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Campus Life

First Year Students

Do you feel that? We do, too.

It’s the excitement of beginning your college career at Otterbein. We can’t wait to meet you, show you around, and welcome you into the Otterbein family.

Student Orientation, Advising, and Registration (S.O.A.R.) is a one-day program that will prepare you for your experience at Otterbein University. Throughout the day you will have the opportunity to meet with an advisor to review your course schedule for fall semester and learn about Otterbein’s academic expectations, as well as begin building relationships with other new students and current Otterbein students. Orientation Leaders will be guiding you through the day and will make sure you are in the right places at the right time!  

For student starting their flight at Otterbein in Fall Semester 2018, you may select one of the following orientation dates: Thursday, June 21; Saturday, June 23; Friday, July 13; or Tuesday, August 14*. Orientation days begin with check-in between 8:00 - 8:30am and conclude by 5:30pm.

Also, make sure to save the dates for First Flight, Otterbein's New Student Week, August 15 - 19. First flight is required for all first-year students.

*This date is reserved for our out-of-state students.

First Year Student Orientation Information

  • Register for Orientation

  • Orientation Schedule

  • New Student Checklist

  • Course Registration

  • Placement Exams

  • Common Book Assignment

First Year Student Orientation FAQ

  • Why do I need to attend Orientation?

  • How do I know what date I’m scheduled to attend?

  • How will I register for classes?

  • How do I access my Otterbein email address?

  • How long is Orientation?

  • Should my parents or family come with me?

  • Can I bring a friend?

  • What if I can’t come to Orientation?

  • Do I have to come to both Orientation and First Flight?

  • Do I need to take a placement test before Orientation?

  • Will I have my housing and roommate assignment in time for Orientation?

  • Where can I find a copy of the First Year Seminar and INST 1500: Identity Projects course descriptions?

/ Center for Student Involvement

The Center for Student Involvement is located in the lobby of the Campus Center

Office Hours

M-Th: 8:30 a.m.-11:00 p.m.

F-Sa: 8:30 a.m.-Midnight

Su: 9:00 a.m.-11:00 p.m.


p / 614.823.3202

e / orientation@otterbein.edu