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Otterbein University is a private institution that was founded in 1847. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 2,575, its setting is suburban, and the campus size is 114 acres. It utilizes a 4-1-4-based academic calendar. Otterbein University's ranking in the 2013 edition of Best Colleges is Regional Universities (Midwest), 16. Its tuition and fees are $30,658 (2012-13).
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The mission of Otterbein University is to educate the whole person in a context that fosters the development of humane values. Otterbein University is a private, church-related, coeducational college that sponsors traditional and continuing education programs of liberal arts and professional education at Baccalaureate and Master's levels. Our commitment is to the liberal arts as the broad base of all learning.
Campus: Otterbein's 140-acre campus is accented by the historic Towers Hall, which was constructed in 1872 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Renowned for its Department of Theatre and Dance, Otterbein students perform plays for the community in the Fritsche Theatre at Cowan Hall, which was renovated in 2005. The Department of Art operates three galleries. Otterbein's Art and Communication Building was renovated in 2006, and is home to the Miller Gallery, the student radio station (WOBN), student newspaper (Tan & Cardinal) and the student-run Westerville television station (WOCC). Classes began in fall 2009 at both the newly built Center for Equine Studies and the Science Center, which completed a $20 million renovation and addition.
Arts: Otterbein University Theatre and Otterbein Summer Theatre stage nine shows a year. Plays range from classical Shakespearean dramas and British comedies to musicals and experimental works. The music program at Otterbein includes the concert band and concert choir, opera theatre and musical theatre, a marching band, a vocal jazz group and several instrumental ensembles. Otterbein students also perform with the Westerville Symphony at Otterbein. Three galleries feature art by students, faculty and guest artists, as well as pieces from Otterbein's permanent collection. The Otterbein Signature Series has hosted notable visiting artists including acclaimed independent filmmaker Gus Van Sant and Joel Meyerowitz, whose photography of Ground Zero after September 11, 2001, has traveled the world.
Athletics: Men and women compete in the Ohio Athletic Conference, NCAA Division III. There are nine varsity sports each for men and women, including varsity women's lacrosse, which takes the field in March 2012. A complete intramural program is available to all students.
Community Service: Otterbein's Center for Community Engagement has been honored by the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor roll for five consecutive years. Every year, more than 70,000 hours are donated by Otterbein students through our Center for Community Engagement. Approximately 80% of the student body participated in community service in 2009-10. In addition, 90 service-learning courses enrolled over 1,000 students that same year.
|School type||private, coed college|
|Religious affiliation||United Methodist|
When applying to Otterbein University, it's important to note the application deadline is rolling. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due April 15. The application fee at Otterbein University is $25. It is selective, with an acceptance rate of 79.3 percent.
For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.
|Fall 2011 acceptance rate||79.3%|
|SAT/ACT scores must be received by||April 15|
The student-faculty ratio at Otterbein University is 11:1, and the school has 69.2 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Otterbein University include: Business Administration and Management, General; Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse; Art/Art Studies, General; and Psychology, General. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 76.0 percent.
|4-year graduation rate||49|
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Otterbein University has a total undergraduate enrollment of 2,575, with a gender distribution of 37.4 percent male students and 62.6 percent female students. At this school, 46.0 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 54.0 percent of students live off campus. Otterbein University is part of the NCAA III athletic conference.
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|Collegiate athletic association||NCAA III|
Campus Info & Services
Otterbein University offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, placement service, health service, and health insurance. Otterbein University also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Of the students at Otterbein University, 50 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is not permitted for students of legal age at Otterbein University.
|Students who have cars on campus||50%|
|Health insurance offered||Yes|
|Students required to own/lease a computer||No|
Paying for School
At Otterbein University, 78.3 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $15,206.
Paying for college doesn't have to be difficult or devastating. Go to the Paying for College knowledge center to get advice on raising cash and reducing costs.
|Tuition and fees||$30,658 (2012-13)|
|Room and board||$8,684 (2012-13)|
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* Overview details based on 2011 data