The Division of Student Life is committed to a vision of diversity and inclusion that fosters the academic and personal growth of Oberlin students.
It does so 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 activities.
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
Disability Resources programs and services help students develop self-advocacy skills. Our services include academic testing, accessible technology, note-taking services, and more.Discover Disability Resources
Self-care is key to one’s well-being. Health Promotion for Students offers health education, prevention programming, and wellness initiatives to support this effort.Discover Health Promotion
Student Academic Success Programs
Need academic support, time management tips, or tutoring? Student Academic Success Programs provides these and other services plus those for first-generation and low-income students.Discover Student Academic Success Programs
Peer Advising Leaders Program
First-year students have an easier time transitioning to academic and college life if they have a PAL. Peer Advising Leaders (PALs) support newcomers throughout their first semester.Discover PALs
Sophomore Opportunities and Academic Resources or SOAR helps second-year students declare a major, create a course plan through graduation, explore careers, and plan meaningful opportunities during academic breaks.Discover SOAR
Open 24/7, Campus Safety responds to potential criminal incidents, suspicious activity, requests for assistance, and emergencies. Though not sworn police officers, they work closely with local safety officials to fulfill their responsibilities.Visit Campus Safety
Trained counselors give psychological support to students as they pursue academic and personal goals. Counselors offer individual and small group sessions, referrals, outreach programs, and more.View Counseling Center
Social and Personal Development
Career Development Center
The Career Development Center helps students and recent alumni identify and achieve meaningful career objectives that build upon their Oberlin education and experiences.Visit Career Development Center
Center for Innovation & Impact
Aspiring entrepreneurs can take academic courses, apply for start-up funds, attend lectures, and participate in experiential learning excursions to hone intellectual and artistic passions.Explore Entrepreneurship
Through the Student Union’s board, staff, and student leaders design activities that address the social, cultural, educational, spiritual, and recreational needs of the college community.Explore Student Union
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.
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.
A Sense of Community
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.Housing Options