If you are considering submitting an application to Otterbein University, there is no application fee, which means it is free to apply.
Here's an overiew of some of Otterbein University's admissions stats.
|Otterbein University 2022||Admissions Statistics|
|Mean Unweighted GPA||3.7|
|Admitted Students in Top 10% of Graduating Class||20%|
|Admissions Test Policy||Test Optional|
|Applicants Who Submit SATs||12%|
|Applicants Who Submit ACTs||65%|
These are the application deadlines for Otterbein University.
|Application Type||Offered||Application Deadline||Notification Deadline|
|Early Decision I||No||––||––|
|Early Decision II||––||––||––|
Otterbein University does not offer early decision or early action.
➡️ Explore a list of some selective colleges that admit significantly more applicants during early decision or early action than during regular admission.
It is moderately difficult to get into Otterbein University. Otterbein University evaluates applicants carefully based on multiple criteria to decide who to admit, and who to deny.
In 2021, Otterbein University accepted 83% of students, around 2,932 from 3,537 applicants.
Schools that are moderately difficult to get into, like Otterbein University, accept fewer than 85% of all applicants. At least 75% of all admitted students have GPAs in the top 50% of their high school class and scored over 1010 on the SAT or over 18 on the ACT.
It is moderately difficult to be admitted as a transfer student.
Otterbein University has not reported data for waitlisted and admitted students.
Colleges consider a range of factors when deciding who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college decides which factors are given the most weight when choose which applicants to admit, and which to deny. When assembling your list of schools to apply to, you may want to consider your strengths and any possible weaknesses in your application, and choose schools that put the most emphasis on the admissions factors where you're strong.
What does Otterbein University consider during the admissions process? Take a look at the list below to see which factors are most important during the admissions process.
|Academic GPA||Very Important|
|Rigor of Secondary School Record||Very Important|
|Level of Applicant's Interest||Considered|
|Standardized Test Scores||Considered|
Make sure to check with Otterbein University for more information on admission factors.
To apply to Otterbein University, all applicants must submit the following items. Double check with Otterbein University's admissions department to confirm all application materials and requirements.
|Area||Required||Recommended||Required for Some||Details (If Any)|
|Written Essay or Personal Statement||√|
|Minimum High School GPA (On 4.0 Scale)||2.5|
|Transcript of High School Record||√|
Students admitted to Otterbein University have an average unweighted GPA of 3.7.
Out of all students that were admitted, 62% submitted a class rank. At Otterbein University 20% of students ranked in the top 10% of their graduating class in high school, 50% were in the top 25% and 85% were in the top 50%.
At Otterbein University, student GPAs fall in the following ranges.
|GPA||Percent of Students|
|3.75 and 3.99||22.74%|
|3.50 and 3.74||18.3%|
|3.25 and 3.49||11.19%|
|3.00 and 3.24||9.41%|
|2.50 and 2.9||11.01%|
|2.00 and 2.49||1.95%|
This chart depicts the percentage of all enrolled, degree-seeking, first-time, first year (freshmen) students who had high school grade point average within the given ranges.
Note: Some schools choose not release this information. If you have any questions regarding missing numbers, be sure to reach out to Otterbein University directly.
Your high school grade point average (GPA) is a number that reflects your high school academic performance. A weighted GPA or an unweighted GPA are the two possible GPA scores considered by colleges.
An unweighted GPA is an average of your scores from each class on a four-point scale. Unweighted GPAs range from 4.0 to under 1.0. A weighted GPA considers your average grade and the difficulty of your classes. A weighted GPA boosts your average by adding extra points for honors or Advanced Placement courses.
Otterbein University looks at standardized tests scores during the admissions process.
Otterbein University is test optional. Test optional schools allow students to choose if they want to submit ACT or SAT scores with their applications or not.
In 2022, 12% of Otterbein University's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application. 65% of admitted applicants sent ACT scores.
To be competitive with other Otterbein University applicants, you should strive to earn between 1008 and 1240 (or higher!) on the SAT. At Otterbein University 25% of admitted students scored higher than 1240 and 25% of scored lower than 1008, but the majority of students scored somewhere in between these two numbers.
On the SAT Math Section, 25% of Otterbein University students scored 613 or higher and 75% of students scored 510 or higher. On the SAT Critical Reading section (formerly called the Verbal section), 25% of Otterbein University students scored 613 or higher, and 75% scored a 510 or higher.
To be most competitive at Otterbein University, you should strive to earn between 19 and 26 on the ACT.
An ACT score of 26 means you fall in the 75th percentile for Otterbein University's admitted students. One out of every four students scored above a 26, and three out of four students scored lower than 26 on the ACT.
A 19 on the ACT is the 25th percentile for Otterbein University students. Only one out of every four students scored below 19.
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For transfer students, it is moderately difficult to get admitted to Otterbein University. Transfer applications are processed on a on a rolling basis as they are received.
Transfer students can enroll in Otterbein University during the following terms:
• Fall Term
• Spring Term
• Summer Term
Can I defer my acceptance to Otterbein University?
✅ Yes, admitted students can defer their admission to Otterbein University.
Does Otterbein University accept transfer credits?
✅ Otterbein University accepts eligible transfer credits from accredited institutions. Otterbein University accepts:
• CLEP subject tests • DSST/DANTES • Life Long Learning Credit
Does Otterbein University accept Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) credits?
✅ Otterbein University accepts International Baccalaureate credits (IB) credits and Advanced Placement (AP) credits.
Do I have to submit test scores to Otterbein University?
❌ No, Otterbein University is test optional, so it's up to you if you want to submit test scores or not. If you have higher than average scores, you should strongly consider submitting them. If your scores are average or below average, you it might make sense to leave them out of your application.
What is Otterbein University's acceptance rate?
✅ Otterbein University has an acceptance rate of 83%.
What is the early decision acceptance rate at Otterbein University?
❌ Otterbein University does not offer early decision.
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How hard is it to get into Otterbein University? Otterbein University is a somewhat selective institution. The Otterbein University acceptance rate is 83%. This means that the institution accepts 82 out of every 100 applicants.
First-Year Applications are Due
Transfer Applications are Due
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
26 and Above
19 to 26
19 and Less
Composite SAT Range
Math SAT Range
Reading SAT Range
Avg. High School GPA (non-weighted)
At Otterbein University, the average unweighted high-school GPA for admitted students is 3.66. This is the average, which means that some applicants submit GPAs lower than this and some applicants submit GPAs above this level. If your GPA falls below the average, strong test scores or other qualifications may help you make you a more competitive applicant.
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