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Just for Parents
Parents Campus Visit


Orientation week also includes two days of select activities and programs specifically for parents. Some of these events provide information about financial aid, student health services, academic advising, and insurance. Refer to our Orientation schedule for more details.  

The first-year class deans invite new students, parents, and guardians to consult with them during the summer months if they have topics they would like to address before arriving on campus. Refer to the Class Deans website for more details.


Oberlin has a limited number of places for you to stay overnight or for a brief period of time. For extended stays, you may reserve lodging in a nearby bed and breakfast, or and area hotel or motel. Refer to our Visiting Oberlin Accommodations webpage.

In addition, the Oberlin Heritage Center sponsors a bed and breakfast program for parents and families who wish to stay in private homes in Oberlin. The program raises funds for the organization. For details, send an e-mail with “B&B” in the subject line to or call 440-774-1700 (e-mail preferred).


Student Health Services is a primary care facility for college-age students. Our team of providers is experienced in treating common medical problems seen on college campuses. We offer initial diagnosis and treatment for a broad spectrum of illnesses and injuries and appropriate follow-up care.

We encourage students with health problems or questions to contact Student Health Services first so that they can get the attention and advice they require. The center is at 247 W. Lorain St., Suite A, or call (440) 775-8180.

Routine visits to the center are free for full-time students. Other services are available for a small fee. Students may be responsible for some of the costs of complex labs, X-rays, and specialty service costs after insurance has made payment. In order to make each visit as efficient as possible, a student should consult with a nurse and schedule an appointment.

See the Student Health Services website for hours, services, and other information.

required FORMS AND AID

One of the ways parents can help their students prepare for Oberlin during the summer months is to remind them to complete all required forms by the stated deadlines. All new and transfer students must complete the New Student Registration forms via the student portal, Doing so will ensure enrollment and a seamless transition to Oberlin.

Our financial aid office provides financial resources to students who would be unable to pursue postsecondary education without such assistance. It is a basic premise of Oberlin's financial aid program that the primary responsibility for meeting college costs lies with the student and the student's family.

If you have questions about financial aid, make an appointment to speak with a financial aid counselor who is available during business hours. General questions may be answered at any time.

Refer to the financial aid website for more information.


The Oberlin College Mailroom (OCMR) is the place to ship your student's belongings beginning August 1. Send your student letters, cards, gift boxes, and other materials suitable for mailing by using the address format noted below. Each student receives an Oberlin College Mailroom Number; ask your student for this number.

Student Name
Oberlin College Mailroom Number (OCMR)
135 W. Lorain St.
Oberlin, OH 44074-1081

In addition, a self-serve FedEx box is situated outside of the college’s Student Union, the central hub for student services and general information. Call the Student Mailroom at (440) 775-8115 should you have questions about mailroom policies or procedures.


Our Campus Dining Services offers a selection of “Thinking of You” packages. Order assorted foodstuffs and goodies for birthdays, exam periods, study breaks, or just to show you care. Complete the online order form and mail it with your payment. Refer to the I Care Boxes website, for details.


The Obie Dollars Program is a prepaid debit card program that allows students to use their Oberlin College ID card to purchase goods and services both on and off campus. The Obie Dollars declining balance account is encoded on the student’s Oberlin College ID card. Obie Dollars is a convenient and safe way for students to make purchases without having to carry cash.

For instruction on how to participate in the Obie Dollars Program and to make a deposit into your student's account, refer to the ID Card Office, which administers the program. 


We provide a Handbook for Parents and Families of New Students. This quick reference book, available by download as a PDF, will direct you to more detailed information about Oberlin. We have included topics we have found to be of interest to students, parents, and families of any new Oberlin student. The handbook features an abbreviated list of key campus contacts.

If you do not know which office should have the information you are seeking, contact the appropriate class dean, who can help you determine how to proceed. Review and or download a copy of the handbook.


We've compiled a list of important campus offices. Refer to it to find out who to contact for services and resources to help your student.

Parents and Family Weekend

Once you get your student settled into Oberlin, come back to campus November 4-6, for our annual Parents and Family Weekend. Become a student again and sit in on a class lecture, take a campus tour, attend a conservatory recital or a gig at the 'Sco, eat in a co-op or one of Oberlin's locally owned eateries, among other activities.