wooden sign with painted letters stating welcome to oberlin.
The wooden welcome sign at the intersection of East College and East Lorain Streets greets travelers as they enter the city of Oberlin and its adjoining campus. Photo credit: Yvhen Gulenko

Since their founding in 1833, Oberlin College and the city of Oberlin have always been physically, socially, and economically intertwined. We have worked together to create a vibrant community renowned for its historic contributions to Northeast Ohio, the nation, and the world. The college is proud to be part of the Oberlin community, and encourages residents to engage with our many campus resources and events.

Our Community

Community engagement is an important part of Oberlin’s educational mission. We strive to educate, prepare, and empower students to use their academic, societal, and cultural experiences to benefit the residents of Oberlin, Lorain Country, and beyond.

Community News

The Allen Memorial Art Museum Reopens

September 1, 2020
Late last month, a small group of new Oberlin faculty members stood in a large circle, six feet apart, in the King Sculpture Court of the Allen Memorial Art Museum. The invited group were among the first visitors inside the space since it closed in late March. This month the museum reopens with regular hours to members of the college community.

Oberlin College Establishes Presidential Initiative on Racial Equity and Diversity in Response to National Distress

August 28, 2020
President Carmen Twillie Ambar and Oberlin College announced today the launch of the Presidential Initiative on Racial Equity and Diversity in response to increasing injustice and racial tensions in America. The Presidential Initiative will elevate and advance Oberlin’s more than 180-year commitment to the education and rights of Blacks in America, and will provide the framework for faculty and students to address issues of violence, police-community relationships, and racial injustices.

Welcome Showers

April 28, 2020
Oberlin students lead ‘‘Gratitude Challenge’’ with area hospital and children.

Get to Know Oberlin College

The college offers different ways for community members to explore and experience its amenities and campus facilities. Borrow an audio book, buy a gym membership, or listen to a docent at the museum.

Explore and Experience

Service-Based Learning

Oberlin’s Bonner Center for Community-Engaged Learning, Teaching and Research connects students with service opportunities in schools, nonprofit organizations, and government agencies. Programs emphasize ongoing training and reflection to prepare students for ethical and responsible community engagement.

Community Wellness

The college’s Shanks Health and Wellness Center welcomes community members to get ‘‘YeoFit’’ through its fitness classes that may include yoga, spinning, aquafit, TRX training, and more. The wellness center has single, family, senior, and business memberships for three, six, and 12 months or purchase a day pass.

Our Community, Our Stories

Oberlin Publications

Oberlin's award-winning student-based and college publications tell compelling and original stories of the college, conservatory, its people, and alumni.

Students organizing food into boxes as part of MLK Day of Service
Photo credit: Dale Preston ’83

Oberlin’s annual Day of Service plays a big part in Orientation week. New and returning college students take part in a host of service projects to become familiar with Oberlin and how best to engage with the community. Projects bring students into local schools, libraries, parks, green spaces, small businesses, youth and senior facilities, and other agencies.

Ways Students EngageDay of Service