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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:

Former President of the National Women’s Political Caucus to Speak at Otterbein


News - November 5, 2019
The Kathy A. Krendl Distinguished Lecture Series at Otterbein University is proud to present its inaugural guest, Anita Perez Ferguson, former president of the National Women’s Political Caucus, to share her insights into the impact e-commerce is having on face-to-face service jobs and how international labor markets, material sourcing and trade agreements are impacting reliable job forecasting in the United States. This lecture, “Preparing for an Uncertain Future: Two Reliable Roads,” will be held at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov.…

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Otterbein Theatre presents Radium Girls, Oct. 24-Nov. 2


News - October 22, 2019
In 1926, radium was a miracle cure, Madame Curie an international celebrity, and luminous watches the latest rage—until the girls who painted them began to fall ill with a mysterious disease. Inspired by a true story, “Radium Girls” traces the efforts of Grace Fryer, a dial painter, as she fights for her day in court. Her chief adversary is her former employer, Arthur Roeder, an idealistic man who cannot bring himself to believe that the same element that shrinks tumors…

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Otterbein University-Tonight National Democratic Debate


News - October 15, 2019
In just a few hours, Otterbein University in Ohio will host the fourth Democratic presidential primary debate.  Otterbein President John Comerford will provide welcoming remarks and share his thoughts on higher education’s college affordability problems. Some of Comerford’s thoughts are detailed in a national guest column published today. Higher education must rediscover the ‘service ethic’ of teaching and researchBy John Comerford  "Today the nation’s attention will shift to Otterbein University in Westerville, Ohio, as we host the next Democratic presidential primary…

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Debate 2019: The Student Voice


News - October 7, 2019
In 1972, 18-year-olds were given the right to vote. While young voters have been under-represented at the pools since then, young Americans have been voting in increasing numbers in recent years. As the nation’s second-largest voting base, they are poised to make a big impact. According to the Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement (CIRCLE), an estimated 31% of eligible people ages 18 to 29 voted in the 2018 midterms, up 10 percentage points from the…

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White power, white supremacy, and violence – our expert explains how communication is key in perpetuating racial hatred in the United States


News - October 7, 2019
On August 3, 2019, a white power-inspired gunman killed 24 people and injured 22 others at a Wal-Mart in El Paso, Texas. We tend to understand mass shootings as isolated events committed by “lone wolf” gunmen who might have mental health problems, but what we know about the El Paso gunman – as well as the terrorists who carried out mass killings at the Al Noor Mosque and Linwood Islamic Center in Christchurch, New Zealand in March 2019, the Tree…

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Otterbein Focuses on Energy Conservation


News - September 30, 2019
Sustainability is a global issue that many of our students care about, and Otterbein University is doing its part to implement small changes that make a big difference. Past efforts have included installing water bottle filling stations and handing out aluminum bottles to students to reduce single use plastic waste; replacing shower heads with low-flow models; replacing traditional light bulbs with energy-efficient ones; and installing building controls to remotely measure and schedule temperatures. This summer, even bigger changes took place.…

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Otterbein University Theatre Opens Season with “Chicago”


News - September 23, 2019
Otterbein University’s Department of Theatre and Dance and Department of Music present “Chicago” at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 26; 2 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 29; and 8 p.m. on Sept. 27- 28 and Oct. 3-5, in the Fritsche Theatre at Cowan Hall, 30 S. Grove Street. Tickets cost $30. Call 614-823-1109 or visit www.otterbein.edu/drama. In roaring twenties Chicago, chorine Roxie Hart murders a faithless lover and convinces her hapless husband, Amos, to take the rap — until he finds out he's…

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Nursing Graduates Pass Rates Exceed National Averages


News - September 23, 2019
The Otterbein Nursing Program has had an immense amount of success over the years. Part of their success includes licensure and certification pass rates well above the national average. During spring 2019, for the initial RN licensure, BSN student graduates had a first time pass rate of 95%. Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) master’s program had first time pass rate of 98%. Graduates of the Nurse Anesthesia (NA) master’s program had a first time pass rate of 90% on national certification…

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Otterbein Nursing Graduates Pass Rates Exceed National Averages


News - September 17, 2019
The Otterbein Nursing Program has had an immense amount of success over the years. Part of their success includes licensure and certification pass rates well above the national average. During spring 2019, for the initial RN licensure, BSN student graduates had a first time pass rate of 95%. Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) master’s program had first time pass rate of 98%. Graduates of the Nurse Anesthesia (NA) master’s program had a first time pass rate of 90% on national certification…

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Otterbein University Ranked in the Top 20 in U.S. News & World Report and Named a College of Distinction


News - September 11, 2019
Otterbein University has been recognized by U.S. News & World Report and Colleges of Distinction for its academic excellence, commitment to undergraduate teaching, and focus on affordability, student success outcomes, and experiential learning. In the U.S. News & World Report 2020 edition of “America’s Best Colleges,” Otterbein is ranked 20th among 162 peers in the Regional Universities–Midwest category and once again named a “Best Value School” and a “Best College for Veterans.” This year, Otterbein was also named a “Top Performer for Social Mobility,” thanks…

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