Otterbein University was founded by the Church of the United Brethren in Christ in 1847. Otterbein included women as faculty members and as students from the beginning, the first institution in the nation to do so. Otterbein admitted students of color before the Civil War and welcomed Japanese-American students who had been sent to internment camps during World War II. The stated mission of Otterbein is “to prepare graduates to think deeply and broadly, to engage locally and globally, and to advance their professions and communities.”
An Otterbein education is distinguished by the intentional blending of the liberal arts and professional studies, combined with a unique approach to integrating direct experience into all learning. The university offers bachelor's degrees, master's degrees, doctoral degrees, and post-master's certificates.
Accreditation & Licensing
North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission