Deciding where to spend your college years is often difficult. We’re glad you chose Oberlin. Our programs and services—from New Student Orientation to Move-in Day—will assist in your transition to college life and to Oberlin.

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Current Oberlin students prepare to greet newcomers outside of Dascomb residence hall. Photo credit: Yevhen Gulenko

Oberlin Accounts

In late May, look for a letter in your applicant portal that will have your Oberlin account credentials, including your Oberlin ID (ObieID) and password, your Oberlin email account, and your T-Number (student ID number).

The letter also will contain information about setting up your email and accessing Banner Self Service for registration information.

New Student Registration Forms (required)

Once you’ve decided to attend Oberlin, submit your matriculation deposit to begin the enrollment process. You’ll now be able to access the New Student Registration forms through your applicant portal . The portal will list the required and optional forms related to your enrollment at Oberlin this fall.

Register for courses, housing, and meal plans; complete medical history and immunization forms; fill out forms for academic advising and accommodations for students with disabilities; and complete the surveys for sports, community service, and spiritual interests. Pay attention to deadlines. Failure to do so could result in a delay in your enrollment.

Note: Registration forms for housing and dining will be available late May or early June. This includes program and theme housing, and cooperative living. You must make and submit your selections by June 15 to the Office of Residential Education. Housing assignments are confirmed in late July.

Register for Classes

To register for courses, academic advising, access financial aid, and more, you will use OberView , part of Banner Self Service. OberView is an online, mobile-responsive tool that serves as a gateway to the information that’s vital to life at Oberlin.

Using OberView, search for “course registration” to see the available resources, including the complete course catalog, and a list of classes appropriate for new students. A list of available courses is available as of late May and accessible in the Oberlin Course Catalog.

First-year students in the College of Arts and Sciences and in the Double Degree Program are required to register for two or three courses over the summer months; a First Year Seminar Program course is highly recommended. You also may consider joining a learning community through our multidisciplinary program StudiOC.

We process course requests in the order we receive them, so submit your forms as soon as possible. You’ll finalize your remaining courses during Orientation.

Your Stuff: What to Bring and How to Get It Here

Check the List

Packing for college can seem overwhelming. Use the lists at What to Bring/Not to Bring to help you get organized and get started.

Planning to Work?

If you plan to work obtain a job in Oberlin, on or off campus, don’t leave home without your original Social Security card, your driver’s license, state ID card, or your valid U.S. passport. Photocopies are not acceptable.

You’ll need these and other employment documents to satisfy federal requirements regarding student employment. These required employment documents are available online from the Office of Student Employment. Download and print the forms in advance or pick up the forms in the student employment office once you arrive in Oberlin.

Mail Your Stuff

Can’t fit all your stuff into the SUV or mini van? Coming from a distance and need to have items sent to Oberlin? You can mail student belongings directly to the Oberlin College Student Mail Room.

You may ship your belongings to us beginning August 1. You can use OberView to find your campus mailing address. Log in to OberView with your ObieID and password and search for the “View My Addresses and Phones” task.

The address format for mailing items to your mailbox is:

Your Name
OCMR (your mailbox number)
135 W. Lorain St.
Oberlin, OH 44074-1081

Shop and Ship

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.

Can You Buy It Here?

Should you forget something or not have the room to bring it with you, we encourage you to shop local in downtown Oberlin. Along Oberlin’s main street area you’ll find a five-and-dime store, a market, clothing stores, and bookstores where you can buy essentials. All are within walking distance of campus, but specialty shops and superstores are difficult to get to unless you have a car.

Browse this list of local businesses to find out where to buy what you need.

For International Students

The International Student Resource Center assists international students with a wide range of issues including developmental advising, community building, visa regulations, and immigration paperwork.

The office coordinates programming and educational events to help international students transition and get involved in campus life and serves as the hub of international student support on campus. Our international community includes more than 300 students with foreign citizenship from over 50 countries.

Getting Here, Getting There

See You at Orientation 

Orientation runs from Monday, August 26 to Monday, September 2, 2019 and is required for all incoming students. If you have a question, don’t hesitate to reach out to Tina Zwegat, director of Orientation.

Phone: 440-775-8167