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Otterbein University

Otterbein has a long-standing commitment to equity and inclusion that dates back to our founding. However, our students have asked our community to remember there is always room and need to continue to learn and to grow. This page is a reflection of Otterbein's on-going commitment and the people and events that help shape our shared experience and our values.

Bachelor's programmes

Environmental Studies & Earth Sciences (3)
Computer Science & IT (1)



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.


Inclusive. Innovative. Progressive. It's the best way to describe Otterbein's history, present and future. At Otterbein, an individual's worth has never been measured by gender, by color or by title. This University has only ever asked: Are you ready to learn and to make your community a better place? If the answer is yes, you already know the most important truth about Otterbein. And the story only gets better. Read on.


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.


Some careers outside of teaching include: Interpreter/Translator, Foreign Language Researcher, International Airport Customer Representative, International Flight Attendant, Peace Corps Officer, Overseas Tour Guide, Foreign Languages Textbook Editor/Representative, and many others. Learn about additional careers.

Global Student Satisfaction Awards 2019

GSSA 2019

The Global Student Satisfaction Awards empower students across the globe to determine the best universities of 2019. By rating institutions on a scale from 1 to 5, on multiple studies-related questions, we found the top educators in the world.

Learn more about the Global Student Satisfaction Awards


Student services

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.

Housing services

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!

Library services

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.  

ICT services

Information Technology at Otterbein University provides services, input, and additions to the technology infrastructure in the teaching, learning, and work environment.

Medical services

Your experience at Otterbein goes beyond the classroom through experiential learning, student organizations and a vivid campus life.  Whether you're looking to learn more or need a little pick-me-up, we have services and resources available to all students to help keep your experiences on campus safe and enjoyable.

Student Life

Campus life

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. 

Sports facilities

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.

Student clubs

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

Westerville, Ohio, United States