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Otterbein students head back to class

Otterbein students head back to class

It’s the first week of the school year for students at Otterbein University, including approximately 620 new students, representing 25 states and 10 foreign countries.

Regionally, the new class represents 62 Ohio counties. Forty-five students have enrolled from Columbus City Schools, thanks to outreach programs to the district’s graduates, which boast a 94 percent retention rate. Other statistics include:

  • This fall’s first-year class exceeds 20 percent students of color, or 133 students; it is the most diverse class in Otterbein’s history, for the fourth year in a row.
  • Thirty-two percent of the entering class is eligible for the federal Pell grant.
  • More than 40 percent of the class having a 3.8 or higher GPA.
  • Retention is up eight percent over the last five years, from 75 percent to more than 83 percent.

Otterbein also has 25 new international students this fall and two international scholars, representing 10 countries. The students come from China, Germany, Ghana, India, Japan, Netherlands, Saudi Arabia, South Korea, Sri Lanka, and Vietnam. Students from South Korea are the largest incoming group followed by Japan, then China. 

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.

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, picnic, concert and movie night.

This week, all students are invited to the First Friday Festival from 3:30-6 p.m. on Aug. 25 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.