Otterbein University

1 S Grove St, Westerville, United States
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Overview of Otterbein University

About this school

Otterbein, founded in 1847, is a church-affiliated, liberal arts college. Its 140-acre campus is located in Westerville, 12 miles north of Columbus.
  • Institution Type


    Private

  • Undergraduate Students


    • Undergraduate Students:2,480
    • Men:942 (38.0%)
    • Women:1,538 (62.0%)

Location

Admission Information

Freshman Admission Requirements

Difficulty of Admission


Admission to Otterbein University is moderately difficult: more than 75% of freshmen were in the top 50% of their high school class and scored over 1010 on the SAT I or over 18 on the ACT; about 85% or fewer of all applicants accepted.

High School Preparation


  • High School Graduation:

    High school diploma required and GED is accepted

  • High School Program:

    College preparatory program is recommended

Required Or Recomended High School Units


SubjectRequired UnitsRecommended Units
English
4
-
Mathematics
3
-
Science
3
-
Foreign Language
2
-
Social Studies
3
-
History
2
-
Academic Electives
-
-

Examinations Required


ExamRequiredScores Due Date
SAT or ACT
Required
April 15
SAT Only
-
-
ACT Only
-
-
SAT and SAT Subject Tests, or ACT
-
-
SAT Subject Tests Only
-
-
Essay/TestStatusScores Due Date
SAT Essay Component Policy
Not reported
ACT Writing Test Policy
Accepted with or without writing component
Use of SAT/ACT Essay
SAT: No policy as of now ACT: No policy as of now

Admission Details

Admissions Office


Address
1 South Grove Street
City, State, Zip
Westerville, OH  43081
Phone
(614) 823-1500
Fax
(614) 823-1200
Email

Application Dates And Fees


Regular Admission Deadline
Rolling
Application Fee
$35
Application Fee Waiver
Available
Regular Admission Notification
Rolling
Accept Offer Of Admission
By May 1 or within 4 weeks if notified after May 1
Waiting List Used
No
Defer Admission
Student can defer admission
Transfer Admission
Transfer applications accepted

Early Admission


Early Decision Offered
No
Early Decision Deadline
-
Early Decision Notification
-
Early Action Offered
No
Early Action Deadline
December 15
Early Action Notification
-

Application Form


Common Application
Accepted
Universal College Application
Not accepted
Electronic Application

Other Application Requirements


Interview
Not Required
Essay Or Personal Statement
Required for some freshmen
Letters Of Recommendation
1 required for some freshmen
Other
-
Financial Need
-

Selection of Students

Factors involed in acceptance process.
4 star = most important, 1 star = least important.

FactorImportance
Rigor of Secondary School Record
Academic GPA
Standardized Tests
Class Rank
Recommendations
Essay
Interview
Level of Applicant's Interest
Extracurricular Activities
Volunteer Work
Particular|Talent/Ability
Character/Personal Qualities
First Generation to Attend College
State Residency
Geographic Residence
Relation with Alumnus
Religious Affiliation/ Commitment
Ethnicity
Work Experience

Profile of Fall Admission

Overall Admission Rate


Overall Admission Rate
76% of 3,119 applicants were admitted
Women
78% of 1,984 applicants were admitted
Men
74% of 1,135 applicants were admitted

Students Enrolled


Students Enrolled
688 (29%) of 2,383 admitted students enrolled
Women
432 (28%) of 1,541 admitted students enrolled
Men
256 (30%) of 842 admitted students enrolled

Grade Point Average of Enrolled First-Year Students


Average GPA
3.60
375 And Above
30%
3.50 - 3.74
21%
3.25 - 3.49
16%
3.00 - 3.24
12%
2.50 - 2.99
18%
2.00 - 2.49
3%

SAT Score of Enrolled First-Year Students


Sat Math
52-650 range of middle 50%
• Score 700 - 800
8%
• Score 600 - 700
36%
• Score 500 - 600
43%
• Score 400 - 500
13%
• Score 300 - 400
0%
• Score 200 - 300
0%
Sat Critical Reading
561 average |520-655 range of middle 50%
• Score 700 - 800
13%
• Score 600 - 700
42%
• Score 500 - 600
29%
• Score 400 - 500
8%
• Score 300 - 400
6%
• Score 200 - 300
2%

ACT Scores of Enrolled First-Year Students


Act Composite
23 average |21-26 range of middle 50%
• Score 30 - 36
9%
• Score 24 - 29
50%
• Score 18 - 23
38%
• Score 12 - 17
3%
• Score 6 - 11
0%
• Score 5 Or Below
0%

Tuition & Financial Aid

Tuition & Expenses

Cost of Attendance


  • Books & Supplies: - $31,874 (100.0%)
  • Room & Board: - Not reported
  • Other Expences: - Not reported
  • Tuition & Fees: - Not reported
Books & Supplies
Room & Board
Other Expences
Tuition & Fees

