Because there are never enough spaces in OSCA to place everyone who wants to become a member, there are wait lists managed by the Membership Secretary. Similar to the OSCA lotteries, placement from the wait lists are made into the highest preferred co-op that has an open spot available. However, unlike the OSCA lotteries, lottery numbers on the wait lists are typically assigned on a first-come, first-served basis. You may change your co-op preferences at any time on the wait lists and your current lottery number will remain unchanged.

You remain on the wait lists until a spot opens in your first-choice co-op or you choose to remove yourself from the wait list. Several times a year we also ask that you verify your desire to remain on the wait lists (it is important that you do so or you may lose your lottery number).

Sign Up for the OSCA Wait List

I understand that by completing this application form, I will be assigned to the requested dining only co-op automatically and will be financially responsible for dining in that co-op. OSCA will not ask if I want acceptance into a co-op unless it is a room and board co-op (housing) spot. I understand I will be notified of acceptance into a co-op by OSCA via an e-mail to my Oberlin College e-mail account. I also understand that if I am placed in a co-op and wish to remain there I must remove myself from the wait list using this form. Lastly, I understand that if I wish to be released from my co-op placement, I must fill out the appropriate OSCA paperwork.

Priority Placement from OSCA Wait Lists

A few people receive priority placement from OSCA wait lists. People who are elected to certain OSCA staff positions for the incoming academic year routinely receive priority placement. In appreciation of all the work they do, every All-OSCA position receives priority placement from the dining wait list. Jobs that require 12+ hours of work per week (usually General Management Team) typically receive priority placement from the housing wait list (housing placement includes dining).

To learn how you too can become a part of the All-OSCA staff and receive priority placement from the wait lists, check out the Staff section.

Change Date Notifications

At these dates, students on the waitlist are notified if they have been placed into a co-op. You will only receive an email on these dates, and only if you have been placed. If you don't receive an email, it means you are still on the waitlist—but make sure to check for emails throughout the semester, you may be asked to reconfirm to keep your spot!

Fall 2019

  • August 21 (effective Aug 31)

  • September 11 (effective Sep 16)

  • September 25 (effective Sep 30)

  • October 9 (effective Oct 14)

  • October 16 (effective Oct 28)

  • October 30 (effective Nov 4)

  • November 13 (effective Nov 18)

Spring 2020

  • January 22 (effective Sep 16)

  • February 12 (effective Feb 17)

  • February 26 (effective Mar 2)

  • March 11 (effective Mar 16)

  • March 18 (effective Mar 30)

  • April 8 (effective Apr 13)

  • April 15 (effective Apr 20)