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Otterbein University Campus Life

Campus Size

Small Campus
Total Undergrads
Including 342 Part-time
Degree-Seeking Freshmen
Including 7 Part-time

Gender Breakdown:

65% Women
35% Men


NCAA Division III (with football)

Ohio Athletic Conference

  • Football
  • Basketball
  • Baseball
  • Cross Country/Track

Total Varsity Sports


Men's sports coaches (Average salary: $38,083)
Women's sports coaches (Average salary: $35,382)
Athletics Details
Sport Varsity Men Varsity Women Club Intramural
Baseball 35 - - -
Basketball 21 26 - -
Football 139 - - -
Golf 8 7 - -
Lacrosse 50 - - -
Soccer 43 26 - -
Softball - 21 - -
Tennis 11 9 - -
Track and Field, Indoor 37 40 - -
Track and Field, Outdoor 35 39 - -
Track and Field, X-Country 13 20 - -
Volleyball - 19 - -


Student Total
American Indian/Alaskan Native 0.3%
Asian/Pacific Islander 1.7%
Black/non-Hispanic 7.1%
Hispanic 1.2%
Non-resident alien 1.1%
Race/Ethnicity unknown 7.2%
Two or more races 0.1%
White/non-Hispanic 81.3%
Percent of students with disability 4%

Services & Housing

Services Offered
  • Remedial services for students with learning disabilities
  • Academic/Career counseling
  • Employment services for current students to find part-time positions
  • Job placement for graduates to find full-time employment
  • Library on campus
  • On-Campus Housing
  • Meal plan offered, maximum 15 meals per week.

Clubs & Organizations

Reserved Officers' Training Corps (ROTC)
  • Army ROTC
  • Air Force ROTC

Safety Statistics

Arrests On Campus
Illegal Weapons Possession 0
Drug Law Violation 13
Liquor Law Violation 12
Criminal Offenses On Campus
Personal Crime 0
Property Crime 10
Reviews Dorm Life
  • Elizabeth from Avalon, CA
  • 3
  • Most of the dorms are pretty strict and keep a close eye on students which can be annoying, but the dorms are pretty nice (Clements, 25 W Home Street, &…

  • Jan-05-2012 Read More
  • Katelyn from Akron, OH
  • 5
  • Only saw the Honors dorms in Mayne Hall where I'd be staying, and they were AMAZING! Tons of space, even without any of the beds bunked or lofted. Good drawer/closet…

  • Mar-27-2012 Read More
  • Hope from West Lafayette, OH
  • 3
  • Depending on where you live, you may have a better living space, but the community won't be as nice. Depending on what you're more interested in, Dunlap King is not…

  • Aug-10-2012 Read More
  • Katelyn from Huntsburg, OH
  • 4
  • Regardless of where you live on campus, you're guaranteed to be surrounded by good people. Incoming freshman, I encourage you to have a random roommate for your first year, because…

  • Jun-28-2012 Read More


Student Responses to Review Topic: Food And Dining
  • 3
  • Colin - Westerville, OH
  • Apr-26-2017 I am a current student here

    The Nest has pretty decent quality food but the hours are really inconvenient. The Den on the other hand has pretty reasonable hours (except it does open kind of late on the weekends) but the food quality is worse by a long shot in my opinion.

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  • 3
  • Ashley from Ashville, OH
  • Dec-02-2015 I am a current student here

    The food here is pretty good, but they have a tendency to serve the same things over and over again (similar to other universities). If there was a bit more variety, that would be better. There are only a few dining locations on campus, however the local community has agreed to work with the university and will let you eat at their restaurants with the university credit.

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  • 3
  • Emily from Loveland, OH
  • Nov-18-2015 I am a current student here

    The food isn't bad, but it's not great. You have very limited options as to where you can eat. Only two places on campus take meal swipes.

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  • 4
  • Melissa from Potsdam, OH
  • Jun-11-2015 I am a current student here

    The food is pretty good. Sometimes it is better than other days. I really like the amount of choices that are offered in the Nest and the Den.

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  • 3
  • Samantha from Lewis Center, OH
  • Feb-05-2015 I am a current student here

    It's okay. The dining hall is repetitive and kind of gross food, but offers a decent selection, I guess. The cafe serves Starbucks coffee, and there's another cafe in another building across campus. It's decent, but not a lot of choices. Fortunately, there's plenty of places in Uptown Westerville to eat for cheap, as well as typical fast food right down the road.