Payment Plans


Otterbein University accepts

Applying for Financial Aid

Financial Aid Office


Email
-
Website
Net Price Calculator Url

Application Process


Application Deadline
Priority deadline February 15
Award Notification Date
On a rolling basis beginning January 10
Methodology For Awarding Institutional Aid
Federal and Institutional Methodologies

Forms Required


Forms RequiredFiling Cost
FAFSA| Code is 003110
Free

Profile of 2017-18 Financial Aid

First-Year Student


Financial Aid Applicants
528 (94.0%) of freshmen
Found To Have Financial Need
462 (87.5%) of applicants
Received Financial Aid
462 (100.0%) of applicants with financial need
Need Fully Met
107 (23.2%) of aid recipients
Average Percent Of Need Met
79%
Average Award
$25,048
• Need-Based Gift
Received by 456 (98.7%) of aid recipients, average amount $19,539
• Need-Based Self-Help
Received by 357 (77.3%) of aid recipients, average amount $4,485
• Merit Based Gift
Received by 82 (17.7%) of aid recipients
Merit Based Gift
91 (16.2%) of freshmen had no financial need and received merit aid, average amount $18,123

All Undergraduates


Financial Aid Applicants
1,803 (85.0%) of undergraduates
Found To Have Financial Need
1,604 (89.0%) of applicants
Received Financial Aid
1,603 (99.9%) of applicants with financial need
Need Fully Met
297 (18.5%) of aid recipients
Average Percent Of Need Met
75%
Average Award
$23,544
• Need-Based Gift
Received by 1,576 (98.3%) of aid recipients, average amount $17,851
• Need-Based Self-Help
Received by 1,254 (78.2%) of aid recipients, average amount $5,197
• Merit Based Gift
Received by 242 (15.1%) of aid recipients
Merit Based Gift
444 (20.9%) of undergraduates had no financial need and received merit aid, average amount $17,222

Borrowing


2016 Graduates with Loans
77%
Average Indebtedness Of 2016 Graduates
$40,397
Parents Borrowing Plus Loans
-
Parents Of Students Receiving Aid
17.0%
Parents Of Students Not Receiving Aid
1.0%

Financial Aid Programs

Scholarchips And Grants


Need Based Available
Federal Pell grants, SEOG, State scholarships, Institutional scholarships, Private scholarships
Non Need Based Available
Academic scholarships, Creative arts/performance scholarships, Special achievements/activities, Special characteristics (minority, religious affiliation, other scholarships)

Non-Need Awards


Academic Interest/Achievement
Not reported
Creative Arts/Performance
Art/Fine Arts, Music, Theater/Drama
Special Achievements/Activities
Community Service, Leadership
Special Characteristics
Children and Siblings of Alumni, Children of Faculty/Staff, International Students, Members of Minorities, Previous College Experience, Relatives of Clergy, Siblings of Current Students, Veterans

Employment


Work-Study Programs
Federal work study available, other work study available
Average Earnings from On-Campus Employment
$1,511

Academics & Instruction

Academics Overview

Academic Calendar System


Semester

Summer Session


Offered

Graduation Requirements

General Education/Core Cirriculum


Required

Computer


Not required

Foreign Language


Not required

Math/Science


Not required

Faculty & Instruction

Full-Time Faculty


175

Part-Time Faculty


153

Full-Time Faculty With Ph.D./Terminal Degree


50%

Regular Class Size


  • 2-9 students: - 30% of classes
  • 10-19 students: - 34% of classes
  • 20-29 students: - 24% of classes
  • 30-39 students: - 9% of classes
  • 40-49 students: - 1% of classes
  • 50-99 students: - 1% of classes
% of Classes
2-9
10-19
20-29
30-39
40-49
50-99
# of Students

Discussion Section/Lab Class Size


  • 2-9 students: - 19% of discussion sections/labs
  • 10-19 students: - 43% of discussion sections/labs
  • 20-29 students: - 38% of discussion sections/labs
% of Sections/Labs
2-9
10-19
20-29
# of Students

Advanced Placement

International Baccalaureate


Accepted

Advanced Placement (AP) Examinations


Accepted for placement and credit

Sophomore Standing


Available through AP examinations

Academic Resources

Libraries


Library Available On Campus
Yes
Holdings
547,773

Computing


Computer Ownership
Students not required to own/lease a computer
Computers Available On Campus
198
Internet E Mail Access
Not reported

Academic Support Services

Remedial Instruction


Offered

Tutoring


Available

Services for Students Requiring Accommodations


Available

Services for Students with Accessibility Needs


Otterbein University provides wheelchair access

Undergraduate Retention & Graduation

Returning First-Year Students


80.7%

Students Graduating Within 4 Years


Not reported

Students Graduating Within 5 Years


Not reported

Students Graduating Within 6 Years


64.0%

Programs & Majors

Undergraduate Education

Undergraduate Majors (61)


