Oberlin College Visit Report by mflevity
Visit to Oberlin College in February 2008 by mflevity(Student, HS Class of 2009)
(Member since November 14 2006 with 1132 posts)
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Information Session: Yes - The admissions officer was funky (you don't see pierced earrings on a lot of 50-year-old men) but down-to-earth...I'd say it was an above average info session.
Campus Tour: Yes - The student guide was bright and seemed happy to be there; she'd just returned from study abroad in Paris.
Classroom Visit: Yes - I went to a creative writing class. The students seemed moderately engaged.
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Campus Visit Notes for Oberlin College
Overall, I definitely enjoyed my visit (I'm a junior, and it was my first college trip). The students have a distinctive character that is hard to describe; I could use words like "unique" and "nonconformist" but it's impossible to really portray a typical Oberlin student in writing (probably because there isn't one). Let's just say that my mom was slightly shocked by a few students' appearances, though they didn't bother me as much. I suppose I should mention to my fellow girls that I came away with the impression that many of the guys at Oberlin are gay (my friend who visited both the music school and the general college felt the same way). So take that as it is, depending upon how "on the prowl" (or whatever kooky phrase PR uses) you're looking to be in college.
I would definitely recommend eating lunch in the campus dining hall, as it was especially helpful in getting a feel for the student body.
Beware of the other students at the information session and on your campus tour; I came away more frightened by the driven and intense juniors (who didn't seem like fits at Oberlin at all) than I was by the quirky Obies. Maybe it was just the particular day I was there, but if I'd met any of them before mingling a little with the student body, I might have been put off the entire school. If possible, do a classroom visit and lunch at the dining hall before you come into contact with any fellow prospective students.
Oh...and definitely check out the build-your-own smoothies in the basement of the Student Center. Delicious.
Hotel/Lodging Recommendations or Comments:
We stayed in a Best Western about 10 minutes from campus. It was adequate, but barely. If we go back, we'll likely stay at the Holiday Inn that is also 10 minutes from campus.