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Their First Flight
They’ve only been out of your nest for a few days—and we couldn’t be happier that they’ve landed here at Otterbein. Here you'll find links to helpful hints that includes everything from Career Center advice to resources from the Center for Student Success to a reminder about free tickets for Theatre, Music and the Arts performances as well as free tickets to home Cardinal Athletic events.

We're saving a seat for you! Did we mention it's all free?

That’s right. We said free.
For the next four years, you’ve got free tickets to just about everything that happens on this campus. 
When will so many concerts, shows, films, exhibits and other talent be available to you at no cost?  Not only is it all free—it’s some of the best talent in the country.

Last year students used their free tickets to attend…

  • Musicals like “The Full Monty” and “Les Miserables” 
  • Art exhibits ranging from environmental portraiture to iconic images of 1930s America 
  • Lectures from a Nobel laureate and an internationally acclaimed author 
  • Concerts like the Spring Sing variety show, jazz combos and choir performances

So whether you love the arts, you want to hear your roommate sing at a concert, or you need to meet a class requirement—it’s all here for you. You can check out upcoming events with the online ArtScene calendar.

You are Stronger, Braver, and Smarter

Good advice, right?
That's what the Center for Student Success is all about--good advice.

  • If you have a question about your major--changing it or adding one . . .
  • If you aren't sure how to clear a hurdle or an obstacle you're facing, like making a change to your schedule . . .
  • If you don't know where to go to get an answer or help . . .

The answer is always-- the Center for Student Success. You might think of this place like your campus concierge. The added bonus? You can always just walk in. Even better-- there's a never-ending supply of candy along with some really comfy chairs. 

The whole purpose of the Center for Student Success is to make sure your first year experience goes as smoothly and successfully as possible. 

Got Game?

We're RED-y to welcome you as a new Cardinal!
You might even say your arrival gives us all something to cheer about. . . And, when it comes to cheering, remember your student ID gets you into all the home games for FREE!!

So while you're getting in the zone as a new student, make plans to join the fun in the RED ZONE - the student fan section! be sure to catch one of the Cardinal home openers:

  • September 18 - Volleyball vs. Denison (7pm, Rike Center)
  • September 20 - Football vs. Marietta (2pm, Memorial Stadium) Don't miss the BIG pre-game surprise! The first 500 fans at the game will get a commemorative gift!
  • September 20 - Cross Country Invitational (9am, Dave and Claudia Lehman Cross Country Course)
  • September 24 - Women's Soccer vs. Kenyon (7pm, Memorial Stadium)
  • October 8 - Men's Soccer vs. John Carroll (7pm, Memorial Stadium)

Center for Career and Professional Development

Center for Career and Professional Development by the numbers…

  • 2,350 Internships, full-time, and part-time opportunities (including on-campus student employment opportunities) posted via Otterbein’s Cardinal Careers website last year.
  • 94 Percent of Peer to Peer Internship Fair Attendees reported discovering new internship opportunities.
  • 30 Minutes is all it takes to complete an online interest assessment (Focus 2) to help match your talents and interests to great academic programs and potential career options.
  • 10 Minute walk-in conversations are available at the Career Center every Monday through Friday from 1 to 3 p.m. Even better? No appointment necessary. Just walk in.
  • 0 ZERO is the additional cost of all the services you have available to you! The Office offers everything from career counseling and occupational search by industry to services like resume critiques and mock interview coaching. And all of this is available to you for NO ADDITIONAL CHARGE!

Get Involved: A Message from Bob Gatti

A lot of my work is strategic as the vice president for the division of Student Affairs—but the most important thing to me and the team I lead is helping students through all four years at Otterbein. 

We’re going to support you, challenge you, make sure you grow and we’ll provide you with some safety nets, too. Our work is focused on providing a level of mentoring, services and programming that will meet all of your needs—emotional, social, physical/wellness, cultural, spiritual, intellectual and vocational.

I want you to know that I have an open door and I really enjoy getting to know each student. Listening to and talking with our students is something this division values.

If you want, follow me on Twitter @bobgatti. Watch for my “Tweet for Treats” invitations, too. It’s a great chance to meet me and other students at the Starbucks in the Library’s OtterBean. I’m buying and I’ll be listening to you, too. And don’t worry—if you follow me on Twitter, I want you to know I won’t ask to follow you. I respect the fact that it’s your space.

Robert Gatti, Vice President and Dean of Students

Contact the Admission Office