Next Steps: First-Year Students

Congrats! You’re in.

We celebrate your admission to Oberlin! We are thrilled you will be joining us and look forward to helping you begin your academic career. Use this checklist to help prepare for your arrival.

Confirm Your Enrollment by May 1

Complete the online Intent to Enroll form and submit your matriculation deposit through your applicant portal. The $300 matriculation fee is refundable upon graduation from Oberlin. If you are enrolling in the Double Degree Program, only one matriculation fee is required. (Please note that we are unable to refund your deposit if you do not follow through with your enrollment.)


Confirm Your Enrollment


If you will not be accepting our offer of admission, please let us know by completing the online Reply to Offer of Admission form.


Next Steps

Once you’ve confirmed your enrollment, it’s important to stay on top of a few things to make sure your Oberlin experience gets off to a great start.

Submit official SAT or ACT scores by June 1 if you asked for scores to be considered and included only self-reported test scores as part of your admissions application.

Maintain the level of academic performance and course load as presented in your application. You must contact us before making changes to the courses that were listed in your application materials

Inform us of any disciplinary action or unlawful conduct: You must contact the Office of Admissions within two weeks if you are placed on probation, suspended, dismissed from school, or if criminal charges are brought against you. Failure to do so may lead to the revocation of our offer of admission.

New student forms: Most new student forms will become available by the end of March. They will be accessible online after we have received your matriculation deposit and generated your Oberlin email account.

April 2023

Attend All Roads Lead to Oberlin: Admitted students and their families are invited to learn more about Oberlin through our in-person and virtual All Roads Lead to Oberlin programming.

May 2023

Select housing and meal plans. The priority deadline to register for housing is June 1. You’ll receive detailed information about how to complete this process. For more information about housing options, visit the housing and dining website

June 2023

Course selection begins: In mid-June, course planning information will become available, and you will have the opportunity to indicate preferences for several classes. You will finalize your schedule in August.

Request your final high school transcript: We’ll need a copy of your final high school transcript, showing that you have graduated from high school, on file before you can start classes at Oberlin. Ask your school counselor to send us your transcript by July 1. Our offer of admission is based on our expectation that you will successfully complete high school while maintaining the level of academic rigor and performance demonstrated in your application as well as a high level of personal conduct. You will not be permitted to complete course registration until we have received your final transcript.

July 2023

Bill payment: The Office of Student Accounts will mail your first semester bill covering tuition, fees, housing, and dining. For more information about payment plans and other details, visit the Office of Student Accounts page.

August 2023

Attend New Student Orientation: Orientation will begin virtually in mid-August and will continue in person after you arrive on campus the week prior to the start of fall classes. You’ll meet with your advisor, complete your course registration, and learn more about the wide range of resources available at Oberlin. Classes begin on Thursday, August 31, 2023.

Conservatory Only

Teacher assignments: Students in areas with more than one faculty studio must submit the Teacher Preference Request Form found on your Applicant Portal. Students who have not yet received an assignment will typically be notified throughout March and April. We encourage you to connect with faculty directly to help determine your preferences.

Class and ensemble placement: Over the summer, the conservatory dean’s office will send you information regarding music theory/aural skills and piano placement, plus ensemble auditions. Visit the Dean's Office website for more details and updates.



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