Questions

<p>I'm a Junior interested in applying, and while Oberlin is my top choice, I have a lot of questions and I'm not really sure who to ask, so I figured I could post them here and if they get answered, awesome, if not, oh well.</p>

<p>Are the ACTs required, or will the SATs be enough?
I'm in a bunch of clubs, including my school's Literary Magazine. Are there a lot of clubs at Oberlin and is there a Literary Magazine, or even a magazine in general?
How are sports?
Is it possible to Double Major in Creative Writing and Anthropology? If not, what are the two programs like? </p>

<p>Also, what are my chances of getting in to Oberlin?
I have a GPA of 3.6 last time I checked, but my grades have improved considerably over my high school career. I'm also on the Honor Roll.
I'm taking 2 AP classes this year, AP English and AP U.S. History, and I go to my high school with a focus/magnet/prime of Literary Arts, so I have some experience in writing.
I'm in 4 clubs and on my softball team.</p>

<p>Check the Oberlin website. There you will find answers to all of your questions.</p>

<p>lots of info here</p>

<p>College</a> Search - Oberlin College - At a Glance</p>

<p>@SlytherinTardis I also highly recommend taking a look at the Oberlin</a> blogs for a huge amount of first-person perspectives on things that you asked about.</p>

<p>^^
Thanks for the link Kei-o-lei. </p>

<p>Wow! I'm shocked to see that Oberlin now has the same percentage of male students as Vassar. That's incredible. Geez. I'm old enough to remember when Vassar was 100% female, just like Smith and Wellesley. I remember a huge national news story when they admitted the first male student. Now Oberlin looks like Vassar. Or is it the other way round? </p>

<p>Time sure changes things.</p>

<p>Hi, SlytherinTardis! I'm currently a first-year in the College and will answer your questions based on my my personal experience applying to and attending Oberlin. </p>

<p>Are the ACTs required, or will the SATs be enough?
- Either one works, if I remember correctly. If you're happy with your SAT scores, you don't need to take the ACT as well. However, some kids do better on one than they do on the other; they're very different tests in many ways. Additionally, SAT subject tests can show that you're proficient in specific areas not covered by the SAT or the ACT, so you may want to consider taking those and sending your scores to Oberlin if you feel they reflect your skill level.</p>

<p>I'm in a bunch of clubs, including my school's Literary Magazine. Are there a lot of clubs at Oberlin and is there a Literary Magazine, or even a magazine in general?
- Hey, I was editor of my lit mag in high school. high five. :) There are tons of clubs and several newspapers and magazines. The Plum Creek Review is probably most similar to what you're looking for. Here's the website, where you can find PDFs of old issues: Plum</a> Creek Review | Home
Additionally, if you feel like really learning about a topic in a setting that is more formal than a club but less formal than a professor-taught class, think about ExCos! If you've done some research on Oberlin I'm sure you get the whole ExCo thing, but as a student I can tell you that they're SO much fun and really worthwhile.</p>

<p>How are sports?
- Do you mean sports culture, or the actual athletics? I know our football team did pretty well this year, and it made people happy when they did well. You aren't going to find die-hard Yeomen/Yeowomen fans who only attended Oberlin for the sports teams, but there are definitely people who enjoy sports and lots of talented athletes. I play rugby, and I find the culture of my particular team to be competitive with our opponents but always friendly and respectful. We're a tight-knit group and I imagine the other athletic teams are, as well.</p>

<p>Is it possible to Double Major in Creative Writing and Anthropology? If not, what are the two programs like?
- Academically, you have a lot of freedom at Oberlin. You can double major in pretty much whatever you want, as far as I know. Keep in mind that you need to apply to the Creative Writing Program; you can't progress through the major past the gateway courses without being accepted. The people I know who are Anthro or CW majors all seem to be happy with the departments, and they're quite well-regarded.</p>

<p>I agree with Ma'ayan: definitely check out the blogs. They have all kinds of useful info that helped me a lot as a prospie, including ways to gauge your chances based on your stats.</p>

<p>Best of luck!</p>

<p>One of my friends who graduated last year was an anthro/creative writing double major. The anthro requirements are pretty flexible, and I get the sense it's pretty common for writers at Oberlin to be double majors in case they don't get into the creative writing program. On the Oberlin blogs, Aries has a few good posts about how CRWR works -- these two might be particularly helpful:
Oberlin</a> Blogs | Blog Entry: "Why Creative Writing?"
Oberlin</a> Blogs | Blog Entry: "Creative Writing: The Most Terrifying Application"</p>

<p>In addition to the Plum Creek Review, we also have a lit mag for genre fiction (Spiral</a>); a New Yorker-esque magazine for stories, poems, and narrative non-fiction (Wilder</a> Voice); a publication about environmental issues and activism (Headwaters); a magazine for written work and art by students of color (In</a> Solidarity)... Not all of their websites are up to date, but they're all active and love new students with magazine experience.</p>

<p>Also, I have to say -- if your username is anything to go by, you will definitely fit in at Oberlin :D</p>

<p>I've read the information on Oberlin's website and the blogs, but I'm still confused about how the Creative Writing program works, if someone could help? </p>

<p>It says that "interested students must apply for admission", but is it something you apply for as you are applying for Oberlin, or after you are accepted into Oberlin?
How does it work, is basically what I'm asking, because all of the information online is kind of confusing, even after reading the blogs. "Students who declare the major will usually have completed 201 and been admitted to their first 300-level workshop," does that mean that you have to apply and take the 201 before you can do anything else?</p>

<p>I probably repeated myself somewhere in there, sorry. Sorry for asking a lot of questions. Also, thank you so much for all of the help so far!</p>

<p>you apply once you're at Oberlin. From what I understand, after the two intro courses, which every first year can take, you have to apply to the classes you want to get into.</p>

<p>Yup -- there's not an application to the program per se, but you have to apply for every single upper-level course. The intro courses (CRWR 110, Technique & Form in Fiction, and CRWR 120, Technique & Form in Poetry) are designed to help you put together a portfolio for those applications. They're saying that they don't want students to declare until they've shown that they have the skill to get into an intermediate course (201) and an upper-level course (something in the 300s); if someone can't do that, then they probably don't have a strong enough portfolio to get into the courses that they need to complete the major.</p>

<p>Okay, that makes sense. Thank you!</p>

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Haha, are there many Whovians and Potterheads at Oberlin?</p>

<p>Sorry. Off-topic. That just made me laugh.</p>

<p>Oh, my god, there so are. I'd need two hands to count the number of Doctors running around campus on Halloween, and Classics Hall and Sci-Fi Hall (two of our theme housing options) regularly get together for Classic Doctor Who Night screenings. (My RA is reading over my shoulder and wants me to tell you that her favorite Doctor is "Paul McGann... and Tom Baker... and David Tennant is pretty great too...") As for Harry Potter... well, let's just say we have a Quidditch team, and there's an ongoing debate about co-op corresponds to which Hogwarts house.</p>

<p>You have a Quidditch team? That is the coolest thing ever. Oberlin was my top choice already, but now I love it even more.</p>