Frequently-Asked Questions about Student Orientation for Transfer Students

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.


Am I required to attend Orientation?

Yes, transfer students are required to attend Orientation. It is a great way to help get you connected at Otterbein before classes begin.

How do I know what date I’m scheduled to attend?

All orientation confirmations are sent directly to students 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).

How do I register for classes?

You will be emailed a personalized link to the course registration survey to your Otterbein email. You must activate your Otterbein email to get this information. This survey is your first step in the registration process. You will not be able to move forward with course registration until you complete the survey. The registration survey will not only be helpful in determining what courses to take but also helpful to your academic adviser.

How do I access my Otterbein email address?

Go to and enter the PIN provided in your Welcome Letter. You will be instructed to create a unique password. To access your email go to our Microsoft Office sign-in page and log in using your user name and the unique password you created when you activated your account.

Start good habits now! You should check your Otterbein email account daily, especially leading up to the start of the academic term, for important information on campus.

Should my parents or family come with me?

This is a decision you and your family will need to make. There are informational sessions throughout the orientation day especially designed for parents and families. There is not cost for students to attend, but each guest will need to pay the registration fee. There is a $40 charge for the first guest and $20 each for each additional guest.

Can I bring a friend?

All guests that accompany you to orientation will need to pay the registration fee. There is a $40 charge for the first guest and $20 for each additional guest. Be advised, guests will NOT be able to accompany you during the entire day. Parents, family and guests will be asked to attend the parent and family orientation that is scheduled for the day. You will begin the day together, but will not come back together until the end of the day.

How long is orientation?

Orientation check-in will be 8:00 – 8:30 a.m. with the program beginning at 8:45 a.m. You should expect to be done by 5:30 p.m. This is a full day of programming so please plan accordingly.

Remember to register for orientation!

Go to the registration form >