Oberlin College campus, Tappan Square, Allen Memorial art museum, Adam J Lewis Center for Environmental Studies and the Living Machine, downtown Oberlin, Memorial Arch, social justice, entrepreneurship, sustainability. Campus life.
Big City Culture, Small Town Charm
The four week Foresight Prep Impact Institute will be held at Oberlin College in Oberlin, Ohio, with field trips visiting exciting social and environmental change initiatives near campus, in Cleveland, and throughout the surrounding area.
In their free time, students will be able to explore downtown Oberlin, a setting that combines the charms of a small town with the dynamic cultural offerings of a respected small liberal arts college and conservatory of music.
Hip Green Scene, a travel guide for urbanites and adventurers, calls Oberlin "both earthy and cerebral, edgy and refined," and says the town's allure is "akin to being caught in the gravitational pull of a planet." (Read more here).
Eat & Drink
Oberlin's thriving local businesses include a number of tasty local restaurants, ranging from fast casual to fine dining. Past students have relished the infamous tater tots at the Feve, coffee at the Slow Train, innovative gourmet scoops at Cowhaus Creamery, and local, organic ingredients at the Black River Cafe.
Oberlin is a treasure trove for lovers of books, antiques, and off-the-beaten-track clothing. Favorites include funky vintage boutique Ratsy's, the eclectic MindFair Books, and Ginko Gallery, which in addition to selling wares by local artisans, houses a stray kitten rescue organization in constant need of volunteers to show its wards some attention.
A range of cultural experiences are available throughout the summer: The Apollo Theater shows first-run movies in a beautifully renovated, historic space. The College's Allen Memorial Art Museum is considered one of the premiere campus collections, and includes work by numerous masters—the Museum also maintains a Frank Lloyd Wright-designed house located near the campus. The Oberlin Summer Theater Festival stages critically acclaimed professional productions. The Conservatory of Music hosts a range of summer concerts. The Oberlin Heritage Center offers tours of historic local homes, including sites that sheltered slaves escaping for freedom on the Underground Railroad.
Summer is one of the most picturesque times to visit Oberlin. Students have enjoyed exploring the College's near 100-acre Arboretum, a labyrinth of trails, trees, bridges and streams, and meandering through Westwood Cemetery, which houses the remains of the town's historic radicals and reformers.
Students hoping to gain a more detailed understanding of the College and its application process will have access to organized campus tours lead by the Office of Admissions, and may schedule individual interviews with Admissions counselors. They may also explore academic buildings and offices open during the day throughout the summer.