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. The College of Arts & Sciences does not require an application fee.

Application Part I

We encourage you to let us know of your interest in applying to Oberlin as early as possible, so that we may follow up with you regarding important dates and requirements. To declare your intention to apply to Oberlin prior to your submission of the Common Application, complete the optional Application Part I

Required Items

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

Common Application

To be completed online at the Common App website. The Common Application also includes a personal essay. Check out our best essay tips.

Although Oberlin is a member of the Coalition for Access, Affordability, and Success, we will not be accepting the Coalition Application for the 2017-2018 application year. Students applying to Oberlin in fall 2018 will have the option of submitting either the Coalition Application or the Common Application.

Writing Supplement to the Common Application

The required Oberlin writing supplement asks for a response to the prompt: How did your interest in Oberlin develop and what aspects of our college community most excite you? We recommend submitting the Writing Supplement as soon as possible after submission of the Common App. The Writing Supplement has a 250 word limit and should be submitted through the Common App website.

Secondary School Report and High School Transcript

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

SAT or ACT Score Results

Beginning with applicants planning to enter college in 2017, we will accept scores from the old SAT, the redesigned SAT, or the ACT. Optional essay sections will not be required for either the SAT or ACT. We require either an official score report from the testing agency or the inclusion of your test scores on your official high school transcript.

When assessing SAT results, we will consider on your highest individual old or new scores from all test dates. For example, if you took the old SAT twice, we will look at your highest Critical Reading and Math scores individually. If you took the new SAT twice, we will look at your highest Evidence-Based Reading and Writing and Math scores individually. If you took both types of SAT, we will treat them separately and review the best scores on each test.  When assessing ACT results, we will consider on your highest ACT Composite score from all test dates.

Teacher Evaluation (2)

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

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 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. However, Oberlin does not require SAT II subject tests.

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.