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College Credit Plus / Otterbein Collegiate Institute

Why should students enroll in College Credit Plus at Otterbein?

College Credit Plus is an opportunity for high-achieving central Ohio high school students interested in taking college-level courses during high school, to begin building their college credits.  Students may take Otterbein courses in their high school (if available) or on our conveniently located campus in Westerville, with their school district covering most of the cost for tuition and books.  CCP is only available during the academic year (August-May).  Student wishing to take courses during the summer term or for college credit only (does not impact high school GPA) may request consideration for the Otterbein Collegiate Institute (OCI).  The student is responsible for the cost of OCI, at a discounted rate of $100 per credit hour.  A typical Otterbein course is four credits.

Taking advantage of Otterbein's nationally-recognized curriculum, supportive campus and convenient location, CCP allows for students to take courses for no or little cost.  Check with your high school counselor of the Otterbein Admission Office for more information.

"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
  • Convenient
  • Get a jump start on your college career
  • Affordable
  • Rigorous coursework
  • 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 one 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?

To be considered for this competitive opportunity, students must complete the state's "intent to participate" form available in your high school guidance office, and 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 scores. Otterbein's codes for sharing test scores are: ACT 3318; SAT 1597
  • Letter of recommendation from a teacher or counselor

Otterbein employs a holistic application review process that consider high school performance (GPA course selection, rigor, grade trends), standardized test scores, and activities (leadership, community service, work, athletics).  Some programs have additional criteria such as minimum GPA or test scores, audition, portfolio review etc.  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)

Contact

p/ 614.823.1500
e/ uotterb@otterbein.edu