Adult Admission for Veterans

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.

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. Otterbein 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 the information below to discover the outstanding programs of study Otterbein has to offer and to learn more 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

Yellow Ribbon Program for Veterans

Otterbein 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, and their spouses and children, who apply and are accepted to Otterbein are able to attend tuition free.

The Yellow Ribbon Program expands the Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2008, which pays up to the highest public in-state undergraduate tuition for eligible veterans, by working with participating institutions to cover tuition costs higher than the state school fees. The Office of Veteran’s Affairs will pay a portion of a veteran’s tuition and Otterbein will provide a grant to pay the remaining amount, allowing eligible veterans to attend tuition free.

In addition, eligible dependents will receive a monthly housing allowance and an annual books and supplies stipend. Service members enrolled in the Post-9/11 GI Bill program may also transfer unused education benefits to their spouses or children.

Attend Otterbein Under the Yellow Ribbon Program

  1. Apply for the program on the GI Bill website. Successful applicants will receive a certificate of coverage.
  2. Apply to Otterbein University. If accepted, enroll in the university and forward your certificate of coverage to:

    Otterbein University
    Office of the Registrar
    1 South Grove Street
    Westerville, OH 43081
    attn: Hilary Seif

Questions about Otterbein and the Yellow Ribbon Program?

For questions about your eligibility for the Yellow Ribbon program or other veterans benefits, see the GI Bill website or call the Veterans Administration at 1-888-GI-BILL-1 (1-888-442-4551) to speak with a Veterans Benefits Counselor. For questions about Otterbein’s involvement in the program, call 614-823-1500.

How to Apply

Admission Steps

  1. Complete Otterbein’s online application. You will be asked to create a login/password. This will allow you to save and return to your application if necessary.  Now accepting applications for  Summer 2019 and Fall 2019.  The deadline to apply for the Fall 2019 semester is FRIDAY, JULY 26, 2019.
  2. Submit the Otterbein application fee. Upon submitting your application, you will be prompted to pay the $35 application fee online with your debit/credit card.
  3. Order official transcripts from every previous college/university you’ve attended. Transcripts are considered official when they arrive to Otterbein directly from the sending institution (via mail or electronic).

Programs with Additional Application Steps

Theatre and Music require an audition. Art requires a portfolio review.
Enrollment in the Athletic Training, Education, Engineering, Nursing and Zoo and Conservation Science programs have additional academic requirements.  Details are available from the Office of Admission.  Otterbein University is committed to providing a workplace that is free from discrimination.  Otterbein does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, national origin, religion, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, disability, genetic information, military status, or veteran status in admissions, in access to, or in treatment within its educational programs or activities, in employment, recruiting or policy administration.

Programs Of Study

Flexible Scheduling Options for Adult Students

The following programs offer flexible scheduling options for the adult student:

Leadership Degree Completion Program

Making the most of prior college credit is the smartest way to learn. Otterbein’s Leadership degree completion program is designed especially for the adult transfer student who wants to utilize prior college credit, or has an Associate’s degree and wants to complete a Bachelor’s degree. All classes are offered in the evenings, making it possible for busy working adults to attend class.

The Leadership degree completion program consists of 64 semester hours of coursework. A total of 120 semester hours are needed for graduation. Your previously earned hours will count toward your Otterbein degree.

Undeclared Students

Undeclared means you’re still exploring your options. The Center for Student Success will help you stay on track with extra advising, strengths assessment and immersive experiences to help you decide what program suits you best.

Heading for the Next Level — Graduate School

For more information, contact the Otterbein Graduate School by phone at 614-823-3210, or email

Costs & Financial Aid

We believe in rewarding talent, investing in potential, and doing what it takes to keep Otterbein accessible and affordable. Most adult students are surprised to discover that private schools can be just as affordable as public schools once all the factors are taken into account, such as tuition, merit aid, scholarships and financial aid offerings.

Scholarships for Adult Transfer Students

Otterbein Academic Merit Scholarship

The scholarship is awarded based on strength of academic performance. Full-time transfer students with 30 earned credit hours from their institution and who meet the GPA guidelines are eligible. Transfer students with less than 30 earned credit hours will be considered for the same scholarships, but their complete academic history will be used (high school GPA, class rank, ACT/SAT scores and college GPA). All students are eligible to file for need-based aid by completing the FAFSA form and requires a 2.75 GPA at the end of the student’s second year of study for renewal.

Cardinal Grant

Awarded to students demonstrating academic achievement, leadership, civic engagement and/or community service.  This non-need based grant may be stacked with Otterbein Academic Merit Scholarship.  May be renewed for up to eight semesters or first bachelor’s degree if student maintains 2.75 GPA and enrollment status, academic plan and housing status remain unchanged.  This award may be reevaluated for adjustment or replaced with other institutional or endowed aid.

