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Otterbein University Overview

Located in Westerville, Ohio, Otterbein University is a private not-for-profit institution. Otterbein is located in a safe and convenient suburb.

What Is Otterbein University Known For?

579 Undergraduate Awards
$30,736 Avg Cost After Aid
76% Acceptance Rate
  • Students at Otterbein have an easier time paying back their loans. The school's student loan default rate is only 4%, compared to the national rate of 10.1%.
  • The doctor's degree is the highest award offered at Otterbein.
  • In 2017-2018, 50% of the faculty were full-time.
  • Students who graduate from Otterbein with a bachelor's degree make about $43,100 a year. That's 6% more than those who graduate from other schools.
  • On average, it takes about 4.1 years for students from Otterbein to earn a bachelor's degree. This is excellent when compared to the average of 4.4 years.

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Otterbein University Rankings

Our rankings are based on an outcomes-based approach rather than subjective ones used by other media outlets. As such, we utilize data from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and the College Scorecard, among other sources. Visit our rankings and methodology section to learn more.

Program Level Awards

These are highlights of some of the most noteworthy awards granted to specific programs at Otterbein.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#1 Best Value Health & Medical Administrative Services Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#1 Best Value Education Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#1 Best Value Health Professions Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#1 Best Value Special Education Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#1 Best Value Health Sciences & Services Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#1 Best Value Curriculum & Instruction Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#1 Best Value Teacher Education Grade Specific Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#1 Best Value Nursing Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#1 Best Value Teacher Education Subject Specific Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#75 Best Nursing Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Awards From Around the Web

The following table lists some notable awards Otterbein has earned from around the web.

Rank Ranking Name Source
#13 Best Value Colleges for Public Relations & Advertising College Factual
#67 Best Value Colleges for Communication & Journalism College Factual
#75 Best Nursing Master’s Degree Schools Nursing Degree Search
#77 Best Value Colleges for Nursing College Factual

Where Is Otterbein University?

Location of Otterbein University

Contact details for Otterbein are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 1 South Grove Street, Westerville, OH 43081
Phone: 614-890-3000
Website: https://www.otterbein.edu
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Otterbein-University/154106131291768
Twitter: http://twitter.com/otterbein

How Do I Get Into Otterbein?

You can apply to Otterbein online at: https://www.otterbein.edu/public/FutureStudents/Undergraduate/ApplyingAndRequirements.aspx

Admission Requirements for Otterbein

Submission Required?
High School GPA recommended
High School Rank recommended
High School Transcript required
College Prep Program recommended
Recommendations required
SAT or ACT Scores required
TOEFL required

How Hard Is It To Get Into Otterbein?

76% Acceptance Rate
65% Of Accepted Are Women
20% Submit SAT Scores
With an acceptance rate of 76%, Otterbein may not be as selective as some schools, but you should not take admittance for granted. Be sure to submit the best application you can.

Approximately 35% of accepted students are men and 65% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 74%, and the acceptance rate for women is 78%.

Average Test Scores

About 20% 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 520 and 655. Math scores were between 520 and 650.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Otterbein University  ( 520 to 655 )
200
800

SAT Math Scores for Otterbein University  ( 520 to 650 )
200
800
Otterbein received ACT scores from 93% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT English scores ranged between 21 and 27. Math scores were between 21 and 26. Composite scores were between 21 and 27.

ACT English Scores for Otterbein University  ( 21 to 27 )
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36
ACT Math Scores for Otterbein University  ( 21 to 26 )
1
36
ACT Composite Scores for Otterbein University  ( 21 to 27 )
1
36

Can I Afford Otterbein University?

$30,736 Net Price
92% Take Out Loans
4.0% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of Otterbein is $30,736. 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

While almost two-thirds of students nationwide take out loans to pay for college, the percentage may be quite different for the school you plan on attending. At Otterbein, approximately 92% of students took out student loans averaging $7,539 a year. That adds up to $30,156 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Otterbein is 4.0%. 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

2,332 Full-Time Undergraduates
61% Women
20% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 2,501 undergraduate students at Otterbein, with 2,332 being full-time and 169 being part-time.

