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 long before you join us on campus and begin to discover the magic of Oberlin College & Conservatory. We are proud of our legacy and the intrinsic belief that one person can, in fact, change the world.

You are about to become a part of 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. As you chart your own course at Oberlin, it will become even more evident why we chose you, and why 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 are 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.

In my role as 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 will inspire you to devote time and energy to thrive in a community of intention and care. My team and I will be alongside you throughout the process of discovery, as you explore the endless possibilities for learning and leading. 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, be assured that all of us are here to welcome you, support you, and partner with you to help make the most of your Oberlin experience.

Each Wednesday throughout the spring and summer, we will email you an issue of Ready, Set, Oberlin, which will offer you important and helpful information related to housing, advising, athletics, student activities, and much more.

I invite you 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