In your Aug. 28 article, "Uptown welcomes back Otterbein kids," local business owners and officials celebrate the return of Otterbein University's students to Westerville for a new academic year. Otterbein hosts a variety of activities and opportunities to introduce new students to Uptown and the greater Westerville and Columbus communities.

To the Editor:

In your Aug. 28 article, "Uptown welcomes back Otterbein kids," local business owners and officials celebrate the return of Otterbein University's students to Westerville for a new academic year. Otterbein hosts a variety of activities and opportunities to introduce new students to Uptown and the greater Westerville and Columbus communities.

In turn, I'd like to take the opportunity to introduce community members to Otterbein's students.

Otterbein has approximately 2,800 students this year, including 2,400 undergraduate students and 400 graduate students. Otterbein currently hosts 97 international students representing 19 countries.

Eighty percent of Otterbein's students participate in some form of community engagement and give more than 70,000 hours each year through volunteerism, research and service-learning.

Twenty-two percent of all Otterbein undergraduates are student-athletes participating in one of our eight men's and eight women's sports.

This year, we welcome 560 first-year students to campus, representing 31 states. Twenty-seven of Otterbein's first-year students hail from Westerville City Schools. More than 85 percent of first-year students live on campus.

Among the members of the Class of 2019, 18 percent are students of color and 23 percent are first-generation college students. The class is 60 percent female and 40 percent male. The GPA range of the middle 50 percent of accepted students in the new class is 3.2 to 3.91, and 61.5 percent have a 3.5 GPA or higher. The SAT range is 1000 to 1220 and ACT range is 22 to 27. Nearly 30 percent of Otterbein's first-year students have a 27 or higher on the ACT -- a 37 percent increase from last year.

The most popular majors for the Class of 2019 are nursing, business, health and sport sciences, and biology. This year's students are the first to enroll in the new systems engineering major.

Now that you know a little more about our student body, we hope you will say "hello" to the Otterbein students you see and personally welcome them back to their Westerville home.

Kathy Krendl

president, Otterbein University