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Reviews 566 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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4 College Junior

Overall Experience: Most professors are great and passionate about their subjects. A lot of mentoring goes on here to between faculty and students. Class sizes are small. The variety of courses offered is diverse. Although it may not be as diverse as it is at some larger schools, it is sufficient for getting a well-rounded and solid education for whatever one wants to do after their bachelor's degree. For students in the sciences, it is easy to get involved in student research as early as your freshman year.

4 College Junior

Overall Experience: The alumni network here is strong, and many people respect Otterbein's reputation. I feel very proud to be an Otterbein student and have benifitted from its reputation in the community.

4 College Junior

Health & Safety: The Otterbein Police Department is really helpful. You can always go to them if you feel unsafe or call them. They have no problem escorting people at night, helping people locked out of buildings, etc. I feel very safe on campus, in large part due to them.

4 College Junior

Campus Housing: It's wonderful your first year, and helps you to meet many new people. The dorms are fun for new students and a very good experience. The suites are more private and provide way less of a social atmosphere, except of course with your roommates. It's a lot easier to stay connected to campus resources and take full advantage of them while living on campus. The nicest dorms are in Clements Hall, and Hanby is currently being rennovated. A lot of people also like the honors hall, Mayne Hall, but the rooms are not as nice. Garst is pretty far away from everything and not as nice. Dunlap King is rumored to not be very nice, but to have great people, and is close to the academic buildings. As far as suites go, Devore is much more luxurious than 25. West home. It is closer to the gym, but farther from academic buildings. The housing process can be hectic, but they try to make it as smooth as possible. The cost is high here, largely because a meal plan is mandatory.

3 College Junior

Athletics: The theater department probably gets more attention than varsity sports here and intramurals aren't huge, although there is club volleyball and basketball. I think most students participate in sports here purely for their own happiness. We are rivals with Capitol University, but the rivalry isn't dramatic at all. The most attended sports event is the fall football homecoming game. There is a small marching band that is not competitive. The dance team is non-existent at the moment, and having a hard time starting up. People seem to have more greek spirit than school spirit, since 1/3 of the campus is in greek life.

4 College Junior

Overall Experience: Otterbein University is unique from other liberal arts colleges, because students tend to help one another to succeed academically, rather than being competitive over achievement. The culture here is very supportive, and there are many resources that can be easily used by students, such as the center for career development, the center for student success, and free student counseling sessions. I have formed mentoring relationships with faculty and older students that have taught me valuable lessons for my career field personal life. I have also been inspired to be an engaged member of my community. Servant leadership is something that is often exemplified and talked about here. The campus is very active in the community and every year students complete many hours of volunteer work.

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: The professors are great! They are so nice and you can tell by listening to their lectures that they are very passionate about the subject they are teaching! The class sizes are very small; my biggest class was 32 people. There are so many great courses offered as well!

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: The school really tries to ensure that students have internship opportunities. For my major, we had multiple engineering companies come to a lecture and tell us what they had to offer. It was nice getting to speak with the different companies about what they do day to day. We also did projects for companies like Nestle that gave us a great opportunity to get acquainted with the companies.

5 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: I feel very safe at Otterbein! There was only one issue my first year. The campus police do a great job at keeping the campus safe and under control!

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Don't live in the triad! All other dorms are really nice and clean. Most have a lot of space including Mayne and Hanby. The housing process is very simple as well which is nice!

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Greek life is involved on campus and in the community; they do a lot of fundraisers for their houses. Most non greeks are kind of indifferent about greeks because the greeks are very pushy towards rushing and they frown upon those who don't rush. There are a good bit of houses on campus that are very nice and offer lots of housing to their members.

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: There is a lot of student involvement at the sporting events and the school encourages students to come to the events by offering free pizza or tshirts to the first 100 students,etc. Our teams may lack talent but the fans are always there to support them and the stands are always loaded with fans and students supporting our school colors.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I love the small class sizes and how great the professors are! They are very willing to help with any problems you encounter on homework our lectures and will make time to meet with you to help you better understand the topic. Great school and it makes being so far from home a lot easier!

2 College Sophomore

Party Scene: there are so many parties and a lot of drinking that students don't focus on studying

3 College Sophomore

Party Scene: there are so many parties and a lot of drinking

4 College Sophomore

Academics: professors actually really care about you and your grades

3 College Sophomore

Diversity: there is plenty of diversity at Otterbein, I personally think its great

3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: i havent really seen anything, its more drinking

3 College Freshman

Overall Experience: some courses are bad, and some are the greatest classes ive ever taken

3 College Freshman

Overall Experience: most people don't skip classes and work hard towards their degree

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: loved my roommate I was paired with

5 College Freshman

Athletics: a lot of school spirit

5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I feel very safe on campus. I have never had an issue with fear of safety, however there are many possible solutions available to students if they did feel unsafe. The Otterbein Police Department is happy to drive students to their destination on campus late at night and is available to call 24/7. There are also emergency phones located around campus. If anything suspicious should occur on campus or near campus, an email, call, and text will be sent to students and staff.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Living on campus has been one of the greatest experiences of my life. I met so many friendly and kind people whom I have become very close with. It truly feels like an environment I can call home. Otterbein continued to improve the dorm I resided in throughout the year to create a more convenient and enjoyable living experience.

4 College Freshman

Athletics: Personally, I do not participate in the sports at Otterbein. However, I do enjoy supporting my friends that compete/play sports, so I have attended tennis matches and track meets. The environment at the sporting events is wonderful because the crowd cheers and gives positive comments and support towards the players. I have always enjoyed myself at these events. I also enjoy the athletic facilities. I would often run at the gym available to us and exercise with friends.

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