Resources and Support

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Resources and support for Oberlin students take shape in many forms. 

Need to choose a class, seek accommodations for a disability, get tutoring, write a paper, prepare for a class presentation, or something else? Whatever assistance you might need to become your best self, we have the appropriate resources (both people and facilities) to meet that need.

Academic Services

Advising, peer mentoring, peer tutoring, learning strategies, and workshops

From your first days on campus, a faculty or staff advisor helps guide your academic plans and desires. Thinking about an internship? Unsure of which classes to take? Trying to balance extracurricular activities? Your advisor is a text, phone call, Zoom, or an email away.

Learn how advising works

The Center for Student Success offers Oberlin students a central place to receive a range of academic support, resources, and guidance. The Offices of Accessibility Services, Health Promotion for Students, and Student Academic Success Programs are located here. We also provide targeted programs and resources for first-generation and low-income students.

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The QS Center welcomes students seeking support for material from a variety of introductory-level quantitative courses. Trained tutors from different majors with strong backgrounds in mathematics or experience in programming, modeling, and other quantitative methods are available to assist you.

Choose a QS tutor and schedule a session via Zoom at your convenience.

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OWLS is open to any student requiring coursework support.

Sessions are specific to a class and facilitated by a student OWLS Leader, who has taken the class and attends the class again with current students. These sessions combine ‘‘what to learn’’ and ‘‘how to learn.’’

OWLS is not a replacement for individual tutoring but is a fun way to impact your learning. 

Discover Oberlin Workshop and Learning Sessions (OWLS)

The Writing Center provides free writing consultation for students working on academic assignments for any class and on any topic.

Drop in or make an appointment with a trained student writing associate at any stage of your writing process. We welcome all writers to a private one-on-one writing session throughout the semester.

Check out the Writing Center

Need guidance, consultation, and constructive feedback as you prepare for a presentation or interview?

Trained speaking associates support their peers in their speaking endeavors. We offer peer advising, workshops, and tailored programs to help you fine-tune your class and professional presentations.

The Speaking Center

All Oberlin students can access free tutoring services and workshops led by peer tutors. Many are sponsored by specific offices and or academic departments. Tutoring is coordinated and scheduled through the Center for Student Success.

Explore our tutoring program

Our Learning Enhancement Program (LEAD) offers a holistic approach to student success. Take a LEAD course on learning and reading strategies, wellness, adjusting to academic life, problem-solving, and more.

Explore LEAD

Accessibility Services actively works with roughly 25 percent of Oberlin’s student population, offering accommodations and tools for self-advocacy.

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Academic Resources

E-books, library books, world languages, and technology

Books and technology are essential to your learning at Oberlin. The Center for Information Technology or CIT can hook you up with tech support, provide free software, assist with Mac and PC repairs, remote learning materials, and more.

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A variety of circumstances might require you to temporarily take your class online or work remotely with minimal notice.

The Center for Information Technology provides several online resources that will enable you to complete assignments and use specialized software, and keep you connected to campus.

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Oberlin College Libraries offers a wide range of in-person and digital services to the campus community. Oberlin students can get assistance with research and locating and evaluating books, articles, and other sources necessary for course assignments.

Support and assistance for academic research and other reference materials are provided in all four branches: Terrell Main, art, science, and conservatory libraries.

Book a research appointment

Explore the full range of library services for students

The Cooper International Learning Center (CILC) is the primary resource for students who need to take a world language placement test.

CILC provides access to and instructional material placement tests in Chinese, French, German, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Russian, and Spanish to help students determine their proficiency.

Students with no prior experience but want to study a world language should take a first semester (101) course.

The center also serves as an educational laboratory and social center for campus and community members to build proficiency in world languages, consider new perspectives, and explore cultures.

Explore the CILC

The OCLC is a resource center for students and faculty interested in teaching, learning, or studying world languages and cultures via the Cooper International Learning Center.

The center sponsors community events of international and intercultural interest, and prepares students for a globally engaged career.

Check out the OCLC

The Oberlin College Bookstore is on the corner just west of the intersection of Main and College Streets. The college-bookstore division of Barnes & Noble manages the bookstore, which was once the Co-op Bookstore. Stocked with textbooks you’ll need for class, it also has official college merchandise: T-shirts, caps, sweatshirts, hoodies, bibs, pennants, and even socks. You’ll also find items for your residence hall including lamps, stationery, clocks, energy-efficient light bulbs, fans, and bedding items.

The Oberlin College Bookstore has a textbook rental program and a textbook buy-back program. Yet before you hand over the credit card, find out if the textbook is part of the bookstore’s e-book collection. If so, you may download the textbook to your PC or Mac and access the contents with an e-Reader. 

The Oberlin College Bookstore is part of the Barnes & Noble College Booksellers  partnership, a comprehensive service-oriented bookstore that includes more than 600 campus bookstores nationwide.

Browse Oberlin College Bookstore