Admissions and Financial Aid

Campus scene showing Wilder Bowl
Oberlin students often pass through Wilder Bowl several times a day to get to class, the main library, their residence hall, or other common space.
Photo credit: Kevin Reeves

Oberlin’s learning environment is like no other. It combines a top-ranked liberal arts college, a prestigious conservatory of music, and one of the finest academic art museums in the country—all on a single campus.

Read Oberlin President Carmen Twillie Ambar’s response to the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to end affirmative action in college admissions.

young black woman in white lab coat standing in a lab.
Oberlin is a recognized leader in educating undergraduate scientists, many of whom get into choice graduate school programs.
Photo credit: John Seyfried

Applying to the College of Arts and Sciences

We look for students who have demonstrated high academic achievement, who care about the world, who believe they can make it a better place, and who have the courage to try. And while Oberlin is highly selective, the student body is down-to-earth and noncompetitive.

young woman practices her cello in a large practice room.
Oberlin Conservatory’s Bibbins Hall is an ideal space for music students to develop their musicianship.
Photo credit: Marissa Camino

Applying to the Conservatory of Music

Our artist faculty will mentor and challenge you to be the professional musician you want to be. Study with them on our all-Steinway campus, practice in rooms with windows, and learn for yourself why we received the National Medal of Arts.

Costs & Aid

We’re committed to bridging the gap between your financial need and a top-notch college education. Whether you’re doing the math or researching grants, we’re here to help.

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Academic Resources

Get the information you need to help you decide if Oberlin is the right fit for your academic goals. We offer a range of academic support services, peer mentoring, and more.

Financial Aid Resources

Investing in education equates to an investment in human potential. At Oberlin College, our financial aid policies reflect a historic commitment to inclusion and academic excellence.

Student Life

Oberlin’s unique campus provides a variety of living and dining options as well as an abundance of opportunities to explore, connect, and learn.

Get to Know us Better

Get all the information you need to decide if Oberlin is your next home. Walk under the trees in Tappan Square, sit in on classes, visit our recital halls or labs, and see if this is the place where your dreams might take root.

Experience Oberlin up close and in person. There are many ways to explore our community.

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Aerial View of Peters Hall
Aerial view of the Oberlin College campus.
Photo credit: Courtesy of John Peterson