Two campuses = More than twice the resources and opportunities!
While you’ll start by taking classes at Columbus State, you will already be considered an Otterbein student, as well. Your Student ID will provide access to both campus resources: campus recreation, library, theatre performances, athletic events, leadership opportunities and much more.
You’ll find plenty of opportunity to play sports – or cheer on the teams on at both schools. Columbus State sports include basketball, cheerleading, volleyball and golf, as well as student groups for additional sports. Otterbein has 21 NCAA Division III teams* including baseball, basketball, cross country, football, golf, lacrosse, soccer, tennis, track and field, and wrestling, as well as additional athletic opportunities like dance teams, cheerleading and more!
*Due to NCAA restrictions, students are not able to play on a Division III team until they transition to Otterbein as a full-time student.
Find out more about athletics at both schools:
More of a recreational athlete?
It’s easy to stay fit whether your on the Columbus State campus or the Otterbein campus. Both schools offer state-of-the-art fitness centers, as well as free fitness classes for students. It’s like having two new gym memberships, so it’s twice as easy to stay in shape!
A big part of the college experience is growing, changing and stretching your abilities. You’re invited to step into leadership roles at both campuses, and you’ll have mentors to support you and help you develop your leadership style. You’ll build confidence, skills and a strong network along the way.
The majority of students enter college undecided on their major. What’s more, most students change majors at least one time after they are in college. Through the Dual Admission program, you have access to career planning services at both Columbus State and Otterbein.
Find out more about career services at both schools:
The Career Services office at Columbus State can help you explore career options and find a major that will lead you into the field you choose. Every student is assigned a Career Plan to guide you through the process of planning and preparing for your career.
At Otterbein, the Center for Career and Professional Development offers comprehensive resources and professional development opportunities to help you find the right career and prepare to interview and land your dream job after graduation.
Interested in the arts? Love to just have fun? Both campuses are brimming with culture and celebration. Enjoy plays, musical performances, visiting speakers, poetry slams and many other events that feed your artistic soul. Have fun with friends at campus-wide events and celebrations at both schools.
Explore events at both campuses:
Columbus State Events Include:
- Week of Welcome (each semester)
- MLK Day Celebration
- Delaware Day
- Spring Fling
- Downtown Digital Arts Festival
- Writer’s Conference (May)
- Women’s Herstory Month events
Otterbein Events Include:
- Fall Community Plunge (Day of Community Service)
- Homecoming and Family Weekend
- Common Book Author Convocation
- Science Lecture Series
- Pack Lecture Series
- Opening Doors – Global Arts Initiative
- Spring Community Plunge
- Greek Week
Student clubs and organizations
Students who get involved in clubs and activities outside the classroom are more likely to succeed academically and graduate from college. That’s why both Columbus State and Otterbein offer a wide variety of student clubs and organizations, representing a diverse array of interests and activities.
There’s a lot going on at both Columbus State and Otterbein, both on campus and off! Both campuses are within walking distance of shopping, restaurants and entertainment. Campus life is great – and it’s even better when you can add in the activities, energy, and engagement of the communities around us.