It’s the first week of the school year for students at Otterbein University, including approximately 550 new students, representing 22 states and three foreign countries.
The new class is 41 percent male and 59 percent female. The most popular majors for this class are nursing, business, health and sport sciences, and biology. Students in these majors will be uniquely prepared for their careers as Otterbein’s curriculum blends liberal arts and humanities with professional studies to educate the whole person.
This year’s students are the first to enroll in the new pre-osteopathic medicine major, which is offered in partnership with the Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine. This early assurance program attracts highly talented high school students and aims to increase the pipeline of primary care physicians in Ohio.
A new major in systems engineering with be offered starting in fall of 2015.
Last week, new students kicked off their college experience with a week of activities on campus and in the Westerville community, including a day of community service and watching Otterbein President Kathy Krendl complete the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge.
This week, all students are invited to the First Friday Festival from 3:30-6 p.m. on Aug. 29 inside and outside the Campus Center, 100 W. Home St. This annual tradition closes the first week of classes with activities showcasing Westerville businesses, campus organizations and the variety of ways students can get involved on and off campus.