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Future Students

Applying and Requirements

Getting to this spot means you have hopes, ideas and plans for your future. We do, too. To apply to Otterbein, choose your student type from the list below to view application requirements. Next, follow our four easy steps to complete our online application process.

  • Traditional Students

  • International Students

  • Otterbein Collegiate Institute (OCI)

  • Transfer Students

  • Transient (Visiting) Students

  • Veterans

  • Returning Students

Directions to Apply

You do not have to complete the application in one sitting. You can complete your application sections in any order, save your work and come back later - even from a different computer! Your data is transferred securely over the Internet. Otterbein will not share or sell your personal information to anyone outside the University.

Apply Using Otterbein's Online Application

  1. Create your account

    In order to complete your application you will need to create an account. On the login page of the application, click New User to create your account. You can save your application and log back in at any time to finish - just remember to write down your login ID and pin.
  2. Fill out the application

    You can complete your application in any order, save your work and come back to it later.
    • To save what you have done so far and exit your application, click the 'finish later' button, and then click exit.
    • To log back into your application and continue working on it, select the 'apply for admission' link and enter your login ID and pin.
  3. Submit your application

    Check your application carefully. When you are satisfied with it and are ready to submit it to us, click 'application is complete' at the bottom of the menu.
  4. Pay your $25 Application Fee

    Click here for more information on application fee policies and waivers.
  5. Mail us your additional information

    For domestic undergraduate applications, you will need to mail us an official copy of your high school transcript, official ACT and/or SAT test scores, and your counselor recommendation form. International applicants will need to mail us materials described in the directions for the International Application for Admission. These items must be received before your application for admission can be processed. Mail your materials to:

    Otterbein University
    Office of Admission
    1 South Grove Street
    Westerville, OH 43081

    If you have questions about applying to Otterbein please email us or give us a call at (800) 488-8144.

Apply Using the Common Application
Students wishing to complete the application process using the Common Application are welcome to do so by visiting www.commonapp.org.

ease visit the system requirements page on the Common Application website to confirm all webpage settings are correct before beginning the application. Some features within the application may not work with older browsers or incorrect browser settings. 


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

/ 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