National Media Recognize Otterbein University for Programs and Values

Posted Sep 18, 2023

Otterbein University has been collecting honors this fall, as it is recognized in national publications for its programs and values, including U.S. News & World Report, Colleges of Distinction, and Washington Monthly.

US News & World Report

Otterbein University has been recognized by U.S. News & World Report for its academic excellence, commitment to undergraduate teaching, and focus on affordability, student success outcomes, and experiential learning.

In the 2024 Best Colleges rankings by U.S. News & World Report, Otterbein has once again ranked in the top 20 among 164 peers in the Regional Universities–Midwest category. It is in the top 3 regional universities in Ohio and 20th in the Midwest.

Additionally, Otterbein was recognized on the following lists:

  • Best Colleges for Veterans – Otterbein placed 6th, top 4% in its category.
  • Best Undergraduate Teaching- Otterbein ranked 12th, top 7% in its category.
  • Best Value Schools – Otterbein jumped 11 places to rank 26th in its category.
  • A+ School for B Students. 

Otterbein’s focus on undergraduate teaching and experiential learning opportunities prepares its students for success in their careers, as reflected in the University’s impressive outcomes.  The Class of 2022 reported that 96.3% were employed, enrolled in graduate school, or serving in the military within six months of graduation.

Among its more than 60 undergraduate majors, Otterbein offers programs in many high-demand STEM careers, like nursing and engineering, as well as programs in business and communication, health and sport sciences, social sciences and the arts and humanities, and is committed to providing opportunities to students who might not realize college is attainable.

“Our recruitment efforts demonstrate our commitment to students who are often overlooked by other universities. We see their potential and desire to continue their education, and Otterbein makes a 21st century education affordable for them. Once here, we provide extensive support to ensure they are successful in their transitions to college and their academic careers,” said Jefferson Blackburn-Smith, executive vice president for strategic initiatives.

The entire survey can be viewed at

Colleges of Distinction

Otterbein has once again been recognized as one of the nation’s Colleges of Distinction. Otterbein received program-specific recognition in Business, Education, Engineering, Nursing, and Career Development. Otterbein was also recognized for its Equity and Inclusion.

Colleges of Distinction’s selection process consists of a review of each institution’s freshman experience and retention efforts alongside its general education programs, alumni success, strategic plan, student satisfaction, and more. Schools are accepted on the basis that they adhere to the Four Distinctions: Engaged Students, Great Teaching, Vibrant Community, and Successful Outcomes.

In addition to the College of Distinction inclusion, the Field of Study badges that Otterbein earned are true marks of honor in the world of higher education, representing programs that invest in student engagement in fields that demand innovative, critical thinking. Colleges of Distinction has granted these awards after a comprehensive vetting process, individually selecting schools based on such qualities as accreditation, breadth of program, and a track record for success.

More information can be found at

Washington Monthly

Washington Monthly has recognized Otterbein University for its contributions to the public good in its annual rankings. Among 604 Master’s Universities, Otterbein ranked 2nd in the service category, which encompasses community and national service.

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