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Future Students

Guidance Counselors

Counselor walking with a student
As a high school guidance counselor, you play a major role in helping your students realize their college dreams and potential. We’ve gathered important information that can help you help your students successfully apply to Otterbein.


Priority Application Deadline is Dec. 15
As a reminder, while we will continue to review applications on a rolling basis, December 15th is our priority deadline for scholarship and Honors Program consideration. This allows us more time to review applications for the Full Tuition Scholarship Competition held each year in early February.

Otterbein, Ohio University Partner to Offer Pre-Osteopathic Medicine Early Assurance Program 
Otterbein is partnering with the Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine to attract highly talented high school students into an Early Assurance Program aimed at increasing the pipeline of primary care physicians practicing in Ohio. The new program will begin with students entering Otterbein in the fall of 2014. Learn more on our Pre-Osteopathic Medicine site.

Otterbein freezes tuition for the second year in a row
We know families are concerned about cost, and we work closely with them to find all the resources to make an Otterbein education affordable. This year, Otterbein froze tuition for the second year in a row and continued to invest additional financial aid resources to students. It is important to note that 99 percent of our incoming students received financial assistance and on average our students meet 44.9% percent of their cost through Otterbein scholarships and grants. We encourage students to learn more about their aid potential by visiting www.otterbein.edu/affordability.

Two New Academic Programs
One year after successfully introducing the Systems Engineering program, we are proud to announce two new academic programs, Business Analytics and Criminology.  Business analytics focuses on developing new insights and understanding of performance based on data and statistical methods and has been identified as one of the fastest growing careers in business today.

Otterbein adds Wrestling as an NCAA varsity sport
Otterbein is proud to announce that we added Wrestling as an NCAA Division III varsity sport and that we will be recruiting our first class of wrestlers for the Fall 2016. For more information visit www.otterbeincardinals.com

Listen to the voices of our faculty, staff, students and alumni as they explain Otterbein University's story. You can watch more Otterbein videos on our YouTube channel.

Upcoming Events

High School Student Visit Days, Oct. 3 & Nov. 7
Help your students sign up to visit Otterbein's campus during one of our upcoming visit days.

Cleveland-Area Guidance Counselor Luncheon, October 1

Maggiano's (26300 Cedar Rd. #1103, Beachwood, OH 44122)
For more information, contact Jarrod Harchalk at jharchalk@otterbein.edu.

Cincinnati-Area Guidance Counselor Luncheon, October 9
Maggiano's (7875 Montgomery Rd., Cincinnati, OH 45236)
For more information, contact Debbie Byrne at dbyrne@otterbein.edu.

Columbus-Area Guidance Counselor Luncheon, Oct. 13
Otterbein University (1 South Grove St., Westerville, OH 43081)
For more information, contact Katie Cook at kcook@otterbein.edu.

Admission Procedures at Otterbein

  • How can students apply to Otterbein?

  • What are all the pieces of a complete Otterbein application?

  • What are Otterbein's admission criteria?

  • Do any programs have additional application criteria?

  • Do any programs have additional enrollment criteria?

  • When can student expect to hear about whether they've been accepted?

  • What important Otterbein dates and deadlines should I put on my calendar?

Important Forms & Information for Guidance Counselors

/ 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