Otterbein College

Otterbein College

Otterbein College is a private, four-year, liberal arts college located in Westerville, Ohio, United States. It was established in the year 1847 by the Church of the United Brethren in Christ. The college is named after Rev. Philip William Otterbein, founder of United Brethren. The campus spreads across an area of 150 acres. Otterbein College offers a wide variety of degrees and programs in diverse areas of study.

Otterbein's athletics department sponsors more than seven men's and women's sports teams. The teams are nicknamed the Cardinals. They compete in the NCAA Division III, as a member of the Ohio Athletic Conference. They participate in sports such as baseball, basketball, football, tennis, and softball.

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Contacting Otterbein College

Otterbein College
One Otterbein College
Westerville , OH 43081
General Phone: (614) 890-3000

Otterbein College Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Nursing and Emergency Medicine115registered nursing, nursing administration, adult health nursing, nurse practitioner
Education and Teaching95curriculum and instruction, middle school teaching, early childhood education, health teaching, music teaching, physical education teaching, reading teaching
Business and Management95business management, accounting, business communications, human resources, MIS, actuarial science
Liberal Arts76French language, Spanish language, English, liberal arts and sciences, humanities, liberal arts and humanities, economics, international relations, political science, ...
Media76communication studies, journalism, radio and television, public relations
Nutrition and Exercise Therapy35sports and fitness management, health and fitness, athletic trainer
Science30biology, biochemistry, molecular biology, physical sciences, chemistry, physics
Therapy and Counseling23psychology
Drama and Performing Arts23drama
Art Studies19art studies
Music19music, music performance
Animal Science and Care13equestrian studies
Religion and Philosophy5philosophy, religion
Computer Science and Engineering2computer and info science
Conservation and Resource Management0environmental science

Number of programs and degrees for Otterbein College in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Bachelor's degree54448
Master's degree938

Otterbein College Student Body

In 2007-2008, Otterbein College had a total enrollment of 3,107 students (2,772 full-time equivalent).

Students in the Freshman Class:

Group Percent
Men 39%
Women 61%
Full-Time 100%
Part-Time 0%

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 82%
Graduate 18%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 84%
Black 6%
Hispanic 1%
Asian 1%
American Indian 0%
Unknown 5%
(Foreign Students) 3%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 0%
18-19 30%
20-21 32%
22-24 14%
25-29 7%
30-34 5%
35-39 3%
40-49 6%
50-64 3%
65+ 0%

Incoming (Freshman) Students by Place of Residence:
(From available data sampling)


Otterbein College Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 72 %
Part-Time 100 %

Otterbein College Room and Board (2007)

Otterbein College offers campus housing for 1,385 of its 2,772 (full-time) students. Freshmen are required to live on campus.

(Please refer to our profile of Westerville, Ohio for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other Ohio Colleges).

The school does not offer students a meal plan.

Otterbein College Admissions and Selectivity


EnrolledPercent of
Accepted Enrolled

Standardized Test Scores:

Test25th Percentile75th Percetile
SAT Verbal470600
SAT Math480590
SAT Writing460600
ACT Verbal1925
ACT Math1925
ACT Composite2025

Application Requirements:

Class Rankrecommended
High School Recordrequired
College Prep Programrecommended
Recommendationsnot required
Formal Demonstration of Competencerecommended
Standardized Tests (SAT and/or ACT)required
Percent of Applicants Submitting SAT31%
Percent of Applicants Submitting ACT93%
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)required
Other Standardized Testsnot required

Otterbein College Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 26,319
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 26,319
Room and board $ 7,461
Room charge $ 3,570
Board (meal plan) charge $ 3,891
Books and supplies $ 1,017
Other expenses $ 2,112

Financial Aid:
Otterbein College participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 311000)

Otterbein College Faculty

Otterbein College has a tenure system for faculty.

Tenure Status of Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelMenWomen
Non-tenured, but on tenure track1931
Non-tenured and not on tenure track914

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professorcalendar year3$90,7091*
Associate professorcalendar year1*0*
All faculty totalcalendar year4$94,1661*

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professoracademic year34$70,49132$69,578
Associate professoracademic year20$64,15520$59,924
Assistant professoracademic year18$54,41930$50,910
Instructoracademic year2*7$53,913
Lectureracademic year0*1*
All faculty totalacademic year74$64,15390$59,941

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Otterbein College Athletics

Athletic Conferences:

Football Ohio Athletic Conference
Basketball Ohio Athletic Conference
Baseball Ohio Athletic Conference
Track Ohio Athletic Conference

Otterbein College Degree Programs (2007)

Animal Science And Care
Equestrian/Equine Studies

Art Studies
Art/Art Studies, General

Business And Management
Actuarial Science
Business Administration and Management, General
Business/Corporate Communications
Human Resources Management/Personnel Administration, General
Management Information Systems, General

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer and Information Sciences, General

Conservation And Resource Management
Environmental Science

Drama And Performing Arts
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General

Education And Teaching
Curriculum and Instruction
Early Childhood Education and Teaching
Health Teacher Education
Junior High/Intermediate/Middle School Education and Teaching
Music Teacher Education
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching
Reading Teacher Education

Liberal Arts
Economics, General
English Language and Literature, General
French Language and Literature
History, General
Humanities/Humanistic Studies
International Relations and Affairs
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities, Other
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
Political Science and Government, General
Spanish Language and Literature

Mathematics, General

Communication Studies/Speech Communication and Rhetoric
Public Relations/Image Management
Radio and Television

Music Performance, General
Music, General

Nursing And Emergency Medicine
Adult Health Nurse/Nursing
Family Practice Nurse/Nurse Practitioner
Nursing Administration (MSN, MS, PhD)
Nursing/Registered Nurse (RN, ASN, BSN, MSN)

Nutrition And Exercise Therapy
Athletic Training/Trainer
Health and Physical Education/Fitness, Other
Sport and Fitness Administration/Management

Religion And Philosophy
Religion/Religious Studies

Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Chemistry, General
Molecular Biology
Physical Sciences
Physics, General

Therapy And Counseling
Psychology, General

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What Sets Otterbein College Apart:

% of degrees in drama and performing arts
(vs. all colleges)
Top 7%Otterbein College % of degrees in drama and performing arts
% of degrees in media
(vs. all colleges)
Top 8%Otterbein College % of degrees in media
% of degrees in music
(vs. all colleges)
Top 8%Otterbein College % of degrees in music
Number of degree programs
(vs. all colleges)
Top 9%Otterbein College Number of degree programs
Faculty/student ratio (full-time)
(vs. colleges of similar size)
Top 13%Otterbein College Faculty/student ratio (full-time)
% of degrees in art studies
(vs. all colleges)
Top 13%Otterbein College % of degrees in art studies
Dorm rooms per full-time student
(vs. all colleges)
Top 14%Otterbein College Dorm rooms per full-time student
Female % of student body
(vs. colleges of similar size)
Top 16%Otterbein College Female % of student body
% of degrees in nutrition and exercise therapy
(vs. colleges of similar size)
Top 20%Otterbein College % of degrees in nutrition and exercise therapy

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checked Accepts some high school credits
checked Grants credits for AP courses
checked Offers weekend classes
checked Career counseling
checked Career services
checked Student employment services
checked Remedial classes for students
checked Option to study abroad
checked Offers part-time study
checked On-campus library
checked Offers campus housing
checked Tenure system for quality teaching
checked Has ROTC (army, air force)
checked NCAA athletic conference member

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