Just for Parents
Orientation week also includes select activities and programs specifically for parents. Parent sessions are August 26 and 27. Some of these events provide information about financial aid, student health services, academic advising, and insurance. The preliminary Orientation schedule will be available online in mid-May.
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. If you would like to speak with a first-year class dean during the summer, please complete the Class Dean Summer Consultation Form in the Big Book of eForms, which parents may access using their student's Oberlin userID (ObieID) and password.
We invite you to submit the following as necessary:
Class Dean Summer Consultation Form
WHERE TO STAY
Oberlin has a limited number of places for you to stay overnight or for an extended period of time. However, you may reserve lodging in a nearby or an area bed and breakfast, hotel, or motel by referring 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 Bethany P. Hobbs, OHCBnB@gmail.com or call 440-774-1700.
HEALTH SERVICES AND INSURANCE
The Office of Student Health Services is a primary care facility that specializes in the care of 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 to see Student Health Services first so that they can find the attention and advice they require. The center is at 247 W. Lorain St., Suite A. You also may call (440) 775-8180.
Routine visits to the center are free for students who are enrolled full time. 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 and easy as possible, a student should call to discuss his or her case with a nurse and schedule an appointment.
By allowing Student Health Services to assist students in advance, students will spend less time in the waiting room and be better matched with the expertise of health care providers.
A complete list of our services, location, hours, and other information is available on the Student Health Services website.
FORMS AND DEADLINES
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. Students must log in to the Big Book of eForms with their ObieID and password, then complete the forms to see their eForms checklist. Parents can see the full list of forms and deadlines by going to the Forms webpage located within the Academic Planning section of the New Student website.
FINANCIAL AID INFORMATION
Oberlin College has a long history of providing educational assistance. One of the first scholarships established at Oberlin was the Avery Fund, a $6,000 gift donated in 1864 by the Rev. Charles Avery of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Rev. Avery wished to help African American students attend the college. Over the subsequent years, alumni and friends have donated roughly $70 million to Oberlin's endowed scholarship funds.
In addition to these funds, the college designates a significant amount from its unrestricted budget each year to provide financial assistance to students. Because of Oberlin's historic commitment to enrolling an economically diverse student body, all of the funding available through the Office of Financial Aid is limited to students demonstrating financial need.
The primary purpose of student financial aid is to provide 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.
The college assists in those cases where the family demonstrates that they are unable to meet the full cost of attending Oberlin.
If you have questions about financial aid, we invite you to make an appointment to speak with a financial aid counselor who is available during normal 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. You may also send your student letters, cards, gifts, and other materials suitable for mailing by using the address format noted below. Each student receives Oberlin College Mailroom Number; ask your student for this number.
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, a central hub for student services and general information. If you have any questions or need additional information regarding mailroom policies or procedures, call the Student Mailroom at (440) 775-8115.
I CARE PACKAGES
The college's Campus Dining Services offers a selection of “Thinking of You” packages for students that you may order for special occasions or simply as care packages. To order a package, complete the online order form and mail it with your payment. The order form and more information are available on the Care Boxes website, http://dining.oberlin.edu/programs/careboxes.
PREPAID BENEFIT: OBIE DOLLARS PROGRAM
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, visit: www.oberlin.edu/cds/idcardoffice/obiedollars.html.
We provide a Handbook for Parents and Families of New Oberlin 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.
CAMPUS CONTACT INFORMATION
Refer to our list of important offices to learn more about services and resources to help your student.
Parents and Family Weekend
Once you get your student settled into Oberlin, we invite you back to campus for our annual Parents and Family Weekend, set for November 7-9. 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 the cafeteria or one of Oberlin's locally owned eateries, among other activities.