The College of Arts and Sciences offers a rich and balanced curriculum in the humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, and mathematics. True to our original motto—Learning & Labor—an Oberlin education is the perfect confluence of the theoretical and the hands-on.
Facts at a Glance
Class of 2021
Get to know the newest Obies. Our first-year enrolling students come to us from 43 states and 44 countries.
One-on-one mentoring with professors will give you an advantage when applying for grants, fellowships, internships, and graduate school. Alumni speak fondly of how their professors changed—and continue to change—their lives.Explore Faculty in College of Arts and Sciences
“We don’t think of our students as technicians. They are immersed in the literature and engaged in the scholarly conversation that’s happening in the world beyond Oberlin. They participate in that scholarly conversation by being coauthors on papers and presenting posters at conferences. ”Rebecca Whelan, Chair and Associate Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry
Meet Notable Alumni From Oberlin
Rhiannon Giddens2000 Singer-Songwriter
James McBride1979 Author, Jazz Musician
Laurie Collyer1989 Independent Filmmaker
We host an extraordinary lineup of speakers and performers each academic year. We produce hundreds of our own recitals, theater, dance, and art exhibits and more, in addition to being home to one of the top five college museums in the country.
We probably have a student club for any interest you can imagine. We have groups and clubs spanning social justice, music, faith, identity, politics, sports, and art. And if it doesn't already exist, you can create it.
We offer 21 NCAA Division III teams and dozens of student-run club sports. Whether you like basketball, tumbling, or quidditch (we’re officially chartered), our varsity, club, and recreational sports are a valuable part of the Oberlin experience.
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