We will begin to review your application when we have received all of the following required parts:
- Common Application with Personal Essay
- School Report with Official Transcript
- Teacher Evaluations (2)
- Oberlin Writing Supplement
- International Certification of Finances (this and its supporting documents should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Results of either the SAT or ACT
- TOEFL or IELTS (scores must be sent directly to Oberlin by the testing service)
- College Board Financial Aid Profile (if applying for financial aid)
- Canadian citizens interested in applying for financial aid should submit only the College Scholarship Service (CSS) PROFILE form
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.
Oberlin admissions counselors engage in a holistic review process when reading and evaluating each application. This means that all aspects of your application are considered.
- 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.
- Two teacher recommendations are usually sufficient, but you are welcome to submit one additional letter of recommendation if it will provide relevant information not found in your academic teacher recommendations. These recommendations may come from private instructors, coaches, clergy, mentors, extracurricular activity advisors, or employers that show evidence of your writing, analytical, and quantitative abilities.