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Otterbein University Overview

Otterbein University has a rich history of boldly transforming the educational experience and serving the public good.

We included women as faculty members and as students from our founding, and we were among the first institutions 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. And, we gave students a voice in our story through our unique governance system beginning in the 1960s.

Today, Otterbein proudly stands as one of the most innovative and inclusive universities in the country, where students from diverse backgrounds enhance Otterbein’s campus by sharing their unique experiences and perspectives. Our University has been recognized for its pace-setting ideals; for its ground-breaking integrative studies curriculum; its standing among the country’s first co-educational institutions and its commitment to serve society. These qualities made Otterbein what it is today: a nationally recognized university offering bachelor and master degrees to a wide variety of students.

Vision
Otterbein University will be nationally recognized as a model community of educators, leaders, and learners who set the pace for higher education and contribute to the common good.
Mission
Otterbein is an inclusive community dedicated to educating the whole person in the context of humane values. Our mission 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.
Additional Culture Details
Our History:

Otterbein's story begins in the mid-1800s, before the abolition of slavery, before the women's rights movement, before equality and inclusion were rights. Founded by the United Church of the Brethren in 1847, equality and inclusion actually laid the foundation of Otterbein.

We included women as faculty members and as students from our founding, and we were 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. And, we gave students a voice in our story through our unique governance system beginning in the 1920s. Today students from more diverse backgrounds come to Otterbein each year to experience that same spirit of inclusion.
Values
Diversity
We are committed to creating a culture that recognizes, respects, embraces, and values differences in the boradest sense.
Equality
We are committed to sustaining an environment where all community members have the opportunity to fulfill their potential.
Inclusiveness
We are committed to being inclusive - a historic value wich led to the creation of a distinctive culture as a welcoming community and a sense of shared responsibility for the future of the University.
Lifelong Learning
We are committed to providing avenues for students, faculty, and staff to pursue opportunities to continue to develop their skills and knowledgeeither for the purpose of advancing their careers or for personal fulfillment.
Opportunity
We are committed to remaining a "University of Opportunity" for students, faculty, and staff with the potential to suceed at Otterbein.
Service
We are committed to fostering a culture of social responsibility, civic engagement, and meaningful service
Sustainability
We are committed to pursuing the ideal of sustainability in the decisions we make in planning the future of our community.
Headquarters
Westerville, OH
Employees
449 US Employees
Industry
Education - College / University
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