Graduate Student Resources

Many university offices and services either hold evening hours or can arrange those by appointment. Please consult the individual services pages for those hours.

Getting Started at Otterbein

Graduate School Alumni Surveys (PDFs):

Financial Aid & Scholarship

Otterbein Alumni Graduate School Scholarship

Otterbein now offers scholarships for alumni who want to enroll in graduate programs. Learn more about alumni graduate school scholarships.

Office of Student Financial Aid

The Office of Student Financial Aid can assist you in putting together a financial aid package that will help you pay for your education.

Westerville Area Chamber of Commerce Scholarship

The Westerville Area Chamber of Commerce offers a scholarship, only available to Otterbein University graduate students, who are currently admitted as a degree-seeking graduate student, and are making academic progress toward a graduate degree at Otterbein University. For more information go to or e-mail .


Curious about your total cost? How much you might make once you earn your graduate degree? Need some tips about negotiating your next job or evaluating a job offer. GradSense, a tool provided by the Council of Graduate Schools, can help answer all those questions.

Graduate Assistantships

Otterbein University offers nearly 25 graduate assistantships in several departments including academic affairs and athletics. Tasks vary by position. Graduate Assistants train and coach student athletes, manage projects with faculty and staff, update websites and create marketing materials, assist faculty with research and publications and complete various department administrative tasks. Open graduate assistant positions are posted on the Human Resources site.

Graduate Assistant Procedures (PDF)

Graduate Assistant Academic Progress Review Form (PDF)

Student Research Fund

The Student Research Fund was established to provide small stipends for student research and other scholarly and creative endeavors.

Professional Development & Research

Student Success & Career Development

Our Student Success & Career Development staff provide academic advising and can also help you with information about internships and jobs, as well as with resume writing and interviewing.

Computer Skills Training

The following is a listing of helpful courses offered through other organizations to assist you in computer use.

  1. Westerville Public Library
    Introduction to Computers (using Computers and Mice), Introduction to Microsoft PowerPoint 2007, Introduction to the Internet, Introduction to eMail (one-on-one with the librarian), Introduction to Word 2007, Introduction to Excel 2007. Classes are also offered for use of Kindle Fire, iPad, and any other tablet and eReaders for accessing the digital books available. Starting in April 2013, courses will be offered in Photoshop Elements. Contact the library 614-882-7277 ext. 5004 or check the website: and view the calendar for dates of courses. Courses are free.
  2. Columbus Public Library
    Courses include: Introduction to Computers, Basic Internet, Introduction to Word 2010, and Learn about eReaders. Visit and under “Search for Events” choose “Technology Training” From there you will be able to view courses based on the date they are offered.
  3. Ohio Health provides courses in computer basics, internet basics, Facebook, iPad use. Cost ranges from $45-$50 per course.

Otterbein Offices & Centers

Academic Support Center

The Academic Support Center provides a variety of academic support services to help our students realize their educational and career goals. Tutoring and e-tutoring is available. We also provide academic support services to students with disabilities and work closely with the faculty to empower all students to be academically successful.

Office of the Registrar

The Office of the Registrar  maintains all student academic records, past and present. Stop by for registration information, copies of transcripts, drops/withdrawals, grade changes and graduation applications.

  • Schedule of Classes
    See when classes are offered here.
  • Degree Evaluation Access
    The degree evaluation is THE tool for determining what courses to select to fulfill the requirements for a degree and to assure that nothing is overlooked. It displays (1) graduation requirements that have been met and (2) those that remain to be completed. Use it to monitor progress towards a degree from day one until program completion. It is the same software the Registrar’s office uses to perform final graduation check-out. If any Otterbein credit was earned prior to Autumn Quarter 1987, the degree evaluation is not accurate and should not be used. Click here to access a printable pdf brochure of degree audit instructions.

Student Accounts (Business Office)

The Student Business Office bills and collects student tuition and fees. Pay your account online on My O-Zone .

Student Success & Career Development

SSCD is co-located with the Office of the Registrar on the lower level of Towers Hall, SSCD staff are committed to holistic academic and career advising by providing individual assistance and a variety of resources and programs to help guide students along their Otterbein journey and to their career goals. They can help you think comprehensively about your interests, skills, and values and how those translate to academic and career satisfaction and success. They can also help you make the most out of your experience at Otterbein, plan your journey within and beyond the classroom, and empower you to make informed and intentional choices to ensure your academic and professional success.

Wellness Resources

Sometimes life can be challenging. Otterbein has various wellness resources to assist you here.

National Wellness Resources

  • National Graduate Student Crisis Line
    Immediate Help for Grads in Crisis
    1-800-GRAD-HLP (800-472-3457) Graduate students facing overwhelming stress or despair now have the option of calling 1-800-GRAD-HLP (800-472-3457), toll-free, 24 hours a day, any day of the week, to speak anonymously with a counselor specially trained in graduate issues.
    This site has helpful information on topics such as finding balance, academic and financial stress, and lots more.