WE ARE different. 
Here is why.  

Intentional, Integrative, Experiential Education.

Studying a major is important. Experiencing your education is transformational.  

Serving the Public Good.  
We believe it is our shared responsibility to harness knowledge and experience to serve the public good. 

Diversity and Inclusion.  
We are at our best when every member of our community feels they belong and knows they are valued for their individual identity.  

We are affordable. A college education is a right that belongs to every student who wants to learn. 99% of Otterbein first-year students receive some form of merit and/or need-based aid.  

Since its founding in 1847, Otterbein has been recognized for its pace-setting ideals—for its nationally ground-breaking integrative studies curriculum; its standing among the country’s first co-education institutions; and its commitment to serve a greater good. 

WE ARE 21st Century Excellence with a bold history for innovation. The Point, the new home to an accelerated incubator of innovation, is designed to bring industry, education and community together in one space to grow an entrepreneurial ecosystem that will take product and process from ideation to the marketplace. 

Otterbein’s perfect location in picturesque Westerville—just minutes away from downtown Columbus and the airport—makes internships and networking worldwide a reality for undergraduate and graduate students.  

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Financial Aid

Knowing how you’re going to finance your degree is important. At Otterbein, we will work with you to put together a financial aid package to help you pay for your education. Getting to this spot is a big step. But you’re not alone. We’ll be here for you every step of the way. Our commitment is to keep excellence and opportunity affordable for all students who stand to benefit from Otterbein’s transformational education. 

Families can begin filing the FAFSA in October for the next academic year. You and your student will need to have your FSA ID to begin the process of filing for aid at www.fafsa.gov. Priority packaging of financial aid at Otterbein will be given to students who file by February 15 each year. 

IMPORTANT: When completing the FAFSA, make sure you list Otterbein with our federal school code(#003110). 
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The Otterbein application for admission is also the application for consideration for Otterbein scholarships. The completed application, including additional materials submitted as part of the application, such as the student’s high school or college transcript(s), ACT or SAT scores, and recommendations may be used in scholarship decisions.  Learn more about Scholarships here 

Academic Programs 

An Otterbein education is more than mastering your curriculum – it’s getting hands-on experience, gaining confidence to take risks, understanding how to work with others, and discovering how to ask the right questions to solve problems. We invite you to explore the academic opportunities that Otterbein has to offer. 
Otterbein offers a choice of more than 60 majors and 40 minors, as well as individualized courses of study. We also offer five graduate programs in allied health, business administration, education, educational mathematics and nursing, including our doctor of nursing practice degree. Learn more about Academics 

Campus Life

College isn’t all fun and games — you have to study and sleep, too! So why not do it on campus? Some people say it’s “convenient” to live on campus, but all we know is that you can sleep in a little longer when it’s a short walk to your classes. If that’s not reason enough, read on for more good reasons!

Roommates quickly become friends and pizza parties on Wednesday nights turn into donut runs on Friday nights. Capture the flag, craft nights, movie nights, midnight pancakes and more… Living on campus means you can do more than just attend Otterbein, you can live it!

As a residential campus, Otterbein expects all students to live in campus housing until their senior year unless they are living at home with their parents within a 30-mile radius of campus. Students wishing to commute from home or live off-campus as a senior, are asked to apply each spring semester by Feb. 1 for commuter or off-campus status. Learn More about Campus Life

Extracurricular Life

Otterbein won’t let you sit on the sidelines. In fact, we’re counting on you to become a part of this place. Start a new club. Volunteer. Go on a 2 a.m. doughnut run. Play in the Marching Band. Cheer for the Cardinals in the Red Zone. Catch up with friends and grab some tater tots in the Nest.

It’s easy to get involved and feel at home from day one at Otterbein. Our students like to make things happen and they care about making a difference. Fun is what you make it here and you’ll find plenty of friends by your side to share the ride.