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Campus Life

Incoming Students

We can help you make Otterbein your new home.

You’re moving away from home for the first time, and everything can seem overwhelming. Don’t worry, we’re here to guide you through the housing process.

Important Housing Dates for 2016-2017

  • May 12: New & Transfer Student Housing & Meal Plan Request Forms due
  • July 1: New & Transfer Student Applications for Commuter Student Status due
  • July 1: Transfer Student Applications for Off-Campus Status due

  • Late July: New & Transfer Student Housing Assignments sent via Otterbein email
  • August 15: Residence Hall Move-In for students attending the August 16 Orientation
  • August 17: Residence Hall Move-In for all new & transfer students
  • December 9: Residence Halls Close for winter break

  • January 8: Residence Halls Re-Open for spring semester
  • April 29: Residence Halls Close for summer break

Living Learning Communities

We anticipate offering three (3) Living Learning Communities (LLCs) in 2016-2017; Leadership, Health & Wellness, and Sports in Society. LLCs pair your First Year Seminar (FYS) with living together, so you live with your FYS classmates. A number of out-of-class and special activities are being planned for the LLCs, including an early move-in time. Learn more and apply here.

Themed Communities

We expect to offer four (4) Themed Living Communities in 2016-2017; Honors, STEM, Arts Appreciation, & Open Space. Themed Living Communities allow students with special interests to live together, but do not require participation in a certain course. Students in Honors will reside in Mayne Hall and will be invited to participate through their academic department/Honors department. Students interested in STEM & Arts Appreciation will live in Dunlap-King Hall and work closely with our faculty as the new STEAM Center opens on Collegeview Road. The hall for Open Space has not yet been determined. More information is available here.

Traditional Residence Halls


Learn about our Traditional Style Residence Halls.

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Meal Plan Options

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Choose the plan that's right for you.

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Room Assignments & Roommates

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Learn how roommates are assigned and more.

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Tips for First Year Students

How to make the most of your first year at Otterbein.

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/ Office of Residence Life

The Office of Residence Life is located in the back of Hanby Hall on Cochran Alley.

Office Hours
M-F: 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
M-F: 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. (summer)

p/ 614.823.1250
e/ reslife@otterbein.edu

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