Otterbein’s story begins in the mid-1800s, before the abolition of slavery, before the women’s rights movement, before equality and inclusion were rights. Otterbein was founded by the Church of the United Brethren in Christ in 1847. Those qualities built Otterbein to what it is today: a nationally recognized university offering bachelor and master degrees to a wide variety of students.
An Otterbein education is more than mastering your curriculum – it’s getting hands-on experience, gaining confidence to take risks, understanding how to work with others, and discovering how to ask the right questions to solve problems. We invite you to explore the academic opportunities that Otterbein has to offer.
Otterbein is a recipient of the 2015 Carnegie Community Service Classification; finalist for the 2014 President’s Award for Economic Opportunity Community Service; and has been honored With Distinction by the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll since the list’s inception in 2006. Each year, more than 70,000 hours are donated by Otterbein students through our Center for Community Engagement's weekly programs and more than 90 service-learning courses.
Otterbein is building an inclusive community around our unique model of liberal education, which intentionally blends liberal arts and sciences with the professional studies through integrative and experiential learning. Our mission is to prepare our graduates to think deeply and broadly, to engage locally and globally, and to advance their professions and communities.
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The Division of Student Affairs provides you with opportunities for individual development through quality services and programs focused on your needs, which may include emotional, social, physical, cultural, spiritual, intellectual and vocational needs.
Roommates quickly become friends and pizza parties on Wednesday nights turn into donut runs on Friday nights. Capture the flag, Craft nights, Movie nights, Midnight pancakes and more... Living on campus means you can do more than just attend Otterbein, you can live it!
The mission of the Academic Support Center is to help students develop and strengthen the skills necessary to attain their academic goals. Through collaboration with students, faculty, and staff the ASC supports students in becoming independent, life-long learners in an accessible, student-centered environment.
Information Technology at Otterbein University provides services, input, and additions to the technology infrastructure in the teaching, learning, and work environment.
As a residential campus, Otterbein expects all students to live in campus housing until their senior year unless they are living at home with their parents within a 30 mile radius of campus. Students wishing to commute from home or live off-campus as a senior, are asked to apply each spring semester by March 1st for commuter or off-campus status.
Demand is growing for Health and Sport Sciences professionals, as our society develops a greater awareness of health and fitness issues. The Department of Health and Sport Sciences will prepare students to become a competent, self-directed professional through sound curricular programming, dedicated faculty, and appropriate facilities and equipment.
Our student organizations hum with great social energy by coordinating student readings, themed parties, and literary gatherings designed to nurture the creative and critical work that Literary Studies and Creative Writing students love.
Otterbein University holds regional accreditation from The Higher Learning Commission