Otterbein University - Bachelor's Degree

Otterbein is an inclusive community dedicated to educating the whole person in the context of humane values. An Otterbein education is distinguished by the intentional blending of the liberal arts and professional studies.

  • Average Tuition USD 44,571

School Description

Otterbein was one of the first U.S. institutions to include female faculty members from the time of its establishment. Otterbein offers a choice of more than 70 majors and 44 minors, as well as individualized courses of study. Notable alumni include politician John Karefa-Smart, from Sierra Leone; current leader of the United National People's Party and Jonathan Bennett, television actor.

Bachelor Programs

  • Accountancy

    USD 31,424 Tuition Fee

    This program is designed to equip students with the theoretical and practical knowledge of Accounting Principles. The program offers courses that focus on all aspects of business, management and finance.

  • American Studies

    USD 31,424 Tuition Fee

    This program offers courses that focus on the study of American history, society, literature, and culture

  • Art History

    USD 31,424 Tuition Fee

    This program is designed to equip students with the theoretical and practical knowledge of Art History. The program offers courses that focus on the study of the historical development of art; the theory of art; art history research methods; the conservation of works of art; and the study of specific periods, cultures, styles, and themes.

  • Biology

    USD 31,424 Tuition Fee

    This program is designed to equip students with the theoretical and practical knowledge of Biology. The program offers courses that focus on the study of cell growth, DNA expression, botany, parasitology and recombinant DNA technology.

  • Business

    USD 31,424 Tuition Fee

    This program is designed to equip students with the theoretical and practical knowledge of Business principles and techniques. The program offers courses that focus on the study of the fundamentals of business, like buying, selling and producing products; business organization; and accounting.

  • Business Administration

    USD 31,424 Tuition Fee

    This program is designed to equip students with the theoretical and practical knowledge of the fundamentals of Business Administration. The program offers courses that focus on the study of management theory; human resource management and behavior; accounting, purchasing and logistics; organization and production; marketing; and business decision-making.

  • Chemistry

    USD 31,424 Tuition Fee

    This program is designed to equip students with the theoretical and practical knowledge of Chemistry. The program offers courses that focus on the study of general chemistry, organic chemistry, and chemical analysis.

  • Childhood Education

    USD 31,424 Tuition Fee

    This program is designed to equip students with the theoretical and practical knowledge of the principles of Childhood Education. The program offers courses that focus on the study of the design and provision of teaching including other educational services for infant and preschool aged children with special learning needs or disabilities.

  • Communication

    USD 31,424 Tuition Fee

    This program is designed to equip students with the concepts of Communication. The program offers courses that focus on public relations, connectivity and culture, multimedia, digital analytics, communication law and ethics, creative writing, and media design.

  • Computer Science

    USD 31,424 Tuition Fee

    This program is designed to equip students with the conceptual and practical knowledge of Computer Science. The program offers courses that focus on the study of artificial intelligence, cyber security, the blockchain, and big data.

  • Criminal Justice

    USD 31,424 Tuition Fee

    This program is designed to equip students with the theoretical and practical knowledge of the fundamentals of Criminal Justice. The program offers courses that focus on the study of the history and theory of law enforcement; operational command leadership; administration of public police organizations; labor relations; incident response strategies; legal and regulatory responsibilities; budgeting; public relations; and organizational leadership.

  • Design

    USD 31,424 Tuition Fee

    This program is designed to equip students with the conceptual, technical and practical knowledge of the elements of Design. The program offers courses that focus on the study of visual arts; design techniques; and computer-aided design.

  • Economics

    USD 31,424 Tuition Fee

    This program is designed to equip students with the theoretical and practical knowledge of the fundamentals of Business Economics. The program offers courses that focus on the study of the systematic and efficient allocation of resources; economic theory; micro and macroeconomics; comparative economic systems; banking systems; international economics; quantitative analytical methods; and public policy.

  • English Literature

    USD 31,424 Tuition Fee

    This program is designed to equip students with the concepts of English Composition. The program offers courses that focus on the principles of writing in effective sentences, paragraphs, and essays.

  • Environmental Studies

    USD 31,424 Tuition Fee

    This program is designed to equip students with the theoretical and practical knowledge of the principles of Environmental Studies. The program offers courses that focus on renewable and non-renewable resources, ecosystems, pollution, and biodiversity.

  • Finance

    USD 31,424 Tuition Fee

    This program is designed to equip students with the theoretical and practical knowledge of the principles of Finance. The program offers courses that focus on the study of core business disciplines such as management, accounting, and marketing.

