The Oberlin College Science Center's spacious atrium, picture windows, and indoor science library make it a popular place for students to study. Photo credit: William Rieter

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

student/faculty ratio
student organizations
arts and sciences students
awarded first BAs to women
campus libraries
rent artwork
courses about sustainability
electricity from solar panels
varsity sports teams
year black students admitted
planetarium and observatory
'billboard' rocks

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 , Associate Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry
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Areas of Study

Study economics, biology, film—or all of the above. Choose from roughly 50 majors or create your own.

Oberlin Facts and Outcomes

Learn more about Oberlin’s students, both while they are here and beyond.

Student Outcomes Summary (pdf)

Tuition & Fees

We’re committed to making Oberlin affordable for as many admitted students as possible, regardless of need.

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Cultural Life

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.

Begin your Oberlin Experience

Learn more about our campus and academic programs. See if Oberlin is right for you.