Arts and Sciences Admissions

Requirements

Requirements

Arts and Sciences International Students

We cannot begin reviewing your application until we have received all of the required parts:

We encourage you to complete the optional Part I prior to your submission of the Common Application, to indicate your intention to apply to Oberlin. 

 
What We Look For

Oberlin admissions counselors engage in a holistic review process when reading and evaluating each application. This means many factors are considered, with no one component of the application singled out as most important.

  • We seek an incoming class that represents a variety of talents, viewpoints, and achievements.
  • We prefer a high school record demonstrating proficiency equivalent to four years of English, four years of mathematics, three years of the same foreign language, three years of laboratory science, and three years of social studies. These are recommended but not required.
  • For your teacher evaluations, we strongly recommend they be written by teachers you recently had for academic courses—the people most familiar with your writing, analytical, and quantitative abilities.
  • Although we require you to provide standardized test scores, no applicant is ever granted or denied admission to Oberlin solely on the basis of test scores.
  • Recommendations from private instructors, coaches, clergy, mentors, extracurricular activity advisors, or employers that show evidence of your writing, analytical, and quantitative abilities.
 
Did You Know

Social justice is one of Oberlin's core values. Each year, about 150 students new to Oberlin participate in the Social Justice Institute, a two-day workshop that allows students to explore multicultural and social issues at Oberlin and the community at large through discussion, role play, and other interactive exercises.

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