Otterbein University in Westerville

Westerville, OH

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Otterbein University offers 267-degree programs. Student-to-faculty ratio is 10:1. 1 high safety campus. Acceptance Rate is 75%. The most popular test is SAT - 21% of students submitted it in comparison to 92% of students who submitted ACT. 36.4% are women, and 63.6% are men. 3% percents of international students. Otterbein University is a member of 6 athletic associations. The average annual total cost of attendance at Otterbein University is 25542$, that is above national average. Total price of living is between $36838 and $44794 per year. 59% of full-time Otterbein University students completed their education program in 150 percent of time: graduation rate is above national average. Average salary after attending is $41,200, so if you studied 2 years, you’ll get your funds back in less than 2 years.

Average Annual Cost

Average annual cost includes tuition and fees, books and supplies, and living expenses, minus the average grant/scholarship aid. Separate metrics have calculated for different institutions depends on calendar system and sector of the establishment (public or private).

The Otterbein University is a private and academic-year institution, so it’s net price represents an average of all programs and includes only undergraduates who first enrolled in the fall term and receive Title IV aid. The total cost of attendance depends on whether undergraduates live on campus, off campus (not with family), or off campus (with family).


By Family Income

Depending on the federal state, or institutional grant and available, Otterbein University students in your income bracket may pay more of less than the overall average costs.

Family IncomeAverage cost
$0 - $30,000$20,970
$30,001 - $48,000$23,147
$48,001 - $75,000$23,870
$75,001 - $110,000$26,179

Admission considerations


  • Secondary school record
  • Recommendations
  • Admission test scores
  • Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)


  • Secondary school GPA
  • Secondary school rank
  • Completion of college-preparatory program
  • Formal demonstration of competencies

Neither required nor recommended:

  • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)



  • Typical room charge for academic year: 5296

  • Typical board charge for academic year: -

  • Combined charge for room and board: -


Percent of students with financial aid


Types of financial aids


1887 of Otterbein University undergraduates were awarded with some type of financial aid, it’s 81 percents of all undergraduate students. This makes Otterbein University number 30 in the amount of financial aid awarded to students among all educational institutions in Ohio.

Students at Otterbein University awarded 5 types of loans or aids, the biggest percent of students received a any financial aid.

Salary After Attending


According to College Scorecard Data from U.S. Department of Education

Students services


Academic/career counseling service

Employment services for students

Living & meal

Full-time, first-time degree/certificate-seeking students required to live on campus

Institution provide on-campus housing

Institution provides board or meal plan

Veteran Services Available

Yellow Ribbon Program

Dedicated point of contact for support services for veterans, military servicemembers, and their families

Disability services


Percent indicator of undergraduates formally registered as students with disabilities

Undergraduate programs or courses are offered via distance education

Graduate programs or courses are offered via distance education

Alternative tuition plans

Any alternative tuition plans offered by institution

Tuition payment plan

Tuition payment plan - a program that allows tuition to be paid in installments spread out over an agreed upon period of time, sometimes without interest or finance charges.

Special learning opportunities

Here are the learning opportunities available in Otterbein University.

Study abroad

Weekend/evening college

Teacher certification (below the postsecondary level)

Teacher certification: students can complete their preparation in certain areas of specialization

Teacher certification: approved by the state for initial certification or licensure of teachers

Study abroad - programs and arrangements giving students a possibility to complete part of the college program studying in another country.

Weekend/evening college allows students to complete courses and attend classes only on weekends or only in evenings.

Teacher certifications programs are designed to prepare students to meet the requirements for certification as teachers in elementary, middle/junior high, and secondary schools.

Athletic associations

  • Member of National Athletic Association
  • Member of National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA)
  • NCAA/NAIA member for football
  • NCAA/NAIA member for basketball
  • NCAA/NAIA member for baseball
  • NCAA/NAIA member for cross country/track

Graduation Rate


Otterbein University graduation rate is above the national average.

59% of full-time students enrolled for the first time to Otterbein University completed the education program and got a degree in 150 percent of the expected time of completion.

The graduation rate value includes only programs that were completed less than six years for four-year degrees or less than three years for two-year degrees.

Graduation rate is the percentage of institution’s new-entering, first-time, first-year undergraduate students who complete their program within 150% of the published time for the program. Graduation rate excludes a huge number of students. This indicator doesn’t take into account students of nontraditional enrollments - part-time students, students who enroll mid-year, and who transfer from one institution to another. So graduation rate alone can create a misleading picture. Completion rate in the form of total number of students receiving any types of awards/degrees creates a complete picture. Combining this data with graduation rate is a better way to compare institutions.

