Molly Cravens


  • Associate Director of Admissions


  • BA, linguistics, University of Michigan, 2012
  • MA, higher education, New York University, 2020


I fell in love with college admissions while working as a student tour guide at the University of Michigan. I enjoyed interacting with students from so many different backgrounds and helping connect them to the next step in their educational journey.

After graduation, I took a gap year to volunteer with a non-profit that works with high school and college students in London. This experience solidified my desire to work with students professionally, and once I returned to the United States, I began my career in admissions at Michigan. After a few years, I decided that I loved higher education so much that I wanted to study it! I earned my master’s in higher education from New York University and am thrilled to be a part of the team at Oberlin.

One of the things I especially love about Oberlin is how connected the students and faculty are, because I have seen firsthand the benefits that these relationships can bring.

I had no idea what I wanted to study going into my freshman year. In my first semester, I took a linguistics class that sounded interesting and ended up really connecting with the professor. I declared a linguistics major, took every class he taught, and we are still in touch today.

Having gone to a large research university, I consider myself very lucky to have had such a close relationship with one of my professors. At Oberlin, this level of support and mentorship is the rule, not the exception.

My favorite part of this job is helping students with the college search process and figuring out which school is the best fit for them. Please feel free to reach out if I can be of help in any way. And don’t worry if you don’t have a major in mind already; you never know what you might discover in college!


Maryland, Michigan, Virginia, Washington DC