Students use StudiOC, located in the Gateway Center, for classes and to study and hang out. Photo by Michael Hartman.
Small class sizes are an emphasis at Oberlin. Here, a StudiOC class meets for discussion. Photo by Yvonne Gay.
A peer writing tutor works with another student on a term paper for their English and Rhetoric class.
A group of students work in cushy chairs on the main floor of Terrell Library. There are 5 floors in the library and each one gets quieter as you go up. Students like to use the first floor for group projects like in this picture.
Students in the Book Studies Concentration and for a book press Winter Term project use the Book press in Terrell Library.
Fall is many students' favorite season in Oberlin because the fall leaves light up campus. Photo by Gao Menglin '12.
A student studying on Wilder porch. Photo by Sydney Garvis '18.
A view of the outside of Wilder Hall and Wilder Bowl on a sunny day. Photo by Sydney Garvis '18.
The top of Peters Hall houses the Observatory and Planetarium.
You might find yourself talking to a professor on a sunny day in the courtyard between Rice Hall and King Building.
This sculpture, constructed by then Oberlin College Senior Cameron Armstrong in 1977, commemorates Oberlin as a major stop on the Underground Railroad. Photo by Sydney Garvis '18.
The Memorial Arch, located on the west side of Tappan Square, was originally built in 1903 as a memorial to the missionaries who lost their lives in the Boxer Rebellion in China in 1900. Oberlin’s graduation procession used to pass under the arch, but as the community’s sentiments over time have changed regarding the role of imperialism in China, students and faculty raised concerns and the graduation route changed in 2009. A plaque on the arch commemorates the Chinese people who lost their lives in the same rebellion. Photo by Matthew Lester.
Music happens all over Oberlin, and that includes the downtown that is right across the street from Tappan Square and only a few minutes walk from campus. Photo by Larry Kasperek.
Tappan Square Rocks are a source of news, celebration, commemoration, and activism. Painting a Tappan Square Rock has become a tradition of Oberlin students and community. Photos by Sydney Garvis '18, Dana Hamdan, Brittnei Sherrod.
Graduation in May is always a celebratory time, when some students opt for fun, colorful dress over traditional graduation robes and often times decorate their graduation caps. Students line up to graduation in front of Rice and King for the commencement ceremony in Tappan Square. Photo by Mike Crupi.
Tappan Square is the center of campus and a site where lots of students enjoy the mild spring and fall weather. Photo by Matthew Lester.
Students participate in one of Oberlin's cluster courses in StudiOC. Photo by Dale Preston.
Carnegie Library can be seen here through the trees of Tappan Square. Carnegie is the home of the geology department, Office of Financial Aid, and other offices. Photo by William Bradford.
White squirrels have become the unofficial mascot of Oberlin in recent years, with a number living in the tress of Tappan Square. It's very good luck to spot one!!
Downtown Oberlin has coffee shops, art galleries, restaurants and stores for students and community members to explore. Photo by Matthew Lester.
One of Oberlin's cluster courses was titled Reconstructing the Future: Environmental Public Health and Diasporic Identities. It introduced students to the essential elements of interdisciplinary research and community collaboration to apply their learning to situations of environmental racism. Photo by Yevhen Gulenko.
The Big Parade is an annual college and community collaboration parade that features sports teams, the Oberlin high school parching band, OCircus, among many other student and community groups and organizations. Photo by John Seyfried.
Tappan is the site for many dance and musical performances. Photo by Mike Crupi.
The Oberlin Hotel is a hub for many events held on campus. Its restaurant is named 1833 – the year Oberlin was founded! Photo by Tanya Rosen-Jones.
Tappan is home to a few swings that are fun little resting places around campus. Photo by Sydney Garvis '18.
Students hang out in the lobby of the Hotel at Oberlin. Photo by Yvonne Gay.
StudiOC is one of Oberlin's newest classroom and lecture spaces. It is equipped with all the best technology - and a great view of Tappan Square! Photo by Yvonne Gay.
King Building is not only the home of lots of classes at Oberlin, but also where many student groups meet as well. Pictured here is the Investment club, which manages an investment portfolio together. Photo by Anna Norris.