Applying information

Average number of admissions to one applicant

1 : 1

Average number of applicants to one enrolled

5 : 1

Admission considerations


  • Secondary school record
  • Recommendations
  • Admission test scores
  • Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)


  • Secondary school GPA
  • Secondary school rank
  • Completion of college-preparatory program
  • Formal demonstration of competencies

Neither required nor recommended:

  • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)

Acceptance Rate

The percentage of students given offers out of all those that applied.


In comparison to National Average

Otterbein University acceptance rate is above national average.

In comparison to state Average

Average acceptance rate for institutions in state is 73%, so acceptance rate value is above state average for 2% only.


In comparison to an average acceptance rate in of colleges in $20k - $30k price range

Average acceptance rate for all institutions in state in the same net price range is 71%, so Otterbein University acceptance rate value is above state net price average for 4% only.


Admissions yield

Of those that receive offers to enroll, this is the percent of students that actually do enroll. It is equal to the number of students that enroll divided by the number of accepted students multiplied by 100.



Full time


Part time

Retention rate

Full-time retention rate


Part-time retention rate


The Otterbein University full-time retention rate is 81% and part-time retention rate is 33%.

Retention rate is the percentage of the institution's first-time first-year undergraduate students who continue at that institution the next year. E.g., full-time students who study in the fall semester and keep on studying in the same program next fall semester are counted in the retention rate.

Retention rate is an important index: if it is high, it shows that school has quality curriculum, positive student environments and cultures as more students choose to continue their studies.

SAT/ACT scores

SAT scores

Percent of first-time degree/certificate-seeking Otterbein University students submitting SAT scores


Composite SAT Range (25th - 75th):
1440 - 1820

SAT Range by section (25th - 75th)
Critical Reading: 480 - 620
Math: 490 - 610
Writing: 470 - 590

SAT Test Score Range


ACT scores

Percent of first-time degree/certificate-seeking Otterbein University students submitting ACT scores


Composite ACT Range (25th - 75th):
22 - 27

ACT Range by section (25th - 75th)
English: 21 - 28
Math: 21 - 27
Writing: 7 - 8

ACT Test Score Range


SAT Score Converter

The new SAT is scored out of 1600 after the adjustments made in 2016. The old SAT was scored out of 2400. If you took an old SAT, you can convert your score to the new SAT score using the SAT Score Converter.

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For the High School Class of 2016:
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For the High School Class of 2017:
Most students in the Class of 2017 will take the new SAT, and most colleges will convert old SAT scores to new SAT scores.

Student Body

The student-to-faculty ratio at Otterbein University is 10:1, that means that for every 10 students the institution has one professor, lecturer or specialist with a degree in education. Lower student-to-faculty ratio is better - it means that professors can dedicate more time and attention to each student.

Student-to-faculty ratio



Number of international students


Percent of international students

Race/ethnicity breakdown


Students enrollment in distance education


In Otterbein University the biggest percent of students are enrolled in on-campus courses.

Distance education location breakdown


Here are the students enrolled exclusively in distance education courses at Otterbein University and grouped by their location. Distance education courses are the most popular for students located in Ohio.

Campus Safety

The percentage of crimes on Main Campus

The campus located by 1 S. Grove Street address in Westerville, Ohio.


Main Campus in comparison of all branches in the US. It is calculated as the average percent of crimes yearly by five years of data for every campus, based on an overall number of students studying there. The branch is a part of Otterbein University with 0.36% of maximum crimes a year. The most often crimes detected on Main Campus are burglary, forcible sex offense, and motor vehicle theft.

Academic Programs

Number of degree programs offered

Otterbein University offers 267 programs in total: 213 are for Bachelor's degree, 39 - for Master's degree, and 9 are Post-master's certificate.

This is one of the lowest number of programs in comparison with other 40 universities in Franklin county, with one of the highest number of Post-master's certificate. Otterbein University is one of the few institutions in Franklin that offers a Master's degree program.


Total credit/contact hours

Here you can find the data on instructional activity in measured in total credit and/or contact hours delivered by institutions during a 12-month period. Also we shown the Ohio state average data to help you compare.


Otterbein University provides coursework for undergraduate students, graduate students and students with doctors professional practice.

In 2014-2015 academic year estimated full-time equivalent undergraduate enrollment was 2276 students with 68271 сredit hours for 12-month instructional activity period. The enrollment for graduates was 179 with 4296 credit hours. The doctors professional practice enrollment was 28 students.


