

Diversity at Oberlin (Online)
Download Diversity at Oberlin (PDF)

Contact Us

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