Scholarships, other programs boost Otterbein’s incoming class numbers, diversity

Posted Sep 06, 2019

The Columbus Dispatch wrote an article on Sept. 4, 2019, about Otterbein University’s incoming class growing by 22% over last year.

Otterbein welcomed an incoming class of 720 students to campus as classes began Aug. 26. The last time that Otterbein had a class that size was 2016, said Jefferson Blackburn-Smith, Otterbein’s vice president for enrollment management. Last year’s incoming class had about 590 students.

School officials point to a number of recent programs for attracting students to Otterbein, including its new Opportunity Scholarship. Announced last fall, the scholarship covers any remaining tuition costs for low- and moderate-income Ohio students after federal and state aid, grants and other scholarships have been applied.

Otterbein also is seeing impact from its existing Urban Districts Initiative, which it started in 2014 by increasing need-based aid for students from Columbus City Schools. The program was then expanded over the next few years to include Cristo Rey High School and Southwest, Westerville and Whitehall city schools.

Read more from the Dispatch article on their website.