Arts and Sciences Admissions

Application Requirements

Application Requirements

For students in the United States applying to the College of Arts and Sciences as high school seniors. Separate application requirements apply to home schooled students and to international students. If you are considering applying as a high school junior, please read this important information.

Required Items

We cannot begin reviewing your application until we have received all required components.

    Common Application

    Writing Supplement to the Common Application

      The required Oberlin writing supplement asks for a short explanation of an extracurricular activity and the submission of an Oberlin-specific essay. We recommend submitting the Writing Supplement as soon as possible after submission of the Common App.

    Secondary School Report and High School Transcript

      To be completed and sent by your guidance counselor. Available for online completion or download through the Common App website.

    SAT or ACT Score Results

      We accept either the SAT or ACT Plus Writing. For the SAT, we consider your highest scores in Critical Reading, Math and Writing, even if they were earned on different test dates. We require either an official score report from the testing agency or the inclusion of your test scores on your high school transcript.

    Teacher Evaluation (2)

      We require two academic teacher evaluations. Forms are available for online completion or download through the Common App website.

    Application Fee

      A $35 application fee is required and is to be paid through the Common App website upon submission of the application. If paying the application fee would pose a financial burden for you or your family, you may request that the fee be waived by using the Common App fee waiver process.

Recommended Items

We recommend the following items as valuable ways for you to share more information about yourself and your academic qualifications. We encourage you to complete these items, but will give your application equal consideration without them.


      Interviews allow us to learn more about you, and provide you with the opportunity to learn more about Oberlin. They are available on and off campus. For more information, please visit the interview page.

Optional Items

If you would like to include additional materials to supplement your application, we will accept the following items.

    Additional Recommendations

      Two recommendations are usually sufficient, but you are welcome to submit an additional letter of recommendation if it will provide relevant information not found in your academic teacher recommendations.

    Arts Supplements

      Supplemental materials are not sent to faculty members for review, but you are welcome to submit them to highlight for the admissions committee a special accomplishment, talent, or interest. Please review the Submission Guidelines. Materials not submitted in accordance with the guidelines will not be reviewed.

    Early Decision Agreement

      Required for all students applying Early Decision. Must include parent and guidance counselor signatures. Available for online completion or download through the Common App website.

    SAT II Subject Test Score Results

      If you take any SAT II subject exams, you may send us your scores.

    Science Research

      If you have been involved in significant scientific research, you are welcome to submit a research abstract or resume to highlight your accomplishments. If you participated in mentored research, you are encouraged to request an additional recommendation letter from a research mentor who has been personally involved in your work.

Unless otherwise noted, all materials may be submitted online through the Common App website, mailed to the Office of Admissions, 101 N. Professor St, Oberlin, OH 44074, or faxed to 440-775-6905.

Did You Know

Music isn’t just something one does at Oberlin; it’s part of the institution’s DNA. With some 500 free concerts and recitals per year, the campus abounds with rhythm, be it pop, rock, jazz, new music, or classical. Conservatory students in particular have many opportunities to perform with more than two-dozen large ensembles and several small ad hoc student groups.

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