Welcome Parents

Welcome Parents
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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 any questions or suggestions you wish to share with us about the website. Send your comments by e-mail to

Save the Date: Parents and Family Weekend is November 6-8, 2015

We invite parents and other family members to Oberlin for a weekend of informal gatherings with faculty, staff, and your student. Come experience the Oberlin community and learn about the academic and cultural activities, programs, and resources available to your student.

Save the date. We hope to see you in the fall.

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 by February 15, 2015.

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


Just for Parents

Oberlin's weeklong New Student Orientation begins August 25. Review the preliminary fall Orientation schedule to know what to expect and what's being planned for you and your student. Check out our Just for Parents webpage for specific information to help you assist your student with this transition to college. Learn about student health, mailing procedures, care packages, the Obie Dollars prepaid debit card program, and more.

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.