Arts and Sciences Admissions

Dates and Deadlines

Dates and Deadlines

Students working on laptops outsideYou may choose to apply to Oberlin College under one of two decision plans: Regular Decision or Early Decision. We accept applications for early decision at two different times of the year; applications for regular decision are accepted only once a year. An early decision application is a binding commitment to enroll if accepted and should be submitted only after careful consideration. If you are considering applying early decision, please refer to the early decision page for more information.

 

StepsRegular DecisionEarly Decision IEarly Decision II
Application Deadline January 15 November 15 January 1
Notification April 1 December 15 February 1
Reply/Deposit Due* May 1 January 2 February 15

All application materials should be postmarked or submitted online by the application deadline. Please be sure to request letters of recommendation well in advance of the deadline.

*A $300 matriculation deposit is required to secure your place in the incoming class and must be mailed in along with your intent-to-enroll card. Failure to submit your deposit by the reply deadline may prevent you from enrolling at Oberlin. Payment plans are available for those experiencing financial hardship.

 
Did You Know

Students who wish to pursue topics outside of traditional courses, an important alternative is available in the Experimental College (ExCo). Founded in 1968, ExCo is a student-run organization that sponsors courses (for limited academic credit) taught Oberlin faculty, students, administrators, and residents. Rock climbing, performance swing, astrology, 16-mm film production, jump rope, bike mechanics, henna body art… you name it, ExCo may have a class about it.

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