We can’t wait to meet you! Check out the information below to schedule a visit and experience the many things Otterbein has to offer.

Visit Otterbein University

Discover Days Graphic 2021

Save your spot to visit campus.
Programs available on Oct. 15, Oct. 16, or Oct. 22.

  • Learn more about the student experience.
  • Discover places and spaces you’ll love around campus.
  • Learn about academic programs and meet our faculty!

On-Campus Visits

Otterbein Overview and Tour

Your visit will include a 30-minute presentation facilitated by an admission counselor followed by a campus tour led by a student tour guide. These sessions are offered at 9:00am and 2:00pm Monday through Friday.

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Campus Tour Only

our visit will only include a campus tour led by a student tour guide. These tours are offered at 12:00pm Monday through Friday.

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Austin E. Knowlton Equine Center Tour

Your visit will include a one-hour tour of the Austin E. Knowlton Equine Center led by equine current student. These sessions are offered at 12:00pm Monday through Friday.

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Athletic Visits

This session is geared towards students interested in playing a sport at Otterbein. A coach will lead a 15-minute presentation followed by a tour of campus. To register, please reach out to the coaching staff for the sport you are interested in. Information can be found at www.otterbeincardinals.com.

View a list of coaches by sport >

Virtual Visits for High School Students

Otterbein Online Overview

Learn more about what Only Otterbein has to offer in an online admission overview and virtual campus tour. The Overview will be online in a Zoom meeting with an admission counselor and current student. WE ARE excited to share more about our quiet, peaceful village! These sessions are available weekly at 3:00pm.

This visit will include a presentation by a member of our admission team followed by a virtual campus tour given by a student tour guide. We encourage you to allow 1.5 hours for you to complete an Otterbein virtual visit.

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Virtual Visual and Performing Arts Overview

An Otterbein Visual and Performing Arts Overview is designed with high school students interested in majoring in Art, Music or Theatre in mind! We will provide you with an overview of the visual and performing arts majors offered at Otterbein, and we will go over the details of the admission and audition process with you.

This visit will include a presentation by a member of our admission team followed by a virtual campus tour given by a student tour guide. We encourage you to allow 1.5 hours for you to complete an Otterbein virtual visit.

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Presentación General de Otterbein

This overview and Q&A session is designed for Spanish speaking students and parents. Come join an Otterbein admission counselor for 45 minutes to learn what Otterbein has to offer and how Otterbein supports Latinx students.

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Instagram Live Sessions

These sessions are designed for students and families to engage with our staff throughout the fall and learn more about why Otterbein may be a great fit!

Instagram Live: Crash Course on Admissions:
Follow @OtterbeinUAdmit on Instagram and join an Otterbein admission counselor on Instagram Live to learn about admission and tips to complete your Otterbein application!

  • Thursday, September 9th @ 4 p.m.
  • Monday, September 13th @ 4 p.m.

Instagram Live: Commitment to Affordability:
Follow @OtterbeinUAdmit on Instagram and join a Financial Aid counselor on Instagram Live to learn all about Financial Aid at Otterbein.

  • Thursday, September 23rd @ 4 p.m.
  • Monday, September 27th @ 4 p.m.

Instagram Live: Ask a Current Student:
Follow @OtterbeinUAdmit on Instagram and join a current student on Instagram Live to ask all things about the Otterbein experience.

  • Thursday, October 7th @ 4 p.m.
  • Wednesday, October 13th @ 4 p.m.

Virtual Visits for Transfer Students

Transfer Tuesday

Come learn all about the simple, easy process of transferring to Otterbein University! We will cover admission requirements, scholarship opportunities and transfer credit evaluations. Every Tuesday throughout fall semester.

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Columbus State Virtual Student Office Hours

Meet with an Otterbein Transfer Admission counselor for virtual office hours specifically for Columbus State Community College Students. Come discuss our Dual and Guaranteed Admission programs, along with any additional questions you might have! These sessions are available every Wednesday throughout the semester.

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Virtual Faculty Appointment

Faculty in your academic area are available to answer your questions through a one-on-one video call. Appointments are also available with the Office of Disability Services/Academic Support Center, and Undecided advisor, and ROTC. Please complete this form and we will have the department reach out to schedule an appointment.

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Virtual Counselor Appointment

Through virtual counselor appointments, Otterbein admission counselors are available to answer your questions through a one-on-one video call.

Locate the admission counselor for your area in the table below and click their name to schedule an appointment.

Transfer Student Admission Counselor Territory
Jennifer Hicks Transfer Students whose last name begins with the letters A through M
Haleigh DePalma Transfer Students whose last name begins with the letters N through Z
Mary Mosca Transfer students who attend Columbus State Community College, or students interested in the Dual Admission Program with CSCC

One-on-One Virtual Appointments

Virtual Faculty/Office Appointment

Faculty in your academic area are available to answer your questions through a one-on-one video call. Appointments are also available with the Office of Disability Services/Academic Support Center, Career Development, Student Financial Aid, Study Abroad, an Undecided advisor, and ROTC. Please complete this form and we will have the department reach out to schedule an appointment. In-person appointments are available upon request.

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Virtual Counselor Appointment

Through virtual counselor appointments, Otterbein admission counselors are available to answer your questions through a one-on-one video call.

Locate the admission counselor for your area in the table below and click their name to schedule an appointment.

