Welcome Parents

Welcome Parents
Parents Campus Visit

The Oberlin College Parents website is intended to provide you with useful information about the college's programs, resources, policies, and procedures. We've sought to gather together in one place basic information about the college, provide answers to practical questions or point you to the right resource, and generally convey a sense of what Oberlin College is about. We welcome your questions or suggestions about the website. Send your comments by e-mail to


Orientation for new and transfer students begins Tuesday, August 23, and runs through Sunday, August 28. The week includes department open houses, social and recreational events, academic and financial aid advising, placement testing, and other programs to familiarize you with the Oberlin campus and community. Parents and family members can attend a two-day session, August 23 and 24. A welcome address by the president and a performance by students musicians from the Oberlin Conservatory will be streamed live on August 24.

Watch the broadcast beginning at 4:30 p.m. and the recital at 7 p.m.

Review or download the Orientation schedule.

Parents and Family Weekend

Save the Date: November 4-6, 2016

We appreciate all who attended our annual Parents and Family Weekend. Join us again this fall to spend time with your student, meet other Oberlin College parents, explore the campus, and experience the variety of programs and services we offer. 

Student Health Insurance

Oberlin College requires that all students maintain student health insurance coverage as a condition of enrollment. You may apply for a waiver if your student already has coverage under an alternate health insurance plan that meets certain minimum requirements, meaning that is comparable to the Oberlin College health insurance plan.

Students without health insurance must enroll in the Student Health Insurance Plan provided and coordinated by Academic Health Plans (AHP). This plan offers students and their dependents an affordable, high quality health insurance plan. If you have health insurance and wish to waive this plan, you must do so by completing an online waiver form available on the AHP website.

Refer to the Student Health Services website for complete details about this process. If you have specific questions, call Student Health Services, (440) 775-8180, or send e-mail to


The Wilder Bowl Bulletin: A Parent's Perspective

The Wilder Bowl Bulletin, Oberlin's e-newsletter for parents and family members of current Oberlin College and Conservatory of Music students, is a publication from the Oberlin Parents Fund. The bulletin reports on Oberlin’s campus events, institutional developments, fundraising endeavors, and the achievements of faculty, staff members, and students.

If you are the parent of a current Oberlin College or Conservatory of Music student and want to subscribe to our e-newsletter, send e-mail to with your current e-mail address so that we can add you to our distribution list.