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Learn More About FYE

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FYE's Mission

The First Year Experience program 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 Goals and Outcomes

  • To connect you to the resources that promote belonging, wellness, personal development, and success in the first year.

  • To inspire intellectual curiosity and to introduce you to the richness and rigor of an Otterbein education.

  • To explore diverse communities and identities and consider what it means to be a global citizen.

Peer Mentors

Peer Mentors are leaders on campus who help ease the transition to college for first-year students. The peer mentors will be assigned to one First Year Seminar (FYS) course and assist the instructor to meet the goals of the course and program. Mentors will offer peer insight into academic and social life at college, as well as provide supplemental support for all students on campus.

Interested in serving as a Peer Mentor?
See the information below and contact us at any time!

If you are interested in serving as a Peer Mentor or getting involved in the First Year Experience, please contact Joseph Oteng, (oteng1@otterbein.edu)

/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: 8:30 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
F: 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

p / 614-823-1624


Kate Lehman/Jennifer Bechtold, Assistant Deans for Student Success