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Clippinger Hall, 102 W. College Ave.
Hours: 8am-5pm
Phone: 614-823-1500

I am a high school student, but not a senior...

Getting Started

If you have not yet been to campus, join us first for an Otterbein Overview. Check out our academic session overview calendar first if you are interested in meeting with faculty.

Please contact our Campus Visits Team (614.823.1500 | campusvisits@otterbein.edu) if you have any questions. We look forward to welcoming you to campus!

Interested in Graduate Studies at Otterbein?

Please contact The Graduate School ( 614.823.3210 | grad@otterbein.edu to schedule a campus visit.

I am a high school senior...

High School Seniors

Senior Experience

This visit provides high school seniors with an individualized campus visit experience. This visit typically includes an individual meeting with a member of the admissions staff and a personalized tour of campus.

Please schedule your visit at least one week prior to the requested date. This will allow the Campus Visits Team time to request and confirm possible meetings. Additional meeting requests with campus partners, such as faculty members in academic departments or specialty facility tours, may be submitted through the registration form.

Cardinal Shadow Program

Want to get a taste of what life is like for an Otterbein student, without the commitment of an overnight experience? Come shadow a student for half a day!

This opportunity is open to seniors who have completed an application to Otterbein. Activities may include: sitting in on a class, hanging out in the dorm, going to the library, grabbing coffee or a snack, relaxing in the student center, attending a student organization meeting. We will do our best to pair you with a student in your academic department.

Attend a Class

Accepted seniors have the chance to sit in on a class and get an idea of what the college classroom experience is like.  This visit is for students only- sorry parents you’ll have to sit this one out.

Overnight Visit

This visit is for applied, accepted and enrolling seniors and really gives you the full Otterbein experience. Spend the night in the residence halls with a current student, sit in on a class, eat in the dining hall, and get a taste of life as a new Cardinal.

Otterbein After Hours

Wondering what campus is like when classes are over for the day?  Want to get a taste of student life?  Don’t have time to visit during the day?  Join us for a complimentary dinner in our dining hall and the opportunity to sit down with an admission counselor to go any questions or next steps including enrollment, financial aid etc.  Please allow 2 hours for this visit.  All family members are welcome.

Register for Otterbein After Hours

I am a future transfer, adult or military student...

Transfer, Adult, Military

Transfer Experience

The Transfer Experience visits allows transfers, adults and military students an opportunity to have a more individualized visit at Otterbein. Students are encouraged to bring unofficial transcripts with them for review. You’ll be able to meet with an Admission Counselor and go on a campus tour.

Transfer Thursdays

Specifically design for transfer, adult and military students. Take a tour of campus and have a college overview or meet one on one with a transfer admission advisor. Students are encourage to bring unofficial transcripts for an unofficial evaluation.

If you have any questions or need more information, contact the Adult & Transfer Admission Team (614.823.1500 | cardinalinfo@otterbein.edu).

Organized group visits

High School Students

We are excited in your interest of scheduling a group visit to Otterbein University.  The Office of Admission offers tours to groups of no more than 40 students during the academic school year. Group visits are limited to current high school students only.  Due to limited number of resources the Office of Admission will be unable to accommodate students of elementary or middle school age.

In addition to a campus tour we also like to give a general information session to students regarding the admission process, scholarships, and financial aid.  The total program lasts approximately two-and a half hours. Additional activities can be requested but will depend on the availability of the specific department or faculty member.

Group Visit Guidelines

  • Requests must be made at least three weeks in advance.   Please have a few dates in mind.  We will try our best to accommodate your top choice, but an alternative date may be needed due to staffing or other events on campus.
  • We have two visit options.  Our morning session begins at 9:15 am and concludes approximately at 11am.  The afternoon session begins at 1:15pm and ends approximately at 3pm.
  • One chaperone is needed for every ten (10) students visiting campus.  Chaperones are required to be with the group the entire time of the scheduled visit.
  • The tour is a one (1) hour walking tour and will give students a general overview of our campus.  Please encourage students to wear comfortable shoes and weather appropriate apparel.
  • The Office of Admission does not provide lunch. Groups interested in eating on campus may reach out to Dining Services at 614-823-1879 or catering@otterbein.edu.
  • Questions can be directed to the Office of Admission (614-823-1500 | campusvisits@otterbein.edu).  We look forward to seeing you on our campus soon!

