Established in 1833, Oberlin College was the first college to in the United States to admit black students. It was also the first college to award Bachelor’s degrees to women. Oberlin grants undergraduate and graduate degrees in Social Sciences, Humanities, Voice, Piano and much more. Oberlin has more than 175 student groups and organizations. Hip Hop 101 hosts a conference every other year featuring hip hop artists and speakers. The organization portrays the diverse image of the hip hop culture on campus and in the community. Oberlin College provides a top liberal-arts experience and a world-class music conservatory. The school is committed to nurturing students of excellence in both academics and music.

Location: Oberlin, OH

Type of Institution: Four-year, private liberal-arts college

Tuition and Fees (per semester)

     • In-State/Out-of-State: $22,452

Size: 2,800+ students

Percentage of African-American Students: 6%

Percentage of Men: 45%

Percentage of Women: 55%

Student-Teacher Ratio: 9:1

Degrees Offered: Bachelor’s, Master’s

Colleges/Schools: Arts and Sciences, Conservatory of Music

Housing: On-campus housing provided


     • African-American Greek: N/A

     • Others: Black Musicians Guild, Hip Hop 101 Committee, African Students Association, Students of Caribbean Ancestry

Famous Black Alumni/Faculty: Anna Julia Cooper, Mary Church Terrell, Edmonia Lewis

City Life: About 45 minutes from Cleveland, parks, fishing, shopping, dining, beaches (Lake Erie), historic sites, professional sports: NBA (Cavaliers), NFL (Browns), MLB (Indians)