Next Steps: Conservatory of Music

Oberlin Conservatory

You have a lot to do before the start of the fall semester, but don’t worry — we’re here to help! Use this checklist to help prepare for your arrival in fall 2022.

Complete by May 1

To secure your place in the incoming class, complete the online Reply to Offer of Admission form  and submit your matriculation deposit. Forms and payments must be submitted through your Applicant Portal. The $300 matriculation fee is refundable upon graduation from Oberlin. If you are enrolling in the Double Degree Program (BM/BA), only one $300 matriculation fee is required. Please note that under no circumstances will the deposit be refunded if you do not follow through with your enrollment.

Confirm Your Enrollment

If you will not be accepting our offer of admission, please let us know by completing the online Reply to Offer of Admission form.

All students in areas with more than one faculty studio must submit the Teacher Preference Request Form found on your Applicant Portal. Students who have not yet received an assignment will typically be notified throughout March and April. We encourage you to connect with faculty directly to help determine your preferences.

Timeline: Acceptance through Orientation

Once you’ve confirmed your enrollment, follow the timeline below to make sure your Oberlin experience gets off to a great start.


Submit official SAT or ACT scores by June 1 if you asked for scores to be considered and included only self-reported test scores as part of your admissions application.

Inform us of any disciplinary action or unlawful conduct: You must contact the Office of Admissions within two weeks if you are placed on probation, suspended, dismissed from school, or if criminal charges are brought against you. Failure to do so may lead to the revocation of our offer of admission. Applicant Misconduct Policy

Connect with classmates on social media: Join fellow admitted students in the Oberlin Conservatory 2026  Facebook group. You can also engage with us using #OberlinBound or on Twitter @ObieAdmissions.

New student forms: Most new student registrations forms will become available by the end of March. They will be accessible online after we have received your matriculation deposit and generated your Oberlin email account.


Attend All Roads Lead to Oberlin: Admitted students and their families are invited to learn more about Oberlin through our in-person and virtual All Roads Lead to Oberlin programming. Learn more about All Roads.


Course selection begins: In mid-May, course planning information will become available, and you will have the opportunity to pre-select several classes. You will finalize your schedule in August after meeting with your academic advisor.

Class and ensemble placement: Over the course of summer, the conservatory dean’s office will send you information regarding music theory/aural skills and piano placement, plus ensemble auditions. For details and updates, visit Conservatory Student Academic Affairs (short URL:


Select housing and meal plans: Registration for campus housing and dining opens June 1. For more information about housing options, visit our Office of Residential Education Housing – New Students page. Housing assignments are generally finalized by the end of July.

Request your final high school transcript: We’ll need a copy of your final high school transcript, showing that you have graduated from high school, on file before you can start classes at Oberlin. Ask your school counselor to send us your transcript by July 1. Our offer of admission is contingent upon your maintenance of the level of academic rigor and performance demonstrated in your application as well as the high level of personal conduct that were the basis of our decision to accept you. You will not be permitted to complete course registration until we have received your final transcript.


Bill payment: The Office of Student Accounts will mail your first semester bill covering tuition, fees, housing, and dining. For information about payment plans and other details, visit the Office of Student Accounts page.


Attend New Student Orientation: Our orientation program for first-year students will introduce you to the wide range of resources available at Oberlin. You’ll also complete your course registration at this time. Dates will be announced closer to the start of the semester, including pre-orientation details for international students, and those in specific instrument areas.