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Student Reviews and Ratings for Otterbein University

Overall Rating:

Overall Rating:

Absolutely do not attend this school, avoid at all costs. I attended this school for 1 semester, and not only was I lied to, but they even refused to transfer my credits to another university. If you are looking to have your education take as long as possible while your bank account gets drained, then this is the school for you.

Source of the review: Google Places, Google Maps™

Overall Rating:

Lived on campus for a year. Sororities scream or "chant" all night long. Police do nothing. Over the course of a year, I had one good roommate and two awful roomates. One of the roomates had a serious drug problem and her much older boyfriend staying in the room. My RA did nothing but say " just don't let me hear about it". Residence life would not let me switch rooms. I could not get an apartment off campus because I was not 22 yet. On top of all this, the nursing program/department was an unorganized mess. Professors were always on a different page and the online struggle never worked. I transferred and have much happier elsewhere.

Source of the review: Google Places, Google Maps™

Overall Rating:

Wonderful university, is very liberal (it's a liberal arts school y'all like what did you think) however there are many very vocal conservatives who also thrive here. Honestly don't know why Wesley is so angry about it there was a man who would come and protest the gays and abortion every few weeks. No voice was actually unheard, but we all have different experiences in college. Wonderful theater department however there is a clear totem poll when it comes to breaking down the department. This is also true for Greek life, don't get me wrong I loved being with my sisters, but there is a totem poll. Professors are typically very open to helping you although like all campuses some are better than other. There is definitely a lack of communications but this seems to be a theme for all colleges/universities.

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Overall Rating:

I came to Otterbein University in 2013 and will be graduating in the Fall this year with a degree in business management. Over the years I have been here, it has slowly devolved into a predatory echo-chamber where only one opinion is thought, taught, and allowed.You are immediately indoctrinated during the orientation period with many far left opinions, one of the most prominent being white privilege. This has never made sense to me because I thought college was supposed to promote the idea of exchange of very controversial opinions from all sides through free speech to advance knowledge in society on the free market of ideas where the bad ideas die off (but are not suppressed) and the good ideas advance due to human reason. If the orientation process contains political views then it is obvious that the University is designed to make you think a certain way. If you do not agree with the far left opinion you are labeled a racist (or some other buzzword). If you voted for Trump, racist. If you are white, you are inherently racist because of your race and no I am not kidding that they don't see the irony in that statement.Straight white male? Forget about being allowed to have an opinion because you are a racist sexist homophobic privileged bigot who needs to shut up and listen to anyone with a different skin color, sexual orientation, or who identify as one of the unlimited other genders that aren't male or female. Believe me multiple loud and proud organizations on campus will yell at you about if you don't recognize these newly invented and unlimited terms.The faculty and orientation leaders may tell you that the University does not have these policies in place, which may in fact be true on paper, but take it from a non-republican, Libertarian white male who didn't vote for Trump, I am considered an enemy by many who don't even know me because I have a different opinion and have expressed it. I am confident that my opinions are help by large portions of society and am concerned by the backlash I have faced at a University that is supposed to promote higher education. There are no conservative groups on campus and I don't blame anyone for not wanting to start one due to the backlash and social exclusion that would take place. The indoctrinated students and faculty care about diversity of every sort (including who you take to the bedroom for some reason???) except the intellectual one. In conclusion,I would not recommend anyone go here but especially so if you are white and going into the humanities. You will be shamed for your race / who you like to take to the bedroom(because of cis-heteronormativity look it up) / your gender / ect.... and if you don't give into that shame, well, good luck dealing with the backlash. You couldn't pay me to go to this place for another year. Don't pay for yourself or your kids to become indoctrinated life long far left wingers.If I could do it over I would go to a University that cares about intellectual diversity and not so much what your race is or who you have sexual relations with, frankly because I'm not a racist or bigot. I want to listen to all opinions from all students to decide for myself what I think is right. I DID NOT have that option here and neither will you. Choose wisely.

Source of the review: Google Places, Google Maps™

Overall Rating:

Helpful staff, wonderful learning environment, sweet town. The service department tends to lack, my roommate and I had to wait 1 1/2 months for them to change a light bulb in our dorm and they don't seem to feel it is there job to fix greek life's dishwashers and laundry machines even if the school owns the houses. Same goes for back porches. The environment of the school and the willingness to help from all the other departments make up for it. Professors are actually willing to help (well some) and the general concensus is that they want all of their students to succeed and are more than willing to help you do so. This university will always have a soft spot in my heart and I miss everyone and everything there dearly.

Source of the review: Google Places, Google Maps™

Location & Website

Address: 1 South Grove Street


Religious affiliation: United Methodist

Calendar system: Semester

General Phone Number: +6148903000

Institution is active in current year: 1

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