Why Oberlin College?

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This page is a collection we’ve assembled just for you to demonstrate what sets Oberlin apart. Review the resources below to explore what it means to live and learn at Oberlin.

Why We Chose Oberlin

We walked around campus and asked students why they chose Oberlin. Here’s what they had to say.

Why Nihal Chose Oberlin

“People are really caring about each other and people really want to build as supportive and collaborative of an environment as possible.”

Why Nikki Chose Oberlin

“One of the reasons why I chose to go to Oberlin was the plethora of opportunities…”

Why Abby Chose Oberlin

“To be in a supportive community that is very collaborative and other really makes me feel like I can thrive not only academically but also in the future as a professional and every day personally is something amazing.”

You chose the perfect college.

Winter Term

Where you pick the project and Oberlin gives you the entire month of January to pursue it.

Music Opportunities

You don't have to be enrolled in the Conservatory to take advantage of our incredible music resources—including 500+ performances a year.

Paid Internships

Oberlin offers the programming and resources throughout your time at Oberlin to help launch your career.

Carbon Neutral by 2025

From campus-wide energy conservation challenges to a full campus conversion to geothermal energy, the Oberlin community is committed to sustainability.

The Student Experience

By now you’ve probably read a few posts by Oberlin’s bloggers. Here’s their take on what makes Oberlin such a special place.

Campus from the Inside

An emotional geography of Oberlin.

Minerva Macarrulla ’23
Brooklyn, New York


(Another) Obie Bucket List

Believe me when I say, you make fun wherever you are.

Charlize Villasenor ’23
El Paso, Texas


What I Learned From Graduating Seniors

On resume-building and summer internships.

Tim Martin ’22
Broward County, Florida


Explore Our Areas of Study

With offer an expansive and rigorous educational program with more than 40 academic majors and more than a dozen interdisciplinary minors and integrative concentrations. Dive into your interests and discover new ones as you choose from over 1,200 classes offered each year.

Sounds and Sights of the Oberlin Experience

Sophia Interns at The City Club of Cleveland

Undergraduate Research

Music Opportunities at Oberlin

Athletes Among Us: Malaika Djungu-Sungu

Engaged Liberal Arts: Connected Learning at Oberlin

Moving Through It: Department of Dance

Obie Pride

Get some digital swag to celebrate your admission to Oberlin!

Download GIFs, add social media lenses and filters, and hear playlists put together for you by a number of Obies—including President Ambar.

Oberlin pennant with animated motion.

After Oberlin

What lies ahead for Oberlin graduates? They’ve risen to the challenge of rigorous academics, they’ve pursued their passions and taken advantage of real-world experience, and now they’re ready to forge their own paths.

A Career in the Creative Side of Journalism

March 4, 2021

Justine Goode ’16 has always wanted to work at a print magazine in either a design or an editorial capacity. Today, the former editor of the Grape, Oberlin's alternative student newspaper, is fulfilling both career goals at Vanity Fair.

Justine Goode

The Transition From Student Senate to Washington, D.C.

December 8, 2020

When he was growing up, Machmud Makhmudov ’15 noticed how communities from different parts of the world created lives that struggled, grew, and thrived alongside one another. That insight served him well as a policy advisor for the presidential campaign and stands to be an impression in his new role with the incoming Biden Administration.

Machmud Makhmudov

Persistence, Practice, and Determination

February 2, 2021

After graduating from Oberlin’s Double Degree Program with majors in jazz bass performance and Africana Studies, Caylen Bryant ’17 went on to perfect her own sound and head a music program handed down to her by author and musician James McBride ’79.

Caylen Bryant


In recent years, Oberlin students have worked with BBC America, Columbia Pictures, Environmental Defense Fund, IBM, Japan Airlines, National Science Foundation, NPR, Project on Middle East Democracy, Texas Legal Services, U.S. Congress, and the World Bank.

Graduate School

92% of new Oberlin grads who applied to graduate school received two or more acceptances; 81% are at their top choice. Popular grad schools include Columbia, Harvard, Johns Hopkins, Juilliard, Rice, UC Berkeley, University of Michigan, and Yale.


First employers of recent graduates include national leaders in health care, finance, science, tech, and the arts, including Facebook, Google, Merrill Lynch, Morgan Stanley, MSNBC, the National Institutes of Health, Netflix, NPR, the Smithsonian Institution, Spotify, and Teach For America.

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Looking down at the audience and stage from the balcony of Finney chapel.