About Oberlin College and Conservatory
The College of Arts and Sciences enrolls 2300 students each year pursuing degrees in nearly 50 majors. From first-year seminars (in which 98% of the incoming class participate each year) to the honors program, the curriculum is designed to create deep relationships among students, faculty, and ideas, and to prepare graduates to contribute significantly in creative, scholarly, and civic endeavors. Dr. Tim Elgren, Ph.D. is a chemist who has served as the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences since 2014. The Conservatory’s goals are both pedagogical and professional, as flexible programs are provided to prepare nearly 600 students for careers as musicians and music educators. The Conservatory prides itself on intense creativity, producing over 500 performances each academic year. In 2009, the Conservatory was awarded the National Medal of Arts. Since 2014, Dr. Andrea Kalyn, Ph.D, a musicologist, has served as the Dean of the Conservatory
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About The City of Oberlin, Ohio
The charming city of Oberlin, Ohio is resplendent in history and small town warmth. New residents will enjoy the simple commute to campus, several good restaurants, and many community connection activities. The City of Oberlin was founded in 1833 (the same year as the college) by two Presbyterian ministers, John Jay Shipherd and Philo P. Stewart. The city and the college derive their name from Alsatian pastor and philanthropist Jean-Frédéric Oberlin, whom Shipherd and Stewart deeply admired. Once a stop on the Underground Railroad and the location of the Oberlin-Wellington Rescue (an important act leading up to the American Civil War), Oberlin continues to celebrate its dynamic place in time through local historical markers and the Oberlin Heritage Center.
The City of Oberlin is a full service city offering police and fire protection, utilities, recreation, recycling, numerous parks, as well as other public works services for its approximately 9,000 full-time residents and the College. The city is governed under the Council-Manager form of government with an elected City Manager and seven-member City Council consisting of residents. A strategic plan “Oberlin 2025 – Our Shared Vision” was adopted in 2011 and addresses new goals of deepening the town-gown relationship. The Oberlin Public Library is a community hub, offering meeting space and several events throughout the year. The Oberlin public school district (Oberlin City Schools) is recognized by ACT as a Regional Red Quail District and places a value on the arts. The school district was awarded a 2017 “Best Community for Music Education” designation by the NAMM Foundation. The school district is the first district in the state of Ohio (and one of the first in the nation) to be fully authorized to offer the highly regarded International Baccalaureate curriculum in all grades, for all students. Almost 90% of Oberlin High School graduates attend college upon graduation, and those who qualify for admission to Oberlin College receive full four-year tuition scholarships.
Working and Living Within The Greater Cleveland Region
The Greater Cleveland Region is the metropolitan area surrounding Cleveland, Ohio and is populated with approximately 2.5 million people. It is comprised of five counties – Lorain County (the home of Oberlin College & Conservatory and Oberlin, Ohio), Cuyahoga County, Geauga County, Lake County, and Medina County. Individuals moving to our community will enjoy a reasonable cost of living and a wellness-centered lifestyle, in comparison to larger urban centers. The City of Cleveland (approximately 35 miles northeast of Oberlin) is the home of the Cleveland Orchestra, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the Cleveland Museum of Art, three professional sports teams (the Browns NFL team, the Cavaliers NBA team, and the Indians MLB team) and several minor league teams. The area is also home to a vibrant academic community consisting of several institutions. The internationally renowned Cleveland Clinic health system serves as the administrators of Oberlin College and Conservatory’s Employee Assistance Program (EAP) and has full service satellite locations throughout the area.
Many Oberlin College and Conservatory colleagues reside in several wonderful cities and towns that are commutable to campus by car including: Amherst, Avon, Avon Lake, Bay Village, Cleveland, Elyria, LaGrange, Lakewood, North Olmsted, Olmsted Falls, North Ridgeville, Rocky River, Sheffield Village, and Westlake to name a few. Many of these cities and towns provide excellent living spaces, award-winning school districts, a vibrant metropark systems that borders Lake Erie, and an assortment of shops, restaurants, and recreational activities.