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  • 3
  • Katelyn from Cleveland, OH
  • Aug-16-2014 I am a current student here

    There aren't a lot of options for food/dining. There are four places to eat and only two are open on the weekend. The main dining hall is buffet style and they have limited hours for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The second place is located in the same building and they serve the same things every day (except when they have specials). The two other places serve the same things everyday, generally. One of those places also serves Starbucks beverages. All underclassmen living in residence halls must have a meal plan.

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  • 3
  • Samantha from Delaware, OH
  • Jul-28-2014 I am a current student here

    There are two main places to dine at. You can either go to the Den or the CC (where it's like a buffet style). Though it's not a five star restaurant, it isn't like getting food at a gas station. You can get coffee and sandwiches at a couple of other places too on campus. And if you get tired at the same old places you can also go into Westerville for other restaurants and fast food places.

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  • 4
  • Nursing student
  • Apr-24-2014 I am a current student here

    Like studying, you'll get the hang of how to cope with the options given here. There are not a lot of options, but you learn to manage. For example, if you don't like the dressings at the salad bar, bring your own! It is a great time for social experiences too, they often have birthday parties or sometimes a cooking competition.

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  • 3
  • Katelin from Cleveland, OH
  • Jan-28-2014 I am a current student here

    There are only a few places to eat on campus, where students can use their meal swipes or cardinal dollars. The Cardinal's nest is the main cafeteria, where there is a salad bar, dessert table, pizza line, and something different in the other two lines. The Otter den is another option; they have burgers, wraps, salads, etc. They also have a small store so students can purchase things on the go. The Otter bean serves Starbucks coffee and bottled beverages as well as sandwiches, mac and cheese, soups, etc. that students can grab to go. The Roost has similar food and beverages as the Otter bean. On the weekend, the only places to eat are the Otter den and the Cardinal's nest. It is a pain sometimes. However, there are kitchens in each residence hall and students can have microwaves and mini fridges in their rooms. Also, there are food places within walking distance just off campus; some even offer student discounts!

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  • 3
  • David from Upper Arlington, OH
  • Nov-12-2013 I am a current student here

    Bon Appetit is an OK food company, but the dining hall has inconvenient hours and the food is subpar unless the company is up for a contract renewal, in which case the food becomes quite good for a few weeks.

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Student Responses to Review Topic: Greek Life
  • 0
  • Colin - Westerville, OH
  • Apr-26-2017 I am a current student here

    A lot of people are involved in Greek life here. Most greek organizations at Otterbein don't really fit the stereotype of a fraternity/sorority so that's pretty nice. I personally never wanted to be a part of Greek life, but if there's anywhere in which I would do it then it would be Otterbein.

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  • 0
  • Katelyn from Cleveland, OH
  • Aug-16-2014 I am a current student here

    A good portion of campus participates in Greek life. There are six sororities and eight fraternities on campus. Most are local, not national (except for two fraternities). Greek life is a big part of campus, but there is no judgement for not being a part of it either. There is no discrimination between Greeks and non-Greeks.

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  • 0
  • Samantha from Delaware, OH
  • Jul-28-2014 I am a current student here

    The Greek Life here is nice! You become close with your new brothers or sisters. They have about 13 fraternities and sororities in total. Also because most of the Greek Life at Otterbein is only locally known, it doesn't cost as much if they were known nationally.

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  • 0
  • Katelin from Cleveland, OH
  • Jan-28-2014 I am a current student here

    Greek Life is huge on campus. Many people rush and go onto pledge for the various sororities and fraternities. It is a lot of work, from what I have heard, but it appears to be worth it to be apart of the community. It isn't a clique though. Students in Greek life hang out with those not involved too. Greek housing is located all over campus and even extends off campus.

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  • 0
  • Sydney from Delaware, OH
  • Jul-21-2013 I am a current student here

    Most of the sororities and fraternities on campus are local which means that they are very close and only on Otterbeins campus.

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  • 0
  • Jillian from Chillicothe, OH
  • Mar-25-2013 I am a current student here

    Greek life is very popular on campus. It's also very active in that they participate in various activities on and off campus.

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  • 0
  • Leondra from Grove City, OH
  • Feb-23-2013 I am a current student here

    It's not what you think. None of the Greek Life chapters are affiliated with the national branches, and they are not like they are in the movies if that is what you're looking for (hopefully you are not). I hear they are great and engaging. Personally, I am not part of a sorority because I don't have the time, and your time could better be used elsewhere (studying, getting experience, internships, going out with friends, networking, etc)

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  • 0
  • Madeline from Westerville, OH
  • Feb-06-2013 I am a current student here

    Definitely a great part of campus life! No pressure to join, but many find it rewarding. There is probably about 20-30% student involvement in Greek Life.

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