One Soldier’s Story: How Christian Smurthwaite Found a Place to Belong at Otterbein

At Otterbein University, we recognize the enormous contributions and sacrifices that military personnel and their families make to society. As a veteran who's ready to transition from soldier to student, you'll discover that Otterbein's dedicated staff is here to make sure you reach your next goal.

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Campus Resources

Otterbein cares about the success of all of our students both in and out of the classroom. We offer services and resources to guide you through and help you get the most out of your Otterbein experience, including academic support, counseling, career planning, diversity education, and more.  Learn more about these resources by contacting us at

Center for Career and Professional Development

The mission of the Center for Career and Professional Development is to empower students to navigate the self-discovery process and integrate their curricular and co-curricular experiences by providing comprehensive resources and professional development opportunities that promote career development as a lifelong process.

Center for Student Success

The Center for Student Success at Otterbein is a resource that offers supplemental academic advising and peer mentoring to help you in dealing with academic concerns. The center can help you by creating an individualized academic success plan, or refer you to other campus offices for help and guidance as appropriate. The center serves as an advocate and remove barriers to your success. You can:

  • Get supplemental academic advising
  • Get referrals for extra help to various campus department
  • Meet with an advisor or peer mentor to talk about academic concerns
  • Make your individualized advising plan for semester conversion

Students are encouraged to make an appointment to meet with our team to get all of your questions answered.

Academic Support Center

The mission of the Otterbein Academic Support Center is to help students develop and strengthen the skills necessary to attain their academic goals.Through collaboration with students, faculty, and staff, the ASC supports students in becoming independent life-long learners in an accessible student-centered environment. The center facilitates the development of learning strategies and skills in partnership with peers and professionals through tutoring, academic coaching, supplemental instruction, academic courses, and other learner-focused services.