Tuition & Fees

$31,624

$31,624

not including room and board

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Test Scores

Percent of freshmen in each score range

600-699
30%
500-599
51%
400-499
17%
300-399
2%
700-800
2%
600-699
24%
500-599
44%
400-499
24%
300-399
6%
30-36
13%
24-29
37%
18-23
39%
12-17
11%
30-36
5%
24-29
49%
18-23
38%
12-17
8%
30-36
8%
24-29
44%
18-23
45%
12-17
3%
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undergraduateRatios

39%

male

61%

female

1

teacher

12

students

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Moderately Selective

72%

acceptance rate

Accepted 2,348
Declined + 874
Total Received 3,222
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Private (nonprofit)

2,485

undergraduate students

458

graduate students

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Most Popular Majors

  1. Nursing
  2. Business Administration
  3. Health Sciences
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Codes

SAT 1597
ACT 3318

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School Facts

Otterbein University, founded in 1847, is a private, coeducational, comprehensive four-year liberal arts institution affiliated with the United Methodist Church. Its 140-acre campus is located in Westerville, OH, 12 miles north of Columbus.

Public/private Private (nonprofit)
Campus Enrollment 2,943
Established in 1847
Coeducational Coeducational College, Founded Coeducational College
Religious affiliation Methodist
Accredited by •  CAATE (Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education)
•  CCNE (Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education)
•  HLC Higher Learning Commission
•  NASM (National Association of Schools of Music)
•  NAST (National Association of Schools of Theatre)
•  NCATE (National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education)

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Westerville, OH

140-acre, suburban campus in Westerville (population: 38,985), 14 miles from Columbus. Served by bus; major airport serves Columbus; train serves Sandusky (91 miles). School operates transportation to off-campus university-sponsored functions. Public transportation serves campus.

Otterbein University
1 South Grove Street
Westerville, OH 43081

Campus Life

yes
Housing available
61%
Percent of undergraduates that live in campus-owned housing
84%
Percent of freshmen that live in campus-owned housing
yes
Students are required to live in school housing
yes
Students may have cars on campus
yes
Alcohol is permitted on campus to students of legal age

Greek Life

 
6 fraternities 10% of male students
 
7 sororities 10% of female students
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% freshman classHigh School Class Rank

Top 1/10
2%
Top 1/4
17%
Top 1/2
59%
Bottom 1/2
41%
Bottom 1/4
1%

Test Scores

Percent of freshmen in each score range

600-699
30%
500-599
51%
400-499
17%
300-399
2%
700-800
2%
600-699
24%
500-599
44%
400-499
24%
300-399
6%
30-36
13%
24-29
37%
18-23
39%
12-17
11%
30-36
5%
24-29
49%
18-23
38%
12-17
8%
30-36
8%
24-29
44%
18-23
45%
12-17
3%

Admissions Facts

Application fee $25
Common application accepted yes
Application deadline January 15 (priority deadline)
August 15
School has early decision program no
School has early action program no
Admissions interview
(required or recommended)
Recommended
SAT/ACT requirements SAT or ACT Required

Moderately Selective

72%

acceptance rate

Accepted 2,348
Declined + 874
Total Received 3,222

Admissions Factors

Very Important

Secondary school record
Standardized test scores

Important

Character/ personal qualities
Class rank
Essay
Extracurricular activities
Particular talent/ability
Recommendations

Considered

Geographical residence
Interview
Volunteer Work
Work Experience

Not Considered

Alumni/ae relationship
Minority affiliation
Religious affiliation/commitment
State residency

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Admissions Contact

Mark Moffitt
Executive Director of Undergraduate Admissions
P: 800 488-8144
F: 614 823-1200
uotterb@otterbein.edu

Financial Aid

75%

Of students' needs
were fully met

$23,544

Average financial aid

Cost

Tuition $31,424
Room $5,508
Board $4,750
Additional fees $200
Books & supplies $1,285
Total $43,167
Average Financial Aid - $23,544
Total with Avg. Aid $19,623

Scholarships & Grants

Need-based

Federal $2,861,045
State $1,045,217
Institutional $30,861,547
Other external
Total $34,767,809

Non-need-based

Federal $60,825
State
Institutional $4,036,830
Other external
Total $4,097,655
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Financial Aid Deadline

FAFSA
June 1

Required Financial Aid Forms

FAFSA

Financial Aid Office

P: 888 688-3723
F: 614 823-1200
financialaid@otterbein.edu

Financial Aid Officer

Thomas Yarnell
Director of Financial Aid
tyarnell@otterbein.edu

Varsity Sports

M W
baseball
basketball
cheerleading
cross-country
equestrian sports
football
golf
lacrosse
soccer
softball
tennis
track (outdoor)
track and field (indoor)
track and field (outdoor)
volleyball
wrestling