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Getting to campus

Main Campus Address
1 South Grove Street,
Westerville, OH, 43081
Phone: 614-890-3000

Directions to Campus:

From the NORTH, take I-71 south to Gemini Place. After the exit, turn left on Gemini Place, follow the road as it turns to the right. Turn left on Polaris Parkway toward Cleveland Avenue (2 miles). Turn right on Africa Road, which becomes West St. Travel approximately 1.5 miles on Africa Rd./West St. Turn left on Main Street, travel .2 miles.

From the SOUTH on I-71, Route 315, or Route 23, take I-270 East (Wheeling) on the North side of Columbus. Follow I-270 to OH-3 north (exit 29) toward Westerville. Travel 2 miles and turn left on College Avenue. Travel .2 miles.

From the EAST or WEST on I-70, take I-270 North toward Cleveland. Travel 8 miles on I-270 and exit on OH-3 north (exit 29) toward Westerville. Travel 2 miles and turn left on College Avenue. Travel .2 miles.

By bus: Columbus is served by Greyhound Bus Lines. For information call (614) 221-2389.

By air: If you are flying, most major airlines service Columbus. The nearest major airport is Port Columbus International Airport, approximately 15 minutes from Westerville.

Places to stay

If you need overnight accommodations for your visit to Otterbein, you’ll find a variety of hotels conveniently located near campus.

Note: Otterbein does not in any way endorse these businesses, products or services. This listing is provided as a resource only.

Aloft Westerville Hotel (1.7 miles)
Ask about Otterbein Parent/Friend Rate
32 Heatherdown Dr
Westerville, OH 43081
614.899.6560 x7114

Hampton Inn & Suites Columbus-Polaris (2.6 miles)
Ask about Otterbein Parent/Friend Rate
8411 Pulsar Place
Columbus, OH 43240
614.885.8400

Courtyard by Marriott (5.1 miles)
Ask about Otterbein Parent/Friend Rate
7411 Vantage Drive
Columbus, OH 43235
614.436.7070

Embassy Suites (2.7 miles)
Ask about Otterbein Parent/Friend Rate
2700 Corporate Exchange Drive
Columbus, OH 43231
614.890.8600

Fairfield Inn & Suites Columbus Polaris (2.4 miles) 
9000 Worthington Road
Westerville, OH 43082
614.568.0770

Holiday Inn Express – Polaris (2.7 miles)
8670 Orion Place
Columbus, Ohio 43240
888.465.4329

Candlewood Suites Polaris (3.4 miles)
8515 Lyra Drive
Columbus, Ohio 43240
877.226.3539

Extended Stay America (3.4 miles)
8555 Lyra Drive
Columbus, OH 43240
614.431.5522

Hilton – Columbus / Polaris (3.4 miles)
8700 Lyra Drive
Columbus, OH 43240
614.885.1600

Hilton Garden Inn (3.4 miles)
8535 Lyra Drive
Columbus, OH 43240
614.846.8884

Comfort Inn North/Polaris (3.6 miles)
8400 Lyra Drive
Columbus, OH, 43240
614.791.9700

Visitor parking information

Visitors must contact the Police Department to obtain a visitor parking permit. The Police Department can be contacted in person at 194 West Main Street, by phone at 614-823-1222, or by e-mail at police@otterbein.edu. The visitor parking permit can be picked up in person during regular business hours, or e-mailed to an address provided.

Visitors may park in the Campus Center West Parking Lot, the Cowan Hall Parking Lot, the Psychology House Parking Lot, Davis Hall Parking Lot, 25 West Home Street Parking Lot, the Arts and Communication Building Parking Lot, and the Collegeview Center Parking Lot.

Citations issued for unregistered vehicles should be returned to the Otterbein University Police Department. They should be signed and dated by the visitor, explaining the situation. However, any citations issued for parking in fire lanes, handicapped spaces or otherwise illegal parking will be charged to that person.

Looking for a particular building? Check the list below to find the street address for each building on campus.

