Oberlin College has a rich diversity of students who bring educational experiences from both conventional and alternative schooling, and we welcome applications from home schooled students. When evaluating applications for admission, the Admissions Committee seeks evidence of academic preparation and proficiency comparable to:
• 4 years of English
• 4 years of mathematics
• 3 years of the same foreign language
• 3 years of laboratory sciences
• 3 years of social studies including history
To properly evaluate the academic background of home schooled applicants, Oberlin College has separate application requirements for admission. All of the following are required unless otherwise noted. The College of Arts & Sciences does not require an application fee.
Writing Supplement to the Common Application
The required Oberlin writing supplement asks for response to the prompt: Oberlin is a place of intense energy and creativity, built on a foundation of academic, artistic, and musical excellence. With its longstanding commitments to access, diversity, and inclusion, Oberlin is the ideal laboratory in which to study and design the world we want. What does your Oberlin look like? We recommend submitting the Writing Supplement as soon as possible after submission of the Common App.
A detailed syllabus that lists the subjects studied each year, the dates each subject was studied, a description of each course of study, major texts used or literature read, and evidence of science laboratory experiences. The Academic Portfolio is to be uploaded in PDF format to Oberlin’s Common App Writing Supplement.
Official score reports from either the ACT Plus Writing or the SAT. If you do not send us ACT scores, you must submit scores from the SAT I and from two SAT II subject exams.
Two recommendations from non-parent adults who can provide a meaningful evaluation of your academic and personal characteristics. Non-parent adults include private instructors, coaches, religious leaders, mentors, employers, or sponsors of an extracurricular activity. A parent may submit an additional teacher recommendation if s/he was the primary instructor.
Provide a copy of a recently written academic paper. Papers do not need to be lengthy, but should be a typical example of your written work. Graded copies are preferred. A recent scientific laboratory report is welcome as an example of an academic paper. The Academic Paper is to be uploaded in PDF format to Oberlin’s Common App Writing Supplement.
If you would like to include additional materials to supplement your application, we will accept the following items.
While the two required non-parent recommendations are often sufficient, you are welcome to submit additional letters of recommendation if they will provide further insight into your academic abilities or experiences. Recommendations from parents may be appropriate if the parent is a primary instructor.
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.
Interviews are not required for admission. In certain cases, however, an interview may be requested by the Office of Admissions. To schedule an interview, please visit the interview page.
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.
We meet 100% of the demonstrated financial need for all admitted students. However, your status as a home schooled student may affect your eligibility for Federal financial aid. Home schooled applicants are eligible to receive Federal Student Aid funds if their secondary school education was in a home school that state law treats as a home or private school. Some states issue a secondary school completion credential to home schoolers. If this is the case in the state where the student was home schooled, they must obtain this credential in order to be eligible for Federal Student Aid funds. For further assistance please contact the Office of Financial Aid at 1-800-693-3173.