  • Accounting
  • Art Teacher Education
  • Art/Art Studies, General
  • Athletic Training/Trainer
  • Audiology/Audiologist and Speech-Language Pathology/Pathologist
  • Biochemistry
  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General
  • Business Administration and Management, General
  • Business/Managerial Economics
  • Chemistry, General
  • Comparative Literature
  • Computer Science
  • Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
  • Economics, General
  • Education, General
  • Elementary Education and Teaching
  • English Language and Literature, General
  • Environmental Biology
  • Environmental Science
  • Equestrian/Equine Studies
  • Finance, General
  • French Language and Literature
  • Health Teacher Education
  • History, General
  • International Business/Trade/Commerce
  • International Relations and Affairs
  • Journalism
  • Junior High/Intermediate/Middle School Education and Teaching
  • Keyboard Instruments
  • Marketing/Marketing Management, General
  • Mathematics, General
  • Molecular Biology
  • Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other
  • Music History, Literature, and Theory
  • Music Management
  • Music Performance, General
  • Music Teacher Education
  • Music, General
  • Percussion Instruments
  • Philosophy
  • Physical Education Teaching and Coaching
  • Physical Sciences
  • Physics, General
  • Political Science and Government, General
  • Pre-Dentistry Studies
  • Pre-Law Studies
  • Pre-Medicine/Pre-Medical Studies
  • Pre-Veterinary Studies
  • Psychology, General
  • Public Relations/Image Management
  • Radio and Television
  • Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
  • Religion/Religious Studies
  • Science Teacher Education/General Science Teacher Education
  • Secondary Education and Teaching
  • Sociology
  • Spanish Language and Literature
  • Sport and Fitness Administration/Management
  • Stringed Instruments
  • Voice and Opera
  • Woodwind Instruments

Most Popular Disciplines


Offered

Professional Degree Programs


Some online degree programs

Special Programs


Cooperative work study program, Student-designed major, Distance learning, Double major, English as a second language, Honors program, Internships, Study abroad, Summer session

Study Abroad


Business/marketing, Health professions and related sciences, Education, Visual and performing arts

Online Degrees


None

Graduate and Professional Education

Master's Degrees Offered


Master of Arts in Teaching, Master of Arts in Education, Master of Business Administration, Master of Science in Nursing

Master's Programs of Study (7)


  • Business Administration and Management--General
  • Education--General
  • Family Nurse Practitioner Studies
  • Nurse Anesthesia
  • Nursing Education
  • Nursing and Healthcare Administration
  • Nursing--General

Campus Life

Location & Geography

Population


37,073

Nearest Metropolitan Area


142 acres

Environment


Suburban environment

Campus Size


Columbus

Weather


Temperature
18.5 average low in January, 80.4 average high in September
Rain
137 rainy days per year

Available Transportation


Nearest Airport
15 mile(s) from campus in Columbus
Nearest Bus Station
12 mile(s) from campus in Columbus
Nearest Train Station
91 mile(s) from campus in Sandusky

Housing

College Housing


College offers housing to students

Types of Housing


Men only housing, women only housing, coed housing

Students of College Housing


60% of all students

Housing Restrictions


Students required to live on campus through junior year

Freshman Housing Guarantee


Freshmen are guaranteed housing

Students Living Off Campus/Commuting


40%

Security

24-Hour Emergency Phone/Alarm Devices


Available

24-Hour Security Patrols


Available

Late-Night Transport/Escort Services


Available

Electronically Operated Housing Entrances


Available

Personal Support Services

Health Service


Offered

Personal Counseling


Offered

Child Care


Not offered

Sports & Recreation

School Athletics


Athletic Conferences
NCAA Division III
Mascot
Cardinal
School Colors
Tan and cardinal

Intercollegiate Athletics (Women)


FactorOfferedScholarships Given
Baseball
Basketball
Cheerleading
Cross-Country Running
Equestrian Sports
Football
Golf
Lacrosse
Soccer
Softball
Tennis
Track And Field
Volleyball

Intercollegiate Athletics (Men)


SportOfferedScholarships Given
Baseball
Basketball
Cheerleading
Cross-Country Running
Equestrian Sports
Football
Golf
Lacrosse
Soccer
Softball
Tennis
Track And Field
Volleyball

Recreational Sports


Intramural Sports
basketball, football, racquetball, soccer, softball, ultimate Frisbee, volleyball, wrestling

Student Activities

Activities And Organizations


Otterbein University offers choral groups, marching band, drama theatre, radio station, student newspaper, television station, national fraternities, musical groups, honoraries, academic interest clubs, governance

Sororities


28% of women participate

Fraternities


28% of men participate

ROTC


Army ROTC is offered off campus, Air Force ROTC offered off campus

Student Body

Co-educational


Yes

Number of Full-Time Undergraduates


2,294

Undergraduates


All Undergraduates
2,480
Women
1,538
Men
942

Ethnicity of Students from U.S.


  • 0.3% American Indian/Alaskan Native
  • 2.1% Asian
  • 6.6% Black/African-American
  • 2.8% Hispanic/Latino
  • 5.3% Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
  • 0.0% Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander
  • 77.5% White
  • 5.3% Unknown

International Students


1.9% from 8 countries

Average Age


24

Number of Graduate Students


456

Student Resources

Study resources