The History of History

It’s amazing what one can amass in 50 years. Oberlin College Archives has an impressive collection of materials that help tell the story of Oberlin’s people, places, achievements, and challenges. In honor of its half-century mark, Archives’ staff assembled select items to show both the range and uniqueness of its offerings, including letters received by President Henry Churchill King on his retirement in 1927; photo of Carl Rowan ’47, and notes he recorded during a meeting with Martin Luther King Jr. regarding the 1956 Montgomery Bus Boycott; the November 1970 Life Magazine issue concerning coed dorms at Oberlin with Cynthia Stewart and Rod Singler on the cover, and more.

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Oberlin is a place of
intense energy and creativity,

built on a foundation of
academic, artistic, & musical excellence.
With its longstanding commitments to
access, diversity, & inclusion,
Oberlin is the ideal laboratory in which to
study and design the world we want.

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Oberlin is the only institution
where a top-ranked liberal arts college
and a world-renowned conservatory of music
share a seamless student culture & campus,
including an art museum
that is known as one of the best in the country.

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Oberlin has been on the front lines
of changing the world for almost two centuries,
often serving as the prototype for progress
even in the face of strong resistance.

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When you ask our alumni
what they value most

about their Oberlin experiences, most will say
their life-long relationships with our faculty.
Please explore our college departments,
conservatory departments, and course catalog
to get a sense of the many things you can study here.

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Green issues are of critical importance to us.
We have partnered with the city of Oberlin
to develop the ultimate working model of
full-spectrum sustainability.

Learn about Oberlin, straight from the source.

Take a look around our campus, virtually.

Oberlin, Ohio

35 miles west of Cleveland
Nearest Airport: CLE

2,900 students

9% in-state, 84% out-of-state,
7% from abroad

500+ Concerts

and 40+ theater & dance
productions every year

Oberlin graduates go on to earn

More PhDs

than alumni of other undergraduate colleges


Steinway grand pianos,
1,500 instruments of highest quality

$57 Million

in grants awarded to
students each year

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