Otterbein University requires a minimum of 120 semester hours to graduate with a bachelor's degree.
If students would like to graduate in less time than normal, they can choose the accelerated degree program. Otterbein University accepts transfer credits. The school accepts AP credit and IB credits. Additionally, Otterbein University has a summer session, so students can earn credits during the summer.
NOTE: Around 69% of students who start college at Otterbein University graduate within six years.
Otterbein University offers an orientation program before the start of fall classes to prepare new students for college life.
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Reminder: Otterbein University may have additional academic options available for new and transfering students. Make sure to check with the universty directly for any additional information.
Otterbein University has a core curriculum, which means there are certain classes or types of classes all students must take to graduate.
Students are required to fulfill a language requirement
Students are not required to take a computer class to graduate.
Reminder: Check with Otterbein University directly for more information on requirements. Individual departments or majors may have additional required courses.
When choosing a major, Otterbein University students have several choices to make. Scroll down to the bottom of this page to see a full list of majors offered at Otterbein University.
Student Designed Majors
Otterbein University allows students to design their own major, if desired. If students would like to study something that is not offered as an official major, designing their own major is a great alternative.
Students are not required to complete a senior project unless it is required for their specific major.
Double Majoring at Otterbein University
Otterbein University offers students the option to double major, if they would like. Student struggling to choose just one area of study may consider a double major.
NOTE: Double majoring may require more work but it can provide an interesting mix of experience that helps students stand out when looking for a job or applying to a graduate program.
✅ Otterbein University does offer services for students with disabilities.
Prospective students can contact the college's Office of Accessibility Services to learn more about any support and accomodations offered. These conversations are usually kept confidential and will not be shared with the admissions office if you do not wish to share.
✅ Otterbein University has distance learning options for students who are interested in taking classes online.
✅ Otterbein University offers some credit for Advanced Placement (AP) classes taken in high school. Schools have different requirements for what AP scores they accept, so some students may not receive AP credit.
✅ Otterbein University offers an honors program for highly-qualified applicants. Students must complete a senior project if they are in the Honors Program at Otterbein University.
❌ Otterbein University studets are not required to complete an internship.
Students can still look for internships during the summer, or gain work experience with a part-time job.
The main library on campus is the Courtright Memorial Library and there are no other libraries on campus.
A dual degree program allows a student to study and earn two degrees at the same time.
Otterbein University does not have any dual degree programs available for students.
What is ROTC?
The Reserve Officers' Training Corps, which is also commonly known as ROTC, is a leadership program that prepares students to serve in the U.S. Armed Forces after graduation. College level ROTC programs prepare students to become officers in the military through physical, academic, and leadership training. ROTC programs are part of the college curriculum and usually cover the cost of tuition.
Does Otterbein University have any ROTC programs?
Each branch of the miltary has its own ROTC program, but not every program is available at every university. Possible programs include Army ROTC, Air Force ROTC, and Navy ROTC.
Otterbein University has an Army ROTC program and an Air Force ROTC program.
Some ROTC programs are provided directly on campus and others are hosted at a cooperating instiution off campus. The ROTC program locations at Otterbein University include:
•an Army ROTC branch unit hosted at a cooperating instution off campus
•an Air Force ROTC branch unit hosted at a cooperating instution off campus
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