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  1. Academics
    B
  2. Value
    A-
  3. Diversity
    B+
  4. Campus
    B+
  5. Athletics
    B
  6. Party Scene
    B
  7. Professors
    B
  8. Location
    A
  9. Dorms
    B-
  10. Campus Food
    B-
  11. Student Life
    A-
  12. Safety
    B+
Otterbein is an above-average private, Christian university located in Westerville, Ohio in the Columbus Area. It is a small institution with an enrollment of 2,279 undergraduate students. Admissions is somewhat competitive as the Otterbein acceptance rate is 73%. Popular majors include Nursing, Health Service Preparatory Studies, and Business. Graduating 59% of students, Otterbein alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $33,900.
About Otterbein University...
Athletic Division
NCAA Division III (with football)
Athletic Conference
Ohio Athletic Conference
Address
1 South Grove Street
Westerville, OH 43081
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Otterbein University Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

Admissions

Acceptance Rate
73%
Application Deadline
SAT Range
1010-1220
ACT Range
21-27
Application Fee
$35
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Recommended
Early Decision/Early Action

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Cost

Net Price
$23,945/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $17,238/ year
  • $30-48k
    $19,803/ year
  • $49-75k
    $23,837/ year
  • $76-110k
    $24,814/ year
  • $110k+
    $26,406/ year
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Academics

Professors
B
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
11:1
Evening Degree Programs
No
97%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.33 responses
73%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.37 responses
68%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.37 responses
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Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
2,279Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
3%
Pell Grant
28%
Varsity Athletes
22%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
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  • Friendly
    60%
  • Bunch of different people
    28%
  • Anti-social
    8%
  • Outgoing
    4%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
79%
Poll
51%
of students say that Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.49 responses
Poll
61%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.54 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 21 responses
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  • Close knit family
    62%
  • Outstanding
    19%
  • Extraordinary
    10%
  • Chill
    5%
  • Home away from home
    5%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$41,100/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
59%
National
49%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
95%
National
83%
91%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.23 responses
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Awesome academics with many internship opportunities. Columbus is a great place for after college job opportunities. Westerville is an awesome place to be during college years, anything you need is in this area. Polaris is only 5 minutes away which has everything you need. Athletics are awesome! Great coaching staff for all athletic teams. Hosing/ dorms are great and the food is pretty good. Lots of off campus housing opportunities for upperclassman.
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Otterbein is a beautiful campus and the ratio of professors to students is really outstanding. Also, many of the professors really care and are there for their students. There is also a lot going on campus to support you through whatever you may need assistance with. For example, if you are going through something emotional wise we have counselors ready to talk with you. We also have good internship/career advantages and many more bonuses. Now, compared to The Ohio State University Otterbein is the farthest from diverse but, it is getting better and that's all that matters. Campus is pretty safe and our on campus police staff (OPD) does a great job keeping up on patrol and response when they are needed in any situation.
Pretend my rating is 4.5.

Otterbein was one of the best times of my life. I can't speak for after school opportunities just yet, as I'm still a fresh grad, but I'll get back to you guys on that (maybe).

If you go into this place with an open mind, you'll do alright. Most people are pretty friendly and down to get to know you if you give them a chance.

As for academics, I wasn't a huge fan but there's quite a few different departments so try and find some juniors or seniors in your field at the school. INST courses, which are essentially super-focused electives, are pretty hit or miss. Many students don't like them, but I actually really enjoyed most of mine. Just take the ones your interested in and not the ones your friends are taking.

Great school going through some huge changes which will make it even better for the most part.