Fall 2021 Frequently Asked Questions

Update (May, 2021)

On May 17, changes were announced to Oberlin’s policies related to COVID-19. See Changes to Campus COVID-19 Protocols for details.

Will a remote enrollment option be available in the fall 2021 semester?

All students will be expected to enroll in person. There will not be a remote enrollment option.

Will there be remote or hybrid courses?

Remote and hybrid courses were offered in the 2020-2021 academic year as part of our layered health strategy. In the 2021-2022 academic year we intend to return to in-person instruction for all courses unless instructors are specially authorized to offer remote courses by the relevant Deans’ office and governance committee.

When will registration for returning students take place?

Registration for fall 2021 courses is scheduled to open the week of June 7 for returning students. The Registrar’s Office will post the schedule of classes and the catalog the week of May 24. Students and advisors should schedule advising meetings beginning May 25.

Will students register for one or two semesters?

Students will register for fall 2021 courses in June. Spring 2022 advising and registration will take place during the fall semester.

What will winter term be like?

Winter term will begin on January 25 and end on February 17. This will be a traditional winter term, and students may pursue individual or group projects.

How will the October 2021 start date impact the 2022-2023 academic calendar?

We expect the fall 2022 semester to start around the time that the academic year would typically start in late August or early September.

How will the October start date impact sports?

Oberlin College Athletics is coming back!

  • Fall sports will occur within the traditional timeframe, along with the non-traditional spring sports seasons.
  • Fall sport student-athletes will report to campus mid-August for preseason; please communicate with your head coach for further details.
  • Spring sport student-athletes, along with the swimming and diving team, will report to campus mid-September to begin their training activities; please communicate with your head coach for further details.
  • Winter sport student-athletes (men's and women's basketball, indoor track & field) will arrive on campus on the set-date for the entire student body (October 1-3); please communicate with your head coach for further details.

If I am enrolled in the summer term, will I have the same housing assignment in the summer and in the fall?

Maybe. Students will have the option to request to stay in their summer housing assignment, but all housing assignments are based on semesters in residence.

When will returning students move in?

Move-in will take place from October 1–3. Additional details to follow.

When will fall 2021 bills be posted?

Student Accounts plans to bill students for tuition on August 2. The office will bill for insurance on July 1, since the enrollment start date is August 1.

Will vaccinations be required for students?

The college is considering policies that protect the campus community and achieve herd immunity. Currently, the college is strongly recommending students be vaccinated, but it is not a requirement.