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How to Apply

Admission Requirements

The following items are required in order for International Students to be considered for freshman or transfer admission to Otterbein University. Once all your application materials have been submitted, we can typically send you an application decision within 2-4 weeks.  Our application review is holistic, meaning it takes into consideration many factors such as your test scores, essay, and involvement outside of the classroom.

  • Common Application, including essay
  • $50 Application fee
  • Official transcripts/documents for four years of high school/secondary school (grades 9-12)
    • If mailed, transcripts must be in a sealed envelope, stamped by the school.  Test results must be sent by the testing agency or directly from the high school to be considered official.
  • Credential Evaluation

  • Proof of English proficiency

Upon acceptance you must send the following to intotterb@otterbein.edu:

  • Official Bank Statement(s) and Sponsor Guarantee form
  • Copy of passport and current visa (if applicable)

Important Notes:

  • All test scores must be reported directly from the testing center.
  • Conditional admission is available to students that meet academic requirements, but still need additional language training to be successful in a U.S. classroom. Otterbein offers an English as a Second Language program on campus to help prepare students to become full-time degree seeking candidates.
  • Foreign language documents must be translated into English by the issuing institution, a certified translator or English teacher.
  • SAT and ACT test scores and letters of recommendation are optional and may be submitted if they strengthen your application.


Some departments require an audition or portfolio review for admission. Learn more about auditioning for an Otterbein program.


The application for admission and all required materials must be received or postmarked by the deadlines listed. Any applications completed after the deadline will be reviewed on a space-available basis and only if there is sufficient time for obtaining a visa.

Fall semester 2018: December 1
    Classes begin: August 20 
Spring semester 2018: October 1
    Classes begin: January 8

Estimated Expenses

Below are estimated expenses for an academic year.  Please note the room and board rates represent base amounts.  Actual charges may vary depending on your room assignment and chosen area of study and are subject to change.

  • Full-time tuition $31,424
  • On-campus room and board $10,528
  • Books and supplies (estimated) $1,712
  • Health insurance $1,233
  • Additional living expenses $1,500
  • Total $46,397


The following scholarships are awarded on an annual basis so long as the student is in good standing.  Scholarships may be combined to offer a greater award.  

  • International Undergraduate Scholarships $12,000- $15,000

  • Talent and Departmental Scholarships $500-$4,000

  • IB Scholarship $1,000-$5,000

/ International Admission

The Office of International Admission is located in Clippinger Hall, 102 W. College Ave., Westerville, OH 43081, USA

Office Hours
M-F: 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

p/ 614.823.1500

Alyssa Libby 
Senior Assistant Director International Recruitment
p/ 614.823.1356
e/ alibby@otterbein.edu

Jenny Seymour
International Admission Coordinator
p/ 614.823.3263
e/ jseymour@otterbein.edu

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