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Living Learning Communities

Otterbein offers students an opportunity to make connections with peers, faculty and staff from the moment they walk on campus with the Living Learning Communities (LLCs).  The LLCs are theme based and coincide with the First Year Seminar courses that all incoming students take.  These select courses are designed for students to live on a specific floor of a residence hall together, participate in signature activities outside of the classroom, and partner with faculty and residence life staff to create a unique and inclusive living community.  
Living Learning Community Request Form

Themes for Academic Year 2016-17


  • The Leadership LLC is open to all first-year students and will provide participants with the opportunity to develop a greater sense of themselves and improve their critical and reflective thinking skills as they explore leadership theories and concepts. Participants will have an opportunity to develop and enhance their leadership skills through various components of leadership education and to learn more about his or her personal leadership style.
  • Participants can enroll in either FYS 1013 Women in Leadership: From Inside Out, FYS 1024 Leadership Pathways, or FYS 1025 Discovering & Developing Your Strengths.

Health & Wellness

  • The Health & Wellness LLC is designed to allow participants to become more aware of their strengths and challenges in the dimensions of wellness such as fitness and physical health as well as issue associated with community wellness. Participants will enjoy activities that challenge them physically, educate them on healthy eating and lifestyle choices, engage in community outreach, enjoy exciting excursions and most importantly create lasting friendships.
  • Participants will enroll in FYS 1061 Highway to Health: Your Personal Wellness Journey.  

Radical Creativity

  • The Radical Creativity LLC is new for the 2016-2017 academic year.  Imagination and transformation. Inspiration and activism. Art-making and world-making. This living and learning community will dive into the arts as forces of social revelation and social change. Together we will explore the power of art that moves us personally and collectively. We will see all kinds of art: on and off campus. And we will produce our own -- individual and collaborative -- radical creative projects. 
  • Participants will enroll in FYS 1009 Scripting Teens/Scripting Identity.  

/Contact FYE

The Center for Student Success is your contact for FYE and is Located at 172 W. Main Street (Nestled between Tau Delta and TEM, Across from the Science Center)

Office Hours
M-Th: 8:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
F: 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

p / 614-823-1624


Kate Lehman, Assistant Dean for Student Success