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Living Learning Communities

Otterbein offers students an opportunity to make connections with peers, faculty and staff from the moment they walk on campus with the Living Learning Communities (LLCs).  The LLCs are theme based and coincide with the First Year Seminar courses that all incoming students take.  These select courses are designed for students to live on a specific floor of a residence hall together, participate in signature activities outside of the classroom, and partner with faculty and residence life staff to create a unique and inclusive living community.  
Living Learning Community Request Form

Themes for Academic Year 2018-19


  • The Leadership LLC is open to all first-year students and will provide participants with the opportunity to develop a greater sense of themselves and improve their critical and reflective thinking skills as they explore leadership theories and concepts. Participants will have an opportunity to develop and enhance their leadership skills through various components of leadership education and to learn more about his or her personal leadership style.
  • Participants can enroll in either FYS 1013 Women in Leadership: From Inside Out, FYS 1024 Leadership Pathways, or FYS 1075 Men's Leadership.

Sports in Society

  • The Sports in Society LLC allows participants to explore the role of sports in the context of historical and contemporary culture to better understand the relationship sports in the United States plays with education, the economy, the media, as well as how issues of race, class and gender intersect with the sports experience.   Participants will develop their academic and professional skills through their coursework, experiential learning opportunities, community engagement and developing relationships with fellow students, faculty and alumni who value the role sports plays in society.
  • Participants will enroll in FYS 1014 Race, Gender, and Class in American Sports

Radical Creativity

  • The Radical Creativity LLC was new for the 2016-2017 academic year.  Imagination and transformation. Inspiration and activism. Art-making and world-making. This living and learning community will dive into the arts as forces of social revelation and social change. Together we will explore the power of art that moves us personally and collectively. We will see all kinds of art: on and off campus. And we will produce our own -- individual and collaborative -- radical creative projects. 
  • Participants will enroll in FYS 1071 The Ways We Create: Building Intentional Lives.  

/Contact FYE

The Center for Student Success is your contact for FYE and is Located at 172 W. Main Street (Nestled between Tau Delta and TEM, Across from the Science Center)

Office Hours
M-Th: 8:30 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
F: 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

p / 614-823-1624


Kate Lehman/Jennifer Bechtold, Assistant Deans for Student Success