University description (as per official university website)
Oberlin College uniquely combines both a leading College of Arts and Sciences and a world-renowned Conservatory of Music.
The College of Arts and Sciences offers a four-year undergraduate program leading to the Bachelor of Arts degree. The Conservatory of Music offers four-year undergraduate programs of professional and academic studies leading to the Bachelor of Music degree. In addition, Oberlin offers a distinctive, five-year double-degree program leading to both baccalaureate degrees.
The Conservatory also offers five-year, integrated programs leading to the Master of Music (opera theater, conducting, and historical performance in six private-study areas). Stand-alone graduate programs include the Master of Music in Performance on Historical Instruments (11 private-study areas) and a Master of Music Teaching. Two-year certificate programs in music include a Performance Diploma (undergraduate) and an Artist Diploma (graduate).
The College of Arts and Sciences:
* Since 1920, more Oberlin graduates have gone on to earn PhDs than have graduates of any other American baccalaureate college.
* Degree programs in 47 majors, plus 42 minors and concentrations.
* Oberlin’s Science Center features a 64-bit supercomputer – the first installed at any four-year, liberal arts college in the nation.
* Students helped to design the largest photovoltaic array in Ohio and the first entirely solar-powered academic building at any U.S. college or university.
Conservatory of Music:
* The oldest continuously operating Conservatory of Music in the United States.
* Eight undergraduate majors, including private study in 32 areas.
* A collection of more than 1,500 musical instruments of the highest quality – all available for student use.
* Exceptional facilities that include five concert halls and 150 practice rooms.
* Oberlin owns 199 Steinway pianos, and the Conservatory's concert and recital halls, classrooms, teaching studios, and most practice rooms are equipped with Steinway grands.
Oberlin is privileged to be one of the few American colleges and universities able to offer substantial financial assistance to international students. As an institution committed to ethnic, experiential, and economic diversity, Oberlin provides grants, scholarships, loans, and on-campus employment to enable international students to meet all demonstrated financial need. More than 80% of our international students receive institutional financial aid, with the average aid package covering about three quarters of the cost of attendance.
The international financial aid budget is not unlimited. Consequently, the international admission process is extremely competitive—particularly for students with high financial need. Fewer than 15% of international applicants are admitted in a typical year.