 Full-Time vs. Part-Time Undergraduate Students at  Otterbein

There are also 352 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 2,332 full-time undergraduates at Otterbein, 39% are male and 61% are female.

Undergraduate Student Gender Diversity at  Otterbein

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

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

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Otterbein Undergraduate Students
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 65
Black or African American 170
Hispanic or Latino 109
White 1,798
International Students 8
Other Races/Ethnicities 182

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

124 Took All Classes Online
218 Took At Least One Class Online
136.0% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
In 2017-2018, 218 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.

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This school is the 98th most popular in Ohio for online learning according to the online graduations recorded by the Department of Education for the academic year 2017-2018.

Online Growth Rankings of Otterbein

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at Otterbein University was 136.0%. This is the #298 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at Otterbein regardless of major.

The following table shows the 1-year growth rate of Otterbein majors that offer at least one online course. This table only includes majors with positive growth.

Major 1-Year Growth Rate
Health Professions 4%

The table below shows how the average growth rate over 4 years at Otterbein ranks compared to all other partially online schools that offer a specific major. Note that the majors may or may not be offered online at Otterbein.

Major Growth Rate Rank
Nursing #39
Health Professions #76

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%.

Otterbein University Undergraduate Concentrations

The table below shows the number of awards for each concentration.

Major Bachelor’s Graduate Certificate Master’s Doctor’s TOTAL
Nursing 49 2 63 6 120
Business Administration & Management 18 0 29 0 47
Health Sciences & Services 35 0 12 0 47
Teacher Education Grade Specific 32 0 10 0 42
General Biology 34 0 0 0 34
Wildlife Management 33 0 0 0 33
Public Relations & Advertising 30 0 0 0 30
Health & Physical Education 29 0 0 0 29
General Psychology 25 0 0 0 25
Systems Engineering 20 0 0 0 20
Finance & Financial Management 17 0 0 0 17
Drama & Theater Arts 17 0 0 0 17
Biochemistry, Biophysics & Molecular Biology 16 0 0 0 16
Teacher Education Subject Specific 8 0 7 0 15
Communication & Media Studies 14 0 0 0 14
Accounting 12 0 0 0 12
Fine & Studio Arts 12 0 0 0 12
Writing Studies 11 0 0 0 11
History 11 0 0 0 11
Management Sciences & Quantitative Methods 10 0 0 0 10
Design & Applied Arts 10 0 0 0 10
Curriculum & Instruction 0 0 9 0 9
English Literature (Other) 9 0 0 0 9
Health/Medical Prep Programs 9 0 0 0 9
Mathematics 9 0 0 0 9
Sociology 9 0 0 0 9
Special Education 0 0 8 0 8
Health & Medical Administrative Services 0 0 8 0 8
Natural Resources Conservation 8 0 0 0 8
Political Science & Government 8 0 0 0 8
Allied Health Professions 7 0 0 0 7
Criminology 7 0 0 0 7
Music 7 0 0 0 7
Marketing 6 0 0 0 6
Sustainability Science 6 0 0 0 6
Computer Information Systems 5 0 0 0 5
General Education 5 0 0 0 5
Chemistry 5 0 0 0 5
Economics 5 0 0 0 5
Animal Services 4 0 0 0 4
Ethnic Studies 4 0 0 0 4
International Relations & National Security 4 0 0 0 4
International Business 3 0 0 0 3
Romance Languages 3 0 0 0 3
Physics 3 0 0 0 3
Business/Corporate Communications 2 0 0 0 2
Other Business, Management & Marketing 2 0 0 0 2
Liberal Arts General Studies 2 0 0 0 2
Philosophy 2 0 0 0 2
Human Resource Management 1 0 0 0 1
Religious Studies 1 0 0 0 1
Management Information Systems 0 0 0 0 0
Journalism 0 0 0 0 0
Engineering Physics 0 0 0 0 0
General English Literature 0 0 0 0 0
Allied Health & Medical Assisting Services 0 0 0 0 0
International Studies 0 0 0 0 0
General Physical Sciences 0 0 0 0 0
Public Administration 0 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 579 2 146 6 733

References

*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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