Brotherly History

Oberlin’s 1881 varsity baseball team included brothers Moses Fleetwood “Fleet” Walker (6) and Welday Walker (10), who played catcher, and second base, respectively. Fleet Walker, in 1884, joined the American Association’s Toledo Blue Stockings. Brother Welday later followed him about two months later, making them the first and second African Americans to play with a major league team. Racial discrimination, however, limited their time on the field and in the sport.

Efforts are under way to honor the pioneering athlete, who later founded a newspaper and wrote a book on race relations. The Ohio House of Representatives aspires to establish October 7 as Moses Fleetwood Walker Day, the ballplayer’s date of birth.

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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.

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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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