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Elizabeth Houston ’06

Associate Director of Admissions

Hello! I'm Elizabeth, and I'm one of the many happy Oberlin alums who excitedly tell people about how great it is to be an Oberlin student. The only difference is that I actually work for the Admissions office.

I came to Oberlin from a high school in South Carolina, although I spent most of my childhood in suburban Chicago. I graduated in 2006 with a major in politics, a minor in computer science, and a well-rounded liberal arts education. Along the way I was very active in the co-op system on campus, took an assortment of exciting ExCos, and spent a semester studying abroad in Shanghai, China. After graduation, I volunteered for a year as an AmeriCorps VISTA, coordinating a tutoring program and working in a technology center. I joined the admissions staff here at Oberlin in August 2008, and I'm excited about helping to bring the joys of an Oberlin education to a new wave of students. In the office, I have regional responsibilities (recruiting students and reading applications) for most of the Southern states, and also serve as the go-to person for many issues technological.

In my free time, I can be found reading anything from news to novels, keeping active with aikido and belly dance, and playing with bikes, motorcycles, kittens, and my husband.

Entries from this blogger

April 1, 2011
Two years ago, I wrote a detailed post about why we have a wait list that answered a number of questions you might have if you recently received a wait list letter from Oberlin, but I also wanted to comment specifically on this year's wait list.
September 9, 2010
In the admissions office, we particularly enjoy seeing all the new students arrive on campus because we have played such an important role in selecting the incoming class.
April 1, 2010
In a 4-1 vote, leaders of the universe this morning elected current Oberlin College president Marvin Krislov to the post of Supreme Leader of the Cosmos.
September 15, 2009
Fairly often, we get questions from prospective students (or, more commonly, concerned parents) about the effects their choice of high school will have on their chances of admission.
April 25, 2009
In which I support our claims about the astounding volume and variety of events in Oberlin by telling you about my week.
March 10, 2009
I am still here. Though I entered Oberlin with an expected graduation date of May 2016, my taking a semester off has delayed that until this upcoming semester. This reality took me a long time to accept and I have a lot of feelings about what "not graduating on time" means for me.
December 16, 2008
Because there's no better way to procrastinate writing your college application essays than reading tips about writing your college application essays.

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