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Otterbein University Welcomes Students to Campus

August 16, 2016
Otterbein University

New students move in on Wednesday, Aug. 17, returning students on Sunday, Aug. 21. Classes start on Monday, Aug. 22.

Westerville, OH—Otterbein University’s campus soon has been buzzing with activity as new students move in to their on-campus residence halls on Wednesday, Aug. 17, and returning students move in on Sunday, Aug. 21. Classes for the 2016-2017 school year start on Monday, Aug. 22.

Otterbein’s new class is projected to be one of the University’s largest and most diverse. The class of 635-650 students is an increase of approximately 14 percent or 80 new students over last year’s entering class and the largest class since 2010. The students represent the most diverse class of first year students Otterbein has ever enrolled, with more students of color, more out of state students, and more male students.

New students will attend First Flight, a slate of programming from Aug. 17-21 that will help them adjust to life at Otterbein and in Westerville. Programming includes social and informational events.

Highlights of the week include:

Wednesday, Aug. 17

  • New students move-in, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
  • Picnic by the Rock and Rock Signing, 6 p.m., 100 W. Home St. 

Thursday, Aug. 18

  • First Class Photo, 9 a.m., 100 W. Home St.
  • March to Convocation, 9:15 a.m., 100 W. Home St. - Faculty and staff line the street and “clap in” the new students as they march to their first convocation.
  • Picnic on the Lawn, 12 p.m., 1 S. Grove St.

Friday, Aug. 19

  •  Barlow Beach Party, 2:30-4 p.m., 100 W. Home St.

Saturday, Aug. 20

  • Center for Community Engagement Service Day, 8:30 a.m.-12 p.m., Meet at 100 W. Home St. and proceed to various service locations
  • Outside games, 1-2:30 p.m., 100 W. Home St.

 Sunday, Aug. 21

  • Returning students move-in, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 

Friday, Aug. 26

  • First Friday Festival, 3:30-6 p.m., 100 W. Home St. - This annual tradition closes the first week of classes with activities showcasing Westerville businesses, campus organizations and the variety of ways students can get involved on and off campus.

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Office Hours
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Media Inquiries
Jenny Hill
Director of Marketing and Communications
p/ 614.823.1284
e/ jhill@otterbein.edu

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