Four people share a laugh on a brisk fall day on campus.
Photo credit: Jonathan Clark ’25

Division of Student Affairs

The Division of Student Affairs is committed to a vision of diversity and inclusion that fosters the academic and personal growth of Oberlin students.

Staff in the Division of Student Affairs does this by creating a more seamless connection between curricular and cocurricular experiences; advising and mentoring that is focused on the development of life skills and interpersonal growth; and building and bridging intellectual and personal communities.

The chief administrative office within the division is the Office of the Dean of Students, which oversees and handles the day-to-day functions of 12 student-focused offices. These offices encompass five main areas: academic support, safety and wellness, residential life, diversity and inclusion, and student leadership and involvement.

The division also collaborates with other campus offices that provide a range of student academic and support services.

Live, Eat, Thrive

We believe when students live and eat together in common spaces, it will build a stronger community. Having a four-year residential campus means that learning never stops. These offices direct and support all aspects of the residential college experience.

Services and Programs

Having problems with your roommates? Need a tutor or an academic accommodation? Feeling overwhelemed by coursework and activities? Want to start a club or seek an internship? There’s office for that. Division of Student Life personnel are ready to assist you with whatever concern or need may arise: from financial to medical, academic to social, and much, much more.


Academics, Safety, and Wellness

Campus Inclusion

Oberlin College recognizes and actively supports the distinctive cultural identities, religious practices, and histories of individuals and groups, while encouraging them to transcend these familiar boundaries through encounters with those whose experiences and perspectives are different from their own.

students at table during lunch  eating and drinking.

Administration and Policies

The Office of the Dean of Students oversees academic integrity, monitors student conduct and community standards, coordinates large-scale social activities and trips, and supports students with a range of needs.

Each of Oberlin’s residence halls and Program Houses have common areas and comfy lounges for students to socialize, plan events, and or study. These spaces allow students to nurture friendships and build community in their home away from home.

group of students sitting in lounge area talking and laughing.
Students relax in the lounge area of Afrikan Heritage House.
Photo credit: John Seyfried