Student Orientation Frequently Asked Questions for Parents & Family

The S.O.A.R. Experience

Our new online orientation, the S.O.A.R. (Summer Orientation, Advising & Registration) Experience, will allow us to share information with you throughout the summer and engage you and your family in exciting ways. We can’t wait to teach you more about the true Otterbein experience!

Frequently-Asked Questions

How does my student register for Orientation?

Have your student complete the SOAR Experience Registration form online. They will also need your email contact information to complete this form.

Why should I participate in 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.

How will my student register for classes?

ll students will be sent a personalized link to a registration survey to their Otterbein email by mid-May. Students must activate their Otterbein email to get this information. Once a student completes their survey, the Registrar’s Office will create a first-year schedule for the student. During orientation, students will meet individually with a faculty advisor to review the schedule and make any necessary changes or adjustments.

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

Staff members from Student Financial Services are available to answer questions. If you have many specific questions, it is in your best interest to email financialaid@otterbein.edu to schedule a time to talk on the phone or meet virtually so your questions can be addressed individually.

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

Places to stay

If you need overnight accommodations for your visit to Otterbein, you’ll find a variety of hotels conveniently located near campus.

Note: Otterbein does not in any way endorse these businesses, products or services. This listing is provided as a resource only.

Aloft Westerville Hotel (1.7 miles)
Ask about Otterbein Parent/Friend Rate
32 Heatherdown Dr
Westerville, OH 43081
614.899.6560 x7114

Hampton Inn & Suites Columbus-Polaris (2.6 miles)
Ask about Otterbein Parent/Friend Rate
8411 Pulsar Place
Columbus, OH 43240
614.885.8400

Courtyard by Marriott (5.1 miles)
Ask about Otterbein Parent/Friend Rate
7411 Vantage Drive
Columbus, OH 43235
614.436.7070

Embassy Suites (2.7 miles)
Ask about Otterbein Parent/Friend Rate
2700 Corporate Exchange Drive
Columbus, OH 43231
614.890.8600

Fairfield Inn & Suites Columbus Polaris (2.4 miles) 
9000 Worthington Road
Westerville, OH 43082
614.568.0770

Holiday Inn Express – Polaris (2.7 miles)
8670 Orion Place
Columbus, Ohio 43240
888.465.4329

Candlewood Suites Polaris (3.4 miles)
8515 Lyra Drive
Columbus, Ohio 43240
877.226.3539

Extended Stay America (3.4 miles)
8555 Lyra Drive
Columbus, OH 43240
614.431.5522

Hilton – Columbus / Polaris (3.4 miles)
8700 Lyra Drive
Columbus, OH 43240
614.885.1600

Hilton Garden Inn (3.4 miles)
8535 Lyra Drive
Columbus, OH 43240
614.846.8884

Comfort Inn North/Polaris (3.6 miles)
8400 Lyra Drive
Columbus, OH, 43240
614.791.9700

Remember to register for orientation!

Go to the registration form >