Wellness in college. Why does it matter?

Health and wellness is vital for academic success. Students who are unhealthy or unwell face challenges in the classroom. If you aren't well, it can be harder to attend classes, pay attention, or understand and apply complex concepts.

Students face an assortment of new experiences and challenges that could undermine their success if they are unhealthy. Some include acclimating to a new environment, discovering available resources, dealing with stress, and more.


For many students, college is their first time living away from home. This presents a number of challenges in areas such as social wellness, emotional well-being, and environmental wellness. New students may need to contend with forming new friendships, homesickness, and acclimating to a new area.

Before attending college, most health decisions are made by a student’s parent or guardian. They often play a role in determining diet, bedtime, and placing boundaries on intimate relationships among others.

A student’s newfound autonomy in this area culminates in a challenge to manage overall wellness in a way that maximizes their accomplishments in the classroom.

Oberlin students come from all over the world. This requires engaging different health resources to care for each student's wellness, such as health care, food, and safety. For this reason, the college has made resources available.

A college education extends beyond the classroom. Students spend roughly 15 hours per week in the classroom and the rest of the time is spent doing other things. In addition to providing students with a high-quality liberal arts education, we aim to educate and show students how to be healthy during their college years and beyond.