Week 5: Residential Education and OSCA

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

Issue #5

Residential Education and OSCA

Students Socializing in a Residential Space

Welcome from Mark Zeno, Office of Residential Education

Welcome to Oberlin! As you prepare for move-in day, I encourage you to visit our Residential Education (ResEd) website, where you can find information on Housing and Dining, important dates, and a description of our Residential Education Model (REM). At Oberlin, we are committed to offering housing and resources that support diverse communities and promote learning, leadership, and respect. My responsibilities are to help guide the ResEd team, professional staff with decades of experience helping students learn, develop, and grow. Our team will help you develop interpersonal and leadership skills that you will use during and beyond your college years. Feel free to visit us in Stevenson Hall, Room 115. We enjoy having students stop by with questions or just to say hello. Welcome again, and we’ll see you in the fall!

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Mark A. Zeno
Assistant Vice President and Dean of Residential Education and Campus Auxiliary Services


Housing Application Opens Soon

You will soon receive a link for your online Housing Application. Please complete the application honestly and with as much information as possible. Your stated preferences will help us best match you with your roommate(s) and residence hall. In July, we will start the matching process for new students. Please look for information about your housing assignment later in July.

The Residential Education Model (REM)

by Melanie Hawkins, Assistant Director of Residential Education

The Residential Education Model (REM) is an intentional framework for living communities that furthers student learning and engagement at Oberlin. Residential education focuses on the entire student experience and fosters learning beyond theStudents eating in a dining hall classroom. Living on campus will help you to:

  • build supportive networks
  • develop practical competence
  • explore identities
  • engage in meaningful communities

You will receive regular newsletters with event invitations, links to campus resources, and other means of helping you navigate college. Other REM strategies include community meetings, roommate/community agreements, and educational workshops. Click here to learn more about the Residential Education Model

‌Consider a Co-op! 

by the Oberlin Student Co-operative Association Leadership

Consider living and dining with OSCA! The Oberlin Student Co-operative Association is an independent nonprofit that is entirely separate from the college. OSCA operates five cooperatives and saves space for interested first-year and transfer students to either live and dine or dine-only cooperatively. Students in OSCA share community and labor, working 4-5 hours a week to cook meals and keep living and kitchen spaces clean. OSCA offers at-cost room and board, tasty meals made from locally sourced and organic food, and more! To join, fill out the first-year lottery one website by June 20. Check out our website osca.coop or email us memsec@osca.coop to learn more!

Complete Your To-Do List in Engage

As a reminder, please complete your “To-Do” list in Engage! This includes Student Health forms, registering with the Office of Student Accessibility Services, and submitting ID Card information!

How to review your checklist:

  • Access your Engage portal with your ObieID and password.
  • Click on the “To-Do Lists” Tile.
  • Review and complete items. Some are required and some are optional.
  • Mark each item as complete by clicking “Update.”
  • If you have questions, email or call the contact listed for each to-do list item.