You are considered a transfer applicant if you have been enrolled in a degree program at another college or university or if you've earned more than 30 semester hours of credit.
The Common Application and Supplement forms must be submitted online. We will begin reviewing your application once we have received all of the required parts:
- Common Application Form
- Common Application Personal Essay
- Oberlin Supplement
- College Official's Report (completed by academic dean of previous college or university)
- College Transcript(s)
- Transfer Midterm Evaluation (completed by current professors)
- Faculty Recommendations (from two academic professors)
- High School Report (completed by guidance counselor or principal)
- High School Transcript
- Results of either the SAT or ACT with writing score (SAT II subject tests are optional)
You may transfer a maximum number of 56 credit hours toward an Oberlin degree. Students can normally transfer 16 semester hours credit for each full semester (10 semester hours for each quarter) or 32 semester hours for each full academic year.
We can't guarantee that credit accepted for transfer will automatically be applied toward your major; acceptance requires the approval of the appropriate department or program. You have a time limit of one year from when you enter Oberlin to request transfer of credit and provide documentation.
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.