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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
    C
  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 2,284 undergraduate students. The Otterbein acceptance rate is 81%. Popular majors include Nursing, Psychology, and Health Service Preparatory Studies. Graduating 66% of students, Otterbein alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $35,200.
1 South Grove Street
Westerville, OH 43081
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Athletic Division
NCAA Division III (with football)
Athletic Conference
Ohio Athletic Conference

Otterbein University Rankings

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

Otterbein Admissions

Acceptance Rate
81%
Application Deadline
Rolling Admissions
SAT Range
1060-1250
ACT Range
20-27
Application Fee
$35
SAT/ACT
Considered but not required
High School GPA
Recommended
Early Decision/Early Action

Cost

Net Price
$23,732/ 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
$20,888/ 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.41 responses
68%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.41 responses
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Majors

Online

Online Programs Offered
0
Offers Online Courses
Yes
Online Certificate Programs
0
Online Associates Programs
0
Online Bachelor's Programs
0
How Students Learn
  • Mix of Online and on Campus
    3%
  • On Campus
    97%
  • Online
    0%

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
2,284Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
210
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 29 responses
  • Friendly
    59%
  • Bunch of different people
    31%
  • Anti-social
    7%
  • Outgoing
    3%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
74%
Poll
51%
of students say that Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.53 responses
Poll
60%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.58 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 25 responses
  • Close knit family
    52%
  • Outstanding
    20%
  • Home away from home
    16%
  • Extraordinary
    8%
  • Chill
    4%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$43,100/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
66%
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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My Favorite thing about Otterbein University is how friendly everybody is on campus. Passing people on the way to class you can always count on saying hello or waving to at least one person. The staff puts a lot of effort into getting to know you personally and making sure you have the best experience possible (especially the staff who work in the cafeteria, café, or The Point). The professors also put a great deal of effort into knowing who you are and making sure you get the best education possible. There have been many personal experiences and stories I have heard about professors going above and beyond for students. This could be anywhere from staying late to help out students and reviewing material for them to try and improve their performance, inviting students to their houses for the holidays so they do not have to spend them alone, showing up for funerals, attending events on campus for students, and evening driving students to where they need to go. Otterbein is comforting.
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!