  • Fine Arts

    USD 31,424 Tuition Fee

    This program offers a wide range of courses that focus on the study of art history; art theory and criticism; performing arts; 2D art; 3D art; digital art; photography, and architectural modelmaking.

  • Health Science

    USD 31,424 Tuition Fee

    This program is designed to equip students with the theoretical and practical knowledge of Health Science. The program includes the study, research, and knowledge of health and the application of knowledge to improve health and cure diseases. The program offers courses that focus on human anatomy, chemistry, biology, pharmacology and public health.

  • Human Resources

    USD 31,424 Tuition Fee

    This program is designed to equip students with the theoretical and practical knowledge of the proper management and strategic approach required to recruit, train, develop and sustain employees in an organization.

  • International Relations

    USD 31,424 Tuition Fee

    This program is designed to equip students with the concepts and practical application of the principles of International Relations, politics and international institutions. The program offers courses that focus on the study of foreign policy analysis; international law and organization; the comparative study of specific countries and regions; and the theory and practice of diplomacy.

  • Jurisprudence

    USD 31,424 Tuition Fee

    This program is designed to equip students with a comprehensive understanding of the theoretical study of law.

  • Leadership

    USD 31,424 Tuition Fee

    This program is designed to equip students with the theoretical and practical knowledge of the leadership skills required in a business, government, non-profit, or educational setting. The program offers courses that focus on the study of organizational planning; the dynamics of leadership; team building; conflict resolution and mediation; communication; and other management skills.

  • Management

    USD 31,424 Tuition Fee

    This program is designed to equip students with the theoretical and practical knowledge of topics related to business; management; finance; economics; marketing; customers operations; communication; information technology; business policy; and strategy.

  • Marketing

    USD 31,424 Tuition Fee

    This program is designed to equip students with the theoretical and practical knowledge of marketing research and consumer behavior. The program offers courses that focus on the study of demand analysis; profit relationships; pricing theory; marketing campaigns and strategic planning; market segments; advertising methods; and sales operations and management.

  • Mass Communication and Journalism

    USD 31,424 Tuition Fee

    This program is designed to equip students with the theoretical and practical knowledge of Mass Communication and Journalism. The program offers courses that focus on the use of media and its effects; media history; photojournalism; publication design; public relations; television news; multimedia storytelling; and journalistic reporting and writing.

  • Mathematics

    USD 31,424 Tuition Fee

    This program is designed to equip students with the theoretical and practical knowledge of Mathematics. The program offers courses that focus on algebra, calculus, functional analysis, geometry, number theory, logic, topology and other mathematical specializations.

  • Media Studies

    USD 31,424 Tuition Fee

    This program is designed to equip students with the conceptual and practical knowledge of Media Studies. The program offers highly interdisciplinary courses that combine the study of communications, technology, sociology, history and journalism.

  • Molecular Biology

    USD 31,424 Tuition Fee

    This program is designed to equip students with the theoretical and practical knowledge of Molecular Biology. The program offers courses that focus on the study of biochemistry, molecular biology, laboratory science, evolution, and microbes.

  • Music

    USD 31,424 Tuition Fee

    This program is designed to equip students with the conceptual and practical knowledge of Music. The program offers courses that focus on the study of medieval, renaissance, classical, romantic, jazz, pop, and rock music.

  • Music Education

    USD 31,424 Tuition Fee

    This program is designed to equip students with the conceptual and practical knowledge of Music Education. The program offers courses that focus on the teaching and learning of music.

  • Nursing

    USD 31,424 Tuition Fee

    This program is designed to equip students with the theoretical and practical knowledge of Nursing. The program offers courses that focus on the study of biology, physiology, chemistry, and anatomy. The program also includes a practical clinical component.

  • Occupational Therapy

    USD 31,424 Tuition Fee

    This program is designed to equip students with the theoretical and practical knowledge of Occupational Therapy. The program offers courses that focus on the study of human development psychology, anatomy and physiology, physics, and kinesiology.

  • Performing Arts

    USD 31,424 Tuition Fee

    This program is designed to equip students with the conceptual and practical knowledge of Performing Arts. The program offers highly interdisciplinary courses that are delivered through a mix of practical workshops and lectures that focus on music, dance and drama.

  • Philosophy

    USD 31,424 Tuition Fee

    This program is designed to equip students with the theoretical and conceptual knowledge of the fundamentals of Philosophy. The program offers courses that focus on the study of Eastern and Western philosophy, aesthetics, epistemology, ethics, logic, metaphysics, and contemporary philosophy.

