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Five Cardinal Experiences

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Experiential learning gives you the chance to take what you've learned in a class and put it to work in real-world situations.  Otterbein believes this is one of the most important and powerful ways to learn and is recognized as a national leader in this arena.  With access to Columbus, the state's capital, a network of regional and national partners and a community invested in your goals, the possibilities for how Otterbein's Five Cardinal Experiences are realized for you are limitless.

A Cardinal Experience is an active and authentic concrete experience that engages students in real-world opportunities to apply the knowledge and skills they have acquired in the classroom. A Cardinal Experience may occur in the community, on campus, or across the globe. Both curricular and co-curricular experiences can serve as Cardinal Experiences.

The Five Cards

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Learn about the cards.

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News and Profiles

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Read about students' adventures completing the cards.

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Five Cards Sponsors

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Learn how Five Cards sponsors support students' work.

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5 Cards in the Community

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The Five Cards in the campus community and beyond.

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How to Earn a Card


Learn how to apply for your cards.

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Melissa Gilbert
Associate Dean Experiential Learning and Community Engagement

Chelsie Lakeman
Five Cards Graduate Assistant

p/ 614.823.1270
e/ 5cards@otterbein.edu