High school student admission counselors Territory
Sarah Gaskell Ohio: Columbus Catholics, Grandview Heights, Upper Arlington, Wellington, Worthington; Ohio homeschool and virtual students; Central Ohio carter schools
Gloridely Tavarez Vargas Ohio: Southwest Ohio
National: AK, AZ, CA, HI, ID, IA, IN, KS, MN, NE, NV, NM, ND, SD, OK, OR, PR, UT, WI, MT, WA, WY
Jennifer Markovich Visual and Performing Arts Majors, Columbus Academy
Jenny Seymour International Students
Lori Wilhelm Ohio: Dayton, Northwest Ohio, Knox and Licking Counties; Groveport, Canal Winchester, Hamilton Township and Reynoldsburg
National: MI
Mackie Cameron Ohio: Southeast Ohio, Fairfield County
National: AL, AR, DE, GA, LA, MD, MI, SO, NC, SC, TN, WV, DC
Duncan Squillante Ohio: Northeast Ohio, New Albany
National: IL
Michelle Armour Ohio: Cristo Rey Columbus, Columbus City Schools, Whitehall City Schools, Westerville City Schools, Southwest City Schools, Grove City Christian
Paul Stelzer Ohio: North Central Ohio (Ashland, Crawford, Delaware, Erie, Hancock, Hardin, Huron, Marion, Morrow, Ottawa, Richland, Sandusky, Seneca, Union and Wyandot counties)
National: CO, FL
Shelby Edick Ohio: Bexley, Columbus School for Girls, Dublin, Gahanna, Hilliard

Group Tours

Otterbein University Group Visit Policy

Otterbein University welcomes chaperoned groups of 10 to 40 to visit campus during the academic school year. The information presented below is a guide for chaperones and tour organizers. Tour group appointments will consist of an admissions presentation and a campus tour as outlined below.

Admissions Presentation

Join an Otterbein admissions representative for a formal presentation about Otterbein University including campus life, academics, admission requirements, scholarship, and financial aid. Time will be available for general questions.

Campus Tour

A current Otterbein University student will lead the group on a tour of campus. The tour will include prominent buildings and resources on campus and lasts approximately 75 minutes.

Scheduling

  • Group Visits will be offered in the following months: September, October, November, February, March and April. We are not able to accommodate large group visits during the months of June through Mid-August.
  • Groups must consist of at least 10 students, 9th through 12th grade.
  • To arrange a visit, complete the request form below. At least two (2) weeks of advance notice is required.
  • Groups consisting of students in the 9th grade or older are welcome to campus. We expect a ratio of at least 1 chaperone for every 10 students. A chaperone is required to accompany each tour group. Group sizes are limited to 40 students total.
  • We will only accept group visits for Fall 2021 on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays. Spring group visit registration will open in January 2022.
  • Parking is off campus.
  • Please be on-time for your visit – we cannot guarantee the full Otterbein experience you have scheduled if your group does not arrive on time.
  • We are able to accommodate one group per day – please have alternate date(s) in mind when completing the request form.

Special Requests
Unfortunately, we are unable to accommodate special visit requests including:

  • Meals
  • Special facility tours
  • Overnight accommodations – Transportation to and/or from campus

Otterbein does not provide lunch but if you wish to eat on campus, please let us know and we will connect you to catering.

Confirmation
Once your visit date is approved, a confirmation e-mail will be sent to the group organizer including locations, directions, and parking instructions to be shared with the group.

Please complete the form below to request your visit date. Group visits for fall will begin in September and will run through October. If you have any questions, please contact the Office of Undergraduate Admission at cameron4@otterbein.edu.

Group Visit Request Form >

Middle School and Elementary Schools

Thank you for the opportunity to introduce our campus to your students at such an early age. Currently, we do not offer guided tours for elementary or middle school groups.

We would like to encourage students and their parents to visit again during high school for a more personal, detailed visit to campus. At that time you will be given the full tour of campus which includes the parts that are omitted during a group visit.

Want to know more? Can’t make it to campus? Take our Virtual Tour!

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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/IKEA Way/Exit 121. At the exit, turn left on Gemini Place, which becomes IKEA Way, then Worthington Road. Travel 1.5 miles. Turn right on Africa Road, which becomes West Street. Travel approximately 1.5 miles on Africa Road/West Street. 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.

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.

Places to stay

We are excited to welcome you to Oterbein’s campus. If you need overnight accommodations for your visit to Otterbein, you’ll find a variety of hotels conveniently located near campus.

Westerville Hotels

Renaissance Westerville Hotel (1.5 miles)
Ask about the Otterbein Parent/Friend Rate
409 Altair Parkway
Westerville, OH 43082
614-882-6800

Aloft Westerville Hotel (1.7 miles)
Ask about Otterbein Parent/Friend Rate
32 Heatherdown Dr
Westerville, OH 43081
614-899-6560 x7114

Nearby Hotels

Hampton Inn & Suites Columbus-Polaris (2.6 miles)
Ask about Otterbein Parent/Friend Rate
8411 Pulsar Place
Columbus, OH 43240
614-885-8400

Embassy Suites (2.7 miles)
Ask about Otterbein Parent/Friend Rate
2700 Corporate Exchange Drive
Columbus, OH 43231
614-890-8600

Holiday Inn Express Columbus-Worthington (5 miles)
Ask about Otterbein Parent/Friend Rate
55 Hutchinson Ave
Columbus, Ohio 43235
614-977-0520 (Hotel Main Number)
614-896-8452 (Direct Line)
cyannayon@EmeraldHospitality.com

Courtyard by Marriott (5.1 miles)
Ask about Otterbein Parent/Friend Rate
7411 Vantage Drive
Columbus, OH 43235
614-436-7070

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

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

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
Clippinger Hall,
102 W. College Ave,
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. Home Street,
Westerville, Ohio 43081

Clements Hall (Residence Hall)
85 W. Home 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 (The Department of Health & Sport Sciences)
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

Memorial Stadium
130 Center 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
160 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

Student Success & Career Development
Lower Level of Towers Hall (027)
1 S. Grove Street,
Westerville, Ohio 43081

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

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