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.
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.
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).
- Get a jump start on your college career
- 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.
- Fall Semester: May 15
- Spring Semester: November 15
Need more information?
- Contact your high school guidance counselor
- Contact Otterbein University at 614.823.1500 and ask to speak with our OCI coordinator.