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Otterbein University Overview

Located in Westerville, Ohio, Otterbein University is a private not-for-profit institution. Westerville is considered a suburb and offers tranquility and safety near the excitement of a city center.

What Is Otterbein University Known For?

0 Undergraduate Awards
$31,677 Avg Cost After Aid
83% Acceptance Rate
  • Students at Otterbein have an easier time paying back their loans. The school's student loan default rate is only 0%, compared to the national rate of 10.1%.
  • The highest award offered at Otterbein is the doctor's degree.
  • For the <nil> academic year, 43% of the faculty were full-time.
  • Students who graduate from Otterbein with a bachelor's degree make about $50,687 a year. That's 24% more than those who graduate from other schools.
  • The average Otterbein student graduates in 4.2 years. That's better than the national average of 4.4 years.

Where Is Otterbein University?


Contact details for Otterbein are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 1 South Grove Street, Westerville, OH 43081
Phone: 614-890-3000

How Do I Get Into Otterbein?

You can apply to Otterbein online at:

Admission Requirements for Otterbein

Submission Required?
High School GPA Required
High School Rank Considered but not required
High School Transcript Required
College Prep Program Recommended
Recommendations Recommended
SAT or ACT Scores Considered but not required
TOEFL Required

How Hard Is It To Get Into Otterbein?

83% Acceptance Rate
61% Of Accepted Are Women
12% Submit SAT Scores
Otterbein has an acceptance rate of 83%, which means that is not quite as selective as some other schools. Still, you'll need good grades and a solid application if you want to be admitted.

Approximately 39% of accepted students are men and 61% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 85%, and the acceptance rate for women is 81%.

Average Test Scores

About 12% of students accepted to Otterbein submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 510 and 620. Math scores were between 518 and 613.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Otterbein University  ( 510 to 620 )

SAT Math Scores for Otterbein University  ( 518 to 613 )
Otterbein received ACT scores from 65% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT English scores ranged between 18 and 25. Math scores were between 18 and 26. Composite scores were between 19 and 26.

ACT English Scores for Otterbein University  ( 18 to 25 )
ACT Math Scores for Otterbein University  ( 18 to 26 )
ACT Composite Scores for Otterbein University  ( 19 to 26 )

Can I Afford Otterbein University?

$31,677 Net Price
95% Take Out Loans
0.4% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of Otterbein is $31,677. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group.

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.

Student Loan Debt

Almost 66% of college students who graduated with the class of 2018 took out student loans, but that percentage varies from school to school. At Otterbein, approximately 95% of students took out student loans averaging $8,994 a year. That adds up to $35,976 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Otterbein is 0.4%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

Otterbein University Undergraduate Student Diversity

2,102 Full-Time Undergraduates
60% Women
24% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 2,253 undergraduate students at Otterbein, with 2,102 being full-time and 151 being part-time.


There are also 352 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 2,102 full-time undergraduates at Otterbein, 40% are male and 60% are female.


Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of Otterbein University students is as follows.

Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 72
Black or African American 182
Hispanic or Latino 144
White 1,557
International Students 0
Other Races/Ethnicities 147

Geographic Diversity

Ohio students aren't the only ones who study at Otterbein University. At this time, 24 states are represented by the student population at the school.

Over 16 countries are represented at Otterbein. The most popular countries sending students to the school are China, Japan, and South Korea.

Online Learning at Otterbein University

102 Took All Classes Online
676 Took At Least One Class Online
154.0% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
In 2020-2021, 676 students took at least one online class at the school.

The following chart shows how the online learning population at Otterbein has changed over the last few years.


This school is the 73rd most popular in Ohio for online learning according to the online graduations recorded by the Department of Education for the academic year 2020-2021.

Online Growth Rankings of Otterbein

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at Otterbein University was 154.0%. This is the #331 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at Otterbein regardless of major.

When we speak of partially online, we are referring to schools whose online population is less than 50% of its total student body. Mostly online refers to those with online populations greater than or equal to 50%.


*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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