Why Oberlin College?
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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.”
Why will you choose Oberlin?
You’ll probably come up with your own reasons without our help. But if you’d like some inspiration, here are a few ideas.
Where you pick the project and Oberlin gives you the entire month of January to pursue it.
You don't have to be enrolled in the Conservatory to take advantage of our incredible music resources—including 500+ performances a year.
Oberlin’s Career Development Center offers the programming and resources throughout your time at Oberlin to help launch your career.
Have you seen what our students are working on with their faculty mentors?
Our Local Community
With restaurants, shops, a “Big Parade,” and a kitten shelter, our little town has a lot going for it.
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
(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
We offer an expansive and rigorous educational program with more than 40 academic majors and more than a dozen interdisciplinary minors and integrative concentrations. Explore your interests and discover new ones as you choose from over 1,000 lectures, seminars and workshops offered each year.
Sounds and Sights of the Oberlin Experience
Sophia Interns at The City Club of Cleveland
Music Opportunities at Oberlin
Athletes Among Us: Malaika Djungu-Sungu
Engaged Liberal Arts: Connected Learning at Oberlin
Moving Through It: Department of Dance
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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, Teach For America, and Twitter.
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