First Flight: New Student Week

At First Flight, you will meet with you advisor, take the first session of your First Year Seminar, and attend the New Student Convocation. All new students will be placed in small groups and assigned to an upper class mentor. Group assignments will be made based on where you will be living in the fall. Commuter students will be assigned to groups with other commuter students, but will also be connected to a group of students who are living on-campus. All traditional, first-year students are expected to attend all events.

First Flight 2020 is scheduled for August 19 – 23.

First Flight Overview 2020

All students will receive a fully updated 2020 First Flight schedule when they arrive on campus. You can get a sense of the week by reviewing the 2019 First Flight Overview Schedule. Please note that events and times are subject to change.

Move-in Information

New students living on-campus will move into their assigned residence hall on Wednesday, August 19. Students who are registered to attend Orientation on Tuesday, August 18 will be able to move-in to their assigned living space on Monday, August 17.

When you arrive on Wednesday, August 19, eager Otterbein students, faculty and staff will greet you on the curb, in loading areas and in the parking lots. They’ll even help you carry your belongings to your room!

Commuter & Transfer Students

  • Commuter check-in will take place in the Campus Center lounge on Wednesday, August 19 at 3pm. After check-in, you will have a commuter meeting at 3:30pm to help you prepare for fall semester. After this you will meet your First Flight team in the Campus Center lobby, where you will receive your Cardinal Card, meal passes for the week, and other very important information!
  • Transfer students are welcome and encouraged to attend First Flight, if they are interested. While many of the events and programs are geared toward traditional, first-time college students, First Flight is an excellent opportunity to meet other new Otterbein students.

Frequently-Asked Questions about New Student Week

Why do I need to attend New Student Week: First Flight?

All first-year students are expected to attend all First Flight events and programs. During First Flight you will attend several academic programs including Academic Convocation, two meetings with your First Year Seminar class, and an important appointment with your Department and your faculty advisor. In addition to important academic meetings, First Flight is an important time to learn your way around campus and to get to know other students before classes begin.

I have a conflict during First Flight, what do I do?

New students are expected to attend programs on Wednesday evening, and Thursday and Friday. During this time you will have important meetings with your department, your advisor and your First Year Seminar class. You should treat those programs as you would a class on your schedule. If you have an unavoidable conflict, you should contact the Orientation Office.

What happens during First Flight?

Check out this sample schedule for an idea of what events and opportunities we offer during this week:

First Flight Overview Schedule

I am not living on-campus and do not have a meal plan, can I eat during First Flight?

All new students are given a wristband during First Flight that serves as your meal pass. All incoming first-year students, and transfer students who register, will have meals provided starting with dinner on Wednesday. The last First Flight meal is brunch on Sunday.

How are our First Flight teams assigned?

Teams are assigned based on your living arrangement for the fall. If you are living on campus, you will be assigned to a team of students who are living on your floor. You will also be connected to other floors in your building.

If you are commuting to campus in the fall, you will be assigned to a team with other commuter students. Commuter teams will also be connected to a residence hall during this week so that you are able to meet on-campus students, as well.

When do I need to turn in my Common Book Assignment?

You will turn in your Common Book Assignment during your first, First Year Seminar/Transition Year Seminar meeting which is scheduled for Thursday, August 20.

If you are not scheduled to take a First Year Seminar in the fall, you will still have the opportunity to meet with your FYS/TYS instructor during this time.

If you have misplaced your Common Book Assignment you can find the assignment here (posted in June).

When do I meet with my faculty/academic department?

All students will meet with their department on Friday morning and from there will meet with their faculty individually. It is crucial that you are available on Friday morning to attend these important meetings!