Otterbein Tara Dawkins

Mission Statement:

“Otterbein is an inclusive community dedicated to educating the whole person in the context of humane values. Our mission is to prepare graduates to think deeply and broadly, to engage locally and globally, and to advance their professions and communities. An Otterbein education is distinguished by the intentional blending of the liberal arts and professional studies, combined with a unique approach to integrating direct experience into all learning.”

Cardy the Cardinal

"We honor our past because it shapes our future"

Why Otterbein?

1) The classes are really small. The teachers expect you to participate.

2) They offer 74 majors and 44 minors. It really good for undecided people. Otterbein is very well rounded.

3) They have good music programs. My friend, Marleah Heyman, is in their orchestra. She isn't going into music.

Address: 1 S Grove St, Westerville, OH 43081

The fastest route is only 26 minutes away and 17.3 miles away from Hilliard.

Excels at academics and athletics

2,343 undergrads

Male: female ~ 39: 61

Otterbein is known for being very well rounded. Good at everything, but not exceptionally.

Cost $26,200 / year on average

Ranked 11th out of 171 of regional universities


25% of students are in a sorority or fraternity

Marleah states that there aren't very many parties

Otterbein doesn't have a specific sport that they're best at. Overall, they are fairly good when it comes to athletics.


Most popular majors: nursing, health service preparatory studies, psychology, and early childhood education

Departments: art, biology, business, chemistry, communication, education, engineering, English, equine science, health and sport science, history and political sciences, mathematical sciences, modern language and cultures, music, nursing, physics, psychology, religion and physiology, sociology, criminology and justice studies, theater and dance

I'd be interested in psychology or a science. Marleah is majoring in biology at Otterbein.

Application deadline: February 15

75% of applications were admitted

Average gpa: 3.60

Sat: 990-1230

Act: 21-26

Class rank: 87% in the top half

Doesn't require letters of recommendation or interview.

Davis Hall: two story building, 115 freshmen, home of the Health and Wellness Living Learning Center.

Dunlap-King Hall: 96 freshmen, double rooms and four triples, for students of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.

Application fee: $25

In-state tuition: $31,424

Room and board: $10,108

Food plan average: $4,710

Tech fee: $250

Student life fee: $200

Grand total: $46,717

Three block meal plans:

210 Block Meal Plan & $150 Cardinal Dollars

150 Block Meal Plan & $225 Cardinal Dollars

120 Block Meal Plan & $260 Cardinal Dollars

Cardinal Plan: allows one meal for each time the Cardinal's nest

Otterbein’s dining service: locally-produced, made-from-scratch food for fresh and flavorful meals. Varies from fruits and vegetables; soups, sauces, and salad dressings made from scratch daily. Eggs and omelets for breakfast and a different entrée each day for lunch

Academic organizations: animal health science, engineering, science, business, microbiology, sociology, and criminology

Athletic organizations: bowling, running, frisbee, and outdoor adventure, dance, cheerleading, fitness, and equestrian

There are ten honor societies

Six local sororities, six local fraternities, two national fraternities, and two National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC) chapters

Famous alumni: Dee Hoty, Rachael Harris, David Graf, Sam Jaeger, Chris Jansing, Cabot Rea, Jonathan Bennett, Benjamin Hanby, Matt D'Orazio, Susan Diol, Henry Clay Frick, Leif Pettersen, Anne Gonzales, Frank Truitt, Carroll Widdoes, Jack Hanna, Frank W. Lord, Mandy Bruno, and Jim Day

Reflection: I like this university a lot. The only barrier would be the money. I should talk to my parents about financial aid and see how much they are willing to pay for college. I'm still unsure. I need to do more college research. I would recommend Otterbein to people who are unsure of their career path, consider how much this school offers.

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