Artist Diploma Applicants

The Oberlin Conservatory is not accepting applications for this program at this time.

The music résumé should be uploaded to the Application for Admission and will be required to submit the application. It should provide an overview of your past and current professional and educational experience. Common items to list on your résumé include performance experience, teaching experience, compositions/arrangements, recordings and broadcasts, tours, competitions, affiliations/memberships, and honors/awards, among other details.

Music teacher recommendations will be submitted electronically through the Application for Admission. We require two recommendations from persons who can write about the applicant's musical abilities and experiences. This could include a current private studio teacher, chamber music coach, conductor, etc. An e-mail with detailed instructions for completing the recommendation will be sent to the music teacher as soon as they are added to the application. Recommenders will then have until December 1 or two weeks after the student's submission of the application, whichever comes later, to submit the recommendations.

Academic transcripts are required for all postsecondary institutions attended. These should be mailed to the Conservatory Admissions Office, 39 W. College St., Oberlin, OH 44074. Secondary school transcripts are not required.

International applicants are required to submit all transcripts in English.

On the Applicant Portal, students will find a material upload section. Use this to upload a photo of you with your instrument.

We recommend either the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Testing System (IELTS) from all international applicants whose primary language or language of instruction is not English.

On the Oberlin Conservatory Application for Admission, you will be requested to provide a self-reported score for the exam taken, or the date on which you expect to take the exam. In addition, scores must be sent directly to Oberlin by the testing service. Read more information about the TOEFL at Read more information about the IELTS at

TOEFL Code: 1587

Digital photo of front page of passport showing name, birth date, birth city and country, and citizenship information. Must be uploaded on the Applicant Portal.

All international applicants, regardless of aid status, must submit the International Student Certification of Finances Form by January 15. On the Applicant Portal, students will find a material upload section. Use this to submit the completed Certification of Finances form.

Domestic applicants:

If you are requesting need-based financial aid, then you must complete the College Board Financial Aid Profile (CSS Profile) and file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) with the federal processor. Both must be completed by January 15. All applicants will be reviewed for merit-based financial aid. Completing the FAFSA is not required for consideration, however it is strongly recommended that you complete the College Board Financial Aid Profile (CSS Profile).

For more information about applying for financial aid, visit Oberlin’s Office of Financial Aid website.

International applicants:

In addition to the International Student Certification of Finances Form (to be submitted on the Applicant Portal), any international applicants wishing to apply for need-based financial assistance must submit the College Board Financial Aid Profile (CSS Profile).

It is important to note that because Oberlin's international financial aid budget is not unlimited, students who do not apply for financial aid at the time of admission are not eligible for aid in future years.

For more information, visit Oberlin’s international student website.