  • Physical Education

    USD 31,424 Tuition Fee

    This program equips students with the knowledge of exercise and physical activities that promote physical fitness. The program combines coursework that includes professional education and physical education, offering courses that focus on the study of kinesiology; exercise psychology; and motor skills development.

  • Physics

    USD 31,424 Tuition Fee

    This program is designed to equip students with the theoretical and practical knowledge of Physics. The program offers courses that focus on the study of matter and energy at a fundamental level using mathematics as the primary language to communicate concepts.

  • Political Science

    USD 31,424 Tuition Fee

    This program is designed to equip students with the theoretical and conceptual knowledge of the fundamentals of Political Science. The program offers courses that focus on understanding political ideas, ideologies, institutions, policies, processes, and behavior. As well as groups, classes, government, diplomacy, law, strategy, and war.

  • Pre-Medicine

    USD 31,424 Tuition Fee

    This program is designed to equip students with the theoretical and practical knowledge of Pre-Medicine. The program is ideal for students looking to pursue a career in medicine. The program offers courses that focus on the study of chemistry, cell biology, anatomy, and physics.

  • Psychology

    USD 31,424 Tuition Fee

    This program is designed to equip students with the theoretical and practical knowledge of the fundamentals of Psychology. The program offers courses that focus on understanding and analyzing human behavior.

  • Public Affairs

    USD 31,424 Tuition Fee

    This program is designed to equip students with the theoretical, conceptual, and practical knowledge of Public Affairs. The program offers courses that focus on the study of government relations; media communications; issue management; corporate social responsibility; information dissemination; and strategic communications.

  • Religion

    USD 31,424 Tuition Fee

    This program is designed to equip students with the theological knowledge of Religion. The program offers courses that focus on phenomenology; the sociology, psychology, philosophy, anthropology, literature and art of religion; mythology; scriptural and textual studies; religious history and politics; and specific studies of particular faith communities and their behavior.

  • Science Education

    USD 31,424 Tuition Fee

    This program is designed to equip students with the theoretical and practical knowledge of the principles of Science Education. The program offers courses that focus on the study of teaching science-related subject matter at various educational levels.

  • Sociology

    USD 31,424 Tuition Fee

    This program is designed to equip students with the theoretical, conceptual, and practical knowledge of Sociology. The program offers courses that focus on the study of family; religion; media; global development; and methods of research.

  • Spanish

    USD 31,424 Tuition Fee

    The program offers courses that develop students' Spanish conversation, reading, and compositional skills.

  • Sports Management

    USD 31,424 Tuition Fee

    This program is designed to equip students with the theoretical and practical knowledge of Sports Management. The program offers courses that focus on the study of athletic management; adult fitness; and recreation leadership.

  • Systems Engineering

    USD 31,424 Tuition Fee

    This program is designed to equip students with the theoretical and practical knowledge of the fundamentals of Systems Engineering. The program offers courses that focus on the study of the application of scientific and mathematical principles to the design, development and operational evaluation of total systems solutions to a variety of engineering problems.

  • Vocal Performance

    USD 31,424 Tuition Fee

    This program is designed to equip students with the practical knowledge of Vocal Performance. The program offers courses that focus on studying sustainable vocal techniques and dramatic interpretation.

  • Zoology

    USD 31,424 Tuition Fee

    This program offers courses that focus on the study of general biology; organismal biology; ecology; genetics; animal behavior; and zoo and aquarium science.

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Admission Requirements

  • Minimum GPA 2.50
  • Minimum incoming TOEFL iBT 79
  • Minimum incoming IELTS 6.50
  • Minimum SAT 1600

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    Established in 1847

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    Recognized by the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll “With Distinction” for its commitment to General Community Service and Education in 2014.

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          • Testimony
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            It's a beautiful place to go to school and small enough that you get to know many people. Some of my best times and best friends came from attending Otterbein.

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            My transition from high school to Otterbein was fantastic. Immediately upon starting 2 a day football practices, class schedules throughout the year combined with the intimate campus setting made me feel comfortable and at home in my first year in college. Its a great environment!

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            1988-1992, Bachelor, Music Education

            After attending a small high school I went here and never felt out of place. I played in the marching band which met before school actually started and I made friends quickly that first week of band camp. Some of those people are still friends to this day. The faculty and staff were great and experienced. I never felt like a number or that I was unimportant. The integrated studies classes helped widen my understanding of the world and exposed me to many things that I had never experienced before. The lessons and information are still important even 20 years later. It's a beautiful campus and the faculty is wonderful by large. I would recommend this school to high school students looking for a quality education.