Otterbein Family Engagement

You are a vital part of the Otterbein family.

Otterbein values the opportunity to work with you and your student throughout their entire university experience and beyond. We’re grateful that your family is now a Cardinal family. Our goal is to create a partnership that enhances your student’s success.

The university offices and departments linked here are the most frequently requested by families, but if you don’t know where to go, please contact us at the Office of Alumni & Family Engagement. We’re here to help:

Phone: 614-823-1650
Hours: 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m., M-F

Helpful Links

Cardinal Updates

Homecoming & Family Weekend!

Friday, September 30 & Saturday, October 1, 2022

Join us for a special Homecoming and Family Weekend as we celebrate the 175th anniversary of Otterbein’s founding in 1847. This expanded Homecoming & Family Weekend will be a great opportunity to connect with your student(s), hear from University leadership, enjoy some tailgating, and cheer on the Otterbein Cardinals!

We’re especially excited about Cardy Hour at 5 p.m. on Friday night. At this new event, alumni, families, and friends can meet and mingle with faculty and staff in an informal setting. Get to know your student’s community while enjoying hors d’oeuvres, grab a beer or glass of wine, and generally unwind as the weekend gets started!

Registration for Homecoming & Family Weekend is FREE and is now open!

Cardy Parade

COVID-19 Information for Families

The best place for information on Otterbein’s COVID-19 response is the Protect the Nest webpage.

Otterbein COVID-19 Dashboard: The dashboard will be updated weekly on Tuesday and includes weekly COVID-19 testing and positive cases data, as well as cumulative data with the effective start date noted. Data for students comes both from on-campus testing and self-reported positive results of tests conducted off campus. Data for employees comes from self-reported positive results of tests conducted off campus. Please be aware that if your student tests positive for COVID-19 through an off-campus provider, the student must contact the COVID Support Team at 614-823-1586 or

Questions: If you have questions or need additional information, please contact the COVID Support Hotline at 614-823-1586 or