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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.

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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 Professor Kristy McCray Appointed to Columbus Police Advisory Panel

News - June 17, 2020
Otterbein Associate Professor of Health and Sport Sciences Dr. Kristy McCray was appointed by Columbus Mayor Andrew Ginther and city leaders to serve on Columbus Police Chief Thomas Quinlan's new advisory panel.  The Columbus Police Chief’s Advisory Panel is designed to allow community stakeholders to have a meaningful way to provide input into strategies, development of community policing practices, and increasing community transparency into police operations.  “The panel will act as a sounding board for me regarding community needs, concerns, and expectations, as well as provide community feedback to current and proposed police programs…

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Otterbein University Offers Full Tuition Aid to Students from Families Impacted by Pandemic-Related Job Loss

News - June 1, 2020
If you're thinking you should put a college education on hold, please don't.  If you're wondering if it's worth it, it is.  If you need help, let us try.  That’s the message from Otterbein University as it announced its newest initiative, a scholarship to meet the full tuition needs of new student applicants whose families have experienced a job loss related to the COVID-19 shut-down.  “This new scholarship recognizes the economic disruption facing so many families in the wake of this pandemic and their…

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Columbus City Schools Alumna Grows Skills All the Way to President of Otterbein Student Government

News - May 27, 2020
When Frandie Francique graduated from Columbus Alternative High School (CAHS) in 2017, she felt prepared to enter college but still recognized that there were some skills she needed to work on.  “CAHS is a college prep high school, so I felt ready to go academically. I was more concerned with taking charge of my life and deciding where I really wanted to go,” Francique said. “I knew I needed to step out of my comfort zone and find resources to polish my skills.”  CAHS hosted a series of college…

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Otterbein President Op-Ed: Boost Online Access, Affordability in the College Setting

News - May 26, 2020
It is a good time for prognosticating. With nothing like the COVID-19 pandemic having happened in our lifetimes, and no tried-and-true road map for the future, every prediction can seem just as likely as the next, regardless of how wild. Otterbein President John Comerford Among the predictions now that might seem wild is that the pandemic spells the end of higher education as we know it, with online education poised for world domination. To call it a wild idea would…

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Otterbein Among Seven Central Ohio Universities Launching ‘Live Local: Learn Local’ Initiative

News - May 20, 2020
Otterbein University is among seven universities in central Ohio launching the Live Local: Learn Local initiative to encourage and support local students who are encountering obstacles in attending college due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Otterbein President John Comerford and six other university presidents have come together to encourage local students planning for fall to consider staying within the region, even if they had originally planned to travel to attend other higher education institutions. The institutions, which will accept applications until…

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Social Distancing Inspires Literacy Project for Children in Recovery House

News - May 6, 2020
Sue Constable, professor of literacy acquisition and instruction at Otterbein, is leading a project to keep kids engaged in learning in the time of social distancing.  Professor Constable’s sabbatical project is providing 30 women with literacy kits for their infants and children. These women are in residential recovery houses supported by Alvis, Inc., a nonprofit human services agency whose services include research-based, comprehensive family support programs; behavioral health and substance abuse treatment services; recovery housing for women and their children; and services to individuals with developmental disabilities who are trying to live more independently in the community. Alvis serves nearly 8,000 men, women, young…

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Otterbein University named a Top Workplace by Columbus CEO

News - May 5, 2020
“I miss my coworkers,” has become a common refrain in Zoom meetings, as Otterbein University’s faculty and staff are eager to get back to campus. Although the Office of Human Resources has been providing employees with work-from-home tips about staying connected and motivated and teams have been incredibly creative, nothing compares to the on-campus workplace.  In fact, Otterbein employees are so fond of their workplace, their feedback earned Otterbein a place in Columbus CEO magazine’s Top Workplaces issue. Otterbein is the only university to make the list. Otterbein is ranked 13th in the Large…

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Otterbein University Will Open Campus for Fall Semester

News - May 4, 2020
Otterbein University announces that it intends to open campus for fall semester 2020 and safely and responsibly resume campus life, dependent upon state guidance, including in-person teaching, classes and residence life. Officials at the university will take all safety precautions and follow government orders and protocols.   “The health and safety of our students, faculty and staff remain our utmost concern. We know that campus life may not look the same, but we strongly believe that personal attention and experiential learning opportunities are cornerstones of a quality Otterbein education,”…

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Otterbein Honors the Class of 2020

News - April 29, 2020
UPDATE: You can now check out our new page honoring the Otterbein Class of 2020. We'll be adding more messages and updates for our graduates over the next few weeks, so stay tuned! We want you to know we’re thinking of you this week with extra care and concern — for so many reasons. We, of course, hope that your final projects and examinations are going well and that you’re staying healthy and focused on the good things ahead of you.…

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Otterbein Offering New Master of Science in Athletic Training

News - April 24, 2020
The Otterbein University Graduate School will begin offering a new Master of Science in Athletic Training (MSAT) beginning in Fall 2023. The program will begin enrolling MSAT-interested undergraduate students for the Fall 2020 semester as bachelor of science in allied health majors. After year three of their undergraduate program, there will be three options for degree completion. Option one is to complete year four as an allied health major; option two starts year four in the MSAT program and then…

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