Before You Arrive in Oberlin

Deciding where to spend your college years is often difficult. We’re glad you chose Oberlin. Before you arrive in Oberlin, you’ll need to prepare for the move. Our programs and services are designed to help ease the transition to college life and to Oberlin.

Oberlin Accounts

Look for a letter in your applicant portal that will have your Oberlin account credentials, including your Oberlin ID (ObieID) and password, your Oberlin email account, and your T-Number (student ID number).

The letter also will contain information about setting up your email and accessing Banner Self Service for registration information.

New Student Registration Forms (required)

Once you’ve decided to attend Oberlin, submit your matriculation deposit to begin the enrollment process. You’ll now be able to access the New Student Registration forms through your applicant portal . The portal will list the required and optional forms related to your enrollment at Oberlin this fall.

Make course selections, register for housing, and meal plans; complete medical history and immunization forms; fill out forms for academic advising and accommodations for students with disabilities; and complete the surveys for sports, community service, and spiritual interests. Pay attention to deadlines. Failure to do so could result in a delay in your enrollment.

Make Selections for Courses

First-year students in the College of Arts and Sciences and in the Double Degree Program make course selections through the applicant portal. The list of courses for first-year students and the list of First-Year Seminars will be available in mid-May through the portal. Over the summer the Office of the Registrar and the Academic Advising Resource Center will review selections and place students in up to three courses; a First-Year Seminar Program course is highly recommended. Students also may consider joining a learning community through the multidisciplinary program StudiOC.

Course requests are processed in the order in which received, so submit your forms as soon as possible. You’ll finalize your remaining courses during Orientation.

Your Stuff: What to Bring and How to Get It Here

Check the List

Packing for college can seem overwhelming. Use the lists at What to Bring/Not to Bring to help you get organized and get started.

Planning to Work?

If you plan to work in Oberlin, on or off campus, don’t leave home without your original Social Security card, your driver’s license, state ID card, or your valid U.S. passport. Photocopies are not acceptable.

You’ll need these and other employment documents to satisfy federal requirements regarding student employment. These required employment documents are available online from the Office of Student Employment. Download and print the forms in advance or pick up the forms in the student employment office once you arrive in Oberlin.

Mail Your Stuff

Can’t fit all your stuff into the SUV or minivan? Coming from a distance and need to have items sent to Oberlin? You can mail student belongings directly to the Oberlin College Student Mail Room.

You may ship your belongings to us beginning August 1. You can use OberView to find your campus mailing address. Log in to OberView with your ObieID and password and search for the “My Self Service Profile” task.

The address format for mailing items to your mailbox is:

Your Name
OCMR ____ (your mailbox number)
135 W. Lorain St.
Oberlin, OH 44074-1081

Shop and Ship

Bed Bath & Beyond has created a convenient way for you to shop prior to coming to Oberlin. Purchase items online and have them shipped to the Oberlin College Mail Room (you will receive your OCMR number in August). Deliveries can be made after September 1 and will be ready for you to pick up when you arrive on campus.

Can You Buy It Here?

Should you forget something or not have the room to bring it with you, we encourage you to shop local in downtown Oberlin. Along Oberlin’s main street area you’ll find a five-and-dime store, a market, clothing stores, and bookstores where you can buy essentials. All are within walking distance of the campus, but specialty shops and superstores are difficult to get to unless you have a car.

Browse this list of local businesses to find out where to buy what you need.

International Students

The International Student Resource Center assists international students with a wide range of issues including developmental advising, community building, visa regulations, and immigration paperwork.

The office coordinates programming and educational events to help international students transition and get involved in campus life and serves as the hub of international student support on campus. Our international community includes more than 300 students with foreign citizenship from over 50 countries.

Getting Here, Getting There

Contact Us

If you have a question, don’t hesitate to reach out to Tina Zwegat, director of Orientation.

Phone: 440-775-8167