Student Orientation Frequently Asked Questions for Parents & Family

The SOAR options for students starting their flight at Otterbein in the Fall 2019 Semester 2019 will be:

  • Thursday, June 20
  • Saturday, June 21
  • Friday, July 12
  • Tuesday, August 20

All orientation sessions begin with registration at 8:00 am and end around 5:30 pm.


How does my student register for Orientation?

Have your student complete the online SOAR Reservation Form and payment as soon as you can to increase your chances of coming to your first choice of dates. This form requires payment via credit card.

If you have a concern with this option, please contact the Center for Student Involvement at 614-823-3202 or

Why should I attend orientation with my student?

The information that is shared during orientation is designed to help students be successful during their first year of college. As a parent or family member that will be supporting their student during college, the information that is shared will be helpful as the student makes their transition to Otterbein. Attending orientation is also an excellent way to learn more about the campus resources available to your students and an opportunity to meet Otterbein faculty and staff.

What does the registration fee cover?

The registration fee for parents, family and guests covers all materials, meals, and supplies for the day-long program

What time does orientation start and when can I expect to be done?

Orientation check-in will begin at 8:00 a.m. with the program beginning at 8:45 a.m. You should expect to be done by 5:30 p.m. and plan for your student to stay the entire day.

I have not gotten a confirmation for the date I registered for, what do I do?

All orientation confirmations will be sent directly to the student via their Otterbein email account. Emails will be followed-up by a postcard confirming your scheduled date. If you are unsure that your registration has been received, you can call the orientation office (614-823-3202).

Will I be with my student during the day?

Students and parents will begin the day together, but will split into separate sessions before lunch. Most parents and family members have different questions than students so we provide programs that fit the needs of families specifically. While parents and guests attend their sessions, students will be getting to know other first-year students, meeting with a faculty advisor, and learning more about being a successful Otterbein student.

How will my student register for classes?

Your student will be emailed a personalized link to a registration survey to their Otterbein email. They must activate their Otterbein email to get this information. Once they complete their survey, the Registrar’s Office will create your student’s schedule. During orientation, your student will meet individually with a faculty advisor to review their schedule and make any necessary changes or adjustments.

I have questions about Financial Aid, can I meet with someone that day?

Staff members from Student Financial Services will be available to answer questions during every orientation session. If you have many specific questions, it is in your best interest to call the Student Financial Services (614-823-1502) before orientation to be sure your questions can be addressed individually.

We are coming from out of town, where can we stay?

Check out our Visit Otterbein guide for travel and lodging information.

Remember to register for orientation!

Go to the registration form >