Office of the Dean of Students


The Office of the Dean of Students has as its mission to lead and inspire the Division of Student Life to foster a sense of community in this residential college in which students build lasting relationships based on: the principles of ethical conduct; an understanding of diversity in all of its complexity; respect for self and others; the lived values of social justice and equity; and a commitment to promoting positive change in the world.
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Handbook for Parents and Families of New Oberlin Students

Our Parents Handbook is designed to be a quick reference tool and direct you to detailed information about Oberlin. We have included topics we have found to be of interest to parents and families of new Oberlin students.

The handbook also includes an abbreviated list of important campus contacts. Refer to the handbook for details.

Information for New Students and Parents

The start of the academic year and Orientation week for new students takes place beginning August 26. Complete details about the Orientation process and required forms to complete are available on the New Students website. The site includes the fall 2014 Orientation schedule, information about registering for classes, placement tests and auditions, and useful tips on what to bring to campus.