First Flight: New Student Week

At First Flight, you will meet with your advisor, take the first session of your First Year Seminar, and participate in the New Student Convocation. All traditional, first-year students are expected to attend all events.

First Flight 2021 is scheduled for August 18 – 22.

First Flight Overview 2021

General Overview of the 2021 First Flight Schedule 

Move-in Information

New students living on campus will be able to sign up for check-in times after they receive their housing confirmation via email in late July. Most new students will check-in on Wednesday, August 18, from 9 a.m.-Noon in the Campus Center. Students arriving early for band, fall sports, NEST, RISE and August orientation will choose the earlier check-in times noted on the online sign-up form. First Flight activities will begin in the late afternoon on the 18th, so all new students should be checked-in and ready to say good-bye to their families by 3 p.m. on the 18th.

Commuter & Transfer Students

  • Commuter programming will be held during First Flight
  • Transfer students are welcome and encouraged to attend First Flight, if they are interested. While many of the events 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 participate in several academic programs including Academic Convocation, meeting with your First Year Seminar Class, and an important meeting with your Departmentand your faculty advisor. In addition to important academic meetings. First Flight is an important time to learn your way around campus and get to know other students before your classes begin.

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

New students are expected to attend programs during First Flight. 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 the Orientation Office.

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.

If you are not scheduled to take a First Year Seminar in the fall, you will still meet during this time.

If you have misplaced your Common Book Assignment, you can find the assignment here.