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Transferring to Otterbein

We know you bring an understanding of college life from your prior experience and we’re glad you’ve decided to continue your education. Otterbein offers you:

What are your application requirements?


Ready to apply?  Here’s what you’ll need to do, organize, and submit to apply to Otterbein:

  1. Completed application
  2. Official ACT or SAT test scores. Otterbein recommends having test scores sent directly from the testing agency:
    Note: ACT/SAT scores are optional for transfer and international students.
    • Otterbein’s ACT code is 3318
    • Otterbein’s SAT code is 1597
  3. Official high school transcripts
    Note: Transfer students only need to submit an official high school transcript if they have earned less than 30 semester hours or less than 45 quarter hours of college credit after high school.
  4. Letter of recommendation (optional for all applicants)
  5. Personal essay of 250 words (waived for transfer students only)
  6. $35 application fee

Application Form Information

Otterbein is a member of the Common Application. To apply online, go to:


The Common Application is now accepting applications for Spring 2020 and Fall 2020.

Programs with Additional Application Steps:

Theatre and Music require an audition. Art requires a portfolio review. Additional details are available from the Office of Admission.

What are your admission criteria? Are there any other requirements?


Admission to Otterbein is based on a student’s overall potential for academic success. Decisions are made after a holistic review. Student will less than 30 earned semester hours or 45 quarter hours AFTER high school graduation are reviewed on final high school transcripts, including ACT or SAT scores. Students who have completed more than 30 earned semester hours or 45 quarter hours are reviewed based upon cumulative GPA of all post-secondary transcripts. Otterbein places more emphasis on the academic transcript, as we believe it is one of the best indicators of student success and college preparation. Each student is also considered for the unique talents and contributions he or she will offer the Otterbein community.

Special Enrollment

Enrollment in the Athletic Training, Education, Engineering, Honors, Nursing, Osteopathic Medicine Early Assurance 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 learning and working environment 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.


Some departments require an audition or portfolio review for admission. Theatre and Music require an audition. Art requires a portfolio review. Additional details are available from the Office of Admission. Each department coordinates the process a little differently, so read carefully and do not hesitate to call the Office of Admission at 614-823-1500, or any of the individual departments if you have questions.

Can you waive my application fee?

Fee Waiver

Undergraduate Traditional Admission Fee Waiver Policy

College Board and/or NACAC Fee Waiver Forms
If paying the application fee would cause undue financial hardship on your family, Otterbein University will accept either the NACAC (PDF) and/or College Board (PDF) Fee Waivers. Fee waivers should be submitted to the Office of Admission by their high school counselor at the time of application.

Adult and Transfer Student Fee Waiver Policy

Online applications will be required before you can submit the $35 application fee. Students that have served in the U.S. military, returning students, and Otterbein University employees are also not required to submit the $35 application fee.

What’s next?

Questions or concerns with the application fee waiver policy can be shared at uotterb@otterbein.edu or at 614.823.1500.

If you have already submitted your application you can pay your application fee here.

What do I need to transfer?


Otterbein accepts credits from two and four-year institutions that are fully accredited by the appropriate regional accrediting agencies. Students applying for transfer to Otterbein University will receive an official evaluation of their prior college credits when official transcripts have been received from all previously attended institutions. Only courses in which the student has received a grade of “C-“or higher will be considered for transfer credits.

There is no limit to the number of credits transferred from two-year and four-year institutions.

Will all my courses count?

Transfer Credits

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 required. 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

What types of financial aid can I receive?


Full-time transfer students with 30 earned credit hours from their institution and who meet the GPA guidelines are eligible for several transfer scholarships. 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 at www.fafsa.gov.

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