New students will have many opportunities to connect with each other and experience all that Oberlin offers through a series of specially designed orientation programs.

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.

Peer Advising Leaders

Once you arrive in Oberlin, you will meet your assigned PAL—Peer Advising Leader—from either the College of Arts and Sciences or Oberlin Conservatory.

These PALs are trained to support you during your transition to college life—how to get around campus, offices to frequent for academic advising and personal assistance, best places to study alone or with a group, where to buy (or attain for free) essentials, how to manage your time, and much, much more. PALs also help first-year students use Oberlin’s academic and developmental advising system to its full potential.

Through our PAL Program, we want to:

  • improve the quality of students experience, learning, retention, and success
  • support students in learning to take advantage of the great range of educational opportunities and developmental support at Oberlin
  • help students gain skills in interacting across our diverse student body within a supportive environment

Essentially, PALs want to show you how Oberlin works so that you can fulfill your academic goals and flourish both developmentally and socially while you’re here.

Meet this year’s PALs:

College PALs
ConPALs


Information about other orientation programs will be provided as it becomes available.