Multicultural Visit Program

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.

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 2020 virtual Multicultural Visit Program dates and application deadlines are:

Program Dates and Application Deadline
Program Date Program Type Application Deadline

September 21-22, 2020

College of Arts & Sciences only virtual programming           September 16, 2020

October 7-8, 2020

College of Arts & Sciences and Conservatory of Music virtual programming

October 2, 2020

November 13-14, 2020

College of Arts & Sciences and Conservatory of Music virtual programming

November 11, 2020


If you are unable to complete our online application, contact our office at (440) 775-8411 or email us at .

The application includes:

  • Essay: Be prepared to respond to this prompt in 300 words or less: 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 2019. We understand that spring semesters were disrupted and some schools changed their grading systems.

  • 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 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."