Oberlin College Voted Favorite Vegan-Friendly Small School in the U.S.

Popular Dishes Like Chipotle-Lime Seitan Help School Take Center Stage in peta2's National Contest

For Immediate Release:
April 9, 2015

Sophia Charchuk 202-483-7382

Oberlin, Ohio – Talk about “brain food”—nobody knows delicious, healthy, plant-based meals better than Ohio’s Oberlin College. After receiving an A on its Vegan Report Card from peta2, PETA’s youth division, Oberlin beat out some fierce competition—including Wesleyan University, Shippensburg University, and Warren Wilson College—to be voted the Favorite Vegan-Friendly Small School in the U.S. by a narrow 70-vote margin.

Campus favorites like the Moroccan vegetable-tempeh tagine, vegan chipotle-lime seitan, and vegetable mulligatawny soup helped Oberlin beat out the competition in every round of peta2’s March Madness–style competition, with special thanks to what may be Oberlin’s “Most Valuable Entrée”—the delectable jerk tofu with mango salsa.

“Oberlin’s motto calls on students to ‘design the world’ they want, and with enthusiasm surging on campus for animal- and Earth-friendly foods, they’ve already taken a huge step toward their goal,” says peta2 Director Marta Holmberg. “Every year, peta2 hears from more colleges across the country that are helping students make cruelty-free choices for animals, the planet, and their own health.”

Sixteen large schools and 16 small schools were in this year’s competition. The 2015 winner in the large-school category is Stanford University.

Oberlin will receive certificates from peta2—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to eat”—to hang in every dining hall on campus, all of which serve vegan foods.

For more information, please visit peta2.com.

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