Life at Oberlin

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Oberlin students register for community service projects during our annual campuswide Day of Service. Photo credit: Walter Novak

Our vibrant campus community is full of opportunities to explore, connect, and learn. In an environment that prioritizes inclusion and respect, you’ll have options for everything from housing to hanging out. 

Obie Values

True intellectual freedom requires a foundation of honesty, integrity, and responsibility. Learn how our values infuse everything we do to lead toward one goal: a more sustainable, respectful, and interconnected community.

Living on Campus

Our residential campus means the learning never stops. Choose a traditional residence hall or perhaps one with a sci-fi theme. Eat in a dining hall or cook with friends in a co-op. Where you live and eat becomes another opportunity to learn from your peers and develop as an individual.

Things to Do

We fit an impressive array of activities onto our small campus and the city of Oberlin. The only thing you have to fear is ... missing out. Whether you’re interested in bowling, slam poetry, reproductive freedom, or swing dance, you’ll find a reason to leave your room. You can even explore what Oberlin’s Main Street has to offer.

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Arts and Activities

Arts at Oberlin

Whether you’re creating, participating, or simply appreciating, you’ll benefit from our thriving arts community. Choose from more than 500 concerts and performances a year and clubs from swing dance to acrobatics to film to hip-hop.

Art Museum

The Allen Memorial Art Museum's collection is a vital cultural and educational resource for Oberlin students, faculty, and staff, as well as the surrounding community. Events and exhibits are free. Always.

Clubs & Organizations

With nearly 200 student groups and clubs, and the liberty to create more, you can develop your interests or discover new ones: acrobatics, badminton, comics, dressage—the list goes on.

SEED Ventures features 10 local entrepreneurs in the startup phase of their business. The small business incubator occupies a building on Main Street in downtown Oberlin. Photo credit: Jeong Hyun Hwang

Creativity & Leadership

With an emphasis on creativity, responsible, risk-taking, and innovation, we are redefining entrepreneurship by creating value while honoring values. We offer funding, internships, experiential learning opportunities, and a range of support for innovative projects across disciplines. Develop your leadership skills and prepare yourself for launch.

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