Our observatory is used by our Physics and Astronomy students and faculty regularly. The observatory is open to the public on the first and third Fridays of the month during the academic year. In addition, a small teaching planetarium projects the 1,000 brightest stars and the planets onto a dome 4 meters in diameter. Photo by Matthew Lester
There is always something to do or get involved in at Oberlin. Here's just one bulletin board in King, bursting with posters getting the word out about a show at the 'Sco (the nightclub music venue on campus), Ecolympics (a campus-wide environmental competition), Students for a Free Palestine, a cookout, a musical, auditions, and the senior research symposium. Photo by William Rieter.
Renee Romano, professor of History, Comparative American Studies, and Africana Studies, is pictured here with a class in one of the King Building classrooms. Photo by Tanya Rosen-Jones '97.
This picture isn't in King Building, or even on Oberlin's campus, but shows how exploratory classes at Oberlin can be. Here a geology class studies the changing shoreline of Lake Erie, located about a 30 minute drive from Oberlin's campus. Photo by Michael Hartman.
Students often use the classrooms in King building to study together. Here, a few students from a Latin intensive class quiz each other on declensions. Photo by Yevhen Gulenko.
Oberlin offers many career development programs, including SOAR, Sophomore Opportunities and Academic Resources. Photo by Yvonne Gay.
Professor of Neuroscience Gunnar Kwakye teaches and leads research projects for students of all years. Photo by Matthew Lester.
Research happens in all the sciences at Oberlin - from chemistry to physics to geology. Photo by Yvonne Gay.
Oberlin has 4 libraries, and one of them is the Science Library. Photo by Tanya Rosen-Jones '97.
The residents of La Casa Hispánica celebrate Día de los Muertos. Photo by Pang Fei Chiang '19
The Oberlin Science Center has more lab space than classrooms! Science classes, workshops, labs for class and research, and research talks happen in the Science Center. Photo by Matthew Lester.
Students often collaborate on research projects together. Here, a Winter Term student group works on a neuroscience research project. Photo by Nora Rodriguez.
Peters is a popular study spot, especially for language students who visit the language lab on the third floor. Photo by Matthew Lester
While Oberlin emphasizes small class sizes, some science classes have a larger lecture section with small lab groups. Photo by Jack Lichtenstein '22.
Photo by Matthew Lester.
Students and faculty who were themselves first-generation to college gather to celebrate First Gen Day. Photo by Yvonne Gay.
The Wright Physics Lab Building is pictured here, housing the physics and astronomy department. It's connected directly to the Science Center. Photo by Yevhen Gulenko.
We love when our international students bring parts of their culture to our campus. At the Asian Night Market, students can enjoy performances from our Taiko Drumming ExCo participants. Photo by Pang Fei Chiang '19
Photo by Dale Preston '83.
Shansi House is home to our returned Shansi fellows and provides resources for students interested in the Shansi program or other international opportunities. Photo by Pang Fei Chiang '19
Here's a look at the outside of Price House. Photo by Tanya Rosen-Jones '97.
Asia house boasts a beautiful library that students study together in. Photo by Tanya Rosen-Jones '97.
Oberlin has a number of first year dorms that provide support and community for incoming students! Photo by Matthew Lester.
Photo by Kevin Reeves.
Each year, a cohort of Posse Scholars are selected for full scholarships to Oberlin based on outstanding leadership and academics. Photo by Jack Lichtenstein '23.
There are lots of events showcasing different cultures, including flamenco dancing workshops seen here! Photo by Lucie Maria Weismueller
Students cook meals for 50-80 of their friends in the Oberlin Student Cooperative Association. Here, a student is making pizza dough - every Friday night in OSCA is pizza night! Photo by Marissa Camino.
Bonner Scholars are some of the many students who do lots of community service, here volunteering at Oberlin's middle school. Photo by Dale Preston '83.
Students build community and learn new skills as chefs in OSCA. Photo by Matthew Lester.
Dorm rooms in each dorm look different, but here is an example of an open double in Talcott Hall. Photo by Chris Schmucki '22.
This is what a single dorm room in Asia House looks like! Photo by Jennifer Manna.
Residents of Russian House gather for a dorm activity. Photo by Michael Harman.
OSCA (Oberlin Student Cooperative Association) is an alternative to on-campus dining, and is completely run by students! Photo by Matthew Lester.
Kahn Hall in this picture, is a different first year dorm. Photo by Yevhen Gulenko.
La Casa Hispánica will often bring in musical groups or put on open mics for students to perform a song or two. Photo by Pang Fei Chiang '19.
