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Oberlin College & Conservatory

Oberlin is a four-year, highly selective liberal arts college and conservatory of music. . It was the first college to grant bachelor's degrees to women in a coeducational environment and, historically, was a leader in the education of African Americans. It is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, Higher Learning Commission. The Oberlin community is known for its exemplary academic and musical pedagogy and its commitment to social justice, sustainability, and creative entrepreneurship.

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A Presbyterian minister and a missionary founded Oberlin in 1833. The duo, the Rev. John J. Shipherd and Philo P. Stewart, became friends while spending the summer of 1832 together in nearby Elyria. They discovered a mutual disenchantment with what they saw as the lack of strong Christian principles among the settlers of the American West.


  • Oberlin Summer Research Insitute (OSRI) Celebration of Undergraduate Research
  • Oberlin Senior Symposium
  • National Conferences on Undergraduate Research (NCUR)
  • NOBCChE Annual Conference

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Housing services

Oberlin provides a wide range of residential options to suit the varied personalities and interests of its students. Oberlin's residence hall system includes traditional residence halls, program houses, theme communities, co-operative residences, and apartments and private houses. Oberlin has no fraternities or sororities.

Library services

Today, the Conservatory Library's collection consists of approximately 270,000 items, comparable to the largest music libraries in academic settings both public and private. The collections include nearly 80,000 sound recordings; 127,000 musical scores; nearly 63,000 books about music; and 210 periodical titles.

ICT services

The Houck Center for Information Technology (CIT) provides access to a wide variety of information technology resources including e-mail; Windows and Macintosh computer labs; online registration for classes; space to store and back up files on a college server; and server space for setting up a personal website.

Medical services

Student Health Services (SHS) provides primary care services to all full time students at Oberlin College and Conservatory of Music regardless of insurance coverage. Students may see a physician, nurse practitioner or registered nurse for a broad spectrum of illnesses and injuries, as well as follow-up care as needed.

Student Life

Sports facilities

  • Jesse Philips Physical Education Center
  • Austin E. Knowlton Athletics Complex
  • Robert Carr Pool
  • Bowling Lanes
  • Weight Room
  • Climbing Wall

Student clubs

  • Abusua
  • African Students Association
  • Agape Fellowship
  • Oberlin Muslim Students Association
  • Oberlin Black Science Student Organisation


Oberlin is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

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