Resources and Support

Need to choose a class, seek accommodations for a disability, find a tutor, write a paper, prepare for a class presentation, or something else? Whatever assistance you need to be successful, Oberlin has the resources to support you.

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Resources and support for Oberlin students take many forms. On this page, you will be able to find more information about:

Academic Support Offices and Programs

Learn about offices on campus that can support you academically and personally.

Peer-to-Peer Resources for Academic Success

Peer resources are provided for free by other Oberlin students and can be a great option for getting the guidance you need.

Other Academic Resources

Get information about library resources, e-books, world languages, technology, and more.


Academic Support Offices and Programs

The Academic Advising Resource Center (AARC) offers a range of services and resources to assist students in their academic endeavors at Oberlin. Our staff and your academic advisors will guide you in such areas as course selections and scheduling, academic and degree planning, registration, and more. 

Learn more about the AARC

The Center for Student Success offers Oberlin students a central place to receive a range of academic support, resources, and guidance. In addition to the services provided to all students, there is specific programming for first-generation students, low-income students, and students with disabilities. Academic services coordinated by this office include workshops, credit-bearing courses, and one-on-one support from staff and peers.

Explore the Center for Student Success

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

Explore Accessibility Services

The Learning Enhancement Across the Disciplines (LEAD) Program 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.

Learn more about LEAD courses

Learning Lab (LLAB) courses meet students where they are and provide practice, mentoring, feedback, and encouragement for building academic skills. Students earn curricular credit in first- and second-module half courses. The Learning Lab is designed for incoming and returning students alike to ensure that they strengthen their skills, build confidence, and thrive in their studies. 

Explore Learning Lab Courses


Peer-to-Peer Resources for Academic Success

What is it? Writing Associates (WAs) can assist students with any writing assignment from any class. Writing Associates are Oberlin students trained to help other with all stages of the writing process, from brainstorming to polishing a finished essay.

When to connect: If you want help brainstorming, writing, or revising a piece of writing. You don’t need to have anything written!

How to connect: The Writing Center is located in Terrell Library. See their schedule, and get more information on their website, or make an appointment at oberlin.mywconline.com.

What is it? The Speaking Center supports students on many aspects of oral communication -- crafting and delivering oral presentations; effective participation in class discussions; interview skills; and speech anxiety. Speaking Associates (SWAs) are Oberlin students trained to improve public speaking skills and confidence.

When to connect: If you are brainstorming or planning a presentation, practicing a speech, preparing for an interview, or thinking about how to participate in class discussions. 

How to connect: The Speaking Center is located in Terrell Library. See their schedule and get more information on their website, or make an appointment at oberlin.mywconline.com.

What is it? The QS Center offers drop-in peer tutoring for students seeking help in classes that focus on mathematical/computational skills. QS tutors have strong backgrounds in these skills and have received training in peer tutoring.

When to connect: If you want drop-in help with math skills, software such as Excel, statistics, or programming languages.

How to connect: To see the full schedule and meet with a tutor, visit the CLEAR website or email clear@oberlin.edu.

Who are they? OWLS (Oberlin Workshop Learning Sessions) and HOOTS (Hybrid of OWLS and Tutoring) are sessions led by students who have previously taken a course and are trained in peer tutoring skills. The main difference between OWLS and HOOTS are that OWLS are designed to provide opportunities for more practice with course material, while HOOTS are drop-in tutoring sessions.

Why to meet them: To stay on top of what you are learning in a course supported by OWLS or HOOTS.

How to connect: This information will be shared by your professor, and the OWLS/HOOTS schedule is always available on the CLEAR website.

What is it? The Peer Tutoring program at Oberlin promotes student success through peer-to-peer learning and collaboration. Peer tutoring is available via drop-in sessions or by individual appointment, and is free of charge to Oberlin students.

When to connect: If you would like to review course materials with a student who has experience with your class and/or discipline. A peer tutor can help you think through course concepts, develop study strategies, and build crucial skills to succeed in your classes.

How to connect: Visit the Peer Tutoring website to request tutoring support, or email peertutoring@oberlin.edu.

Who are they? Executive Functioning Tutors (EFTs) are students who are trained to help with organizational strategies, time management, and balancing life with school.

When to connect: If you are feeling overwhelmed by upcoming deadlines, want to improve your time management skills, are struggling to get everything done, or want help coming up with schedules/systems that work best for you.

How to connect: If you would like to find the link to sign up for a tutoring session, or to find more information about our workshops, check out our Instagram page (@efpoberlin) or our website. Feel free to email Anna Brandt (anna.brandt@oberlin.edu) with questions.

Who are they? A Peer Mentor is a student staff member who provides leadership through the Center for Student Success. They address the needs of first-generation and Pell-grant eligible (FLI) students in their first year at Oberlin.

How to connect: If you identify as first-generation or low-income (high financial need) and haven’t already been contacted, reach out to the Center for Student Success at 440-775-8464.

What is it? PERSIST is a peer mentoring group that fosters a supportive network of underrepresented students in STEM. We want to help students cultivate their science identity -- the feeling that they belong, and can be successful in STEM. Students who are traditionally and currently underrepresented in STEM may join (BIPOC, first-generation, women, LGBTQIA+, Pell-eligible, etc.).

How to connect: We have monthly meetings in small groups. You may join us in person at the Craig Lecture Hall, or attend by Zoom (Meeting ID: 955 982 924). Look for our flyers in the Science Center, too!

Who are they and what do they do? International Peer Mentors (IPMs) assist students identified as international students (IS) during their first days on campus. IPMs can be a great help with cultural and academic adjustments to Oberlin and the US.

How to connect: Reach out to Josh Whitson (jwhitson@oberlin.edu) in the International Student Resource Center for more information, or stop into Wilder 208.

Who are they? Peer Advising Leaders (PALs) are upper-class students who have been trained to work directly with incoming College of Arts and Sciences and Double Degree Program students. PALs help ease the transition to Oberlin life and learning.

When to connect: PALs are there to help students every step of the way from orientation week through the first semester of college. You can ask your PAL questions about any aspect of Oberlin life and transitioning to college.

How to connect: As an incoming first year, you will be assigned a PAL and a cohort in a group of 15 incoming first years. You can reach out to pal@oberlin.edu with any questions you have.

Drop-In Tutoring Calendar

Did you know? Oberlin has a collaborative Google Calendar that lists all of the real-time, drop-in, peer-supported tutoring opportunities on campus. Find out when you can meet with OWLS, HOOTS, Writing Associates, Speaking Associates, Peer Tutors, and more -- all without an appointment!


Other Academic Resources

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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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