I've been digging through old files today while working on the second draft of the prospectus abstract, and came across this quote from a former board member which I think really hits the nail on the head:
"Most of [Oberlin's] pioneering initiatives - including coeducation and race-blind admissions - have long since been adopted by the majority of colleges and universities across the nation. At first glance it might appear that the rest of the country simply caught up with us. The truth is that Oberlin has always reflected the very best in America... has always represented the future. It has been in the vanguard since its founding."
I think from now on I'm just going to offer this quote when people ask for my elevator pitch on Oberlin. (Maybe I'll throw in some stuff about music, sustainability, and academics too.)
(Addendum: would it be more relevant to the kids if I said that Oberlin is so three thousand and eight while other schools are just two thousand and late?)