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

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 September 15, 2014.

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


FAQs: Oberlin College Student Health Fee

Oberlin College instituted a student health fee in the 2013-2014 academic year that is applied to student accounts. Please read our FAQs: Student Health Fee for details about this charge.

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.

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.

Parents and Family Weekend: November 7-9, 2014

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

The Wilder Bowl Bulletin: A Parent's Perspective

We are in the process of redesigning the Wilder Bowl Bulletin, Oberlin's e-newsletter for parents and family members of Oberlin College and Conservatory of Music students. 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 an 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.