Week 1: Welcome from the Dean of Students

Ready, Set, Oberlin! A week-by-week guide to prepare for your arrival

Karen Goff
Vice President and Dean of Students Karen Goff. Photo credit: Tanya Rosen-Jones ’97.

Dear Obies,

It is my delight and pleasure to welcome you as the newest members of the Oberlin community. It will not be very long before you join us on campus, and begin to discover the magic of Oberlin College and Conservatory. We are proud of our legacy and the intrinsic belief that one person can in fact change the world. You will discover a strong network of past and present Obies, who have already made their mark and are making a difference in their local, national, and global communities, from the boardroom to the stage. As you chart your own course at Oberlin, it becomes even more evident, why we chose you, and you chose Oberlin.

One of your first experiences on campus will be New Student Orientation, designed to introduce you to the comprehensive resources and opportunities available to you, both inside and outside the classroom. Here at Oberlin, you are not just provided a rigorous and world-class academic and artistic education, but you will also be offered the necessary skills to apply your learning to “real-world” experiences. You can expect to hear from faculty, staff, and students over the next several months, all of whom are committed to making sure your transition to college is as seamless as possible. Through our "Ready, Set, Oberlin" weekly summer newsletter, we hope to best prepare and excite you for your transition to Oberlin.

In my role of Vice President and Dean of Students, one of my key responsibilities is to center the student experience by working with a team of dynamic individuals to create conditions that inspire you to devote time and energy to thrive in a community of intention and care. My team and I will come alongside you through the process of discovery, as you explore the endless possibilities for learning and leading, inside and outside the classroom. Your academic experience will be further reinforced and broadened as you immerse yourselves in all the engaging opportunities available to you---whether through clubs and organizations, service and volunteerism, internships, peer support, or social interactions within your residence halls. As you embark upon this very exciting new chapter, you can be assured, all of us are here to welcome you, support you, and partner with you to help make the most of your Oberlin experience.

You are also welcome to stop by and visit me in Wilder Hall-Suite 105, once you arrive on campus. I look forward to seeing you in the fall.

Welcome Home! 

Karen C. Goff 

Vice President and Dean of Students