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

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.

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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: Transfer to Otterbein:
Follow @OtterbeinUAdmit on Instagram and join us on Wednesday, November 17 on Instagram Live to learn about the process of transferring to Otterbein and what you need to complete your application!

    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
    Katie Lovera 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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