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Otterbein University nationally recognized by U.S. News & World Report, and Washington Monthly

September 09, 2015
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Otterbein University has been recognized by U.S. News & World Report for its focus on academics and student success; by Washington Monthly for its contributions to the public good and its economic value to students; and by Money Magazine for its overall value.

In U.S. News & World Report’s 2016 edition of “America’s Best Colleges,” Otterbein is ranked in the top 10 percent among 149 peers in the Regional Universities–Midwest category and once again earned a spot in the list of “A+ Schools for B Students.” Otterbein moved up seven places from last year to rank 13th in its category overall, and debuted at 13th in its category on the “Best Colleges for Veterans” list.

Otterbein’s unique curriculum integrating classroom and experiential learning, along with the high level of personal attention students receive, contribute to the University’s ranking. Among the Ohio schools in its category, Otterbein boasts the third highest percentage of classes with fewer than 20 students, the third highest peer review score and tied for the second highest alumni giving rate.

“An Otterbein education focuses on blending liberal arts and professional studies, as well as providing extensive community engagement and experiential learning opportunities,” said Otterbein President Kathy Krendl. “We prepare our students for successful careers in their chosen professions and successful lives as leaders in their communities.”

According to the guide, institutions in the Regional Universities category provide a full range of undergraduate and master’s programs with some offering select doctoral programs. Otterbein offers master’s degrees in allied health, business, education, educational mathematics and nursing, as well as a doctor of nursing practice degree.

This year Otterbein competed with schools from Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, Wisconsin, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, Iowa and Missouri for this honor. The rankings are based on 16 measures of “academic excellence,” which fall into seven categories, with retention rates and assessment by peers and counselors being the most important. Presidents and academic vice presidents are surveyed in the spring each year and are asked to rate their peer institutions (those schools in the same category and region). Other categories include faculty resources, student selectivity, financial resources, graduation rate performance and alumni giving rate. The entire survey can be viewed at colleges.usnews.rankingsandreviews.com/best-colleges.

Washington Monthly has recognized Otterbein for its contributions to the public good for the fifth consecutive year in its annual rankings. Among 673 Master’s Universities, Otterbein was ranked 42 overall, putting it in the top seven percent of its category. Notably, Otterbein ranked sixth in community service participation and hours served and 14thin service staff, courses and financial aid support. It ranked 13th overall in the service category. The rankings can be viewed at www.washingtonmonthly.com/college_guide.

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