Otterbein University

Otterbein University

We honor our past because it shapes our future. Equality and inclusion were, and continue to be, the foundation of the university. We included women as faculty members and as students from our founding, and we were the first institution in the nation to do so. Otterbein admitted students of color before the Civil War and welcomed Japanese-American students who had been sent to internment camps during World War II. Today students from more diverse backgrounds come to Otterbein each year to experience that same spirit of inclusion.

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Otterbein University proudly stands as one of the most innovative and inclusive universities in the country.

Since its founding in 1847, Otterbein has been recognized for its pace-setting ideals—for its nationally ground-breaking integrative studies curriculum; its standing among the country’s first co-education institutions; and its commitment to serve a greater good. In fact, it has been recognized by the White House among the nation’s leaders for community engagement since 2006.

Today, Otterbein continues to boldly anticipate its responsibilities to advancing a greater good. The Point, the new home to an accelerated incubator of innovation, is designed to bring industry, education and community together in one space to grow an entrepreneurial ecosystem that will take product and process from ideation to the marketplace. 

Where Otterbein stands and what it stands for matters. Nothing is more important to Otterbein than educating the whole student. Combining the smartest way to learn with hands-on experience and our long-standing values prepares Otterbein scholars to STAND OUT as professionals and leaders who advance their professions and their communities.

Otterbein’s perfect location in picturesque Westerville—just minutes away from downtown Columbus and the airport—makes internships and networking worldwide a reality for undergraduate and graduate students.

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How you learn is as important as what you learn. At Otterbein, we pride ourselves on giving you the smartest way to learn — right from the start.

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