Our weeklong Orientation strives to provide students and parents with a clear sense of expectations, an introduction to the Oberlin community, and essential information to help you make a successful academic and social transition.

Students carrying luggage and bedding into a residence hall.
Photo credit: William Bradford

Orientation Week

Orientation runs from Monday, August 26 to Monday, September 2, 2019 and is required for all incoming students.

Orientation week officially begins with the opening of residence halls on Monday, August 26 at 9 a.m. Once you move in and get settled, we’ll introduce you to the wide range of resources available in the college and conservatory.

During Orientation week you will:

  • meet your academic advisor,
  • finalize your class schedule and/or auditions,
  • get to know your PAL (Peer Advising Leader) and RA (Resident Assistant),
  • make new friends,
  • learn important policies,
  • enjoy concerts and other social activities,
  • learn about our local community, and
  • experience a full-day Connect Cleveland adventure.

We have a parent orientation as well. Incoming Obie parents and families will:

  • learn ways to support your student as they transition into college,
  • meet helpful faculty, administrators, and support staff that your student will engage with during their first year,
  • have a chance to ask any questions, and
  • gain peace of mind that Oberlin is the right place for your student.

Parent orientation will conclude by 4:30 p.m., on Tuesday, August 27 with the Ready to Launch program for parents.

There will be a comprehensive schedule added in the coming weeks, but if you have a question, don’t hesitate to reach out to Tina Zwegat, director of Orientation.

Email: tzwegat@oberlin.edu
Phone: 440-775-8167


Pre-Orientation for International Students

This year’s pre-orientation program for international students begins on Saturday, August 24, and continues through the morning of Monday, August 26, 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.

International Student Resource Center


Prepare for Arrival

Wondering what you need to do before you get here? Find out about registration forms, packing, shipping, and more.

Before You Arrive in Oberlin