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Established in 1865, Ottawa University started as small university and has grown so much that it now has not only a main residential facility in Ottawa, but also campuses in Kansas City, Milwaukee, Phoenix and the Louisville/Jeffersonville areas. There is also a prolific online program that allows students to earn both bachelor’s and master’s degrees as well as professional certificates from the comfort of their homes.

There is an active Greek life on campus as well as an abundance of student organizations including the Student Activities Connection that plans all activities and makes Ottawa a culturally centered, educational environment. Some of the activities that are frequently targeted are comedy acts, cultural and art programs and sports activities such as paintball and mud volleyball. There are also field trips and numerous other activities that promote a fun, active atmosphere on campus.

Ottawa University provides several different venues in which students may participate in sporting activities. On top of the diverse varsity sports and intramural activities programs, there is the Athletic Band that performs at both sports games and campus activities and also the Cheer Club that performs at all home football and basketball teams. Cheerleaders are chosen each spring.

Ottawa has a school magazine, radio station, video production group and a media sales team as well as a year book club that documents campus activities via different mediums. This offers students a chance to utilize and strenghthen multi-media skills in a fun, hands-on environment.

The university also offers numerous academic and social clubs and encourages each student to participate in at least one activity. With the sports, media, Greek and performing arts influences on campus, it’s difficult for a student not to find several different programs in which to participate. In addition to all of the fun programs, Ottawa prides itself on the quality of the education that it provides and strives to place this as the main priority for all students.


Students at Ottawa University will pursue their degrees in one of three colleges, regardless of whether they are working toward a bachelor’s or a master’s degree. There is the School of Arts and Sciences, the School of Business and the School of Education. Students studying in the first two schools may choose from the programs that the university offers or they may choose to create their own individual program of study.

Students studying in the School of Arts and Sciences may choose to obtain a bachelor’s degree in areas such as art, biology, English and psychology. There is also a degree in law enforcement offered at this school for those students who are interested in becoming a police officer. A Master of Arts in Professional Counseling (MA in PC) is the master’s degree available from the School of Arts and Sciences.

The School of Business offers bachelor’s degrees in areas of study such as accounting, health care management and public administration. Graduate students may choose between the Master of Business Administration (MBA) or the Master of Arts in Human Resources (MA in HR).

Finally, students that wish to become educators may study early, elementary or physical education in the School of Education. This school also offers a Master of Arts in Education (MA in Ed) to graduate students.

For people that cannot take traditional, on-campus classes, many of these programs, including the business and education master’s degrees, can be earned online.

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Application and admittance to Ottawa University is a simple process. Applicants who have recently graduated from high school will need to submit the online application along with high school transcripts, ACT or SAT scores and a personal essay. Transfer students will also need to submit their college transcripts along with the essay and application. Students that did not graduate from high school will have to submit GED results. ACT or SAT scores may be submitted if they wish to be considered for scholarships. Ottawa does require a minimum GED score in order to consider an applicant for admission. International students have other documentation requirements and should contact the university to determine what else is necessary.

The student essay must be written about what students think that they can contribute to Ottawa and what they expect Ottawa to do for them. The essay may be no more than two pages, double spaced and must be submitted directly to the university admissions office.

All students will also need to submit the application fee, apply for financial aid, submit immunization records, visit the campus and complete the housing form. At the campus visit, students may meet with an academic advisor in order to develop a course schedule.

Financial Aid

Ottawa University understands that the financial burden of college is often larger than what students and families can afford out-of-pocket and thus offer financial aid in the form of university, local, state and federal scholarships, grants and federally subsidized loans. Students wishing to apply for financial aid should begin the process by completing the Free Application for Financial Aid (FAFSA) that is available online. The FAFSA determines the level of aid appropriate to the student by evaluating income and assets. This generates a number that is equal to what the family is capable of contributing. Everything after the fcontribution amount is eligible for financial assistance from any of the sources listed above. Students should complete this form as early in the year as possible in order to qualify for all forms of aid.

