The Student Union
The Student Union serves as a gathering place for students, faculty, staff, alumni, and guests. The Student Union Board and staff work to create a sense of community within the college environment and to provide opportunities that support the development of the whole student outside the classroom. Its programs and services strive to meet the social, cultural, educational, spiritual, and recreational needs of all members of the Oberlin College community. The Student Union provides opportunities for students to develop leadership skills and abilities, and supports opportunities for creativity and the free exchange of ideas and opinions. Three vital sources of information regarding Student Union services and activities are the Student Union office, the Wilder Information Desk, and the Hales Annex.
The Oberlin College Student Union is a member of the Association of College Unions International (ACUI). The ACUI brings together college union and student activities professionals from hundreds of schools worldwide. Read more about the ACUI.
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The Student Union is the community center of the college, serving students, faculty, staff, alumni, and guests.
By whatever form or name, a college union is an organization offering a variety of programs, activities services, and facilities that, when taken together, represent a well-considered plan for the community life of the college.
Traditionally considered the "living room" of the campus, today's union is the gathering place of the college. The union provides services and conveniences that members of the college community need in their daily lives and creates an environment for getting to know and understand others through formal and informal associations.
-Adapted from the Role of the College Union statement, ACUI
The Oberlin College Student Union, located in Wilder Hall and Hales Gym Annex, strives to be a source of information, service, entertainment and accomodation for the Oberlin community. Our professional staff can help with reserving facilities, answering questions about student organizations, or acquainting visitors with what the campus has to offer.
The facilities of the Student Union include the Wilder Information Desk, the Dionysus Disco (aka The 'Sco), the Cat in the Cream Coffeehouse, the campus Bowling Lanes, and select performance spaces in Wilder Main and Finney Chapel. We also have rehearsal spaces available for bands as well as concert sound technicians for performances around campus.