Welcome to Oberlin College & Conservatory!
We‘re pleased to welcome you as a new member of the Oberlin College campus community! You should receive a more thorough orientation from your department, but with the influx of new information, you may miss something. This page is designed to help guide you as you get acclimated to your position and our community!
Mission and Values
Oberlin College, an independent coeducational institution, holds a distinguished place among American colleges and universities. Oberlin was the first college to grant undergraduate degrees to women in a coeducational program and, historically, was a leader in the education of African Americans. The Oberlin community is known for its academic and musical excellence and its commitment to social engagement and diversity.
Oberlin College’s online campus directory gives you the ability to search for staff by name, department, or job title. This is a helpful resource to help you connect to faculty and staff.
Oberlin College offices represent the administrative and academic functions of the college, ranging from human resources and academic advising to student records and residential education. These offices support the functions of the college and conservatory to ensure all campus members receive appropriate information and support.
Oberlin’s facilities are unsurpassed by any school its size. The college has one of the nation’s most extensive college library collections; one of the finest college art museums in the country; and first-rate facilities in music, theater arts, the natural sciences, computing, and physical education.
Transportation, Maps, Shuttle Service
Oberlin College is committed to helping its students, faculty, staff, and visitors make the most environmentally responsible choices in their travel. Although students are allowed to have cars on campus, we encourage students to look critically at their need and use, and consider such options as shuttle services and carsharing or carpooling with friends rather than bringing a car to campus.
The admissions office provides tours of the campus, led by student admissions ambassadors. Tours and information sessions are typically offered each weekday and on most Saturdays during the academic year. Please refer to the Admissions Calendar for availability and to register for a tour.
Take a virtual tour
App-based Walking Tours of Oberlin
The Oberlin Coalition for Oberlin History created a free app to illuminate Oberlin’s rich history. Each of the Oberlin tours can be accessed on the izi.Travel website or by downloading the izi.Travel app from your smartphone’s marketplace. Tours include: Oberlin schools, Westwood Cemetery, Groveland Street’s African American community, and Oberlin College.
Throughout Oberlin’s history, its students have maintained the habit of giving nicknames to buildings, events, and ideas. The list linked below is an updated version of this publication. While far from comprehensive, it provides an introduction to the ways in which students today refer to all things Oberlin.
Oberlin students have many ways to share their ideas, opinions, creative and feature writing, and design and illustration skills through student-produced print and online publications.
In and Around Oberlin
Oberlin College is an integral part of Oberlin, Ohio, a community of about 8,600 residents located 35 miles southwest of Cleveland. It was named one of Ohio’s Best Hometowns by Ohio Magazine because of its historical architecture, quaint shopping and galleries, and entertainment.
This quintessential college town is home to coffeehouses, thrift shops, bookstores, galleries, food markets, a public library, a movie theater, and a yoga studio—all within walking distance. Local restaurants offer a wide variety of cultural cuisines that cater to many dietary needs.
How to Connect
A&PS Socials and Events
- A&PS hosts various social events both on and off campus for A&PS employees to take a break and get to know each other.
- There are various ways you may hear about A&PS social events including the Campus Digest email from the Office of Communications and Blackboard.
■ For connecting with the Administration & Professional Staff council or to find governing documents, announcements, and more, visit the Blackboard page.