Club Sports - Men's

Equestrian Sports, Hockey, Rugby, Ultimate Frisbee

Club Sports - Women's

Equestrian Sports

Intramural/Recreational Sports

Athletic Training, Badminton, Basketball, Bowling, Cheerleading, Corn Hole, Cycling, Dance Team, Dodgeball, Flag Football, Golf, Racquetball, Roller Skating, Softball, Ultimate Frisbee, Volleyball

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Athletic Directors

Dawn Stewart (men's)
Athletic Director
email

Connie Richardson (women's)
Associate Athletic Director/swa
email

Athletic Facts

Athletic conference memberships
Ohio Athletic Conference
Mascot
Cardinals
School colors
tan and cardinal

Majors

Assc. Bach. Mast. Doct.
Accounting
Accounting/Public
Acting
Actuarial Science
Allied Health
Art
Athletic Training
Biochemistry/Molecular Biology
Biology
Business Administration
Chemistry
Communication Studies
Computer Science
Criminology/Justice Studies
Early Childhood Education
Economics
Education
Educational Mathematics
Engineering/Physics
Engineering/Systems
English/Creative Writing
English/Literary Studies
Environmental Science
Equine Business Management
Equine Science
Equine Veterinary Technology
Exercise Science/Health
Finance
Global Studies
Health Education
Health Promotion/Fitness
History
Human Resources Management
Individualized
International Business/Management
Journalism/Media Communication
Leadership
Liberal Studies in Accounting
Liberal Studies in Business
Liberal Studies in Leadership
Management
Marketing
Mathematics
Middle Childhood Education
Music
Music Education
Music/Business
Music/Performance
Musical Theatre
Nursing
Nursing Practice
Organizational Leadership
Philosophy
Physics
Political Science
Psychology
Public Administration
Public Relations
Religion
Sociology
Spanish Education
Spanish/Latin American Studies
Sport Management
Sustainability Studies
Teaching
Theatre
Undeclared
Women's/Gender/Sexuality Studies
Zoo/Conservation Science
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Most Popular Majors

  1. Nursing
  2. Business Administration
  3. Health Sciences

Programs Offered

  • Accelerated study
  • Certificate programs
  • Distance Learning
  • Double majors
  • Dual degrees
  • Honors program
  • Independent study
  • Internships
  • Pass/fail grading option
  • Self-designed majors
  • Weekend College

Pre-professional Programs

  • Other
  • Pre-dentistry
  • Pre-law
  • Pre-medicine
  • Pre-optometry
  • Pre-theology
  • Pre-veterinary science

2,943

total students

86%

in-state

14%

out-of-state

Undergraduate

Graduate

84%

2,485
students

Female
61%
1,516

Male
39%
969

16%

458
students

Female
72%
331

Male
28%
127

undergraduateFull-time

undergraduatePart-time

91%

2,282
students

Female
61%
1,389

Male
39%
893

9%

203
students

Female
63%
127

Male
37%
76

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Student Break-down

< 1%
Nonresident aliens
6%
Black or African American, non-Hispanic/Latino
< 1%
American Indian or Alaska Native, non-Hispanic/Latino
2%
Asian, non-Hispanic/Latino
2%
Hispanic/Latino
74%
White, non-Hispanic/Latino
5%
Race and/or ethnicity unknown
4%
Two or more races, non-Hispanic/Latino
< 1%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander, non-Hispanic/Latino

Transfer Admissions

51%

Transfer applicants accepted

83%

Applicants accepted who enroll

Transfer Requirements

Minimum requirements College GPA: 2.50
High school transcript Required of All
College transcript(s) Required of All
Statement of good standing from prior institution(s) Required of All
Interview Recommended of All
Standardized test scores Recommended of Some
Essay or personal statement Not Required/Recommended

Transfer Application Deadlines

Fall: rolling

Spring: rolling

Summer: rolling

Transfer Credits

Minimum transfers must complete

48

semester hours

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Counseling services

  • Academic
  • Career
  • Minority student
  • Older student
  • Personal
  • Psychological
  • Religious
  • Veteran student

Remedial services offered

  • Math
  • Reading
  • Study skills
  • Writing

Career placement services

  • Alumni network
  • Career/job search classes
  • Interest inventory
  • Internships
  • Interview training
  • On-campus job interviews
  • Resume assistance

Percent of the campus accessible to physically disabled students

100%

Additional services

  • Health insurance
  • Health service
  • Nonremedial tutoring
  • Placement service

Special programs for physically disabled students

  • Adaptive equipment
  • Braille services
  • Interpreters for hearing-impaired
  • Note-taking services
  • Reader services
  • Talking books
  • Tape recorders
  • Tutors
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International Students

Number of foreign countries represented by degree-seeking undergraduate non-resident aliens 7
Countries most often represented Brazil
China
Germany
Japan
South Korea
The Republic Of Belarus
Special services offered for international applicants ESL program/classes
English lab
Host family program
International student center
Special counselors/advisors
Special orientation

International Student Contact

Mark Moffitt
Executive Director of Undergraduate Admissions
614 823-1108
mmofitt@otterbein.edu

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