First Year Experience (FYE) Program Information

The First Year Experience program at Otterbein is a comprehensive program to support all aspects of a student’s transition into the Otterbein community. The program focuses on both classroom and out of class resources and experiences to ensure the success of all new students. The First Year Seminar is a signature component of the FYE program and serves as the beginning course in the Integrative Studies curriculum. It guides your transition into Otterbein University classrooms and communities. Through a network of supportive resources, including a First Year Seminar, FYE nurtures your academic skills and passions, and immerses you in the life of the college. The program encourages you to explore yourself and world, your beliefs and values, and your educational and professional goals. It also asks you to think about what it means to be responsible to yourself, to Otterbein, and to local and global communities.

FYE Events Calendar

The transition into the Otterbein community involves many elements, both inside and outside of the classroom. Co-curricular experiences have always been valued as an important part of a student’s educational experience – so the FYE program has significant co-curricular programming to deliver on the overall program goals.

Each week, there are set events that peer mentors will present to students on successful tips for transitioning to college. First Year Students must attend three of these events in their first semester on campus.

Questions about events? Email or call 614-823-3202.

For more information about co-curricular programming or transition support, please contact Jennifer Bechtold, 614-823-1624, or Colette Masterson, 614-823-3205,

Note: Many of these events require that you pre-register. You must register for events you plan to attend at least 48 hours in advance.  If you do not pre-register, you will not be guaranteed a space at the event. Your instructor may allow you to attend campus events not listed below. Please consult with your FYS professor to determine what is considered an approved event for your FYS section.

Student Learning Outcomes University Learning Goals (KMERI*)
Goal One: To connect you to the resources that promote belonging, wellness, personal development, and success in the first year. Responsible
Goal 1: Outcome 1: You will encounter resources that promote academic success and personal development. Responsible
Goal 1: Outcome 2: You will establish a productive relationship with a peer mentor and your course instructor. Engaged
Goal Two: To inspire intellectual curiosity and to introduce you to the richness and rigor of an Otterbein education. Engaged, Inquisitive
Goal 2: Outcome 1: You will develop skills essential to academic success and lifelong learning Inquisitive
Goal 2: Outcome 2: You will be introduced to the concepts of integrative learning and the mission and goals of the Integrative Studies Program Engaged
Goal Three: To explore diverse communities and identities and consider what it means to be a global citizen. Responsible
Goal 3: Outcome 1: You will consider what it means to be an Otterbein student, with reference to the history, culture and values of the institution. Responsible
Goal 3: Outcome 2: You will consider what it means to be a citizen of the Otterbein community, the Westerville community, and beyond. Responsible
Goal 3: Outcome 3: You will encounter a variety of worldviews that arise from differences of culture and circumstance. Such difference include but are not limited to race, ethnicity, nationality, gender, age, religion, abilities/disabilities, sexual orientation, gender identity, socioeconomic status, and geographic region. Responsible, Inquisitive

*NOTE: KMERI refers to Otterbein's learning goals. It stands for KnowledgeableMulti-literateEngagedResponsible, and Inquisitive. To learn more about KMERI, visit our University Learning Goals page.