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Oberlin Alumni Association


Enroll in History 485: The Past and Future of Higher Education

This fall Professor Steven Volk will offer a new highly-experimental course titled “The Past and Future of Higher Education.” Volk will lead the class, but it will be co-instructed by class members who will include current students, faculty, and alumni from around the country (or the world). Alumni who are selected for enrollment will be expected to be full participants in the course, attending class every week and keeping up with the reading, although they will be excused from writing assignments.

Apply for this unique educational opportunity.


Oberlin Partners with International Piano Academy Lake Como

The International Piano Academy Lake Como, an exalted institution dedicated to advancing the education of elite student pianists, has formed a partnership with Oberlin Conservatory of Music that will yield an exclusive U.S. home for the Italy-based program. Beginning in fall 2016, three students, selected from applicants worldwide, will take part in the Oberlin-Como Piano Academy, a two-year program of study toward an artist diploma.

Learn more about the conservatory's new partnership.


Congratulations to the Class of 2015

Class of 2015 celebrates graduation

A total of 689 arts and sciences and conservatory students participated in a ceremony on May 25 that featured remarks by First Lady Michelle Obama and the Commencement address by Marian Wright Edelman, founder and president of the Children’s Defense Fund. The two women addressed graduates, their families and the Oberlin community in the last major event of Commencement/Reunion Weekend. The four-day celebration drew an estimated 4,000 visitors to the campus community. Photo by Jennifer Manna.

Watch Michelle Obama's address.
Watch Marian Wright Edelman's address.
View the Commencement/Reunion Weekend photo gallery.


Volunteer: Career Committee

The Alumni Leadership Council seeks volunteers to join the Alumni Association's Career Committee and help shape future efforts to connect alumni, students, and recent graduates around professional interests and career support. In addition to members for the Career Committee, which constitutes a three-year commitment, we also seek volunteers willing to focus on specific short-term projects such as hosting regional networking events. 

Want to learn more? Please submit a short statement identifying your specific areas of interest and any skills that would be helpful for us to know to alumni@oberlin.edu. Being engaged with Oberlin today is a rewarding and humbling proposition. We look forward to hearing from you.

Find a volunteering role that suits your skills and interests.


Q&A: “Why Can’t We Just Freeze Tuition Right Now?”

The decision to increase tuition at Oberlin College and Conservatory by 3.9 percent for the 2015-2016 academic year was finalized at the Board of Trustees’ third meeting of the academic year, which took place March 12 and 13. Reaction to the increase—particularly among students—has been strong. In his President’s Desk column, Marvin Krislov shared more information about the tuition increase via a question-and-answer session with Mike Frandsen, vice president for finance and administration.

Read President Krislov's conversation with Mike Frandsen.


Join Us for ObieAdventures!

OBIEAdventures! has two exciting trip offerings for the summer of 2015. Join fellow Obies for a low cost, high value getaway this summer.

Apostle Islands Kayaking Adventure — Professor of Psychology Cindy Frantz will lead our group in July as we kayak the shores, rocky cliffs and sea caves of Lake Superior's Apostle Islands National Seashore. Make your way from island to island and take a break from the water with a hike while our guides set-up camp and make fresh meals.

Lake Powell and Glen Canyon National Recreation Area Exploration — Join Special Assistant to the President of Oberlin College on Sustainability and the Environment David Orr as we kayak, hike, swim and camp at Lake Powell and Glen Canyon National Recreation Area. David will lead us on an exploration of the history of these waterways and the arid West including the explorations of John Wesley Powell on the Colorado and his ideas about the settlement of the "Arid Lands" of the West.

Visit our Alumni Travel Program page for more information.