OCCC Training Philosophy

The Counseling Center’s mission is to provide opportunities to our students for healthy psychological development, growth, and the enhancement of their abilities to learn and use their creative processes. In addition, the mission includes doing what we can to ensure that our graduates are relatively psychologically healthy and have not had to deny, avoid, repress, and/or leave unattended the debilitating symptoms of psychological distress.

These services are confidential and sensitive to issues of race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, religious preference, and disabilities. Lastly, our mission includes providing student development and psychological consultation to all segments of the college community, adding to the existing knowledge in the discipline of student development and psychology, and bringing psychological knowledge to bear upon the institution's policies as they affect human behavior.


The OCCC’s primary purpose is to provide psychological support to students as they pursue their academic and personal goals, and to enhance the quality of each student’s experience at Oberlin. The Counseling Center is primarily intended for assessment and short-term counseling, with referrals to private counselors in the Oberlin area if necessary. The center itself is funded through tuition and services are free of charge, although students are responsible for the cost of any external services. Although we follow a short-term intervention model, the number of sessions varies and is discussed as part of the initial intake process.

Counseling and psychiatric services are offered exclusively to students, however, the Counseling Center is able to provide referral and consultation services to college faculty and staff. Students come to the Counseling Center for many reasons, including adjustment concerns, relationship difficulties, grief, family problems, academic related concerns, issues around identity development and integration, depression, anxiety, eating and weight concerns, substance abuse or addiction, and sexual and physical abuse and harassment.

While students primarily use individual counseling and psychiatric services, we offer outreach, semester-long groups, and yearly campuswide screenings.

Counseling Center Opportunities

• Practicum
• Postdoctoral Residency

About the Oberlin Community

Oberlin is a four-year, highly selective liberal arts college and conservatory of music. Founded in 1833 by a Presbyterian minister and a missionary, it holds a distinguished place among American colleges and universities. It was the first college to grant bachelor's degrees to women in a coeducational environment and, historically, was a leader in the education of African Americans. The Oberlin community is known for its exemplary academic and musical pedagogy and its commitment to social justice, sustainability, and creative entrepreneurship.

Together, the campus and community create a place of urban sensibility reflecting the music, art, and cultural richness of the world. Oberlin's size, residential character, variety, and selectivity provide an atmosphere that is conducive to intellectual and personal growth.

Quick Facts

  • Oberlin College is on 440 acres in Oberlin, Ohio, about 35 miles southwest of Cleveland.
  • Currently, a total of 2,900 students are enrolled (2,300 from the College of Arts and Sciences and 600 from the Conservatory of Music)
  • In the College of Arts and Sciences, 9% of students are in-state, 85% are out of state, and 8% are from abroad. In Oberlin Conservatory, students represent 45 U.S. states and 22 countries. Additionally, 54% of students in the college identify as women, 46% identify as men, and 20% are underrepresented students.

Campus Map