Our orientation program is designed to help you get to know us, start building relationships with your peers, and for us to get to know you. It is full of important information, games, and fun, so have a good time—we know we will.

New Student Orientation at Otterbein University

2024 Orientation Dates

For students starting their flight at Otterbein in Fall Semester 2024, your options for SOAR will be the following dates:

  • Thursday, June 6
  • Friday, June 21
  • Friday, July 19
  • Tuesday, August 20 (ideal for students and families who cannot travel to campus twice during the summer)

For more information, contact the Student Success and Career Development (614-823-1624, orientation@otterbein.edu).

New Student Checklist

We are so glad you decided to attend Otterbein. Please feel free to use our checklist to help you take steps toward enrolling this fall.

  • Orientation Registration
  • Complete the Course Registration Survey sent to your Otterbein email account
  • Final Transcript(s)

Visit your personal VIP page to see an interactive version of this list!

Course Registration & Placement Exams

As a new student, you must complete an online course registration questionnaire. Your personalized questionnaire will be emailed directly to your Otterbein email account.

Once you have completed your questionnaire, your schedule will be created for you. When possible, your schedule will be designed to fit the preferences and information you provide in your questionnaire.

Placement Exams

The most up-to-date information about placement exams is in your Otterbinder, but you can also follow the links below for more information:

Common Book Assignment

Otterbein’s Common Book Program creates a shared experience for the campus community, but especially for incoming students. All new students will receive a copy of the 2023 Common Book for free. You can pick it up on orientation day or once classes start from Student Success and Career Development in 027 Towers Hall.

After you read the book, complete the Common Book assignment and be ready to turn it in to your FYS class.