A community meeting at Lord-Saunders (Afrikan Heritage House). Photo by Yvonne Gay.
The colors of the leaves are absolutely stunning in the fall! Photo by William Bradford
Food plays an integral part of Oberlin's community. Students enjoy a special late night breakfast where Oberlin's administrators, including President Carmen Ambar, serve breakfast food during after-hours. Photo by Tanya Rosen-Jones '97
There is a huge variety of food options available for students to enjoy and changes every day for each of our dining locations. Photo by Walter Novak
There are nine different dining options available to students all over campus including the Sky Bar located in Oberlin's conservatory! Photo by Matthew Lester
You have easy access to coffee and chai tea while studying in Terrell Library thanks to Azariah's Cafe being located on the ground floor. Photo by Matthew Lester
In addition to Hanukkah, many students partake in all kinds of religious holidays and celebrations on campus!Photo by Walter Novak
The first floor of the Mary Church Terrell Library (Mudd) is a hub for students to study, hangout, receive tutoring, do study groups, grab a coffee at Azariah's, and more. Photo by Tanya Rosen-Jones.
An outdoor shot of the stately Mary Church Terrell Library against a blue sky. Photo by Kevin Reeves.
The second floor of Mudd is home to the Letterpress studio, the SITES homeroom, study spaces, and book stacks available for browsing. Photo by John Seyfried.
The writing center is located in the first floor of Mudd Center. Students can make appointments with writing associates to receive feedback and tips on their essays. Students can apply to be writing tutors as well. Photo by Tanya Rosen-Jones.
Kulas Recital Hall is one of Oberlin Conservatory's main recital halls. Students, faculty, and invited artists frequently give performances here. The space is also available to rent for rehearsals or audition recordings. Here, a quartet group has just finished a performance of a Beethoven quartet. Bravissimo! Photo by Yevhen Gulenko.
Hall Auditorium is home to many of Oberlin's stage performances. It consists of a 500-seat theater used mainly for large-scale opera, dramatic, and dance productions. Next to it is the Eric Baker Nord Performing Arts Annex which has a black box and green box theater as well. Photo by Kevin James.
With seating for 1,200, Finney Chapel is the largest performance space on campus and represents the symbolic heart of Oberlin's intellectual and musical life. The chapel is noted for its excellent acoustics, and the monumental C.B. Fisk pipe organ makes it a recital destination for organ students and guest artists. Designed by architect Cass Gilbert and completed in 1908, Finney’s Romanesque arches and oak pews give the chapel a grand majesty. Photo by Yehven Gulenko.
An Oberlin tradition for more than 80 years, Art Rental provides opportunities to live with original works of art. There are nearly 400 works in the Art Rental collection earmarked for borrowing. The rental fee is $5 for each work. And this includes an original Picasso. Photo by John Seyfried.
Dance at Oberlin integrates academic learning with personal experience, leading students to become creative problem solvers and to connect abstract concepts to the physical reality of their bodies. The Warner Center is where many dance classes and student organizations practice and perform. Photo by Walter Novak.
Interested in an activity that isn't one of the 21 varsity sports? Oberlin currently has 19 student-run clubs, including Aikido, quidditch, frisbee, tennis, soccer, and ping pong, that are open to both newcomers and seasoned competitors. Photo by Yvette Chen.
The Birenbaum Innovation and Performance Space hosts a huge variety of performances and events, including many jazz ensemble concerts like the one shown. A club-like venue in the lower level of the Hotel at Oberlin, the Birenbaum accommodates more than 100 guests. By day it serves as a teaching space; by night it features performances by conservatory students and guest artists. Photo by Yevhen Gulenko.
Constructed in 1963, Bibbins Hall was the first of three contiguous buildings, all designed by Yamasaki, that form the heart of the conservatory. It was followed in 1964 by the Central Unit, with its large-ensemble rehearsal rooms, Warner Concert Hall, and conservatory library; and Robertson Hall, which boasts 150 practice rooms with windows.
Did you know that not just conservatory students do music at Oberlin? Here, music is available to all. This picture showcases a performance by the Oberlin Arts and Sciences orchestra, which is composed of college students. Other music opportunities for college students include: two large choirs, 9 a capella groups, chamber music classes, secondary lessons, music theory and history courses, and more! Photo by Yevhen Gulenko.
