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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 2,294 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

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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.
Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $18,467/ year
  • $30-48k
    $20,662/ year
  • $49-75k
    $23,684/ year
  • $76-110k
    $25,860/ year
  • $110k+
    $26,700/ 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
71%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.38 responses
66%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.38 responses
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Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
2,294Undergrads
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 26 responses
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  • Friendly
    58%
  • Bunch of different people
    27%
  • Anti-social
    8%
  • Outgoing
    4%
  • Whitebread
    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.50 responses
Poll
60%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.55 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 22 responses
Report
  • Close knit family
    59%
  • Outstanding
    18%
  • Extraordinary
    9%
  • Chill
    5%
  • Home away from home
    5%
  • Mind numbingly boring
    5%

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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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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The staff is great and there are so many opportunities to strive. The staff is really there for you and want to see you succeed. They will do whatever it takes to help. There are so many different ways to get involved and meet new people. The classes are challenging but worth it. The food is not very good but the food in Uptown is great, some places even give discounts with your student ID. The Nursing, Education, Theatre, and Equestrian Majors are huge here. You'll definitely find your group of people here. The campus puts on many events and gets people involved and interested. Great way to meet new people. Campus is very small and you can walk everywhere. Great gym facility and housing.
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.