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B+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  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
    C+
  11. Student Life
    B+
  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 2,294 undergraduate students. Admissions is somewhat competitive as the Otterbein acceptance rate is 76%. Popular majors include Nursing, Health Service Preparatory Studies, and Business. Graduating 64% of students, Otterbein alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $35,200.
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
76%
Application Deadline
SAT Range
1040-1300
ACT Range
21-27
Application Fee
$35
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Recommended
Early Decision/Early Action

Cost

Net Price
$24,402/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Average Total Aid Awarded
$20,110/ year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
100%

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.40 responses
68%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.40 responses
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Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
2,294Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
186
Undergrads Over 25
3%
Pell Grant
31%
Varsity Athletes
23%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 28 responses
Report
  • Friendly
    57%
  • Bunch of different people
    32%
  • Anti-social
    7%
  • Outgoing
    4%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
82%
Poll
50%
of students say that Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.52 responses
Poll
60%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.57 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 24 responses
Report
  • Close knit family
    54%
  • Outstanding
    21%
  • Home away from home
    13%
  • Extraordinary
    8%
  • Chill
    4%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$43,100/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
64%
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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I am research scholar. I worked in the department of Health and sport's science, Education and Sociology.
I like the student- faculty relationships. The faculty at Otterbein are amazing and always there to answer any questions or concerns.
Sitting in the classes and observing the lectures was incredible. Otterbein has small class sizes, gives enough space to the students to interact. The university offers a variety of study abroad programs.
One thing that I have observed is that the school is not diverse. I speak as an international student from Africa. I think a lot still must be done when it comes to defining the term diversity. I believe it’s important to a have a class or an institution that represents the world. As the world moves closer than ever towards globalization, it is important to have as many representatives as possible in training leaders for the next generation that we are creating.
Amazing University highly recommended!
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I love the atmosphere and the professors, who all seemed to care about my education. The only thing that is unfortunate is that parts of the campus seems to be a bit run-down, but this does not change my overall view of Otterbein. I was able to make friends easily and get along with anyone I came in contact with. I began to develop a personal connection with my professors and those who worked in admissions and the financial aid department, all of the staff cares about your education!
I like having a tight nit campus, but being so close to central Columbus. You get the best of both worlds! There are so many originations and clubs, many resources and a huge community connection. Sports are also a huge part of campus life. I love my major and departments really help students find their interest and help them accomplish their academic and career goals.