Otterbein University

Westerville, OH

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.

Tuition & Fees

$33,074

$33,074

not including room and board

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Test Scores

Percent of freshmen in each score range

700-800
7%
600-699
42%
500-599
41%
400-499
10%
700-800
7%
600-699
28%
500-599
45%
400-499
19%
300-399
1%
700-800
2%
600-699
24%
500-599
44%
400-499
24%
300-399
6%
30-36
14%
24-29
28%
18-23
40%
12-17
18%
30-36
5%
24-29
39%
18-23
41%
12-17
15%
30-36
9%
24-29
40%
18-23
46%
12-17
5%
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undergraduateRatios

39%

male

61%

female

1

teacher

12

students

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Moderately Selective

80%

acceptance rate

Accepted 2,184
Declined + 513
Total Received 2,697
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Private (nonprofit)

2,501

undergraduate students

352

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 2,853
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: 39,737), 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
60%
Percent of undergraduates that live in campus-owned housing
79%
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 27% of male students
 
7 sororities 26% of female students
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% freshman classHigh School Class Rank

Top 1/10
25%
Top 1/4
56%
Top 1/2
88%
Bottom 1/2
12%
Bottom 1/4
3%

Test Scores

Percent of freshmen in each score range

700-800
7%
600-699
42%
500-599
41%
400-499
10%
700-800
7%
600-699
28%
500-599
45%
400-499
19%
300-399
1%
700-800
2%
600-699
24%
500-599
44%
400-499
24%
300-399
6%
30-36
14%
24-29
28%
18-23
40%
12-17
18%
30-36
5%
24-29
39%
18-23
41%
12-17
15%
30-36
9%
24-29
40%
18-23
46%
12-17
5%

Admissions Facts

Application fee $35
Common application accepted yes
Application deadline
School has early decision program no
School has early action program no
Admissions interview
(required or recommended)
Recommended
SAT/ACT requirements SAT Subject Tests Considered if submitted
SAT or ACT Required

Moderately Selective

80%

acceptance rate

Accepted 2,184
Declined + 513
Total Received 2,697

Admissions Factors

Very Important

Secondary school record

Important

Character/ personal qualities
Class rank
Essay
Extracurricular activities
Particular talent/ability
Recommendations
Standardized test scores
Volunteer Work

Considered

Alumni/ae relationship
Geographical residence
Interview
Work Experience

Not Considered

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

66%

Of students' needs
were fully met

$21,705

Average financial aid

Cost

Tuition $32,624
Room $6,200
Board $5,568
Additional fees $450
Books & supplies $1,302
Total $46,144
Average Financial Aid - $21,705
Total with Avg. Aid $24,439

Scholarships & Grants

Need-based

Federal $964,413
State $448,778
Institutional $5,722,747
Other external $180,324
Total $7,316,262

Non-need-based

Federal
State
Institutional $2,406,594
Other external $185,042
Total $2,591,636
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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

Pre-professional Programs

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

2,853

total students

89%

in-state

11%

out-of-state

Undergraduate

Graduate

88%

2,501
students

Female
61%
1,535

Male
39%
966

12%

352
students

Female
72%
252

Male
28%
100

undergraduateFull-time

undergraduatePart-time

93%

2,332
students

Female
61%
1,415

Male
39%
917

7%

169
students

Female
72%
120

Male
28%
49

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Student Break-down

< 1%
Nonresident aliens
7%
Black or African American, non-Hispanic/Latino
< 1%
Native American or Alaska Native, non-Hispanic/Latino
3%
Asian, non-Hispanic/Latino
4%
Hispanic/Latino
74%
White, non-Hispanic/Latino
3%
Race and/or ethnicity unknown
5%
Two or more races, non-Hispanic/Latino

Transfer Admissions

89%

Transfer applicants accepted

55%

Applicants accepted who enroll

Transfer Requirements

Minimum requirements College GPA: 2.00
High school transcript Required of Some
College transcript(s) Required of All
Statement of good standing from prior institution(s) Recommended of Some
Interview Not Required/Recommended
Standardized test scores Recommended of Some
Essay or personal statement Required of All

Transfer Application Deadlines

Fall: rolling

Spring: rolling

Summer: rolling

Transfer Credits

Minimum transfers must complete

36

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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