One Soldier’s Story: How Christian Smurthwaite Found a Place to Belong at Otterbein

At Otterbein University, we recognize the enormous contributions and sacrifices that military personnel and their families make to society. As a veteran who's ready to transition from soldier to student, you'll discover that Otterbein's dedicated staff is here to make sure you reach your next goal.

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with New Purpose

We salute you for your service.  You already stand out with skills developed from your military service -- leadership, teamwork, and discipline.  Those skills are highly valued in the workplace.  Combining these intangibles with a formal education gives you the competitive edge with prospective employers.

As you make the transition from soldier to student, Otterbein University is your next step to achieving your personal best.  Others back that up.  In U.S. News & World Report's 2017 edition of "America's Best Colleges", Otterbein moved up two places to rank 11th in its category on the "Best Colleges for Veterans."  

Achieving your best every day has been your life motto. You’ve accomplished it with honor and duty.  Now achieve even more by continuing your education at Otterbein University.

Logo for the Military Yellow Ribbon programOtterbein is proud to be a participant in the national Yellow Ribbon GI Education Enhancement Program to help U.S. military veterans attend college and earn a degree. Yellow Ribbon eligible veterans who apply and are accepted to Otterbein are able to attend tuition free.

Explore more to discover the outstanding programs of study Otterbein has to offer, about your veteran’s educational benefits, and the many resources available to military veterans on campus.  

If you have questions, please contact the admissions team, Mary Mosca or Jennifer Hicks at  614.823.1500 or by email at