Welcome to Oberlin! To get started with technology at Oberlin, you’ll want to activate your ObieID and check your shiny, new Oberlin email account.

Getting Started: ObieID and Email

Your ObieID is your primary account at Oberlin. It provides access to most online services including email, course registration, OberView, Blackboard, a license for Microsoft Office 365, and more. Before you can check your email for the first time, you’ll need to activate your ObieID and set your password.

The initial password you received—your birthdate in the form mmddyyyy—must be changed to a password of your choice before you can check your email.

  1. Go to https://ocpass.oberlin.edu.
  2. Follow the onscreen instructions to establish password recovery questions and SMS text recovery.
  3. Select "Change Password" to choose a password for your email account before logging out.

Once you’ve set a password, you can log in to your OCMail account.

  1. Go to ocmail.oberlin.edu or gmail.com.
  2. Enter your Oberlin email address in the form jdoe@oberlin.edu. Your email address in the form jane.doe@oberlin.edu will not work to log in.
  3. Enter the password you set at OCPass. (Didn’t set a password of your choice yet? Go to https://ocpass.oberlin.edu and follow the onscreen instructions to establish a password.)
  1. Log in to OCMail. Click on the gear in the upper right corner and choose ''Settings.'' Open the Accounts tab.
  2. Under Send mail as, select Add another email address.
  3. In the Name field, enter your full name.
  4. In the Email address field, enter your alternate email address in the form first.last@oberlin.edu.
  5. Uncheck the box that says "Treat as an alias."
  6. Click Next Step ».
  7. Back under the Accounts tab, you should see your first.last@oberlin.edu email address listed. If you would like for emails you send to be addressed with your first.last@oberlin.edu address, click Make Default beside that option.

That’s it! Remember to check your Oberlin email account regularly; that's where the college will send official correspondence regarding your grades, housing, financial aid, and more.

Computer Recommendations

Visit the Student Computer Recommendations page for complete information.

Mobile and "Internet of Things" (IoT) Devices

Beside computers, Oberlin supports a wide variety of devices on our network, including Apple iOS devices (iPhone, iPad), Blackberries, Android-based systems, and game consoles.

Most "Internet of Things" (IoT) devices like the Amazon Echo, Google Home, and Sonos speakers are designed for home use as opposed to enterprise networks. As a result, they will either need advanced configuration, will not work with our network, or they will cause interference with our wireless network. 

Check out the chart on the CIT Tech Support Portal to see if your device will work on campus and if so, how to configure it properly. While academic support is our primary concern, we will try to help with these kinds of devices if we are able.

Connecting Computers and Mobile Devices at Oberlin