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Otterbein finishes first in Forbes #MyTopCollege category, third overall

July 27, 2017
Otterbein University

Westerville, OH—You could call it an underdog story. When Otterbein University, a small, private college of 2,900 students located in Westerville, Ohio, decided to participate in the Forbes #MyTopCollege social media contest, nobody guessed it would win big. In the results announced on Wednesday, July 26, Otterbein University finished first in its category and third overall in the Forbes #MyTopCollege social media contest, falling only behind multi-year winner California State University at Fullerton and Fresno (CA) State University.

Otterbein finished ahead in the overall rankings of such nationally known institutions such as the University of Iowa and Michigan State University.

Coinciding with the Aug. 1 release of its America’s Top Colleges publication, Forbes began its fourth annual #MyTopCollege social media contest on June 7. Submissions came from Twitter and Instagram posts that included the university official account handle and the hashtag #MyTopCollege. Posts needed to illustrate what students, faculty, staff and alumni love most about their institution, with a focus on return on investment from an education at your school.

“We know that the numbers can’t tell you everything, especially when it comes to school spirit,” read the official Forbes contest rules. “That’s why we are asking real students, alumni and school community to tell us what makes their college stand out from the rest.”

Each week, the Otterbein University community took to their social media accounts and let Forbes know what being a Cardinal is all about. When the contest ended on June 21, Otterbein had three times as many submissions as the next category competitor. With that much community support, Otterbein was able to not only win the Medium Schools Category (2,000 to 14,999 student enrollment) but also placed third overall among all colleges nationwide.

Current student Ange Leone ’20 highlighted her summer trip to Iceland to study geology with her professor and all the experiences she had right from the start of her college career. 

“As a last year freshman @Otterbein, I was able to participate in research and get hands on experience in the field,” she said in a July 11 Twitter post.

Otterbein alumna and Department of Health and Sport Sciences Administrative Assistant Annette Boose ’94 showed how Otterbein has “small town charm and big city ideas” with beautiful pictures from around campus and profiles of student and alumni work.

“Otterbein stayed strong throughout the competition’s duration with over a dozen posts every week about travel, service and school traditions,” said the official MyTopCollege winners announcement.

Read the official contest winners announcement and see the final school rankings on Forbes.com.
https://www.forbes.com/sites/carolinesimon/2017/07/26/the-colleges-with-the-most-school-spirit-mytopcollege-winners-2017/#5809a0e735a4

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