Second Year in a Row, Otterbein University Announces No Increase in Tuition

Oct 27, 2014, 16:32 ET from Otterbein University

WESTERVILLE, Ohio, Oct. 27, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Otterbein University announced there will be no increase in undergraduate tuition for the 2015-2016 academic year. The tuition freeze, for a second academic year, was approved by the Board of Trustees at its fall meeting on Oct. 25.

"We continue to focus on sustaining Otterbein as an affordable destination for students who seek a distinctive education that includes ready access to dedicated faculty, unique student experiences beyond the classroom, and high levels of student engagement in the campus community," said Otterbein University President Kathy Krendl.  "Our commitment to remaining a progressive, open, and inclusive institution, while fulfilling our mission, requires that we respond to the needs of families and work to make an Otterbein education possible."

Otterbein enrolls close to 2,600 undergraduates at its Westerville campus. This is the second year in a row the Board of Trustees voted to hold tuition steady. "A freeze on tuition, coupled with our generous financial aid packages, will help many families pay less to attend Otterbein while still receiving the same quality and nationally-recognized programs and degrees," said Jefferson Blackburn-Smith, vice president for enrollment management. "Private schools can be just as affordable as public schools once all the factors are taken into account such as tuition, merit aid, scholarships and financial aid offerings. Our goal is to be accessible and affordable for families."

The full-time undergraduate tuition will remain $31,424 for the 2015-2016 academic year. When scholarships and financial aid are factored in, most students pay significantly less than the published tuition.

Krendl noted, "Access and affordability is one of our funding priorities for our $50 million campaign that was recently launched. With the help of donors, alumni, friends and family, we can also reduce costs through generous scholarship offerings and community support. We are fully convinced that Otterbein's distinctive undergraduate education programs offer a compelling value by combining an intimate learning environment with extensive experiential learning opportunities. The combination brings value to both our students and the communities they serve."

Students interested in learning more about Otterbein, specifically opportunities for scholarship and financial aid are encouraged to fill out the affordability estimator at They may also contact the Office of Admission at 614-823-1500 or email To learn more about Otterbein, visit

SOURCE Otterbein University