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

We are so excited that you are joining the Otterbein community and will become a Cardinal! Complete the online Orientation Registration and payment at as soon as you can to increase your chances of attending your first choice of orientation dates. This form requires verification of guest contact information, including email, and payment via credit card. If you have a concern with this payment option, please contact the Center for Student Involvement at 614-823-3202 or orientation@otterbein.edu.

2021 Orientation Dates

For students starting their flight at Otterbein in Fall Semester 2021, your options for SOAR will be the following dates:

  • Thursday, June 17
  • Saturday, June 19
  • Friday, July 9
  • Wednesday, July 21
  • Friday, July 23
  • Tuesday, August 17 (ideal for students and families who cannot travel to campus twice during the summer)

Each session has a morning (9:00 am - 1:00 pm) and afternoon (1:00 - 5:00 pm) session that you can choose from in the SOAR registration process.

You can review a sample overview of the Student Schedule here. You can review a sample overview of the Family and Guest Schedule here.

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.

Submit the following:

  • Orientation Registration
  • Complete the Course Registration Survey
  • 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 2021 Common Book for free. Students attending the June or July orientation will receive their Common Book at orientation. Students attending in August will receive their books in the mail.

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

Download a PDF copy of the 2021 Common Book Assignment >

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

Get to know the orientation leaders >