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 Yemko Chose Oberlin

“I wanted to go to a school where I could do science while still doing something like Africana studies.”

Why Patrick Chose Oberlin

Integrated institutions: college and conservatory.

Why Ellisa Chose Oberlin

“The community is the perfect size for me.”

You chose the perfect college.

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’s Career Development Center offers the programming and resources throughout your time at Oberlin to help launch your career.

The Living Machine

Our environmental studies building has a “living machine” that treats and recycles wastewater on-site.

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

Minerva

A Major Decision

Some people come to college knowing exactly what they want to major in. I was not one of those people.

Janelle Ickes ’22
Nashville, Tennessee

Janelle

What I Learned From Graduating Seniors

On resume-building and summer internships.

Tim Martin ’22
Broward County, Florida

Tim

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

Internships

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.

Employment

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, Teach For America, and Twitter.

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