A Presbyterian minister and a missionary founded Oberlin in 1833. The duo, the Rev. John J. Shipherd and Philo P. Stewart, became friends while spending the summer of 1832 together in nearby Elyria. They discovered a mutual disenchantment with what they saw as the lack of strong Christian principles among the settlers of the American West.
Oberlin provides a wide range of residential options to suit the varied personalities and interests of its students. Oberlin's residence hall system includes traditional residence halls, program houses, theme communities, co-operative residences, and apartments and private houses. Oberlin has no fraternities or sororities.
Today, the Conservatory Library's collection consists of approximately 270,000 items, comparable to the largest music libraries in academic settings both public and private. The collections include nearly 80,000 sound recordings; 127,000 musical scores; nearly 63,000 books about music; and 210 periodical titles.
The Houck Center for Information Technology (CIT) provides access to a wide variety of information technology resources including e-mail; Windows and Macintosh computer labs; online registration for classes; space to store and back up files on a college server; and server space for setting up a personal website.
Student Health Services (SHS) provides primary care services to all full time students at Oberlin College and Conservatory of Music regardless of insurance coverage. Students may see a physician, nurse practitioner or registered nurse for a broad spectrum of illnesses and injuries, as well as follow-up care as needed.
Oberlin is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.
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