Our weeklong Orientation for first-year, international, and transfer students helps in the transition to Oberlin College. Orientation occurs the week before classes begin.
New Students Orientation
You’ll attend information sessions, tours, and recreational and social events and complete your course registration. Parents and family members can stick around for a two-day session designed just for them.
Residence halls open on Monday, August 27. Once you move in and get settled, we’ll introduce you to the wide range of resources available in the college and conservatory.
Additionally, each first-year student will have a PAL: Peer Advising Leader, from either the college or the conservatory. The PAL program is one of two special programs offered during Orientation to help you transition to college life. Through our new Connect Cleveland program, you’ll spend a day in Cleveland learning about its arts and culture, and its myraid opportunities for future internships, service, and employment.
The week features academic department open houses, social and recreational events, course and financial aid advising, placement testing, and other programs to familiarize you with the Oberlin campus.
During your down time, we invite you to #DiscoverOberlin and vie for prizes in the process.
Our two-day orientation for parents and family members begins Monday, August 27, and concludes at 4:30 p.m., Tuesday, August 28. Review the schedule in advance, print it, and bring it with you.
If you prefer, you can access the Orientation schedule on your mobile device. Download the free Guidebook App from the Apple Store or Google Play. Use it to stay up-to-date with the Orientation activities, meetings, tryouts, and more. Once you’ve downloaded the app, open “Oberlin College Orientation 2018.’’
Questions? Contact Tina Zwegat, director of Orientation and student activities
Orientation for International Students
This year’s pre-orientation program for international students begins on Saturday, August 25, and continues through the morning of Monday, August 27, when Orientation for all new students takes place.
International students will have opportunities to meet other newcomers and attend programs and events to help with the transition to Oberlin and living in the United States. Be sure to stop by the International Student Resource Center, whose staff can assist you with everything from Visa status to getting around campus.
Get Ready for Residential Living
Bed Bath & Beyond has created a convenient way for you to shop prior to coming to Oberlin. Purchase items online and have them shipped to the Oberlin College Mail Room (you will receive your OCMR number in July).
Deliveries can be made after August 1 and will be ready for you to pick up when you arrive on campus. If you find you have missed something once on campus, Bed Bath & Beyond will have a tent sale from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday, August 27 in Wilder Bowl. We also encourage you to shop local in downtown Oberlin.