Oberlin Conservatory of Music: Ranking, Acceptance Rate, and More


Students of the Oberlin Conservatory can apply for the Conservatory Dean’s Scholarship. The awards are based on your audition ratings and the school’s ensemble needs. To apply for a Conservatory Dean’s Scholarship, you must complete a College Scholarship Service PROFILE, which you can find here. The college code for Oberlin is 1587.

Double majors can also apply for an Arts and Sciences Scholarship, which is awarded to a select number of students based on your academic achievements and contributions to your school and home community.

You can find a helpful list and instructions for scholarship opportunities at Oberlin here by clicking on “scholarships.

Any student applying to Oberlin should also apply for the FAFSA in order to maximize opportunities for receiving financial aid. Grants and loans from FAFSA can help pay for an acceptance to Oberlin.

Is Oberlin Right for Me?

If you are looking for a music school with a commitment to its undergraduates and the opportunity to pursue a double degree at a top liberal arts college, Oberlin should certainly be on your list. Further, if you are drawn to small schools and a quiet pace of life, then Oberlin might be a great choice. The school is located in the city of Oberlin with an approximate population of 10,000 and the school itself has under 3,000 students total for both the liberal arts school and the conservatory. If you prefer the hustle of a major city or a large campus, Oberlin may not be the best fit. Regardless, a visit to Oberlin should be on your list before making a final decision to attend.

The school offers the following four-year degree programs, Performance (piano, organ, voice, strings, woodwinds, brass, percussion, early instruments); Composition; Technology in Music and Related Arts; Jazz Studies; Music History; Double Major in Piano Performance and Vocal Accompanying; and Individual Major. You can find a complete list of degrees offered at Oberlin here.

Students wishing to pursue a degree in electronic music should take note as not all music schools offer degrees in Technology in Music and Related Arts; Oberlin is especially attractive because they were pioneers in electronic music and began their program in 1969!


For Oberlin and many other schools, the application process can be confusing and difficult to navigate. There are many parts to understanding how to truly and successfully succeed in the audition process.

If you are interested in attending college for music, and you would like to receive high level assistance in how to audition, interview, and master the college application for Oberlin or any other music school, check out Music School Central’s College Consulting Program.

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