The theater community at Oberlin is vibrant and full of opportunities. Our program combines intensive mentorship in acting, directing, playwriting and production, with innumerable opportunities in our production shops and theaters, including the newly completed Eric Baker Nord Performing Arts Complex, home to our three performance spaces. Here is a performance of "Collective Rage: A Play in 5 Betties." Photo by John Seyfried.
The Allen Memorial Art Museum is one of the top college museums in the country. For winter term, it offers a Practicum in Museum Education that allows students to look behind the scenes at the Allen, explore museum careers, and experience teaching in the galleries. Students in this intensive course survey theories and practices of object-based learning, conduct research, prep resumes for the art world, and meet with career professionals! Photo by Yevhen Gulenko.
Founded in 1917 on the campus of Oberlin College, the Allen Memorial Art Museum is recognized as one of the best academic art museums in the nation. Museum admission has always been free for everyone and many classes take place here! Including Art History, Studio Art, English, Comparative Literature, Environmental Studies, and even Chemistry. Photo by Yvonne Gay.
The Shanks Health and Wellness Center, encompasses a varisty weight room, an all student machine and cardio room, multiple different workout studios and classrooms, 2 basketball gyms, and equipment checkout, an indoor track and tennis court complex, as well as a pool and diving boards! Photo by Scott Shaw.
Core n More is one of the free, drop-in weekly Yeofit classes available at Shanks Wellness Center. Photo by Matthew Lester.
Oberlin has 21 varsity sports! Many teams regularly win conference titles.Photo by Oberlin Athletics.
WOBC is Oberlin's campus radio station! Tune into 91.5FM or go to wobc.org to catch what's going out on the airwaves. Photo by Amber Benford.
The lobby of Wilder Hall is a spot for students to meet up, eat together, or study for a bit between classes. Photo by Larry Kasperek.
Wilder Bowl, the green space in front of Wilder Hall, is a very central location for Oberlin, and you'll likely see your friends as you walk to class. Photo by Yvonne Gay.
The Sco, in the basement of Wilder Hall, is Oberlin's in campus nightclub music venue. Catch your friends' bands here, or see a performance from a singer, rapper, band, or ensemble on any night of the week! Photo by Michael Hartman.
One of Oberlin's traditions is TGIF, which happens in Wilder Bowl every Friday and features live music or a student DJ's music playing over the bowl. Photo by Yvonne Gay.
Preside Ambar and Yeobie the white squirrel, Oberlin's mascot, dance to music at TGIF. Photo by Dale Preston '83.
Black History Month at Oberlin sees the return of the annual Black History Month fashion show, organized by students. Photo by Dale Preston '83.
Chess Club is one of over 180 student clubs and organizations on Oberlin's campus! Here they are at their weekly meeting in the Rathskeller, a dining option in Wilder Hall. Photo by Dale Preston '83.
The Williams Field House is an indoor field complex used by varsity and club sports. Photo by Harmony Pringle '11.
Oberlin has 2 club frisbee teams: the Flying Horsecows and the Praying Manti! Photo by Jeong Hyun Hwang.
The Student Health and Counseling Center is centrally located and accessible to all students to promote mental and physical well being on campus. Photo by Yvonne Gay.
Knowlton Stadium, which hosts football, women's and men's lacrosse, field hockey, and the occasional quidditch tournament, is full for an athletic event on a Friday night. Photo by Ryan Baker.
A yoga class is one of the many options for drop in Yeofit classes at Shanks health and Wellness Center. Photo by Matthew Lester.
The climbing wall in Philips Gym is open for all experience levels of climbers! You can even take a student-taught belay and climbing class. Photo by Bryan Rubin '18.
The Kohl Building houses a lot of jazz music on campus, and is right next to downtown Oberlin, which is right across the street from Tappan Square and the college's academic buildings. At Oberlin, everything is connected!
The Science Center is right across the street from Wilder, Oberlin's student union. You'll find more than just science classes inside!
Come in for a tour of Oberlin's campus.
Two students travel to Bagan and Rangoon after they finished their documentary film project in Thailand. Oberlin has over 125 accredited study away programs and over 80 percent of students do some form of study away during their time here! The Study Away Office is located in Mudd. Photo by Thanisa Durongkaveroj.
Lots of Obies study away! Here, a group of Obies hiked a mountain in the Swiss Alps. Photo by Lena Rich '20.
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