Otterbein University Reviews
Otterbein University is a great school if you are looking for small class sizes. Most of my classes averaged around 30 students or less. Its a beautiful campus with lots of trees and located right next a park, which as an environmentalist I enjoyed a lot. For you avid readers there is both the school library and the city library within walking distance. If you are into theatre, Otterbein has one of the best theatre programs and admission to all shows is free for students. Even though I was not an English major, I still took some English class and I really enjoyed. They were very discussion based with some essay writing and I always felt so engaged with those classes. Another thing Otterbein does really-well is incorporating writing, whether reports, or essays into all your classes. I graduated Otterbein a much better writer then I was when I entered, and it is a skill that will take me far in life.
Otterbein University is amazing! The professors truly care and will go the extra step to help students achieve their goals. The campus feels like home, I felt welcome on my first day there. Since Otterbein is located in Westerville, Ohio, a suburb of Columbus, students get the peacefull village feel of campus while also being close to the exciting night life and job opportunities of Columbus.
I chose to attend Otterbein for my B.S. in Psychology and I am so happy with my choice which prepared me for the field I am interested in. As well, Otterbein connected me with the ABA Therapist position I have been at for nearly 4 years. Otterbein has great resources on campus, networking opportunities, inviting environment/community, and wonderful people to meet. The campus is beautiful as is the town of Westerville with coffee shops and little spots to eat, which is where a few of my classes met. Otterbein University is a unique school with challenging but knowledgable professors. I would recommend it for students looking for small class sizes to connect and work with professors better.
I couldn't speak highly enough about the experience I have had at Otterbein! Four years ago as an incoming freshman I had my heart set on becoming a nurse. As I adjusted to my new life as a college student my dream of being a nurse became cloudy and I wasn't so sure that nursing was the career for me anymore. As many of you who have changed your major know, this can be one of the scariest feelings a college student can face. Otterbein has resources unlike any other university I visited when I was looking into undergraduate universities. I spent time in our Center for Student Success where I was guided through different processes trying to decided what it was I could see myself doing for the rest of my life. I landed on the idea of potentially becoming a physical therapist. I was set up with an academic advisors who, along with being a full time faculty member, was also a licensed physical therapist. As I progressed through my major, I grew not only as a student but as a person. Now I am graduating in May and will be attending Duke University to pursue my Doctor of Physical Therapy degree and I couldn't be happier!
I am a 2008 graduate of Otterbein University's Department of Theatre and Dance. While I am thankful for my degree, the best thing I left Otterbein with is my Liberal Arts Education. In my sophomore year I discovered that choosing to take a BA, as opposed to the BFA in Theatre, left me without the acting, performance, and audition classes I felt I need to be competitive in the program and beyond. So I designed a second degree in Dance Choreography which allowed me to explore multiple avenues in my education. I designed the degree to require classes outside the department with the mentality that to create art, one must know art. I took classes in poetry, gender studies, creative writing, photography, and art history, to name a few! I became a global learner, discovering my place in our culture and my place as a global citizen. With a liberal arts education, students don't just take a science class, you learn why the course content will matter in your life beyond college. Otterbein professors challenged all students to think bigger than themselves and to connect to people on a level outside of their comfort zone. So, if you are looking at Otterbein, regardless of your department or major, the best thing about this school is the time you will spend immersed in your liberal arts education.
I absolutely loved my experience at Otterbein. The faculty get to know you as a person and support your progress toward your degree and eventual career.