Otterbein University

588 reviews
  1. Westerville, OH
  2. 4 Year
B+
Overall Niche Grade
  1. Academics
    B
  2. Value
    A-
  3. Diversity
    B-
  4. Campus
    B+
  5. Athletics
    B
  6. Party Scene
    B-
  7. Professors
    B+
  8. Location
    A-
  9. Dorms
    B
  10. Campus Food
    C+
  11. Student Life
    B
  12. Safety
    A-
Otterbein University is ...
Private not-for-profit, Methodist
Athletic Division
NCAA Division III (with football)
Athletic Conference
Ohio Athletic Conference
Address
1 South Grove Street
Westerville, OH 43081

Otterbein University Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

Admissions

Acceptance Rate
75%
SAT Range
998-1230
ACT Range
21-26
Application Fee
$25
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Recommended

Cost

Net Price
$26,200/ year
National
$15,431

Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.

Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $20,970/ year
  • $30-48k
    $23,147/ year
  • $49-75k
    $23,870/ year
  • $76-110k
    $26,179/ year
  • $110k+
    $28,211/ year

Academics

Professors
B+
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
10:1
Evening Degree Programs
Yes
97%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.33 responses
73%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.33 responses
73%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.33 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
2,128Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
4%
Pell Grant
27%
Varsity Athletes
22%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 21 responses
Report
  • Friendly
    67%
  • Bunch of different people
    24%
  • Anti-social
    10%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
79%
Poll
51%
of students say that Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.45 responses
Poll
58%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.50 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 17 responses
Report
  • Close knit family
    65%
  • Outstanding
    24%
  • Extraordinary
    12%

After Otterbein University

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$41,200/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
59%
National
47%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
94%
National
83%
91%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.23 responses

Reviews

588 reviews
  • Excellent
    125
  • Very Good
    221
  • Average
    197
  • Poor
    31
  • Terrible
    14
Otterbein is a small community with a large heart. You will know most of everyone including professors not in your major if you are involved in anything outside of your classes. The campus is like its own little bubble but surrounded by so much - Uptown Westerville, Polaris, Easton and Downtown Columbus. If you want to have a close college experience while it not being too close Otterbein is perfect for that!
  • Alum
  • 17 days ago
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.
  • College Junior
  • 6 months ago
Living on campus is the best way to get "the college experience." It gives you a chance to live on your own, meet new people you would never associate yourself with, and create live-long bonds. Otterbein's housing is great because it gets better and better each year and there a many options. The first-year style dorms are just "okay"; some are small, such as Davis Hall, but others are spacious and nice, such as Mayne Hall for honors students. Though, when you become a sophomore, there is the opportunity to live in a suit style, which is very nice and includes a bathroom that four residents share. That means no more community bathrooms! However, the suite style do cost more per semester, which is the only downfall, and students reside in first year dorms because of the more expensive cost. Because campus isn't very big, it is not a big hike to class, though dorms are in all areas of campus. There are residence halls closer to academic buildings than many others, but then others are closer to the recreational center, which is another big factor for some to be near. I loved my first year residence hall (Davis Hall). I became great friends with my residence hall assistant and both of my roommates, and I was very sad to let go my big room (it was a triple instead of a double). My best memories from my first year of college happened in Davis and I would not change it for anything.
  • College Freshman
  • May 14 2015