Orientation for New Students

Welcome to our new Class of 2025 and transfer Obies!

Five masked students enjoying a conversation after a meal in North Quad while maintaining social distance.
Photo credit: Yvonne Gay
A student moving in to their residential hall with a musical instrument on their back.
Photo credit: Yvonne Gay

You can plan to begin your Oberlin transition during the summer as our Orientation Program will include a range of remote activities before the fall semester even starts. Our goal is to provide essential information and connect you with members of our community who will help you make a successful academic and social transition.

Move-In and New Student Orientation Snapshot

Monday, September 27

For F-1 international students. Dual citizens, permanent residents, US citizens living abroad, and other non-F-1 visa holders that wish to attend international student orientation should contact Josh Whitson at jwhitson@oberlin.edu.

Tuesday, September 28

Conservatory/double-degree students and pre-identified cohort program participants and parents to complete essential program-specific requirements.

Wednesday, September 29

Arts and Sciences students and parents

Thursday, September 30

Academic advising and Registration

Friday, October 1

Connect Cleveland

Saturday, October 2 and Sunday, October 3

Welcome days

Monday, October 4

Classes begin

The complete 2021 orientation schedule will be posted soon! For your planning purposes, remote sessions for students and parents will occur during the two weeks before arriving in Oberlin. Students may begin moving in at 9 a.m. on their designated day, which will be their first day of orientation. There will also be a few sessions offered to parents on their student’s move-in day. These sessions will end by 5 p.m. We look forward to seeing you!

Our Goals for You during Orientation

  • Introducing you to your PAL (Peer Advising Leader) and other new students
  • Familiarizing you with essential and helpful policies and resources
  • Learning what the residential experience at Oberlin College means
  • Connecting with your academic advisor and putting together your class schedule
  • Engaging with the wonderful resources of our vibrant campus life including a vast range of musical events, student organization activities, and more
  • Learning more about the communities and partners that surround Oberlin College


A masked student in the back of their van.
Photo credit: Yvonne Gay

We will continue to be in touch with you with updates and other information. In the meantime, if you have a question, don’t hesitate to contact Tina Zwegat, Director of Orientation, at tina.zwegat@oberlin.edu or 440-775-8167.