About Otterbein University

Otterbein has a rich history, beginning in the mid-1800s, preceding the abolition of slavery,  the women’s rights movement, and before equality and inclusion were rights. Founded by the Church of the United Brethren in Christ in 1847, the bold ideals that Otterbein stood for then still stand today, making it “a nationally recognized university offering bachelors and masters degrees to a wide variety of students.”


Some of Otterbein’s milestones include:

  • Was the first institution to include women as faculty members and students.
  • One of the first universities to welcome persons of color, even before the Civil War.
  • Participated in assisting runaway slaves as Westerville became a station along the Underground Railroad.
  • National recognition and model for its “Integrative Studies curriculum”, a common course of study for all undergraduate students.
  • Consistently ranks in its category’s top 20 in U.S. News & World Reports.


Quick Facts:

  • Location: Westerville, Ohio
  • Mascot: Cardy the Cardinal
  • Colors: Tan and Cardinal
  • Students: Approx. 3,000
  • Founded: 1847


For more information about Otterbein University, check out the website here.