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Located in Westerville, Ohio, Otterbein University is a private not-for-profit institution. Westerville is considered a suburb and offers tranquility and safety near the excitement of a city center.

$31,677 Avg Cost After Aid (Undergrad)
76% Acceptance Rate

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Otterbein University Rankings

We have ranked Otterbein as #197 out of 1,672 colleges and universities in the country in our 2022 Best Colleges list. This puts it in the top 15% of all schools in the nation. Otterbein also holds the #3 spot on the Best Colleges in Ohio ranking.

Our rankings are based on an outcomes-based approach rather than subjective ones used by other media outlets. As such, we utilize data from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and the College Scorecard, among other sources. Visit our rankings and methodology section to learn more.

Otterbein has also been awarded the following overall awards by our latest rankings.

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#63 Best Nursing Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Program Level Awards

These are highlights of some of the most noteworthy awards granted to specific programs at Otterbein.

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Where Is Otterbein University?


Contact details for Otterbein are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 1 South Grove Street, Westerville, OH 43081
Phone: 614-890-3000

How Do I Get Into Otterbein?

You can apply to Otterbein online at:

Admission Requirements for Otterbein

Submission Required?
High School GPA recommended
High School Rank recommended
High School Transcript required
College Prep Program recommended
Recommendations required
SAT or ACT Scores required
TOEFL required

How Hard Is It To Get Into Otterbein?

76% Acceptance Rate
63% Of Accepted Are Women
22% Submit SAT Scores
With an acceptance rate of 76%, Otterbein may not be as selective as some schools, but you should not take admittance for granted. Be sure to submit the best application you can.

Approximately 37% of accepted students are men and 63% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 78%, and the acceptance rate for women is 75%.

Average Test Scores

About 22% of students accepted to Otterbein submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 490 and 625. Math scores were between 500 and 600.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Otterbein University  ( 490 to 625 )

SAT Math Scores for Otterbein University  ( 500 to 600 )
Otterbein received ACT scores from 91% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT English scores ranged between 19 and 26. Math scores were between 18 and 26. Composite scores were between 20 and 27.

ACT English Scores for Otterbein University  ( 19 to 26 )
ACT Math Scores for Otterbein University  ( 18 to 26 )
ACT Composite Scores for Otterbein University  ( 20 to 27 )

Can I Afford Otterbein University?

$31,677 Net Price
93% Take Out Loans
4.0% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of Otterbein is $31,677. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group.

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.

Student Loan Debt

Almost 66% of college students who graduated with the class of 2018 took out student loans, but that percentage varies from school to school. At Otterbein, approximately 93% of students took out student loans averaging $7,675 a year. That adds up to $30,700 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Otterbein is 4.0%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

Otterbein University Undergraduate Student Diversity

2,138 Full-Time Undergraduates
62% Women
22% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 2,313 undergraduate students at Otterbein, with 2,138 being full-time and 175 being part-time.


There are also 339 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 2,138 full-time undergraduates at Otterbein, 38% are male and 62% are female.


Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of Otterbein University students is as follows.

Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 69
Black or African American 158
Hispanic or Latino 131
White 1,621
International Students 3
Other Races/Ethnicities 156

Geographic Diversity

Ohio students aren't the only ones who study at Otterbein University. At this time, 24 states are represented by the student population at the school.

Over 16 countries are represented at Otterbein. The most popular countries sending students to the school are China, Japan, and South Korea.

Online Learning at Otterbein University

146 Took All Classes Online
2,140 Took At Least One Class Online
154.0% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
In 2019-2020, 2,140 students took at least one online class at the school.

The following chart shows how the online learning population at Otterbein has changed over the last few years.


This school is the 35th most popular in Ohio for online learning according to the online graduations recorded by the Department of Education for the academic year 2019-2020.

Online Growth Rankings of Otterbein

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at Otterbein University was 154.0%. This is the #175 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at Otterbein regardless of major.

The table below shows how the average growth rate over 4 years at Otterbein ranks compared to all other partially online schools that offer a specific major. Note that the majors may or may not be offered online at Otterbein.

Major Growth Rate Rank
Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse/Nursing #1
Family Practice Nurse/Nursing #7
Nursing #74

When we speak of partially online, we are referring to schools whose online population is less than 50% of its total student body. Mostly online refers to those with online populations greater than or equal to 50%.

Otterbein University Nursing Concentrations

The table below shows the number of awards for each concentration.

Adult Health Nurse/Nursing 0
Clinical Nurse Leader 0
Family Practice Nurse/Nursing 0
Nurse Anesthetist 0
Nursing Administration 0
Nursing Practice 0
Nursing Science 0
Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse/Nursing 0
Registered Nursing 0


*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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