Otterbein University

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1 South Grove Street

Westerville, OH 43081

Phone: (614) 890-3000
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#17 Overall Score: 68 out of 100. Regional Universities (Midwest)

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Otterbein University is a private institution that was founded in 1847. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 2,537, 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 2014 edition of Best Colleges is Regional Universities (Midwest), 17. Its tuition and fees are $31,424 (2013-14).

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

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 Graduate 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.

General Information

School type private, coed college
Year founded 1847
Religious affiliation United Methodist
Academic calendar 4-1-4
Setting suburban
2012 Endowment $77,610,405


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 75.5 percent.

For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.

Selectivity selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 75.5%
Application deadline rolling
SAT/ACT scores must be received by April 15

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at Otterbein University is 12:1, and the school has 72.5 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Otterbein University include: Registered Nursing, Nursing Administration, Nursing Research and Clinical Nursing; Business Administration, Management and Operations; Psychology, General; and Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Levels and Methods. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 76.3 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 12:1
4-year graduation rate 48%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Registered Nursing, Nursing Administration, Nursing Research and Clinical Nursing 11%
Business Administration, Management and Operations 10%
Psychology, General 8%
Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Levels and Methods 8%

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Student Life

Otterbein University has a total undergraduate enrollment of 2,537, with a gender distribution of 38.2 percent male students and 61.8 percent female students. At this school, 63 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 37 percent of students live off campus. Otterbein University is part of the NCAA III athletic conference.

Total enrollment 2,984
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Collegiate athletic association NCAA III

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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

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Paying for School

At Otterbein University, 75.4 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $15,860.

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Tuition and fees $31,424 (2013-14)
Room and board $9,038 (2013-14)
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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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