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Otterbein University

  • Type Control of Institution - Public/Private

    Private, Not-For-Profit

  • Acceptance Rate:


  • Level

    4 Years

  • Religious Affiliation Indicates religious affiliation (denomination) for private not-for-profit institutions that are religiously affiliated.

    United Methodist

  • Accreditation Accreditation is the process by which the quality of learning at various educational institutions are evaluated. Read More.


  • Website

  • Student Population Number of Students attending College


  • On Campus Housing Does the institution provide on-campus housing?


A private, United Methodist university, Otterbein University is situated in Westerville, OH. Otterbein University occupies a total area of about 140 acres. The foundation of Otterbein University was laid down in the year 1847. Otterbein University is recognised by its official colors, tan and cardinal. In addition to over 2,480 undergraduate students, OU also boasts of over 456 students in its postgraduate courses, taking the total enrollment to over 2,936. To teach various courses to the students, the school has employed a total of 328 faculty. Around 95% of the students are 24 and under at Otterbein University. At OU around 76% are white, 8% are Black or African American, and 5% belong to two or more races. And, when it comes to gender distribution at the varsity, around 61% of the students are females and 39% are males. The college has produced several notable alumni including Rachael Harris, Benjamin Hanby, Sam Jaeger, and Chris Jansing in its 173 years of existence. The university boasts of a decent sports infrastructure, which helps in developing the personality of its students. OU offers a total of 228 undergraduate and graduate programs, including both residential and online. The university also has a long list of accreditations. It has been accredited by CAATE (Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education), CCNE (Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education), HLC Higher Learning Commission, and NASM (National Association of Schools of Music). The total endowment of the Otterbein University is around $101 million (2019).

Location & Contact





1 South Grove Street


It becomes easier for the aspirants to apply to a university and have their doubts regarding the same cleared if the university has a ranking. Considered one of the best publications when it comes to ranking universities, Forbes has placed Otterbein University at the 528th position on the latest list of top colleges. However, it is to be noted that the rankings are decided based on common metrics like acceptance rate, endowment, benefits, and SAT scores, among others.


  • Application Deadline Deadline for application submissions. Please contact the school for more details.


  • Acceptance Rate Percentage of applicants who are accepted in an Institution.


  • SAT Range

    1105 - 1285



  • ACT Range

    21 - 27

  • High School GPA


  • Application Fee


  • Accept Common App


Though the varsity takes in only a few number of students, and the admission to OU is fairly easy. The admission process starts by filling up the form and submitting a fee of $35. The SAT score in the range of 1055-1250 would boost a student's chances of securing admission. The average ACT score at Otterbein University is 23. However, those getting an ACT score less than 20 might also be offered admission. As expected, the candidates can complete the process either online or by visiting the school's office at 1 South Grove Street, Westerville, Ohio 43081. To gather more information, they can call them at (614) 890-3000.

Annual Cost to Attend

  • Net Price Cost of attendance minus any grants and scholarships received.


  • Average Annual Cost


Additional Costs:

  • Books And Supplies


  • Other Fees


  • Room And Board The charges for an academic year for ooming accommodations and meals for a typical student.


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Total One Year Cost


Tuition fees and the cost of living during the course tenure are the next two things that a student should keep in mind before applying to OU. The annual full-time cost of attendance comes out to be approximately $47,221. This cost consists of the average annual tuition cost ($32,474), books and supplies ($1,330), room and boarding ($11,186), and budget for other expenses ($4,337). If it sounds unaffordable to the applicant, there are numerous financial aid options available that they can explore.


Highest Degree Offered The highest degree offered by the Institution.

Doctor's degree

Student:Faculty Ratio


Full-Time Retention Rate Percent of the that re-enrolled at the institution as either full- or part-time in the current year.


Part-Time Retention Rate Percent of the that re-enrolled at the institution as either full- or part-time in the current year.


Academic Calendar


Research Funding per Student


Faculty Overview


Male Professors


Female Professors

Non-traditional Learning

Evening Degree Programs

Teacher Certification

Distance Education

Study Abroad


Most Popular Majors:

  • Registered Nursing, Administration,...

    50 Graduates

  • Health Services/Allied Health/Healt...

    37 Graduates

  • Health and Physical Education/Fitne...

    31 Graduates

  • Public Relations, Advertising, and...

    31 Graduates

  • Business Administration, Management...

    29 Graduates

  • Psychology, General

    25 Graduates

  • Teacher Education and Professional...

    25 Graduates

  • Drama/Theatre Arts and Stagecraft

    19 Graduates

  • Business Administration, Management...

    29 Graduates

  • Psychology, General

    25 Graduates

  • Teacher Education and Professional...

    25 Graduates

  • Drama/Theatre Arts and Stagecraft

    19 Graduates

  • Teacher Education and Professional...

    19 Graduates

  • Allied Health Diagnostic, Intervent...

    17 Graduates

  • Biochemistry, Biophysics and Molecu...

    17 Graduates

  • Communication and Media Studies

    16 Graduates

  • Fine and Studio Arts

    14 Graduates

  • Finance and Financial Management Se...

    13 Graduates

  • Music

    13 Graduates

  • Management Sciences and Quantitativ...

