Otterbein recognized among Best Colleges for Veterans, A+ School for B Students

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Westerville — Otterbein University has been recognized by U.S. News & World Report for its focus on integrative teaching and learning, student success outcomes, experiential learning and providing educational opportunities for veterans.

In U.S. News & World Report’s 2017 edition of “America’s Best Colleges,” Otterbein is ranked in the top 10 percent among 171 peers in the Regional Universities–Midwest category and once again earned a spot in the list of “A+ Schools for B Students.” Otterbein moved up two places from last year to rank 11th in its category overall, and two places to rank 11th in its category on the “Best Colleges for Veterans” list.

Otterbein’s unique curriculum integrating classroom and experiential learning, along with the high level of personal attention students receive, contribute to the University’s ranking. Otterbein’s Five Cardinal Experiences program encourages students to explore community engagement; research and creative work; internships and professional experiences; citizenship and leadership; and global and intercultural engagement.

Among the Ohio schools in its category, Otterbein boasts the third-highest peer review score and is tied for the third-highest alumni giving rate.

“Otterbein’s curriculum intentionally blends liberal arts and professional studies for a well-rounded educational experience. Our new STEAM Innovation Center demonstrates our commitment to a multidisciplinary approach to education that also provides extensive experiential learning opportunities,” said Otterbein President Kathy Krendl.

The new center is a partnership with leading organizations from the private and public sectors in central Ohio that combines science, technology, engineering, arts and math (STEAM) academics with the business and manufacturing needs of the community. Located at 60 Collegeview Road, the STEAM Innovation Center will be home to two resident companies and Otterbein academic departments, with lab space available to businesses and the broader community.

According to the guide, institutions in the Regional Universities category provide a full range of undergraduate and master’s programs with some offering select doctoral programs. Otterbein offers master’s degrees in allied health, business, education, educational mathematics and nursing, as well as a doctor of nursing practice degree.

This year Otterbein competed with schools from Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, Wisconsin, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, Iowa and Missouri for this honor. The rankings are based on 16 measures of “academic excellence,” which fall into seven categories, with retention rates and assessment by peers and counselors being the most important. Otterbein’s first-year retention rates have increased by more than five percent since 2012 due to investments in student support and need-based financial aid.

Presidents and academic vice presidents are surveyed in the spring each year and are asked to rate their peer institutions (those schools in the same category and region). Other categories include faculty resources, student selectivity, financial resources, graduation rate performance and alumni giving rate. The entire survey can be viewed at

Otterbein University is a small private university nationally-recognized for its intentional blending of liberal arts and professional studies through its renowned Integrative Studies curriculum and its commitments to experiential learning and community engagement. Otterbein is a recipient of the 2015 Carnegie Community Service Classification; a finalist for the 2014 President’s Award for Economic Opportunity Community Service; and has been honored With Distinction by the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll since the list’s inception in 2006. It stands in its category’s top 10 percent in U.S. News & World Report’s guide to “America’s Best Colleges.” Otterbein offers more than 70 undergraduate majors; seven master’s programs; and a doctorate in nursing practice (DNP). Its picturesque campus is perfectly situated in Westerville, Ohio, America’s fifth-friendliest town (Forbes), just minutes from Columbus, the 15th-largest city in the country. Otterbein’s commitment to opportunity started with its founding in 1847 as one of the nation’s first universities to welcome women and persons of color to its community of teachers and learners, which now numbers 2,400 undergraduate and 500 graduate students. Otterbein remains committed to its relationship with the United Methodist Church and its spirit of inclusion, and welcomes people of all backgrounds to Otterbein’s Model Community.

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