Your ObieID is your primary Oberlin College technology account. It provides access to most online services including email, course registration, OberView, Blackboard, a license for Microsoft Office 365, and more.

Get an ObieID

New Students

If you have paid the deposit to Oberlin, your ObieID will be available in a letter sent to you through the application portal starting in mid-May (for students starting in fall) or mid-January (for students starting in spring).

New Faculty and Staff

Faculty and staff should request an ObieID prior to arrival by filling out the online New Staff Account Request Form .

Activate Your ObieID

Before you can use your account, you will need to change your ObieID's initial password to one of your choice.

  1. Visit OberView (https://oberview.oberlin.edu). Search for and launch the Manage my ObieID Account task.
  2. Enter your ObieID and temporary password.
  3. Follow the onscreen instructions to change the temporary password to a strong password of your choice. 
  4. Follow the onscreen instructions to establish a secondary email address, an SMS-capable phone number, and/or a phone number where you can receive voice calls to receive temporary verification codes from Oberlin College. You'll use these codes to verify your identity and help keep your account secure.
  5. Once you’ve set a password and password recovery options, you can use your ObieID to log in to your Oberlin Gmail account and more.

The list below is not exhaustive. Visit oberview.oberlin.edu to see all services that can be accessed using your ObieID. As an added bonus, once you’re logged in to OberView, you won’t need to log in to each service individually; you‘ll already be logged in!

Your ObieID will normally follow the form: first initial of first name, followed by first seven characters of last name. Thus, if your name is Martha Washington, your ObieID will be mwashing.

All ObieIDs are unique forever, so if two people on campus whose ObieID should be “mwashing,” the second person’s ObieID will have a digit appended with letters of the last name included to equal a total of 8 characters.

Thus, Martha Washington and Mark Washington would be assigned mwashing and mwashin2, respectively.

Each person with an ObieID is also assigned an alias in the form of firstname.lastname@oberlin.edu.

You cannot use this email address to log in to OCMail, Blackboard, or other websites that require your ObieID, but you can use it to receive and send email.

Before you’re be able to use your ObieID for the first time, you’ll need to use Okta to provide a secondary email address, an SMS-capable phone number, or a phone number where you can receive voice calls to receive temporary verification codes from Oberlin College. You'll use these codes to verify your identity and help keep your account secure.

Enrolling in Okta

Enrolling in Okta enables you to recover your password in the event that you forget it or it expires. To enroll:

  1. Visit OberView (https://oberview.oberlin.edu). Search for and launch the Manage my ObieID Account task.
  2. Enter your ObieID and temporary password. Click Sign In.
  3. Enter a secondary, personal email address at which you can be contacted if you ever forget your password.
  4. Select Add Phone Number under Forgot Password Text Message. Enter an SMS-capable phone number. Click Send Code to immediately send a code to that phone. Enter the SMS code you receive and click Verify.
  5. Select Add Phone Number under Forgot Password Voice Call. Enter a phone number at which you can recieve a call. Click Call to immediately call that phone. Listen to the call, enter the spoken code, and click Verify.
  6. Click Create My Account.

You must set up at least one recovery option. We recommend that you set up as many as possible, in case you do not have access to one of the options you've established. If you do not have a secondary email address, SMS-capable phone, or voice call-capable phone, you can skip to the next section.

Changing Your Password
  1. Visit OberView (https://oberview.oberlin.edu). Search for and launch the Manage my ObieID Account task.
  2. Click the Need Help? link at the bottom of the page and choose Forgot your ObieID or Password?
  3. Follow the onscreen instructions to use one of your password recovery methods to recover your password.

For security reasons, ObieID passwords expire every 122 days. You will receive an email message 10 days prior to expiration to remind you to change your password.

If your password has expired, you can use Okta to reset it.

Send an email to support@oberlin.edu containing the details of the change and, if you have not already, notify the Office of the Registrar (for students) or Human Relations (for faculty and staff).

CIT will contact the appropriate office and ensure that the name has formally been changed with the college. Then, we will contact you to let you know that the ObieID change has been completed.

See more details about the process:
Name Change FAQs page

If you need to have an account created, for example, an account for a new organization, download the Account Request Form . Once the form is complete: 

  • Bring it to the CIT Help Desk in the Academic Commons, or
  • Mail it to Oberlin College, CIT Help Desk, 148 West College St., Oberlin, OH 44074, or
  • Send a scanned copy of the completed and signed form to support@oberlin.edu