Multicultural Visit Program

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Oberlin’s virtual Multicultural Visit Program (vMVP) is an online community engagement program for high-achieving high school seniors interested in the College of Arts and Sciences and or Conservatory of Music.

Spring vMVP

Admitted students are invited to participate in special events that highlight diversity, equity, and belonging at Oberlin during the All Roads Lead to Oberlin program. All times are listed in EDT.

March 30, 7 PMGreetings from Oberlin: Meet Your Community
Join this community reception to learn how Oberlin supports diversity, equity, and inclusion. Oberlin College and Conservatory faculty and staff are excited to welcome the students and family members of the class of 2025.

April 7, 6 PM Diversity in the Conservatory
Students, faculty, and staff discuss what diversity looks like in the conservatory and review the resources, student organizations, and initiatives that support historically undervalued communities.

April 11, 7 PM | Navigating Oberlin
First generation and high financial need students may face unique challenges during their college years. During this Q&A session Financial Aid Officers and Student Academic Success Program staff discuss what to expect and helpful resources on campus for these populations.

April 12, 7 PM | Address from Oberlin President Ambar
Hear from Oberlin's 15th President, Carmen Twillie Ambar, as she addresses the admitted class of 2025 and their families.  

April 29, 5:30 PM | Instagram Live Tour: Afrikan Heritage House
Take a live virtual tour of Oberlin's Afrikan Heritage House on Instagram! Led by current residents of the Afrikan Heritage House, this tour will showcase our lounges, dorm rooms, and the Lord-Saunders Dining Hall. Information about Black student organizations and the Black community at Oberlin will also be included, along with time for Q&A.

April 29, 7 PM | Facebook Live Tour: Asia House
Take a virtual tour of Oberlin's Asia House in the Oberlin 2025 Facebook Group! Join current residents of Asia House to see inside the library, a dorm room, lounges, and study rooms. Information about Identity-Based Housing options, student organizations, and the Asian Diaspora at Oberlin will also be covered, along with time for Q&A. Join the Oberlin 2025 Facebook group to see the tour.

 

See our full schedule of events for admitted students on our Virtual Experience Page.

Virtual programming will be announced in early June 2021.

Fall 2021 programming information will be available in August.

Applying to vMVP

We encourage applications from students with diverse backgrounds. This includes students who identify as Asian American, Black/African American, Hispanic/Latinx, Native American, Alaskan Native, Native Hawaiian, or Pacific Islander. Additionally, students from families with limited financial resources, regardless of cultural or racial background, as well as those who are among the first in their families to attend college (first generation) are eligible. Participants must be a US citizen, permanent resident, or undocumented student living within the US.

Our program seeks serious students interested in exploring Oberlin. High school seniors accepted to the program will participate in a host of virtual experiences, including a campus tour, class visits, admissions and financial aid workshops, and interactive activities with current students, professors, and staff. To get a sense of the program offerings, view the vMVP General Schedule of Events.

Our 2021 virtual Multicultural Visit Program dates and application deadlines will be announced in August.

Application

The application includes:

  • Essay: Be prepared to respond to this prompt in 300 words or fewer: How did your interest in Oberlin develop and what aspects of our community most excite you?

  • High School Transcript: Unofficial copies are acceptable but must contain final grades from Spring 2021. We understand that some semesters were disrupted and some schools changed their grading systems due to COVID-19.

  • Oberlin is test-optional. SAT and ACT score submissions will still be accepted, but are not required. We will accept self-reported scores from those students who wish to submit them.

Review of applications is holistic and decisions are made on a rolling basis, so we encourage students to apply early.

Why Attend vMVP?

Here's what some of our recent participants had to say:

"This program is extremely well thought out and so helpful and fun during this stressful and confusing process.”

"I loved learning about music opportunities for arts and sciences students because I initially feared that as an applicant to the College, I would not have the availability to perform like Conservatory students. However, I learned that there are various opportunities for A&S music students, such as the Arts & Sciences Orchestra, and it increased my interest in Oberlin."

"The program overall [was memorable]. I’ve never participated in a program like this before as a high school student...it was priceless and gave me hope for my path as an ambitious and educated Black male."

"We were given so much information over the 2 days. What I will remember most are the personal stories and honest answers that were shared by both Oberlin teachers, staff and the students. I got the true sense of how people feel about working/studying/living at Oberlin. I can get a lot of information from the website but the personal information shared was invaluable."

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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.

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