About Otterbein

It's A Big Commitment, We Know!

At Otterbein, we realize that returning to school as an adult student is a big step.  You have responsibilities to your family, employer and community.  We understand that and we will partner with you to help you accomplish your dreams and realize your goals.

Here’s our commitment to you:

  • We offer personal advising and individual scheduling to help you develop your plan for success.
  • Our expert faculty will take a personal interest in you and your goals -- you won’t be a number.
  • We will work with you to make your education affordable through scholarships and financial aid It’s one of our main priorities.
  • We welcome you to this model community. You won’t sit on the sidelines. Otterbein is a place for you to belong and we’re excited for everything you’ll bring.
  • Together, we’ll partner with you to help you achieve your personal best; and ultimately prepare you to lead a life of purpose.

Otterbein by the numbers...

Location: Westerville is a residential community of 36,000 residents on the northeast side of Columbus, Ohio, offering a small-town atmosphere with all the conveniences and opportunities of a big city.  *Westerville Voted America's Best Suburb by the Movoto Real Estate blog

Enrollment: Approximately 2,900 men and women from throughout the United States and several foreign countries.

Curriculum: Otterbein offers a choice of more than 70 majors and 40 minors, as well as individualized courses of study. We also offer five graduate programs in business administration, education, allied health, educational mathematics and nursing, including our doctor of nursing practice degree.

Student/Faculty Ratio: The student to faculty ratio at Otterbein is 11:1.

Campus: Otterbein's 140-acre campus is accented by the historic Towers Hall, which was constructed in 1872 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Renowned for its Department of Theatre and Dance, Otterbein students perform plays for the community in the Fritsche Theatre at Cowan Hall, which was renovated in 2005. The Department of Art operates three galleries. Otterbein's Art and Communication Building was renovated in 2006, and is home to the Miller Gallery, the student radio station (WOBN), student newspaper (Tan & Cardinal) and the student-run Westerville television station (Otterbein.tv). Classes began in fall 2009 at both the newly built Austin E. Knowlton Center for Equine Science and the Science Center, which completed a $20 million renovation and addition. Otterbein partnered with leading organizations from the private and public sectors in central Ohio to create The Point at Otterbein University, a new science, technology, engineering, arts and math (STEAM) initiative that combines academics with the business and manufacturing needs of our community. The Point opened in fall 2016.

Arts: Otterbein University Theatre and Otterbein Summer Theatre stage eight shows a year. Plays range from classical Shakespearean dramas and British comedies to musicals and experimental works. The music program at Otterbein includes the concert band and concert choir, opera theatre and musical theatre, a marching band, a vocal jazz group and several instrumental ensembles. Otterbein students also perform with the Westerville Symphony at Otterbein. Three galleries feature art by students, faculty and guest artists, as well as pieces from Otterbein's permanent collection. The Otterbein Signature Series has hosted notable visiting artists including acclaimed independent filmmaker Gus Van Sant and Joel Meyerowitz, whose photography of Ground Zero after September 11, 2001, has traveled the world.

Athletics: Men and women compete in the Ohio Athletic Conference, NCAA Division III. Otterbein fields a total of 21 varsity sports teams (11 for men and 10 for women), including men's wrestling, Otterbein's newest program. A complete intramural program is available to all students. 

Community Service:  Otterbein is a recipient of the 2015 Carnegie Community Service Classification; finalist for the 2014 President’s Award for Economic Opportunity Community Service; and has been honored With Distinction by the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll since the list’s inception in 2006. Each year, more than 70,000 hours are donated by Otterbein students through our Center for Community Engagement's weekly programs and more than 90 service-learning courses.