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Ready to apply?  Here's what you’ll need to do, organize, and submit to apply to Otterbein as a transfer student: 

Complete an Application

Otterbein is a member of the “Common Application."  To apply online, visit www.commonapp.org. Now accepting applications for Summer 2019 and Fall 2019.  The deadline to apply for Fall 2019 is FRIDAY, JULY 26, 2019.

Otterbein University Application Requirements

  • Completed application
  • Official ACT or SAT test scores (optional):  Otterbein recommends having test scores sent directly from the testing agency.  Otterbein’s ACT code 3318.  Otterbein’s SAT code 1597
  • Official high school transcripts if you have earned less than 30 semester hours or less than 45 quarter hours of college credit AFTER high school
  • Official college transcripts
  • $35 application fee

Programs with Additional Application Steps

Theatre and Music require an audition. Art requires a portfolio review. Additional details are available from the Office of Admission.

Admission Criteria

Admission to Otterbein is based on a student’s overall potential for academic success. Decisions are made after a holistic review of grades earned through the junior year as well as other criteria, including ACT or SAT scores, application essay, activities and involvement and guidance counselor recommendation. Otterbein places more emphasis on the academic transcript, as we believe it is one of the best indicators of student success and college preparation. Each student is also considered for the unique talents and contributions he or she will offer the Otterbein community.

Special Enrollment

Enrollment in the Athletic Training, Education, Engineering, Honors, Nursing, Osteopathic Medicine Early Assurance and Zoo and Conservation Science programs have additional academic requirements. Details are available from the Office of Admission. Otterbein University is committed to providing a workplace that is free from discrimination. Otterbein does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, national origin, religion, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, disability, genetic information, military status, or veteran status in admissions, in access to, or in treatment within its educational programs or activities, in employment, recruiting, or policy administration.

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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.


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