As you settle into Oberlin and campus life, you should know that you have a wealth of resources at your fingertips. Stop by an administrative or academic office for help or to answer questions and make appointments with faculty advisors. Find information online and via our social media channels.

Orientation Changes for 2020

Orientation for new students will begin remotely on August 3. The move-in dates will be shared as soon as they become available.

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.

Important Offices

Oberlin’s bureaucracy is friendly and not especially large, but finding the right office to answer a question or help resolve an issue can be difficult when you’re new. Here are a few starting points:

Resources for college students
Resources for conservatory students

Looking for something specific? Search our list of offices to find exactly where to go when you need assistance.

Search campus offices


Technology @ Oberlin

Oberlin’s Center for Information Technology (CIT) provides OCMail, internet access, and other technology resources. Computer labs are all over campus, audio-visual equipment is available for checkout, and we have smart classrooms equipped with tools to change and enhance the way you learn.

Visit CIT online or go to the Help Desk in Mudd Center to see how to get connected to all things Oberlin.


Find Everything Online

If you are trying to catch a ride home for winter break, buy a cheap used textbook, find a part-time job off campus, or see if anyone found the T-shirt you left at the gym, the Oberlin Classifieds is the place to go. You can post your own listings (things for sale, rides wanted) and look for other opportunities.

To find out about campuswide events, important announcements, local movie listings, and the weather, bookmark the Current Students web page.

If you are in a student organization or group, add your events and share them with the world using the campus Events Calendar.

See what you can find online. Access these sites via your ObieID, aka Oberlin username and password.


Find Everything in Town

Whether you’re trying to find a place to get a haircut, buy hooks to hang pictures in your residence hall, purchase a pound of locally sourced coffee, or figure out the closest place to fill a prescription, you are in the right place.

Along Main and College Streets are a five-and-dime store, banks, credit union, clothing stores, locally owned eateries, a post office, and bookstores where you can buy essentials. Craving for java or herbal tea? We have coffeeshops, too. All are within walking distance of campus. However, area specialty shops and superstores require a car.

Browse the Oberlin Business Directory to see what’s available in town.