First Year Experience

New Bonner Orientation

The Bonner Scholars Program organizes an orientation for First-years prior to campus orientation. Bonners have the opportunity to interact and build community with other members of their class. Orientation allows Bonners to meet with staff members, faculty, and community members, providing a unique introduction to Oberlin.


Introduction to Bonner Life

First-year Bonners enroll in Introduction to Bonner Life, a one-credit class that meets weekly during the Fall Semester. The class introduces First-years to the Bonner Scholars Program and Oberlin as a college and a town. Students are introduced to resources available to them on campus. They are also given the opportunity to discuss life at Oberlin, and their place as a Bonner Scholar within the community.


First-year Trip

The First-year Trip is a key activity that takes first-year Bonners as a class to participate in service in a geographic region outside their campus community. The trip is scheduled during the first half of Spring Break. While the trip primarily revolves around service, activities may also include meetings with community residents, agency representatives, and others that provide students with an educational context about the place. In the past, first-year Bonners have gone to Buffalo – NY, Pittsburgh – PA, and Cleveland – OH.

For more information on the first-year experience, please explore the First Years menu.