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Otterbein Welcomes New Students to Campus

August 16, 2017
Otterbein University

New students move in on Wednesday, Aug. 16, returning students on Sunday, Aug. 20. Classes start on Monday, Aug. 21.

Faculty and staff will cheer on new students at annual “clap-in.”

Westerville, OH—Otterbein University’s campus is buzzing with activity as new students move in to their on-campus residence halls on Wednesday, Aug. 16, and returning students move in on Sunday, Aug. 20. Students participating in fall sports and marching band have already moved in and are practicing for the new year.

Classes for the 2017-2018 school year start on Monday, Aug. 21.

One highlight of the week includes a “clap in” at 9 a.m. on Thursday, Aug. 17, when Otterbein faculty and staff line up along Grove Street to cheer and show support as first-year students march to their first convocation of their college careers. In four years, students will experience the same when they exit from their graduation ceremony.

Otterbein’s new class is projected to be one of the University’s most diverse. The class of approximately 620 students represents 25 states. Regionally, the class represents 62 Ohio counties. Forty-five students have enrolled from Columbus City Schools, thanks to, outreach programs to the district’s graduates, which boast a 94 percent retention rate. Other statistics include:

  • This fall’s first-year class exceeds 20 percent students of color, or 133 students; it is the most diverse class in Otterbein’s history, for the fourth year in a row.
  • Thirty-two percent of the entering class is eligible for the federal Pell grant.
  • More than 40 percent of the class having a 3.8 or higher GPA.
  • Retention is up eight percent over the last five years, from 75 percent to more than 83 percent. 

Otterbein also has 25 new international students this fall and two international scholars, representing 10 countries. The students come from China, Germany, Ghana, India, Japan, Netherlands, Saudi Arabia, South Korea, Sri Lanka, and Vietnam. Students from South Korea are the largest incoming group followed by Japan, then China. 

New students will attend First Flight, a slate of programming from Aug. 16-20 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. 16
Picnic by the Rock and Rock Signing, 6 p.m., 100 W. Home St.

Thursday, Aug. 17
First Class Photo, 9 a.m., 100 W. Home St.
March to Convocation, 9 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.
Pizza Party on the Lawn, 12 p.m., 1 S. Grove St.

Friday, Aug. 18
Beach Party, 2:30-4 p.m., 100 W. Home St.

Saturday, Aug. 19
Fall Service Plunge (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. 20
Returning students move-in, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Friday, Aug. 25
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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