nighttime image of Oberlin Science Center
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

11:1
student/faculty ratio
440
acres
44
majors
175+
student organizations
2,255
arts and sciences students
1841
awarded first BAs to women
40k
alumni
4
campus libraries
$5
rent artwork
57
courses about sustainability
12%
electricity from solar panels
21
varsity sports teams
1835
year black students admitted
1
planetarium and observatory
3
'billboard' rocks
7
student-run publications
6
co-op organizations
1
home of Toni Morrison Society
#5
Forbes’ top colleges in Midwest
1
smoke-free bowling center
12
MacArthur "genius" fellows
1927
established program housing
100+
students involved in research
600+
Grads who live in Lorain County
1
original Usonian house
50
community-based learning courses
1
volunteer run bike co-op
150+
shows on student-run radio station
25-ft
rock-climbing wall
30%
club & intramural sports participation
5
environmentally sustainable buildings
75%
students who study away
91.5 FM
student-run radio station
9
performance venues
22 acres
nature preserve

Class of 2023

Get to know the newest Obies. Our first-year enrolling students come to us from 46 states and 43 countries.

Faculty

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

“I love how impassioned Oberlin students are about everything. They arrive with high language proficiency. Those who don’t have the language skills learn very quickly.”

Sergio Gutiérrez Negrón, Assistant Professor of Hispanic Studies
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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.

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 college museums in the country.

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Clubs

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.

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Athletics

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.