Frequently-Asked Questions about Student Orientation for Transfer Students

2020 Orientation Dates

For students starting their flight at Otterbein in Fall Semester 2020, your options for SOAR will be the following:

  • Thursday, June 18
  • Saturday, June 20
  • Friday, July 10
  • Tuesday, August 18

Orientation begins with check-in at 8:00 am and ends around 5:30 pm.

Frequently-Asked Questions about Transfer Student Orientation

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 no 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 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 – 8:30 a.m. with the program beginning at 8:45 a.m. You should expect to be done by 5:30 p.m.

Am I required to attend First Flight (New Student Week)?

No. However, during First Flight you will attend many important academic meetings that will help you to be prepared for classes when they begin.

While all of First Flight is not required, if you are able you should plan to attend:

  • August 19: Residence Hall or Commuter Check-In
  • August 20: New Student Convocation and first meeting with your FYS or TYS
  • August 20: Meet your academic department and advisor and second meeting with your FYS or TYS

Will I have my housing and roommate assignment in time for Orientation?

No. Housing and roommate assignments will be completed in late July. During Orientation you will be able to see a sample room, but you will not have your official assignment. You will have an opportunity to interact with the Residence Life Staff during Orientation and they will be able to answer your questions related to living on-campus.

Remember to register for orientation!

Go to the registration form >