Otterbein University Admissions

ACT Scores, Acceptance Rate, Financial Aid, Graduation Rate & More

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Otterbein University Admissions Overview:

With an acceptance rate of 73%, Otterbein University is a generally accessible school. Successful students generally have solid grades and good test scores. If your SAT or ACT scores are within or above the ranges listed below, you are on track for admission to the school. Along with scores and an application, interested students will need to submit high school transcripts, a letter of recommendation, and a personal essay.

Check out the school's website for complete information and instructions.

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Admissions Data (2016):

  • Otterbein University Acceptance Rate: 73%
  • Test Scores -- 25th / 75th Percentile

Otterbein University Description:

Located in Westerville, Ohio, Otterbein University is a private liberal arts college affiliated with the United Methodist Church. The 140-acre suburban campus is just north of Columbus, Ohio, allowing students to experience the small-town atmosphere of Westerville with the convenience of a larger city nearby. The town is also within a few hours of Dayton, Cincinnati and Cleveland. Otterbein has a student faculty ratio of 12 to 1.

The school offers 62 bachelor’s degrees as well as several graduate programs in business, nursing, education and allied health. The most popular undergraduate majors at Otterbein are business administration, nursing, art and theatre. Students are actively involved in an array of extracurricular and co-curricular activities as well, with over 80 clubs and organizations, an active Greek life, and strong volunteering and community engagement programs on campus and in the surrounding area.

The Otterbein Cardinals compete in the NCAA Division II Ohio Athletic Conference.

Enrollment (2016):

  • Total Enrollment: 2,928 (2,475 undergraduates)
  • Gender Breakdown: 39% Male / 61% Female
  • 92% Full-time

Costs (2016 - 17):

  • Tuition and Fees: $31,874
  • Books: $1,262 (why so much?)
  • Room and Board: $10,108
  • Other Expenses: $2,699
  • Total Cost: $45,943

Otterbein University Financial Aid (2015 - 16):

  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Aid: 100%
  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 88%
    • Loans: 80%
  • Average Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $19,899
    • Loans: $8,052

Academic Programs:

  • Most Popular Majors: Art, Business Administration, Early Childhood Education, Nursing, Psychology, Public Relations, Theatre

Retention and Graduation Rates:

  • First Year Student Retention (full-time students): 83%
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 51%
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 58%

Intercollegiate Athletic Programs:

  • Men's Sports: Football, Soccer, Wrestling, Tennis, Golf, Basketball, Baseball
  • Women's Sports: Lacrosse, Soccer, Tennis, Volleyball, Cross Country, Golf

Data Source:

National Center for Educational Statistics

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