Otterbein University

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Otterbein University can be found in Westerville, OH, a nonprofit private college which focuses on only a select few programs offered. Nearly three thousand students are enrolled at Otterbein University.

Students can report either the SAT or ACT exam scores to Otterbein University. A score within the range of 1055 - 1250 on the SAT exam, or 20 - 27 on the ACT exam is among the 25th - 75th percentile range among admitted students. By applying sampled GPA data from over 150 schools, we are able to estimate that the Otterbein University average GPA ranges from 3.06 to 3.45 for accepted students. Otterbein University admits roughly 80 percent of students applying. Of those that are accepted, nearly 27 percent enrolled. You can get more information from the admissions office website at

Overall Otterbein University Acceptance Rate - Fall 2020


The overall acceptance rate for Otterbein University was reported as 80.1% in Fall 2020 with over 2,860 applications submitted to this school. Both in state and out of state applicants are included in these figures. We do not have data on transfer acceptance rates currently.

Accepted Applicants Profile

  • ACT Scores: 20 - 27
  • Average GPA: 3.06 - 3.45

How Hard Is It to Get into Otterbein University?

Applicant Selectivity: Medium

The applicant selectivity of Otterbein University is about average, as determined by collecting standardized test scores e.g. ACT/SAT and high school average GPA ranges of students who were granted admissions from previous years.

Historical Trend and Acceptance Rate 2022 Projection

The historical trend chart shows acceptance rates from the previous years, from which we have projected the acceptance rate for the 2022-2023 school year. The overall acceptance rate trend for Otterbein University has been on an upward trend when compared to previous years.

Acceptance Rate By Year

  • 2016-2017: 72.9%
  • 2017-2018: 76.4%
  • 2018-2019: 81.0%
  • 2019-2020: 80.1%
  • Projected Acceptance Rate 2022-2023: 73.2%

How Does Otterbein University Compare?

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The acceptance rate for Otterbein University is forty-one percent higher than the national average of all colleges which is around 56.7%.

Nearby Similar College Acceptance Rates

SchoolAcceptance Rate
Ohio Dominican University83.9%
Columbus College of Art and Design92.8%
Capital University72.1%
Mount Carmel College of Nursing73.6%
Ohio Wesleyan University67.3%

Admissions Rates & Enrollment Rates - Details

General Recommendations & Requirements for Admissions

  • High School GPA Scores are Recommended
  • High School Class Rankings are Recommended
  • School Records are Required
  • College Prep Classes are Recommended
  • Submit Recommendation Letters are Required
  • Standardized Test Scores (SAT,ACT,...) are Required
  • TOEFL Exam (Foreign Language Students) are Required

Number of Applicants, Percent Accepted, and Enrolled Students (Fall 2020)


Average ACT/SAT Scores of Applicants to Otterbein University (Fall 2020)

SAT® SectionScore Range
Critical Reading540 - 640
Math515 - 610
Total Score1055 - 1250
ACT®Score Range
English19 - 26
Math19 - 26
Composite Score20 - 27
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