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.

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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:

Super Bowl Party, Black-Tie Ball, Career Night: Check out these Black History Month Events!

News - February 9, 2024
It’s Black History Month, and there has never been a better time to get involved with Otterbein’s Office of Social Justice and Activism (OSJA) or join a student organization like the Black Student Union, Men of Vision, or Sisters United. The OSJA and these student organizations are offering a great lineup of events for Black History Month, open to all students. Men of Vision invites you to attend their Super Bowl Party from 6-9 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 11, at…

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Esports Coach Nevin Horne on Why You Should Join the Team

News - February 2, 2024
By Maggie Nicol ’25 Otterbein is currently recruiting members for its new Esports program, which will begin competition in the fall of 2024. Esports at Otterbein > Nevin Horne Nevin Horne is the Inaugural Director of Esports at Otterbein University with a diverse background in collegiate esports. Originally just a casual Overwatch player studying at Ohio Wesleyan University, he later became a Tournament Organizer at Generation Esports, overseeing the largest National High School Esports League. Nevin served as the Overwatch…

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Basketball’s Clement on Top 25 Watch List for Inaugural Trevor Hudgins Award

News - February 2, 2024
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Otterbein University combo guard Jack Clement has been named to the Top-25 Watch List for the inaugural Trevor Hudgins Award, recognizing the top overall senior in Small College Basketball. The new award was recently announced at the Small College Basketball Hall of Fame Ceremony back in November inside the Polk Theatre in Lakeland, Fla. It will now be presented annually to the senior who has had the finest overall four-year (or longer) career within NCAA Division II, NCAA Division…

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Otterbein Equestrian Team Competition Schedule 2023 – 24

News - January 29, 2024
September 22-23, 2023: TOC @ St. Mary’s Terre Haute, IN  October 7-8, 2023: IDA show @ Miami University  October 21-22, 2023: IHSA show @ Kenyon College @ Brave Horse  October 28-29, 2023: IDA show @ Lake Erie College Nov 4, 2023: IDA show @ Otterbein  Nov 18-19, 2023: IHSA show @ Otterbein  January 27-28, 2024: Hosting IEA Dressage Regionals @ Otterbein Feb 3-4, 2024: IHSA @ OSU  Feb 10-11, 2024: IDA @ Otterbein   Feb 17-18, 2024: IHSA @ Ohio University March…

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Ask the Expert: Get the Most Out of the Campus Library

News - January 18, 2024
Courtright Memorial Library is full of resources for Otterbein University Students. One of these resources is Electronic Access Librarian Allen Reichert. He shares the top five resources in the library and how students benefit most: Allen Reichert Our staff! We have hundreds of databases and various resources for you. Your Personal Librarian can help you find the best resources for your assignments. Have a quick question about library resources? Chat with our research help desk. Need circulation assistance? Becky, Rebecca,…

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Hocking College Transfer Student Finds Creativity and Connection at Otterbein

News - January 18, 2024
By Maggie Nicol ’25 Art feels and looks different to everyone; it allows for connection and creation and for an individual to thrive. That’s the experience of Sarah Farmer, a senior earning her bachelor of fine arts degree with a concentration in painting, along with minors in art history and photography. Sarah Farmer “I have always felt highly compelled to create and be creative. I have been doing art religiously since middle school and pursuing an art degree felt like…

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Professor John Tansey Named Fellow of National Scientific Society

News - January 12, 2024
Otterbein University congratulates Professor John Tansey, director of the Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Program, for being named a fellow of the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (ASBMB). The ASBMB will induct Tansey and 16 other members into the 2024 class at its annual meeting, Discover BMB, in San Antonio in March. ASBMB selects fellows based on their outstanding commitment to the ASBMB through participation in the society, as well as accomplishments in research, education, mentorship, diversity and inclusion, advocacy,…

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Otterbein’s Spring Semester Calendar is Packed with Must-See Speakers and Exhibits 

News - January 2, 2024
Spring Semester classes start on Jan. 8 and seniors will cross the commencement stage on April 28, but there is plenty to do in the four months in between. Here are some of the must-see highlights coming this semester: Guest Lectures Martin Luther King Jr. Convocation presents Shawn Harper Shawn Harper Jan. 17, 3-4 p.m., Cowan Hall Shawn Harper is a former NFL offensive lineman who played a total of seven seasons with the Rams, the Oilers, the Colts, and…

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Ask the Expert: How to Find the Right Major 

News - January 2, 2024
Finding a major that is not only fulfilling and interesting, but also fits your goals and aligns with your values can be a difficult taks. Kate Lehman Kate Lehman, assistant provost and executive director of student success and career development, shares her tips on finding majors and ensuring you are making the most of your college career: Try out classes! Taking classes in various areas of interest are a great way to see what you like — and don’t like —…

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Happy Holidays! Offices are Closed, but You Can Still Enjoy Our Christmas Tree Lighting and Concert Choir

News - December 22, 2023
Otterbein University will be closed Saturday, Dec. 23, through Monday, Jan. 1. All offices will re-open on Tuesday, Jan. 2, and classes resume Monday, Jan. 8.   While we are away, please visit www.otterbein.edu for:   A beautiful holiday concert.   The tree lighting — in case you missed it.   We look forward to connecting with you in 2024!    Please note: Otterbein’s Police Department will remain open. For non-emergency calls, contact OUPD at 614-823-1222. In the event of an emergency, call 911. 

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