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Visit Otterbein

Welcome to Otterbein.

Are you interested in attending Otterbein? Or seeing a theatre or music performance? Or hearing a lecture by a renowned scholar? Or cheering on the Cardinal football team at Memorial Stadium? There is always something going on at Otterbein, and we invite you to check it out!

Otterbein is located in Westerville, Ohio. A suburb of the capital city of Columbus, Westerville provides a warm friendly atmosphere for Otterbein students while remaining conveniently located close to a large metropolitan city that is full of cultural and social opportunities. Closer to home, Westerville’s historic Uptown District is just steps from campus and features a nice selection of restaurants, shops, boutiques, and coffeehouses. In 2009, Westerville was ranked 15th on the Top 100 list of "America's Best Places to Live" by Money magazine.

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Getting Around Campus

Download a printable version of our campus map. Or check out a list of campus addresses here.

 Getting to Campus

You can get to Otterbein by car, bus or airplane. And we know that once you're here, you'll want to stay. (So check out these places to stay!)


From the NORTH, take I-71 south to Gemini Place. After the exit, turn left on Gemini Place, follow the road as it turns to the right. Turn left on Polaris Parkway toward Cleveland Avenue (2 miles). Turn right on Africa Road, which becomes West St. Travel approximately 1.5 miles on Africa Rd./West St. Turn left on Main Street, travel .2 miles.

From the SOUTH on I-71, Route 315, or Route 23, take I-270 East (Wheeling) on the North side of Columbus. Follow I-270 to OH-3 north (exit 29) toward Westerville. Travel 2 miles and turn left on College Avenue. Travel .2 miles.

From the EAST or WEST on I-70, take I-270 North toward Cleveland. Travel 8 miles on I-270 and exit on OH-3 north (exit 29) toward Westerville. Travel 2 miles and turn left on College Avenue. Travel .2 miles.

By bus: Columbus is served by Greyhound Bus Lines. For information call (614) 221-2389.

By air: If you are flying, most major airlines service Columbus. The nearest major airport is Port Columbus International Airport, approximately 15 minutes from Westerville.

Visitor Parking

Visitors must contact the Police Department to obtain a visitor parking permit. The Police Department can be contacted in person at 194 West Main Street, by phone at 614-823-1222, or by e-mail at police@otterbein.edu. The visitor parking permit can be picked up in person during regular business hours, or e-mailed to an address provided.

Visitors may park in the Campus Center West Parking Lot, the Cowan Hall Parking Lot, the Psychology House Parking Lot, Davis Hall Parking Lot, 25 West Home Street Parking Lot, the Arts and Communication Building Parking Lot, and the Collegeview Center Parking Lot.

Citations issued for unregistered vehicles should be returned to the Otterbein University Police Department. They should be signed and dated by the visitor, explaining the situation. However, any citations issued for parking in fire lanes, handicapped spaces or otherwise illegal parking will be charged to that person.


/ 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

/ Virtual Tour

/ Free Wi-Fi for Guests

As a convenience to our campus visitors, the OtterbeinGuest wireless network is available in several indoor and outdoor locations. This wireless network allows access to the internet only and does not require a user name or password (acceptance of Otterbein’s usage policy is required).

/ Fast Facts

Location / Westerville, OH
President / Dr. Kathy Krendl
Mascot / Cardy the Cardinal
Colors / Tan and Cardinal
Founded / 1847
Students / approx. 3,000
Students to faculty / 11:1
Majors / 73
Minors / 44
Graduate Programs / 8 - learn more