Otterbein University

Westerville, OH 43081

Otterbein University is one of the 70 private 4-year, not-for-profit colleges in Ohio. Its campus is small in size and located in a suburb in Westerville. The institution offers both undergrad and graduate degree programs.

In the 2017 fall enrollment, 607 freshman students enrolled, and approximately 492 students returned for their sophomore year (which makes its freshman retention rate 81%).

Every year 64% of students graduate in 150% of the time it takes to complete their respective studies.

Otterbein University's in-state tuition for 2017-2018 academic year was $31,424, and fees were $450. Out-of-state tuition and fees for the same period were $31,424 and $450 respectively.


Campus LocaleLarge Suburb
Campus SizeSmall
Student to Faculty Ratio11:1
Is Admission OpenNo
Religious Affiliation
United Methodist
Business ModelNot-for-profit
On Campus HousingYes
Retention Rate81%

Nursing Programs Offered

Nursing Programs Graduates (2017-2018 academic year)

Number of Graduates
Degree type Men Women
Bachelor's degree 0 0
Master's degree 0 8
Post-master's certificate 0 2
Doctor's degree - professional practice 0 7
Doctor's degree - research/scholarship 0 0
Average NCLEX pass rate
  • NCLEX-RN: 91.7%

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Institutional Accreditations
North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission
01/01/1913 - Current
Nursing Programs Accreditations
Nursing (MNUR) - Master's program
10/01/1999 - 11/01/2012
Nursing (NUR) - Baccalaureate program
12/01/1983 - 11/01/2012
Nursing (CNDNP) - Nursing education programs at the doctorate degree levels
04/25/2013 - Current
Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the baccalaureate degree levels
04/21/2001 - Current
Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the graduate degree levels
04/21/2001 - Current
Nurse Anesthesia (ANEST) - Institutions and programs at the master's degree, post master's certificate or doctoral degree levels
05/21/2010 - Current



Acceptance Rate
Enrolled students test score (Fall 2017)
SAT1040 to 1305
ACT21 to 27
Admission considerations
Secondary school GPA Recommended
Secondary school rank Recommended
Secondary school record Required
Completion of college-preparatory program Recommended
Recommendations Required
Formal demonstration of competencies Recommended
Admission test scores (SAT/ACT) Required
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) Required
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.) Neither required nor recommended

In addition to the college's admission requirements each nursing program might have its own admission criteria (such as: TEAS score, HESI A2 score, nursing prerequisites GPA, etc).
Application fee
Undergrads $35
Graduates $40

Cost to Attend

The following table details the reported cost of attendance per credit hour for the 2017-2018 academic year.

Undergrad courses
In District Students$564/credit
In State Students$564/credit
Out of State Students$564/credit
Graduate courses
In District Students$591/credit
In State Students$591/credit
Out of State Students$591/credit

Tuition Estimates

Based on the above credit hour costs, here is a sample tuition for different nursing programs.

Program Credit Hours In district In State Out of State
LPN 45 $25,380 $25,380 $25,380
ADN 70 $39,480 $39,480 $39,480
BSN 125 $70,500 $70,500 $70,500
FNP 50 $29,550 $29,550 $29,550
Please note that the above cost estimate does not include school fees, books, supplies, etc.You need to allot additional money for that.
If you attend a private, for-profit school, usually the additional cost (besides tuition) is about 10% of the tuition. If you attend a public school or a not-for-profit private school, the additional cost is around 50% of the tuition.

Financial Aid

In 2017-2018 academic year, 100% of Otterbein University's students received financial aid. Below is the breakdown of the financial aid provided to students.

Students Receiving Aid Average Amount/Student
Pell Grant 31% $4,264
Other Federal Grant 13% $763
State Grant & Scholarships 22% $2,702
Institutional Grant & Scholarships 100% $18,099
Federal Student Loans 93% $6,096
Private Loans 12% $12,618


Average Net Price/year
The average net price is calculated by subtracting the average amount of financial aid received by students from the total cost of attendance.
Average Net Price by Family Income
Less than $30,000$18,467
$30,001 to $48,000$20,662
$48,001 to $75,000$23,684
$75,001 to $110,000$25,860
Over $110,000$26,700

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Student Population













Ethnic Diversity
Black/African American
Race/ethnicity unknown
Two or more races
Non-resident alien
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander

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Data source: (2017-2018 colleges survey) and Ohio state board of nursing.

Otterbein University
1 South Grove Street
Westerville, OH 43081

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