Otterbein College: Narrative Description

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1 Otterbein College
Westerville, OH 43081
Tel: (614)890-3000
Free: 800-488-8144
Admissions: (614)823-1500
Fax: (614)823-1200
E-mail: [email protected]
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Independent United Methodist, comprehensive, coed. Awards bachelor's and master's degrees. Founded 1847. Setting: 142-acre suburban campus with easy access to Columbus. Endowment: $68.5 million. Total enrollment: 3,090. Faculty: 271 (152 full-time, 119 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 13:1. 2,657 applied, 79% were admitted. 22% from top 10% of their high school class, 51% from top quarter, 77% from top half. 1 National Merit Scholar, 30 valedictorians. Full-time: 2,330 students, 64% women, 36% men. Students come from 35 states and territories, 34 other countries, 7% from out-of-state, 0.04% Native American, 1% Hispanic, 7% black, 1% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 24% 25 or older, 52% live on campus, 2% transferred in. Retention: 92% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: communications/communication technologies; education; business/marketing. Core. Academic remediation for entering students, services for LD students, advanced placement, self-designed majors, honors program, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs, internships, graduate courses open to undergrads. Off campus study at American University, University of Pittsburgh (Semester at Sea), members of the Higher Education Council of Columbus. Study abroad program. ROTC: Army (c), Air Force (c).

Entrance Requirements:

Options: Peterson's Universal Application, Common Application, electronic application, deferred admission. Required: high school transcript, SAT or ACT. Recommended: minimum 2.5 high school GPA, interview. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadline: 3/1. Notification: continuous.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $25. Comprehensive fee: $27,531 includes full-time tuition ($21,342) and college room and board ($6189). College room only: $2850. Full-time tuition varies according to course load and program. Room and board charges vary according to housing facility. Part-time tuition: $257 per credit hour. Part-time tuition varies according to course load and program.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, marching band, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 100 open to all; national fraternities, local fraternities, local sororities; 28% of eligible men and 28% of eligible women are members. Most popular organizations: musical groups, honoraries, academic interest clubs, Governance. Major annual events: Homecoming, Winterfest, Martin Luther King, Jr. Convocation. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, student patrols, late night transport-escort service, controlled dormitory access, 24-hour locked residence hall entrances. 1,103 undergraduates lived in college housing during 2003-04. Freshmen guaranteed college housing. On-campus residence required through sophomore year. Options: men-only, women-only housing available. Courtright Memorial Library with 182,629 books, 312,944 microform titles, 1,012 serials, 8,971 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. 146 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

Westerville was settled in 1813 by Connecticut, New York, and Virginia families, and Quakers from Pennsylvania. The community, seven miles north of Columbus, has excellent city and college libraries, many churches, a modern medical center, and various civic and service organizations. A site of interest is the Hanby House. Hoover Reservoir is located about four miles east, and offers facilities for picnicking, fishing, and boating. Part-time employment is available.

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