Otterbein University is a 4-year, liberal arts institution located in Westerville, OH, minutes from the 14th largest city in the US, Columbus. Founded in 1847, Otterbein has been co-educational from the beginning and takes pride in its diversity and inclusion. While Otterbein features 20 departments and 8 programs with a wide variety of majors, minors, and certificates to choose from, all students take part in the integrative studies curriculum, which is designed to provoke shared conversation about the theme of “Knowledge, Action, and Public Good.” The 140-acre campus offers students traditional, suite-style, apartment, and themed housing, as well as resources such as The Point, a STEAM innovation center and Maker Space hosting 3D printers, a woodshop, metal shop, plasma cutter, and more.
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Easy to get involved and build relationships.
One on one time with professors all the time.
Safe and fun atmosphere.
Gloridely from Westerville, OH
Otterbein is one of the most beautiful campuses that I have ever been on. The staff is incredibly hospitable, and your opinion really does matter, if you express it. There are plenty of resources for help in any subject that you are in, if you need the tutoring, and don't ever be scared or embarrassed to find that help.
Hope from West Lafayette, OH
I'm a Health Promotion and Fitness Major, and the professors are great! The classes are small, the professors are excited to be here, the area is safe but close to big city excitement, and the food's pretty good too! I also got a lot of financial aid to go here so they really saved me there!
Elizabeth from Avalon, CA
Otterbein is a wonderful college. I love the atmosphere and the campus, along with all of my professors. This is definitely a school to consider when deciding on colleges.
Nicole from Cambridge, OH
I am hoping to attend Otterbein in the fall of 2012. When I visited, I absolutely loved it; Everyone was really friendly and seemed authentically interested in me and my plans. I would highly recommend!
Katelyn from Akron, OH
Otterbein is similar to a large family. With classes and a campus that is challenging, innovative, and connective, students with any range of interests are able to feel right at home here, and find a niche in which they can explore and expand their minds and experiences. Otterbein has become the second home for many; it is an extremely nurturing environment.
Katelyn from Huntsburg, OH
An extremely diverse campus experience- Otterbein offers something for everyone! This university has a variety of opportunities for many different majors, while maintaining a warm, welcoming, small town vibe!