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Otterbein Collegiate Institute

Why should students enroll in OCI?

The Otterbein Collegiate Institute (OCI) is an opportunity for high-achieving central Ohio high school students interested in taking college-level courses during their junior and senior year of high school, to begin building their college credits.

Taking advantage of Otterbein's nationally-recognized curriculum, supportive campus and convenient location, the OCI allows for students to take courses at an affordable and discounted cost of just $100 per credit hour! A typical semester course at Otterbein is four credit hours.

"Otterbein gave me a more challenging environment than high school. I was surrounded by students who wanted to learn and treated me just like the other college students." - Kelsey Walker, Westerville North High School

There are many reasons to enroll. Here are a few of them:

  • Location close to home
  • Small, friendly and easy-to-navigate campus
    Our first-year students put Otterbein in the top 10 percent of schools in the country for its "supportive campus" in the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE).
  • Convenient
  • Get a jump start on your college career
  • Affordable
  • Rigorous coursework
    Our first-year students put Otterbein in the top 10 percent of schools in the country for its "level of academic challenge" (NSSE).
  • Parking located close to the buildings where classes are held
  • Treated like an Otterbein student with access to the dining hall and cafe shops, bookstore, parking pass, athletic events (free) and more

"OCI has been a wonderful asset for Dominic. He has grown exponentially from this experience. I believe that this is outstanding and a great confidence builder, and the cost is an exceptionally good value." - Ronald Baer, parent

What courses are available?

Students have the opportunity to choose from a wide variety of 1000- and 2000-level courses offered on Otterbein's campus, including but not limited to:

  • American Experience to 1865 (HIST 1100)
  • Art History (ARTH 1000)
  • Calculus II (MATH 1800)
  • Chinese (CHIN 1000)
  • Media Writing (JAMC 1500)
  • Multivariable Calculus (MATH 2700)
  • Political Philosophy (POLS 1150)
  • Psychology for Non-Majors (PSYC 1000)
  • Public Speaking (COMM 1100)
  • Screenwriting Across Genres (ENGL 1164)
  • Spanish (SPAN 1000)

Note: course registration may be limited by pre-requisites and other criteria.

Students typically take on course per semester, although, with permission, certain high-achieving students can take more than one course. A full list of Otterbein's course offerings can be found at www.otterbein.edu/courseofferings

How do students apply?

For student to be considered for this competitive opportunity, they need to submit the following information to the Office of Admission:

  • Application for Admission - application fee waived! Available at www.otterbein.edu/apply
  • Official high school transcript (sent directly from the high school/district)
  • ACT, SAT, PLAN or PSAT scores (optional, unless a student has below a 3.3 accumulative GPA). Otterbein's codes for sharing test scores are: ACT 3318; SAT 1597

Students will be notified of the admission decision within three to four weeks after the application deadline.

Application deadlines:

  • Fall Semester: May 15
  • Spring Semester: November 15

Need more information?

  1. Contact your high school guidance counselor
  2. Contact Otterbein University at 614.823.1500 and ask to speak with our OCI coordinator.

/ Undergraduate Admission

The Office of Admission is located in Clippinger Hall, 102 W. College Ave.

Office Hours
M-F: 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
M-F: 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. (summer)


p/ 614.823.1500
e/ uotterb@otterbein.edu