Otterbein Climbs in U.S. News Best Colleges 2022-2023

Posted Sep 12, 2022

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 and Colleges of Distinction.

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 U.S. News & World Report 2023 edition of “America’s Best Colleges,” Otterbein jumped from 12th place to 9th, placing it in the top 5% among 166 peers in the Regional Universities–Midwest category. Otterbein also debuted on the “Most innovative Schools” list at 9th in its category.  

Additionally, Otterbein was recognized on the following lists: 

  • “Best Undergraduate Teaching” – Otterbein jumped from 18th place to 7th, top 4% in its category.
  • “Best Value School”- Otterbein ranked 37 in its category.
  • “Top Performers on Social Mobility” – Otterbein jumped from 121 to 67 in its category.

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.  Even during a pandemic, the Class of 2021 reported that 99.2% 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, vice president for enrollment management.

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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.

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