Our orientation program strives to provide students and parents with a clear sense of expectations, an introduction to the Oberlin community, and essential information to help students make a successful academic and social transition.

Changes to Orientation Program for 2020

Orientation for new students will begin remotely on August 3.

Due to the implications of COVID-19, all program dates are subject to change. We will update this page as new information becomes available. Refer to the college’s Coronavirus Updates page for the most current information.

Beginning August 3, the remote components of Orientation will feature a series of programs welcoming parents and students to Oberlin and introducing you to all we have to offer. Some of these programs will be live, and many will be recorded for you to watch at your leisure before coming to campus.

Many of the sessions throughout the month are required. Please watch for instructions for accessing Guidebook, a schedule app that will have more details, including how students can join sessions and whether they are expected to join live.

The move-in dates will be shared as soon as they become available.

Throughout the orientation period on campus, you can expect to:

  • meet your academic advisor 
  • finalize your class schedule and or auditions 
  • get to know your PAL (Peer Advising Leader) and RA (Resident Assistant) 
  • make new friends 
  • learn important policies 
  • enjoy physical distancing activities
  • learn about our local community

A comprehensive schedule will be added as Orientation draws near. If you have a question, don’t hesitate to reach out to Tina Zwegat, director of Orientation.

Email: tzwegat@oberlin.edu
Phone: 440-775-8167


Pre-Orientation for International Students

Oberlin’s Pre-Orientation for International Students provides opportunities for international newcomers to meet one another. Targeted programs and events will help with your transition to Oberlin and living in the United States. Contact the International Student Resource Center, whose staff can assist you with everything from Visa status to getting around campus.

International Student Resource Center


Prepare for Arrival

Wondering what you need to do before you get here? Find out about registration forms, packing, shipping, and more.

Before You Arrive in Oberlin