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Otterbein University

Westerville, OH 4-Year Private
Acceptance Rate83%
Acceptance Rate83%

About Otterbein University

Otterbein University Overview

Otterbein University is a private, religious school in the suburban setting of Westerville, Ohio. Otterbein University was founded in 1847 and currently enrolls around 2,605 students per year year, which includes 2,253 undergrad students. Otterbein University offers housing for students. Most students live in off campus housing.

Student Involvement at Otterbein University

Are you interested in music or performing? Join a campus band, sing in a chorus, or perform with one of the school's theater groups.

Interested in journalism or communications? Otterbein University students can write for the campus newspaper, host a radio show or be a producer for the student-run television channel.

Excited for Greek life? Otterbein University has both fraternities and sororities.

Planning to play sports? Otterbein University has many options for athletes. See them all and learn more about life at Otterbein University on the Student Life page.

2022 Otterbein University Facts At-A-Glance
Academic Calendar Semester
Overall Acceptance Rate 83%
Early Decision Acceptance Rate ED not offered
Early Action Acceptance Rate EA not offered
Average GPA 3.7
Applicants Submitting SAT scores 12%
Tuition $33,824
Percent of Need Met 66%
Average First-Year Financial Aid Package $22,413

Is Otterbein University a Good School?

There is no one way to define a "good" college or university. Admissions criteria, acceptance rate and average GPA are good indicators of how selective an institution is.

Let's take a look at these areas to get a clearer view of what Otterbein University offers and if the school might be a good choice for you.

2022 Acceptance Rate for Otterbein University

It is moderately difficult to get into Otterbein University. The acceptance rate at Otterbein University is 83%. Out of 3,537 applications received in 2022, 2,932 students were offered admission.

Retention and Graduation Rates at Otterbein University

Retention refers to the number of students that stay enrolled at a school over time. Retention measures how satisfied students are with their school experience, and if they have the support necessary to succeed in college.

Approximately 80% of first-year, full-time undergrads who start at Otterbein Universityare still enrolled their sophomore year. 69% of Otterbein University undergrads graduate within six years. The average six-year graduation rate for U.S. colleges and universities is 61% for public schools, and 67% for private, non-profit schools.

Job Outlook Otterbein University Graduates

Job placement stats are a good resource for understanding the value of a degree from Otterbein University by providing a look on how job placement has gone for other grads.

Check with Otterbein University directly, for information on any information on starting salaries for recent grads.

Otterbein University's Endowment

An endowment is the total value of a school's investments, donations, and assets. Endowment is not necessarily an indicator of the quality of a school, but it can give you a sense of how much money a college can afford to invest in expanding programs, improving facilities, and support students.

Otterbein University's endowment was valued at $122.8 million in 2022, compared to a national average of $905 million. For each full-time student, Otterbein University spends about $10,083 a year.

Tuition and Financial Aid at Otterbein University

Tuition cost is another important factor when choose a college. Some colleges may have high tuition, but do a better job at meeting students' financial need.

Otterbein University meets 66% of the demonstrated financial need for undergraduates. The average financial aid package for a full-time, first-year student is around $22,413 a year.

The 2023-2024 FAFSA Opened on October 1st, 2022

Some aid is available on a first-come, first-served basis, so fill out the FAFSA early. Visit the FAFSA website to apply for student aid. Remember, the first F in FAFSA stands for FREE! You should never have to pay to submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), so don't give your money (or info!) to any website that claim you do.

Learn more about Tuition and Financial Aid at Otterbein University.

Based on this information, how does Otterbein University sound? Remember, the best school for one person may be a terrible fit for someone else! So ask yourself: Is Otterbein University a good school for you?

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Where is Otterbein University?

Otterbein University is located in the suburban setting of Westerville, Ohio, in the suburbs of Columbus.

If you want to see Otterbein University for yourself, be sure to plan a visit! The best way to reach campus is to take Route 270 to Westerville, or book a flight to the nearest airport, John Glenn Columbus International.

You can also take a virtual campus tour to get a sense of what Otterbein University and Westerville are like without leaving home.

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College Info

1 South Grove Street Westerville, OH 43081

Campus Setting: Suburban

Otterbein University Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

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Transfer Applications are Due

Continuous processing

The deadline for Fall first-year applications to Otterbein University is Continuous processing.

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to Otterbein University is Continuous processing.

Check the school website for more information about deadlines for specific programs or special admissions programs

Otterbein University is a member of the Coalition for College.

More than an application, the Coalition provides free tools and resources to help students through the college admissions process, beginning as early as 9th grade.

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Otterbein University ACT Scores


ACT Range

19 - 26

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Otterbein University SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

1008 - 1240


Math SAT Range

518 - 613


Reading SAT Range

510 - 613

Otterbein University Tuition & Fees

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Student Life

Wondering what life at Otterbein University is like? There are approximately 2,605 students enrolled at Otterbein University, including 2,253 undergraduate students and 352 graduate students. 93% percent of students attend school full-time, 89% percent are from OH and 11% percent of students are from other states.


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