Our weeklong Orientation for first-year, international, and transfer students helps in the transition to Oberlin College. Orientation occurs the week before classes begin. 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 orientation designed just for them.


New Students Orientation

Students may begin moving into their residence halls on Monday, August 27. Once you settle in, we’ll introduce you to the wide range of resources available in the college and conservatory.

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 and community.

Our two-day orientation for parents and family members begins Monday, August 27, and concludes at 4:30 p.m., Tuesday, August 28.

View 2018 Preliminary Orientation Schedule

A more complete schedule will be posted in late July. Please free to contact Tina Zwegat (tzwegat@oberlin.edu, 440-775-8167) with any questions.


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 in your 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.

International Student Resouce Center


Get Ready for Residential Living

Bed Bath & Beyond has created a convenient way for you to shop prior to coming to Oberlin. You can purchase items online and have them shipped to the Oberlin College Mail Room (you will receive your OCMR # 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 after you arrive on campus, Bed Bath & Beyond will have a tent sale on Monday, August 27 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Wilder Bowl. We also encourage you to shop local in downtown Oberlin.

Bed Bath & Beyond
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