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Otterbein University
Westerville, OH
Otterbein, founded in 1847, is a church-affiliated, liberal arts college. Its 140-acre campus is located in Westerville, 12 miles north of Columbus.
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Institution Type Private
Coeducational Yes
Undergraduate Students 2,485
   Women 1,516 (61.0%)
   Men 969 (39.0%)
Graduate Students 458
Entrance Difficulty Moderately difficult
Overall Admission Rate 75% of 2,917 applicants were admitted
Early Action Offered No
Early Decision Offered No
Regular Admission Deadline March 1
Qualifications of Enrolled Freshmen
Average GPA 3.60
SAT Math 551 average
500-600 range of middle 50%
SAT Critical Reading 557 average
500-620 range of middle 50%
SAT Writing
ACT Composite 23 average
21-26 range of middle 50%
Selection of Students
Factor Very Important Important Considered Not Considered
Academic GPA   X    
Standardized Tests   X    
Essay   X    
Extracurricular Activities   X    
Cost of Attendance $46,232
  Tuition and Fees In-state: $31,874
Out-of-state: $31,874
  Room and Board $10,408
Average Percent of Need Met 79%
Average Freshman Award $25,048
Average Indebtedness of
2016 Graduates
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Academic Calendar System 4-1-4
General Education/Core Curriculum Required
Full-Time Faculty Teaching Undergraduates 181
Regular Class Size 2-9 students: 38% of classes
10-19 students: 33% of classes
20-29 students: 20% of classes
30-39 students: 7% of classes
40-49 students: 1% of classes
50-99 students: 2% of classes
Westerville Population 37,073
Nearest Metropolitan Area Columbus
Freshman Housing Guarantee Freshmen are guaranteed housing
Students in College Housing 84% of freshmen, 53% of all students
Athletic Conferences NCAA Division III
Mascot Cardinal
Sororities 28% of women participate
Fraternities 28% of men participate
Ethnicity of Students from U.S. 0.2% American Indian/Alaskan Native
2.3% Asian
6.3% Black/African-American
2.5% Hispanic/Latino
4.4% Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
0.0% Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander
78.3% White
6.0% Unknown
International Students 1.9% from 10 countries
First-Year Students Returning 83.7%
Students Graduating Within 4 Years 50.5%
Graduates Offered Full-Time Employment Within 6 Months 81%
Graduates Pursuing Advanced Study Directly Not reported