Office of the Registrar


Students who have been withdrawn, suspended, or are returning from a medical leave must submit a completed reinstatement form to the Office of the Registrar in order to return to Oberlin.

Under some circumstances, students are asked to submit additional materials prior to action on their applications. 

Reinstatement Application 


Students Returning from Medical Leave

When health circumstances allow, the ability for a student to plan ahead for their return for the next semester (selecting a class schedule, requesting housing and arranging local healthcare) can significantly improve their experience and smooth the transition back to Oberlin.

Because some advance planning in several areas is required of the college to be ready for a student’s return, as well as time and availability to process the application to return, applications received after July 1 are typically too late to consider for the semester that is about to begin and would be considered for spring semester return instead.

Likewise, applications to return that are received after November 1 will generally be too late for approval to return for the spring semester and be considered for return the following fall. Applications for approval to return from medical leave are considered on a rolling basis.

Once a student’s health is sufficiently managed and or recovered to resume their studies, students are encouraged to apply as soon as possible for approval to return from medical leave.

All Other Students

Students wishing to return to Oberlin must submit a reinstatement form and materials by the deadline of July 1 for fall semester, by November 1 to be cleared no later than January 15 for spring semester, and March 1 to be cleared no later than April 15 for summer semester.  

Forms received after the deadline will be considered; however, students are not guaranteed an opportunity to register before classes begin or to receive preferred housing assignments.

Once the reinstatement form is submitted, the Office of the Registrar will seek approval of the Office of Student Accounts, the Office of the Dean of Students, the Academic Advising Resource Center, and the Office of the Associate Dean of the Conservatory. If all offices approve a student’s return, the Office of the Registrar will contact the student regarding registration. Residential Education and Dining Services will contact the student regarding housing and dining preferences. 

Conservatory or double-degree students who wish to be reinstated, the Office of the Associate Dean of the Conservatory reviews the academic record in consultation with representatives of the appropriate major departments. Students away for two or more consecutive semesters may be required to re-audition for reinstatement. Those who have been away for more than four semesters must meet the graduation requirements for the major in effect at the time of their return to the conservatory.

Students must be cleared for reinstatement by August 15 for fall semester, January 15 for spring semester, and April 15 for summer semester in order to enroll for that semester.

Students may be required to make a $300 matriculation deposit payable to Oberlin College by check or cash before registration and re-enrollment will be permitted. Students will be notified if such a deposit is necessary.