Retro Registration

New and transfer students to Oberlin await their turn in Hales Gymnasium to register or amend their classes for the fall 1971 term. Armed with course catalogs, transcripts, pencils, and index-like cards, students wait their turn to see an advisor before heading over to register for the courses of their choice.

Even with IBM computer course cards, a fair amount of student information was recorded by hand, including semester grades and GPAs, recalls Helen V. Fields, administrative assistant in the registrar’s office. “We had one computer for data entry that five of us shared.” Over time technology has simplified registration procedures with much of the information entered and processed online.

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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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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

230+

Steinway grand pianos,
1,500 instruments of highest quality

$57 Million

in grants awarded to
students each year

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