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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.

Spring Semester 2015 New & Transfer Student Housing Dates

  • January 4 or sooner: Housing & Meal Plan Request, Room & Board Agreement and Address Information Forms due
  • January 4-7: Housing Assignments emailed
  • January 8: Spring Semester Orientation; Residence Hall check-in for students attending orientation 4-5 p.m.
  • January 10: Residence Halls Open for spring semester at Noon, check-in for new residents from Noon-2 p.m. in your residence hall RA office; Dining service opens for dinner at 5 p.m.
  • April 29: Residence Halls Close for summer break

Spring Semester 2015 International/Exchange Student Housing Dates

  • December 21 or sooner: Housing Request Form, Room & Board Agreement and International Address Information Form due (Return via email to reslife@otterbein.edu) 
  • December 28-31: Housing Assignments emailed
  • January 4-7: Arrival on campus permitted, no meals served in dining hall, additional daily cost for housing
  • January 8: Spring Semester Orientation
  • January 10: Dining service opens for dinner at 5 p.m.
  • April 29: Residence Halls Close for summer break

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.

All Gender Restrooms

An all gender restroom is a restroom open to all persons. The all gender restrooms on Otterbein’s campus are private, locking, and available for use to all persons. These restrooms include one toilet, one sink and the door to the bathroom locks. (The all-gender restrooms are separate and different from the community style bathrooms in each of the traditional residence halls). Please click here  for a complete list of all gender restrooms in the residence halls and academic buildings. Check out the all gender restroom signs Otterbein University received for free http://www.mydoorsign.com/all-gender-restroom-signs. We will be hanging these signs outside of all of the all gender restrooms on campus this year.

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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