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First and foremost, it’s worth noting that Ottawa University is not in cold Canada, but in warm and sunny Phoenix, where many of its students are adults looking for a jump-start on a career change. A private, accredited university with a diverse student body, Ottawa University is an excellent choice for those who are looking to start over again at any age.

Because so much of the student body attending Ottawa University – Phoenix is already out in the working world and living busy lives, classes are nontraditional when it comes to scheduling. If there is something that a student cannot make during traditional daytime school hours, chances are there is an equivalent course offered either exclusively online or during the evenings. This allows for greater flexibility with incorporating earning a bachelor’s or master’s degree with continuing to manage previously existing life responsibilities.

For those who think that attending college to earn a degree will take too long, one of the unique and truly incredible things about Ottawa University is that it awards credit for life experience. Students will find that not just previous college coursework can net you some credit towards a degree, but military, work, and general life experience, too. Eligibility is determined by speaking with an admissions counselor or someone in the academic office, but this nontraditional approach has done wonders in attracting students.

Ottawa University – Phoenix is split into three schools: The School of Arts and Sciences, The School of Education, and the School of Business. Popular courses of study include Biology, English, Mathematics, Business Administration, Public Administration, Early Childhood Education, and Elementary Education. There are also various degrees to be earned in different and more freewheeling subjects, such as Dance, Music, and Psychology.

As far as master’s programs go, Ottawa University – Phoenix offers a Master of Arts in Professional Counseling, a Master of Arts in Human Resources, a Master of Arts in Education, and a Master of Business Administration. Established in 1865, the university now has campuses in a number of cities around the country, including its Phoenix location. Those searching for a nondenominational college environment should be aware that the school does have a religious affiliation, but that this does not slip into the classroom when it comes to education.

Most Popular Fields of Study


Applying to Ottawa University – Phoenix is as simple as having a speedy internet connection, since both the bachelor’s and the master’s application are available to download online. Be sure to include any official high school or college transcripts that you may have, or proof of a GED if you do not have a high school diploma. Be advised that, depending on your department, you may need to take placement tests after acceptance.

Unlike so many other schools, since Ottawa University – Phoenix accepts life experience, work experience, and military experience for college credit, be as specific as you want about that, along with detailing any previous college coursework completed. Whether you are a transfer student or a student starting out on earning a second degree in a nontraditional way, it’s possible to begin while already having credit under your belt towards your new degree.

Financial Aid

Many students, both traditional and adult, receive some form of financial assistance through financial aid to cover the costs of attending Ottawa University – Phoenix. The most common methods of financial aid are the usual federal programs and grants, including the Stafford Loan and PELL Grant. Specific to the school, there is the TEACH Grant, which offers a way to finance a career in teaching.

The Financial Aid Office at Ottawa University – Phoenix will provide a list of scholarships for students to apply for, and will also offer assistance in helping students apply for those scholarships. Additionally, the school’s website has a helpful and extensive section of frequently asked questions regarding financial aid, including helpful hints about things to avoid if you are concerned about a delay in your FAFSA, like being sure to not leave any fields blank, even if they do not apply to you.

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With a mix of students of all ages and backgrounds and a student body that is mostly commuting to class, there is not a residential campus life to speak of at Ottawa University – Phoenix. However, there are a number of activities for students to participate in on campus that don’t involve life in the classroom (and some others that are equally fun, but do). As far as student organizations involving chosen career paths go, the most popular on-campus chapter is the society for Human Resource Management.

Student Enrollment Demographics


Ottawa University’s mascot is the Braves, with the women’s sports teams being referred to as the Lady Braves. However, only the Kansas campus offers the opportunity to participate in official team sports, with the Phoenix campus instead offering up a number of different more casual, recreation-based opportunities to participate in club sports.

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Campus Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault N/A N/A
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape N/A N/A
Robbery N/A N/A
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary N/A N/A
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft N/A N/A
Arrest N/A N/A

Local Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 People
Aggravated assault 4,090 0.28
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter 116 0.01
Forcible Rape 559 0.04
Robbery 3,324 0.23
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 18,666 1.27
Larceny 38,258 2.61
Vehicle theft 7,555 0.52

Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near Phoenix, AZ 85021
Surrounding communityLarge city (inside urban area, pop. over 250,000)
Total Population37,998 (37,998 urban / N/A rural)
Households15,050 (2.48 people per house)
Median Household Income$36,731
Families8,641 (3.15 people per family)

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Master's Colleges and Universities (medium programs)
UndergraduateProfessions plus arts & sciences, some graduate coexistence
GraduatePostbaccalaureate professional (education dominant)
Undergraduate PopulationHigher part-time four-year
EnrollmentMajority graduate/professional
Size & SettingVery small four-year, primarily nonresidential

General Characteristics

Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Highest offeringPost-master's certificate
Calendar SystemSemester
Years of college work requiredN/A
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationAmerican Baptist
Congressional District406

Special Learning Opportunities

Distance LearningN/A
ROTC — Army / Navy / Air Force  —   /   / 
Study Abroad
Weekend College
Teacher Certification

Student Tuition Costs and Fees

  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $10,260 $10,260 $10,260
FT Undergraduate Required Fees N/A N/A N/A
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $455 $455 $455
FT Graduate Tuition $10,260 $10,260 $10,260
FT Graduate Required Fees N/A N/A N/A
PT Graduate per Credit Hour $570 $570 $570
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus N/A N/A N/A
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family N/A N/A N/A
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family N/A N/A N/A

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees N/A(N/C) N/A(N/C) N/A(N/C)
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies N/A(N/C)
On-Campus – Room & Board N/A(N/C)
On-Campus – Other Expenses N/A(N/C)
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board N/A(N/C)
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses N/A(N/C)
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board N/A(N/C)

Admission Criteria

 = Required,   = Recommended,   = Neither required nor recommended
Open AdmissionsN/A
Secondary School GPA / Rank / Record N/A /  N/A /  N/A
College Prep. CompletionN/A
Formal competency demoN/A
Admission test scoresN/A
Other testsN/A

Admission Credits Accepted

Dual Credit
Life Experience
Advanced Placement (AP)

Student Services

Remedial Services
Academic / Career Counseling
PT Cost-defraying Employment
Career Placement
On-Campus Day Care
Library Facility

Student Living

First-time Room / Board Required
Dorm CapacityN/A
Meals per WeekN/A
Room FeeN/A
Board FeeN/A

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 1393rd for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $69,216 ($68,225 male / $55,042 female)
Number of FT Faculty 8 (1 male / 7 female)
Number of PT Faculty 8
FT Faculty Ratio 1 : 1
Total Benefits $78,206

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