Our people and programs are making news every day.


At Otterbein, our president is focused on college affordability. Our professors are leading the way in curriculum development. Our Center for Community Engagement is winning awards for its dedication to serving others. These are only a few of the people and programs you’ll read about in our Newsroom.

Media inquiries can be directed to:

Jenny Hill 
Director of Communications
(614) 823-1284
(614) 370-3221 (cell)

Media Resources

Otterbein Fast Facts:

Location: Westerville, Ohio
Founded: 1847
Control: Private not-for-profit
Carnegie Classification: Master's Colleges & Universities
Size & Setting: Four-year, small, highly residential
Enrollment: 3,000
President: John Comerford, Ph.D.
Colors: Tan and Cardinal
Mascot: Cardinal

News Stories:

Otterbein Senior Breaking the Beauty Standard Boundaries with Professional Modeling

News - July 26, 2021
By: Catie Duzzny ’21  After five years of being a part of the modeling industry, Otterbein University senior Brea Galvin got the opportunity of a lifetime — to work with fashion retailer, Express, as a plus-sized model. Galvin, an advocate of the body positivity movement, is pursuing a career in modeling while double majoring in public relations and health communication and minoring in marketing at Otterbein.   Growing up, Galvin was inspired to enter the modeling industry because of her mother who has been a model for 30 years, as well as plus-sized models in the industry like Ashley…

Read More >

Otterbein’s First Psychiatric & Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Students Reach Clinicals

News - July 22, 2021
Otterbein University’s first cohort of students in the Psychiatric & Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) program are undertaking their clinical work during the Summer 2021 semester. This is an important milestone for the relatively new major.  “I have been so impressed with the Otterbein PMHNP program, leadership, and support provided by all of the instructors and professors,” said PMHNP student Teresa Jordan. “Even among our newer degree program, we have developed academic and professional bonds that will last for the rest of our lives.”  The PMHNP program prepares nursing students to expand their scope…

Read More >

Otterbein Accepting Applications for Fall 2022 Beginning Aug. 1

News - July 19, 2021
The Common Application opens Saturday, Aug. 1, and Otterbein is committed to making the application and admission process easier and more affordable for students and families as they navigate their college search process. Otterbein has adopted a test optional admission and scholarship policy for most programs for Spring, Summer and Fall terms 2021. Students with high school GPA of 2.75 or lower are encouraged to submit a test score if available. Some academic programs and courses may require an ACT/SAT…

Read More >

Otterbein Sophomore Brings Accessibility to the Arts by Founding Theatre Company

News - July 2, 2021
Jackson Gifford ’24 has a passion for making theater more accessible to people of all ages and backgrounds — one that led to the founding of a professional theatre company in Oklahoma City. His non-profit organization, Southern Plains Productions, Inc., has been operating since December 2020.    Gifford, a musical theatre major with a minor in dance, has always had more than performing on his list of goals. After an experience that allowed him to see and better understand the need for access to the arts by all ages and…

Read More >

Otterbein Professor Wins 2021 Ohio LGBTQ+ Leadership Award from Ohio Diversity Council

News - July 2, 2021
By Catie Duzzny ’21 Otterbein professor Suzanne Ashworth was awarded the 2021 Ohio LGBTQ+ Leadership Award from the Ohio Diversity Council at the annual LGBTQ+ Unity Summit on June 4, 2021. This organization offers the opportunity to engage, learn, and share diversity and inclusion practices with other organizational leaders and businesses. Professor Suzanne Ashworth “We were definitely in a challenging moment because of the pandemic. To get the award at that time, I felt like it was really validating, inspiring,…

Read More >

Otterbein Orientation Leaders Eager to Welcome New Cardinals

News - July 2, 2021
The Otterbein Summer Orientation, Advising, and Registration (SOAR) welcomes new students to campus each year for information sessions and activities to make their transition to Otterbein a smooth one. This year, the SOAR team is preparing to host more than 600 new Cardinals over six orientation days from June until August. The next sessions will be on July, 9, 21, and 23. After moving to a virtual program in 2020, Orientation Leaders (OL) are eager to host sessions on campus…

Read More >

Recent Otterbein Graduate Furthers Education and Athletic Experience

News - July 2, 2021
By Catie Duzzny ’21 Due to the loss of sports seasons during COVID-19, the NCAA is giving athletes in winter and spring sports an extra year of eligibility to compete at the college level. Bryn Mangold ’21 is taking her extra year of eligibility to play basketball while pursuing a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree at Otterbein University. “I would have gone to graduate school if the COVID-19 waiver was not a thing, but I think it's great to…

Read More >

Columbus City Schools Students Bake Up their Final Project for Otterbein Summer Course

News - July 1, 2021
For Columbus City Schools (CCS) students in Otterbein’s Bridge to College summer program, baking isn’t just a hobby, it’s a lesson about biochemistry and college success — part of a monthlong course that culminated in a bake-off on July 1, 2021.  For the past six years, Otterbein has hosted the Bridge to College summer program, giving students an opportunity to experience college courses and life on campus. This year, 12 students from eight different CCS high schools attended two classes each day, four days a week, throughout June. Students received a Dell…

Read More >

Otterbein Alumna Tells the Story of Black American and Ghanaian Womanhood in Documentary

News - June 29, 2021
By Madelyn Nelson ’23  Claudia Owusu ’19 took her passion for filmmaking and turned it into a personal project to share stories of Ghanian girls and Black womanhood. Owusu is the director, writer, and producer — alongside her co-collaborators and associate directors Ife Oluwamuyide and Chinese Okpapaoka — of a documentary called Ampe Study; or Leap into the Sky, Black Girl.   Claudia Owusu '19 The documentary highlights the story of Black womanhood through the lens of Black American and Ghanaian young women and a game called Ampe, a high-energy game played by children in Ghana, West Africa. Although it seems like a simple game with clapping, jumping, and cheering, it signifies much more.   Ampe can be played with any amount of people and…

Read More >

Diverse Student Population bring International Perspectives to Otterbein Classrooms

News - June 25, 2021
By Emma Urhammer ’23  Otterbein brings students together from all around the world. At the core of that experience is the ability to communicate with one another, whether students are from any continent or central Ohio.  Iman Sahaag, a communication studies major with a minor in accounting, grew up in Toronto, Canada, but was born in Nairobi, Kenya. She’s one of dozens of students with an international background studying at Otterbein.   “I personally have always liked closer-knit schools, so finding an atmosphere where I was able to get to know my professors on a personal…

Read More >