Campus Building Addresses A-C

Admission Office
Clippinger Hall,
102 W. College Ave,
Westerville, Ohio 43081

Adult and Transfer Enrollment Services Office
Towers Hall (lower level),
1 S. Grove St,
Westerville, Ohio 43081

Alumni Relations
Hancock House,
111 W. Park Street,
Westerville, Ohio 43081

Art and Communication Building
Miller Gallery,
33 Collegeview Road,
Westerville, Ohio 43081

Austin E. Knowlton Center for Equine Science
600 N. Spring Street,
Westerville, Ohio 43081

Battelle Fine Arts Center
Riley Auditorium (Music),
170 W. Park Street,
Westerville, Ohio 43081

Business Affairs Office
25 W. Home Street,
Westerville, Ohio 43081

Campus Center
100 W. Park Street,
Westerville, Ohio 43081

Center for Career and Professional Development
60 N. Grove Street,
Westerville, Ohio 43081

Center for Student Success
172 W. Main Street,
Westerville, Ohio 43081

Clements Hall (Residence Hall)
85 W. Home Street,
Westerville, Ohio 43081

Center for Career & Professional Development
60 N. Grove Street,
Westerville, Ohio 43081

Center for Student Success
172 W. Main Street,
Westerville, Ohio 43081

Clements Hall (Residence Hall)
85 W. Home Street,
Westerville, Ohio 43081

Clements Recreation Centers
180 Center Street,
Westerville, Ohio 43081

Collegeview Center
60 Collegeview Road,
Westerville, Ohio 43081

Commons on Home
Buildings I and II (Residence Halls),
86 W. Home Street,
Westerville, Ohio 43081

Commons on Home
Buildings III and IV (Residence Halls),
80 W. Home Street,
Westerville, Ohio 43081

Commons on Park,
Buildings I and II (Residence Halls),
190 W. Park Street,
Westerville, Ohio 43081

Commons on Park,
Buildings III and IV (Residence Halls),
180 W. Park Street, Westerville, Ohio 43081

Courtright Memorial Library
138 W. Main Street,
Westerville, Ohio 43081

Cowan Hall/Fritsche Theatre (Theatre)
30 S. Grove Street,
Westerville, Ohio 43081

Campus Building Addresses D-I

Davis Annex (Residence Hall)
140 N. Center Street,
Westerville, Ohio 43081

Davis Hall (Residence Hall)
170 Martin Drive,
Westerville, Ohio 43081

DeVore Hall (Residence Hall)
96 W. Home Street,
Westerville, Ohio 43081

Dunlap-King Hall (Residence Hall)
193 W. Main Street,
Westerville, Ohio 43081

Engle Hall (Residence Hall)
92 W. Home Street,
Westerville, Ohio 43081

Financial Aid
88 Cochran Alley,
Westerville, Ohio 43081

Frank Museum of Art
39 S. Vine Street,
Westerville, Ohio 43081

Garst Hall (Residence Hall)
98 W. Home Street,
Westerville, Ohio 43081

Graduate Studies Office
27 S. Grove Street,
Westerville, Ohio 43081

Hanby Hall (Residence Hall)
65 W. Home Street,
Westerville, Ohio 43081

Human Resources
25 West Home Street,
Westerville, Ohio 43081

Institutional Advancement
Howard House,
131 W. Park Street
Westerville, Ohio 43081

Hancock House,
111 W. Park Street
Westerville, Ohio 43081

Campus Building Addresses J-L

Check the links below if you need more information or need to contact someone for directions!

Main Campus Address
1 South Grove Street,
Westerville, OH, 43081
Phone: 614-890-3000

Campus Building Addresses M-Z

Marketing and Communications,
Cellar House,
141 W. Park Street,
Westerville, Ohio 43081

Mayne Hall (Residence Hall)
65 N. Grove Street,
Westerville, Ohio 43081

McFadden Hall (Science Center)
155 W. Main Street,
Westerville, Ohio 43081

Miller Gallery
33 Collegeview Road,
Westerville, Ohio 43081

Police
194 W. Main Street,
Westerville, Ohio 43081

The Point
60 Collegeview Road
Westerville, Ohio 43081

Residence Hall,
25 W. Home Street,
Westerville, Ohio 43081

Rike Athletic Center
180 Center Street,
Westerville, Ohio 43081

Riley Auditorium
170 W. Park Street,
Westerville, Ohio 43081

Roush Hall (Academic Building)
27 S. Grove Street,
Westerville, Ohio 43081

Schear Hall (Science Center)
155 W. Main Street,
Westerville, Ohio 43081

Science Center (McFadden and Schear Halls)
155 W. Main Street,
Westerville, Ohio 43081

Scott Hall (Residence Hall)
94 W. Home Street,
Westerville, Ohio 43081

Service Department
195 W. Park Street,
Westerville, Ohio 43081

Towers Hall (Academic Building)
1 S. Grove Street,
Westerville, Ohio 43081