September 10, 2013
Small classes, peer assessment rank high
for Otterbein among Ohio schools
Westerville, OH—Otterbein University has been recognized in the 2014 edition of “America’s Best Colleges” by U.S. News & World Report for its focus on academics and student success.
Otterbein is ranked 17th overall among 147 peers in the Regional Universities–Midwest category and earned a spot on the guide’s list of “A+ Schools for B Students.” Among the Ohio schools in its category, Otterbein boasts the second highest percentage of classes with less than 20 students enrolled and the third highest peer review score. Otterbein also attracted the highest rate of freshmen in the top 25 percent of their high school classes among its Ohio peers.
“We are pleased to earn this recognition as we continue to grow as a model community of educators, leaders and learners,” said Otterbein President Kathy Krendl. “As a college of opportunity, we embrace students of diverse academic and personal backgrounds and provide them with the individual attention they need to succeed.”
According to the guide, institutions in the Regional Universities category provide a full range of undergraduate and master’s programs while offering few, if any, 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.
To learn more about Otterbein, visit www.otterbein.edu.