The academic year is divided into two 15-week semesters and a four-week
Winter Term (see the Academic
Calendar on the inside back cover).
Each semester consists of approximately 13 weeks of classes (not
including a one-week break in each), a three-day reading period and
a four-day evaluation period. During the reading period there are
no classes; it is a time in which term papers can be finished and
work reviewed in preparation for examinations. Within each 15-week
semester, Oberlin College offers first and second module courses
that are approximately seven weeks in length.
Students are eligible to receive credit only in those courses for
which they officially register or add through the web-based student
record system or with the Office of the Registrar.
Students register for courses at Oberlin using the web-based student
record system. Registration is offered in November for the spring
semester and in April for the fall semester. New students are offered
the opportunity to submit a list of course choices during June before
coming to campus. From the list, a limited number of courses will
be confirmed; students complete the registration process on campus
in late August just prior to the beginning of the fall semester.
New students who matriculate at Oberlin in the spring semester register
on campus prior to the beginning of the spring semester. Registration
is by assigned time periods, with times determined by the number
of completed credit hours and registered hours in progress. All on-campus
students are required to meet with their advisor before registering.
Changes in Course Schedule
PLEASE NOTE: Deadlines for adding and dropping courses will change
for all students beginning fall semester 2004. Please refer to the
Academic Calendar published inside the back cover for complete information
about the new deadlines.
At the beginning of the semester, all students must confirm they
have returned to campus by enrolling in person at the Office of the
Registrar. Students not enrolled by the end of the first week of
classes are dropped from their courses and withdrawn. A student's
enrollment may be held for outstanding obligations such as an unpaid
bill, an overdue library book, or a required meeting with a dean.
To qualify for full-time standing a student enrolled in a bachelor's
degree program must be registered for at least 12 semester hours.
The College of Arts and Sciences and the Conservatory of Music have
different policies concerning the minimum number of hours required
of first-year students as well as separate policies about academic
standing and part-time enrollment. Please see the relevant sections
of this catalog for this information.
Tuition and Enrollment Status
The semester's tuition and a student's enrollment status
are based on the courses for which a student is registered at the
end of the add/drop period for semester courses, the eighth class
day of the semester.
Good Academic Standing
The College of Arts and Sciences and the Conservatory have standards
for good academic standing that require a minimum number of credit
hours completed each semester (for students who matriculated prior
to fall 2004) and a combination of minimum number of completed credit
hours and GPA (for students who matriculate fall 2004 and later).
Please see the relevant sections of this catalog for this information.
The College of Arts and Sciences and the Conservatory expect that
students in the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Music programs will
maintain an average course load so that a degree is earned in eight
semesters. Students in the Double-Degree program are expected to
maintain an average course load so that a degree is earned in ten
Health Certificate and Physician's Statement
Prior to initial enrollment and registration, all new students, including
Language Teaching Assistants, must file with the Office of Student
Health a health certificate and results of immunizations and laboratory
tests as specified on the Student Health Questionnaire.
Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA), as
amended, states requirements regarding the privacy of student records.
FERPA governs release of records maintained by an educational institution
and access to those records. In accordance with this legislation,
Oberlin College has established standards governing the release of
student "directory" information to third parties and
of academic information to parents or guardians.
Oberlin College does not routinely send mailings to parents or guardians
regarding a student's academic record. The College will, however,
release grades and information regarding academic progress to parents
or guardians upon receiving written permission from the student.
The complete policy regarding confidentiality of records is contained
in the Student Handbook. Please see the Handbook for more information.
Examination/Final Project Regulations
The final examination schedule is determined by the Office of the
Registrar and is posted on the web before the beginning of each
Final Examinations: An individual student may not take a final examination
at other than the scheduled time (not even at the time allocated
to other sections of the same course) without special permission
from the Dean of Studies (for courses in the College of Arts and
Sciences) or the Conservatory Assistant Dean (for courses in the
Final projects: With the exception of certain musical performance
examinations, auditions, and other Conservatory assessments, final
projects are due during the evaluation period at the final examination
time as scheduled by the Registrar. Any in-class component must
be scheduled at the final examination time and is limited to two
To view the entire final examination schedule and policy, see www.oberlin.edu/regist.
Transfer of Credit
See "Transfer of Credit" in the College of Arts and Sciences
and the Conservatory of Music sections of this catalog..
Class standing is determined by the total completed hours at Oberlin
and transfer hours.
For students in the College of Arts and Sciences, class standing
is as follows:
For the Conservatory of Music, class standing is as follows:
students in integrated five-year programs)
PLEASE NOTE: A new grading policy will take effect for all students
matriculating at Oberlin College fall semester 2004 and later. Please
see the relevant Arts and Sciences and Conservatory of Music sections
of the catalog for the new policy.
Since variations in grading policies exist between the College of
Arts and Sciences and the Conservatory of Music, please consult the
relevant sections of the catalog for the policy for Arts and Sciences
and for the Conservatory.
In 2002-2003 the completion or graduation rate for students who entered
Oberlin College in 1997 on a full-time basis was 81 percent. In 2002-03
the completion or graduation rate for students who entered Oberlin
College in 1996 in the five-year, double-degree program was 80 percent.