Famous Oberlin College Alumni

List Rules
People on this list must have gone to Oberlin College and be of some renown.

List of famous alumni from Oberlin College, with photos when available. Prominent graduates from Oberlin College include celebrities, politicians, business people, athletes and more. This list of distinguished Oberlin College alumni is loosely ordered by relevance, so the most recognizable celebrities who attended Oberlin College are at the top of the list. This directory is not just composed of graduates of this school, as some of the famous people on this list didn't necessarily earn a degree from Oberlin College.

List is made up of many different graduates, including Liz Phair and Lena Dunham.

This list answers the questions “Which famous people went to Oberlin College?” and “Which celebrities are Oberlin College alumni?”
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  • Sinclair Lewis
    Novelist, Author, Writer
    • Age: Dec. at 65 (1885-1951)
    • Birthplace: USA, Minnesota, Sauk Centre
    Harry Sinclair Lewis (February 7, 1885 – January 10, 1951) was an American novelist, short-story writer, and playwright. In 1930, he became the first writer from the United States to receive the ...more
  • Thornton Wilder
    Novelist, Screenwriter, Playwright
    • Age: Dec. at 78 (1897-1975)
    • Birthplace: Madison, Wisconsin
    Thornton Niven Wilder (April 17, 1897 – December 7, 1975) was an American playwright and novelist. He won three Pulitzer Prizes—for the novel The Bridge of San Luis Rey, and for the plays Our Town ...more
  • Lucy Stone (August 13, 1818 – October 18, 1893) was a prominent U.S. orator, abolitionist, and suffragist, and a vocal advocate and organizer promoting rights for women. In 1847, Stone became the ...more
  • Liz Phair
    Guitarist, Songwriter, Singer-songwriter
    • Age: 55
    • Birthplace: New Haven, Connecticut, United States of America
    Elizabeth Clark Phair (born April 17, 1967) is an American singer, songwriter, guitarist, composer, and actress. Born in New Haven, Connecticut, Phair was adopted at birth and raised primarily in the ...more