OTTERBEIN UNIVERSITY is a private, co-educational, comprehensive liberal arts institution founded in 1847 and affiliated with the United Methodist Church.
It is located in Westerville, Ohio which has been ranked the fifth friendliest town in America by Forbes
in 2012 and 15th on Money Magazine’s
2009 list of Best Places to Live. Westerville is a suburb of Columbus, Ohio’s capitol and the nation’s 15th largest city, and home to many cultural and work opportunities.
Otterbein enrolls approximately 3,000 students, including undergraduates from over 30 nations and almost all 50 states.
Otterbein offers over 70 majors, as well as individualized fields of study. Master’s degree programs are offered in allied health, business administration, education, educational mathematics and nursing, including courses in its newly-accredited nurse anesthesia program in conjunction with Grant Medical Center. Otterbein’s first doctorate program, doctor of nursing practice (DNP), began classes in spring 2011.
Accredited since 1913 by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, Otterbein has consistently placed high among peer institutions in U.S. News & World Report’s
“Guide to America’s Best Colleges” for over a decade. Otterbein is ranked 16th among 149 schools in its category in the 2013 guide and was named a top 10 “Up and Comer” by its peers in the 2011 guide. Otterbein has also been recognized by Washington Monthly
as a top school for contributions to the public good and by the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for its commitment to community service and service-learning.
Otterbein is nationally recognized for its innovative curriculum and emphasis on experiential learning. Students are encouraged to take part in Otterbein’s five Cardinal experiences (Internships & Professional Experiences, Undergraduate Research & Creative Work, Global Engagement & Intercultural Experiences, Leadership & Citizenship, and Community Engagement) to put what they learn in the classroom into practice in the real world.
Otterbein has a nationally recognized arts program including Theater, Musical Theater, Music and Art. Many students participate in the arts, even if they choose to major in other fields. Other majors of note include Actuarial Science, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Equine Science, International Business, Nursing and Zoo and Conservation Science.
Otterbein By the Numbers:
3,000 students: 2,500 undergraduates and 500 graduate students
Student – Faculty ratio of 11:1
TOEFL requirement of 69
GPA middle 50% 3.23 to 3.91 (on a 4.0 scale)
SAT middle 50% 1030 to 1220 (Critical Reading and Math)
Costs and Scholarships:
2012 -13 Costs:
Room & Board: $ 8,684
International students are eligible for a wide array of merit scholarships ranging from $5,000 to $14,000. The average award is $11,000.