Otterbein is Still Accepting Applications and Granting Scholarships

Posted May 07, 2021

The Covid-19 pandemic disrupted the college search process for most high school seniors, impacting opportunities to visit campuses of interest, engage with faculty and current students, and feel prepared to make their final decisions. Two national polls conducted in March and April indicated that 20-40% of high school seniors are uncertain about their final college choice. 

Otterbein University wants students who are still searching for the right college home that not only are we still accepting applications, but that we still have a full complement of merit scholarships and financial aid available for late applicants. Interested students can apply for free at  

“Choosing a college is an important decision for students, and we welcome the opportunity to show late-deciding students how affordable a quality education can be at Otterbein,” said Jefferson Blackburn-Smith, vice president for enrollment management. “We understand that the past year is leaving some families feeling uncertain about their college decision. We welcome their questions.” 

For most students, an Otterbein education is as affordable as a public university education — more than 99% of students at Otterbein receive financial aid. But an Otterbein education comes with more personal attention from faculty and staff and hands-on opportunities than public universities can offer. Students are excited to learn that from day one they will have access to experiences like internships, research, and study abroad, as soon as they are ready. 

“We prepare students for success after college, so the opportunities we provide result in real outcomes,” said Blackburn-Smith. “For members of the Class of 2020, 96.1% were employed, enrolled in graduate school, or serving in the military within six months of graduation.” 

If you are ready to learn more about Otterbein, visit or apply today at