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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.
Additional Culture Details
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.
- We are committed to creating a culture that recognizes, respects, embraces, and values differences in the boradest sense.
- We are committed to sustaining an environment where all community members have the opportunity to fulfill their potential.
- 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.
- We are committed to remaining a "University of Opportunity" for students, faculty, and staff with the potential to suceed at Otterbein.
- We are committed to fostering a culture of social responsibility, civic engagement, and meaningful service
- We are committed to pursuing the ideal of sustainability in the decisions we make in planning the future of our community.