Orientation for New Students

Welcome, Class of 2027 and transfer Obies!

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You can plan to begin your Oberlin transition during the summer as our Orientation Program will include a range of remote activities in early-mid August. 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.

We look forward to seeing you!

Our Goals for You During Orientation

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  • Introduce you to your PAL (Peer Advising Leader), RA (Residential Assistant), and other new students

  • Familiarize you with essential policies and helpful resources

  • Learn what the residential experience and living in a community at Oberlin College means

  • Connect you with your academic advisor, register for class, and develop a strong academic foundation

  • Experience our vibrant campus life including a vast range of musical events, student organization activities, and more

  • Engage with the communities and partners that surround Oberlin College

Orientation Schedule

PAL sessions will begin in late August, a week in advance of your arrival to campus. Details regarding dates, times, and meeting locations will be provided by your PAL later this summer.

The complete 2023 Orientation Schedule will be available this summer. Following is a brief outline for the week.

Sunday, August 27

  • Move-in beginning at 9:00 a.m.
  • Welcome Presidential address followed by a welcome picnic

Monday, August 28

  • Sessions for parents
  • PAL sessions for students
  • Academic and Community Resource Fair
  • Parent formal orientation program concludes at 3:00 p.m.

Tuseday, August 29

  • Advisor meetings
  • Course registration
  • Shared Art Block Party

Wednesday, August 30

  • Connect Cleveland
  • Relaxing Social Opportunities

Thursday, August 31

  • Classes Begin

Thursday, August 31-Thursday, September 7

  • Welcome Week Activities!

International Students

International Student Orientation Program begins with international student move-in on Thursday, August 24, 2023. All new F-1 and J-1 students are expected to attend and arrive on campus on that date. You may check in to your housing at any time on that day (including after normal business hours). Dual-citizens, permanent residents, US citizens living abroad, and other non-F-1 or J-1 visa holders are welcome to email isss@oberlin.edu to request to attend.

Schedule Updates

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 Student Leadership and Involvement/Orientation, at tina.zwegat@oberlin.edu or 440-775-8167.