Center for Student Success

First Generation and Income Eligible

Hello, Obie!

Congratulations on your acceptance to Oberlin College and Conservatory! We understand that starting college can be exciting, but also can be a time of great anxiety and doubt, too. Don't worry though - you're not alone.

Through pre-orientation programs, workshops, guest speakers, and leadership opportunities, the Center for Student Success is here to support you through your collegiate journey. We'll provide you with the resources and campus connections that will help you succeed personally, socially, and academically at Oberlin College. You might have a lot of questions about what college life looks like and how to navigate it. That's where our Peer Mentors come in: they're F1RST Generation returning students who will share their knowledge and experiences with you, making your transition to college life that much easier.

If you'd also like one-on-one support from a professional staff member, Success Coaching is a great way to conquer some of the transitional stressors college students face. Success Coaches are professionally trained and certified staff members who offer students holistic support. They co-create success plans with Obies who may need additional assistance in time management, goal setting, wellness, social integration, or more.

Are you visiting Oberlin soon? We invite you to visit Price House to see Obie Xing on the south side of campus. It's the designated space for F1RST Generation students to gather, share ideas, mingle, hold meetings, and build community. It's also a great place to hold events like movie nights or rainy day board game marathons.

I’m First

“No matter where you come from or how much money your family has, I want you to know that you can succeed in college, and get your degree, and then go on to build an incredible life for yourself. That’s been my life story, and my husband’s as well. And if you’re willing to put in the time and the effort, I want you to know that it can be your story too.”

—First Lady Michelle Obama

Watch Mrs. Obama’s “I’m First” Story