Columbus State Community College Scholarship

Awarded to students who are graduating with their associate degree from Columbus State Community College with a minimum 2.75 GPA and are directly transferring to Otterbein to complete their bachelor degree. Students save on housing and meal plan costs by continuing to live at home while attending Otterbein. This scholarship is renewable as long as the student is enrolled full time and maintains a 2.75 GPA while at Otterbein.

Steps to Apply for Financial Aid

We encourage you to apply for aid, regardless of your financial situation. Please do not assume you will not qualify for assistance. Last year more than 95 percent of our students qualified for assistance.

  1. Complete and submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The FAFSA is the first step in the financial aid process. You can fill out and submit your application through FAFSA on the Web at Electronic filing is the fastest and easiest way to apply for financial aid. Be sure to list Otterbein University and our Title IV school code 003110.
  2. If requested, please submit any additional documentation to the Office of Financial Aid.  Once you are an admitted student and we have received your FAFSA and all required supplemental documents you will received a need-based aid package.

Online Scholarship Search

The following sites are helpful for searching for available scholarships:

  • FastWeb’s free scholarship search
    includes more than 600,000 scholarships worth more than $1 billion. FastWeb also offers expert advice and how-tos on financial aid, scholarships, selecting a major, choosing a career and more.
    Connect now with the nearly $6 BILLION in available scholarship aid and $45 BILLION in federal and state grants.
  • Outside Scholarship Listing -Our office is posting outside scholarships on Facebook. We are notified occasionally of scholarships being offered. Go to our Facebook page and Like us to receive these and other important notices.

Special Transfer Credit Evaluation Offer

We know you’re anxious to know what coursework taken previously will transfer to Otterbein. Send us your scanned transcript and we’ll perform an unofficial pre-evaluation and let you know what will transfer, for how many credits and what the course equivalents are. The pre-evaluation only takes two to three days and no application for admission is required.

Submit a copy of your scanned or self-generated/printed transcript via email to

*Unofficial – final evaluation will be completed once official transcripts have been received

Campus Resources

Otterbein cares about the success of all of our students both in and out of the classroom. We offer services and resources to guide you through and help you get the most out of your Otterbein experience, including academic support, counseling, career planning, diversity education, and more. Learn more about these resources by contacting us at

Center for Career and Professional Development

The mission of the Center for Career and Professional Development is to empower students to navigate the self-discovery process and integrate their curricular and co-curricular experiences by providing comprehensive resources and professional development opportunities that promote career development as a lifelong process.

Center for Student Success

The Center for Student Success at Otterbein is a resource that offers supplemental academic advising and peer mentoring to help you in dealing with academic concerns. The center can help you by creating an individualized academic success plan, or refer you to other campus offices for help and guidance as appropriate. The center serves as an advocate and remove barriers to your success. You can:

  • Get supplemental academic advising
  • Get referrals for extra help to various campus department
  • Meet with an advisor or peer mentor to talk about academic concerns

Students are encouraged to make an appointment to meet with the Center for Student Success team to get all of your questions answered.  Contact the center at 614-823-1624, or email

Academic Support Center

The Otterbein Academic Support Center (ASC) exists to help students develop and strengthen the skills necessary to attain their academic goals.Through collaboration with students, faculty, and staff, the ASC supports students in becoming independent lifelong learners in an accessible student-centered environment. The center facilitates the development of learning strategies and skills in partnership with peers and professionals through tutoring, academic coaching, supplemental instruction, academic courses, and other learner-focused services.

These services are available through the Academic Support Center to assist students:

Course Transfer Policies

Course Equivalency Guides
Otterbein University accepts all non-remedial credits earned at any regionally accredited institution with a grade C- or better. Otterbein also accepts credits for military coursework listed on a military transcript with ACE recommendations. Credits are evaluated by the registrar in consultation with academic departments. Credits that do not align with specific Otterbein courses will be awarded general elective credit. Actual grades are not transferred and thus are not included in the Otterbein grade point average. If academic credentials are submitted in a non-English language, a World Education Services, Inc. (WES) course-by-course evaluation might be requried. Visit the WES website for details and instructions.

Select a school name below to see a list of courses which will transfer to Otterbein University from that institution. Courses which are not listed have not yet been evaluated for course credit. Equivalency guides will be updated periodically as courses are reviewed.

Once outside coursework is complete, students must send an official transcript from the institution to the Otterbein Office of the Registrar in order for credit to be applied to their degree.

Community College Agreements

To better serve students in community colleges, Otterbein has articulation agreements with the institutions listed below. These agreements guarantee admission to graduates from two-year institutions with the Associate of Arts or Associate of Science degree with a 2.0 or higher GPA. Individual departments’ minimum grade requirements may vary.

  • Central Ohio Technical College
  • Columbus State Community College (2+2 Partnership Programs)
  • Clark State Community College
  • Cuyahoga Community College
  • Marion Technical College
  • North Central State College
  • Southern State Community College
  • Zane State College