Advising and Support



As a member of the Oberlin community, you have access to a wealth of academic resources. From academic advisors to foreign language labs, class deans to learning assistance programs, our faculty and staff members are prepared to help you reach your academic goals and support you throughout your academic experience.

Advising officially begins during New Student Orientation, when first-year and transfer students meet their academic advisors. During the summer, the Dean of Studies reviews information provided by the students to match them with their advisors. These advisors are faculty members and professional staff committed to working closely with students as they work to attain Oberlin's learning goals for all students. In accordance with the goals of the advising program, advisors seek to help students:

  • develop meaningful plans and goals for their education;
  • make the most of their educational and extracurricular experiences at Oberlin; and
  • expand their intellectual, artistic, and personal capacities.

To complement the work of the academic advisor, students in the arts and sciences and the conservatory are also assigned a class dean. Class deans are available to help you solve academic, social, and personal problems. They'll also work with you to identify and seek out staff and faculty with various fields of expertise as you pursue your academic and extracurricular interests. 

You can also receive career advising from the Career Center, faculty, and staff members in other offices.

Additional academic support is available through Student Academic Services, which serves all students through Learning Assistance Programs and guidance services. The office offers focused services for underrepresented students and those who are first generation, low income, or have a disability.

If you are an international student, the Office of International Student Services will aid in your transition to living, learning, and engaging in a new community. From immigration issues to finding your way around Oberlin, the staff is committed to helping you achieve academic and personal success.