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.
We cannot begin reviewing your application until we have received all required components. Each may be submitted online or by mail.
Available for online completion or download through the Common App website.
Oberlin Supplement to the Common Application
Requires the applicant to answer a few additional questions and submit an Oberlin-specific essay. We encourage you to submit this prior to the Common App. Can be completed through the Common App website or downloaded.
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.
If you prefer to pay the application fee by check rather than use the online credit card option, you may submit a check or money order for $35 made payable to Oberlin College to:
Office of Admissions
101 North Professor Street
Oberlin, OH 44074
Please be sure to include the applicant's name on the check.
If paying the $35 application fee would pose a financial burden for you or your family, you may request that the fee be waived.
We will also accept a signed statement from your guidance counselor or another appropriate school official (who can verify your family's financial circumstances) on school letterhead certifying your need for a fee waiver.
Only one document is required.
Recommended ItemsWe 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.
SAT II Subject Test Score Results
If you take any SAT II subject exams, please send us your scores. We recommend taking two subject exams.
If you would like to include additional materials to supplement your application, we will accept the following items.
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.
Supplemental materials are not sent to faculty members for review, but you are welcome to submit them to highlight a special accomplishment, talent, or interest. Please label all submissions with your full name and identifying information. The Common Application Arts Supplement form is not required, but will be accepted.
Early Decision Agreement
Required for all students applying Early Decision. Must include all three signatures. Available for online completion or download through the Common App website.
Common Application Athletic Supplement
If you intend to participate in varsity athletics, you may wish to submit this form if you have not been in prior contact with the coaching staff. Available for online completion or download through the Common App website.
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.