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

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!

2020 Orientation Dates

For students starting their flight at Otterbein in Fall Semester 2020, your options for SOAR will be the following:

  • Thursday, June 18
  • Saturday, June 20
  • Friday, July 10
  • Tuesday, August 18

Orientation begins with check-in at 8:00 am and ends around 5:30 pm.

Note: You should complete the online Orientation Registration Form and submit your University deposit payment as early as you can to increase your chances of attending on your preferred date. The registration form requires payment via credit card. For more information, contact the Center for Student Involvement (614-823-3202, orientation@otterbein.edu).

Sample Orientation Schedules


Student Orientation Schedule

It’s going to be a busy day. But it will be fun, insightful, and leave you eager to come back. To get an idea of what your day will be like, check out the sample schedules below.

All participants will receive a hard copy of the schedule when they arrive.

Family Orientation Schedule

Our Orientation sessions have been designed to meet your needs, answer any questions that you have about your student’s success, and prepare you for the next step with your student. A light breakfast, lunch in the Cardinal’s Nest, and snacks throughout the day will be provided.

See last summer’s Sample Family Orientation Schedule for more information.


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.

Remember to submit the following:

  • Orientation Registration
  • Complete the Course Registration Survey sent to your Otterbein email account in May
  • Health Service Records
  • 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 fall term schedule will be created for you. When possible, your schedule will be designed to fit the preferences and information you provide in your questionnaire.

All students will receive a copy of their personal schedule at orientation. At that time, you will be able to meet with an adviser to review your schedule and make changes, if necessary.

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 2019 Common Book at orientation.

After you read the book, complete the Common Book assignment and be ready to turn it in during your FYS or TYS class meeting during First Flight. You will need to bring both a hard copy of your assignment as well as a digital copy in a USB drive.

To get an idea of what the assignment involves, you can  download a PDF copy of the 2019 Common Book assignment.


Your orientation leaders have all the inside information you’ll want to know about Otterbein. They are here for you!

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