Welcome Parents

Welcome Parents

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

Oberlin College Community Member Diagnosed with Tuberculosis

Oberlin College was recently notified by the Mercy Tuberculosis Clinic (Lorain County) that a member of the campus community has been diagnosed with an active case of tuberculosis (TB). The individual has responded well to treatment under the care of the clinical staff at Mercy TB Clinic and no longer poses a health risk to others. The individual is expected to make a full recovery.

The college is working closely with the Mercy TB Clinic and the Ohio Department of Health to identify persons who were at risk of exposure and to offer tests to those persons as well as all members of the campus community who have any concerns about exposure.  Read more.

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 26. Review the Fall Orientation schedule to you know what to expect once you arrive on campus. 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.