    12 Graduates

  • Wildlife and Wildlands Science and...

    12 Graduates

  • Health/Medical Preparatory Programs

    10 Graduates

  • Sociology

    10 Graduates

  • Accounting and Related Services

    9 Graduates

  • Biology, General

    9 Graduates

  • Natural Resources Conservation and...

    9 Graduates

  • Rhetoric and Composition/Writing St...

    9 Graduates

  • Business, Management, Marketing, an...

    8 Graduates

  • Computer and Information Sciences,...

    8 Graduates

  • English Language and Literature/Let...

    8 Graduates

  • Design and Applied Arts

    7 Graduates

  • Marketing

    7 Graduates

  • Political Science and Government

    7 Graduates

  • Education, General

    6 Graduates

  • History

    6 Graduates

  • Philosophy

    6 Graduates

  • Sustainability Studies

    6 Graduates

  • Allied Health and Medical Assisting...

    5 Graduates

  • Physics

    5 Graduates

  • International Business

    4 Graduates

  • International Relations and Nationa...

    4 Graduates

  • Mathematics

    4 Graduates

  • Criminology

    2 Graduates

  • Economics

    2 Graduates

  • Liberal Arts and Sciences, General...

    2 Graduates

  • Romance Languages, Literatures, and...

    2 Graduates

  • Agricultural and Domestic Animal Se...

    1 Graduates

  • Business/Corporate Communications

    1 Graduates

  • Chemistry

    1 Graduates

  • English Language and Literature, Ge...

    1 Graduates

  • Ethnic, Cultural Minority, Gender,...

    1 Graduates

  • Human Resources Management and Serv...

    1 Graduates

  • Public Administration

    1 Graduates

  • Religion/Religious Studies

    1 Graduates

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Student Body

Undergraduate Students


Socio-Economic Diversity Percent of full-time, first-time students receiving an income-based Federal Pell Grant intended for low-income students.


Full-time / Part-time

92% / 8%

Students Gender



US National: 44%



US National: 56%












Two or more races


Non Resident alien




American Indian/Alaska native


Native Hawaiians/Pacific islander


Geographic Density

Geographic Density



Unknown Location


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Economic Diversity

36% percentage of students who recieved an income-based Federal Pell Grant intended for low-income students.

Median Household Income

$67,882 per year

Campus Life


The students can reside on campus and 82% of Freshman Live On-Campus.

On Campus Housing Available


Freshmen Required to Live on Campus


Freshmen Live on Campus


Undergrads in College Housing


Averege Housing Cost


Campus Food

The institution has several dining and meal plan options available to students and the average meal plan cost is around $5,300/year.

Meal Plan Available


Average Meal Plan Available



Division Sports Nickname


School Colors

tan and cardinal

Varsity Athletics Association


Varsity Athletics Conference Primary

Ohio Athletic Conference

Total Male Athletes


Total Female Athletes


Intramural Sports


Sports Club


Sports Team (Men)



Cross Country






Track and Field


Sports Team (Women)


Cross Country







Campus Security

The university offers on-campus housing facilities to the students who wish to stay on the campus. At OU, $11,186 is the normal expense for on-campus housing, which a student will be needed to pay, each year. The students at Otterbein University have several dining and meal plan options to choose from. Moreover, the average meal plan costs around $5,300 per year. To ensure the safety and security of students, the university has a number of campus safety and security measures in place. Some of these features include 24-hr security patrol, campus emergency phones, 24-hr escort safety rides and mobile campus emergency alert. The number of female and male students at the university are 39% and 61%, respectively.

24-Hour Security Patrol

Campus Emergency Phones

24-Hour Escort Safety rides

Mobile Campus Emergency Alert

After Graduation

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation


Median Earnings 10 Years After Graduation


Median Total Debt After Graduation The median cumulative federal debt of undergraduate borrowers who graduated.

$25,750 - $27,250

Typical Monthly Loan Payment The median monthly loan payment for student borrowers who completed, if it were repaid over 10 years at a 4.53% interest rate.

$267 - $283

Outcomes 8 Years of Attending

Show data for students who

and started their studies

Out of 7,811 students

30% Graduated

10% Still Enrolled

15% Transfer

1% Withdraw

Financial Aid

Students Receiving Gift Aid Percent of undergraduate students awarded federal gift aid.


Average Aid Per Year


Students Receiving Federal Grants


Average Aid Per Year


Students Receiving State Aid


Average Aid Per Year


Students Receiving Institutional Grants


Average Aid Per Year


Average Grant & Scholarship by Family Income Aid awarded based on the family income.


Average Amount

< $30K


$30K - $48K


$48K - $75K


$75K - $110K


> $110K


Total Non-Needs based Scholarships/Grants


In case the students at Otterbein University face any financial issues concerning the fees and cost of living, and find the same to be high, they can seek help from the financial aid department of the varsity. It focuses on settling the issues that students face, and candidates can be assisted with scholarships, grants, and student loans. At the university, the average federal grant comes to be around $5,182, whereas the financial aid is $18,579. The university provides financial assistance in the form of state-level aid worth $2,992 and institutional aid worth $18,579. The total non-need-based scholarships/grants offered to students at Otterbein University add up to $2,273,665 per year.

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