Connect Cleveland Initiative

Oberlin College is committed to community engagement and allowing our students to experience the benefits of the Greater Cleveland area. 

Cleveland Connect will show students Oberlin’s special opportunities and partnerships in the Greater Cleveland area and ways they can take advantage of them.

Connect Cleveland


Neighborhood Crawls

Want to visit a neighborhood of Cleveland and explore at your own leisure? This is the program for you! Future "Neighborhood Crawl" events are being planned. If you have a suggestion for a neighborhood, please send email to with suggestions.


During Orientation, Oberlin College brought the entire Class of 2023 to the Cleveland area to complete community service and explore the area. The Connect Cleveland program is one that Oberlin hopes sustains our relationship with Greater Northeast Ohio.

Destination Cleveland

Oberlin College is partnering with Destination Cleveland to provide tastes of Cleveland in Oberlin while advertising the varied experiences of the area to our community. For more information, please refer to the Destination Cleveland website .


The Cleveland Immersion Program (CIP) is a for-credit course that helps connect students with opportunities and resources in Greater Cleveland. Contact Greggor Mattson, associate professor of sociology, or Gina Perez, professor of Comparative American studies for more information about the program.


For students looking for transportation to Cleveland for independent purposes, we offer several options. Refer to the Oberlin Transportation website for options including public transportation, Enterprise CarShare, and chartered excursions.

Professional Experiences and Development

As Cleveland is a thriving metropolitan area, students may look to find professional experiences to further their vocational aspirations. The college’s Career Development Center has plenty of options for students looking for these opportunities.