Student Financial Aid Details

Ranks 2320th for the average student loan amount.
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The Ottawa Braves are an intercollegiate athletics organization that participates in both the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) and the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference (KCAC).Their colors are black and gold and they offer fourteen varsity sports including men’s and women’s basketball, cross country, soccer, golf and track and field. Men have the additional options of baseball and football while women may also choose to play softball and volleyball.

The college also offers an active intermural program for students that want to participate in sports but do not want to dedicate the time or the travel to varsity sports. The program is voluntary and is open to all students regardless of academic program or athletic skill. The goal of these teams is to provide a forum for all students to exercise, compete, socialize and learn leadership and team building skills. Some of the activities available include volleyball, sand volleyball, flag football, basketball, golf, racquetball, table tennis and frisbee.


  • Ottawa University: Live, Learn, Lead. Ottawa University. 2011. Web. 25 May 2011.
  • OU: The Official Website of the Ottawa University Braves. Ottawa University. 2011. Web. 25 May 2011.
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Information Summary

Ranks 14th in Kansas and 1206th overall
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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 22 0.17
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Forcible Rape 5 0.04
Robbery 2 0.02
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 94 0.74
Larceny 229 1.80
Vehicle theft 8 0.06

Student Enrollment Demographics

Student Graduation Demographics

Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near Ottawa, KS 66067-3399
Surrounding communityDistant town (between 10 to 35 mi. away from an urban cluster)
Total Population15,507 (11,735 urban / 3,772 rural)
Households6,000 (2.50 people per house)
Median Household Income$37,388
Families4,091 (3.02 people per family)

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Baccalaureate Colleges — Diverse Fields
UndergraduateProfessions plus arts & sciences, no graduate coexistence
Undergraduate PopulationFull-time four-year, selective, higher transfer-in
EnrollmentExclusively undergraduate four-year
Size & SettingVery small four-year, highly residential

General Characteristics

Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Highest offeringMaster's degree
Calendar SystemSemester
Years of college work requiredN/A
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationAmerican Baptist
Congressional District2002

Special Learning Opportunities

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

Student Tuition Costs and Fees

Ranks 837th for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $23,364 $23,364 $23,364
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $600 $600 $600
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $974 $974 $974
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 $36,482 $36,482 $36,482
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $36,482 $36,482 $36,482
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $28,594 $28,594 $28,594

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $21,680 $23,000 $21,680 $23,000 $21,680 $23,000
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $1,050 $1,100
On-Campus – Room & Board $7,134 $7,486
On-Campus – Other Expenses $3,130 $3,529
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $7,134 $7,486
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $3,130 $3,529
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $3,130 $3,529

Admission Details

Effective as of 2014-09-19
Application Fee RequiredN/A
Undergraduate Application Fee$25
Graduate Application Fee$75
First Professional Application FeeN/A
Applicants 267 (155 male / 112 female)
Admitted 264 (153 male / 111 female)
Admission rate 99%
First-time Enrollment 145 (87 male / 58 female)
FT Enrollment 144 (86 male / 58 female)
PT Enrollment 1 (1 male / N/A female)
Total Enrollment558

Admission Criteria

 = Required,   = Recommended,   = Neither required nor recommended
Open Admissions
Secondary School GPA / Rank / Record  /   / 
College Prep. Completion
Formal competency demoN/A
Admission test scores
Other testsN/A

Admission Credits Accepted

Dual Credit
Life Experience
Advanced Placement (AP)

Athletics - Association Memberships

Sports / Athletic Conference Memberships NAIA
NAIA Football Conference Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conf
NAIA Basketball Conference Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conf
NAIA Baseball Conference Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conf
NAIA Track & Field Conference Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conf

ACT Test Admission

707th for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting ACT results 93%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 18 / 24
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 18 / 25
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 19 / 25

SAT Test Admission

939th for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting SAT results 11%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 390 / 530
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 400 / 550
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 790 / 1080

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 Capacity436
Meals per Week19
Room Fee$3,954
Board Fee$4,198

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 3046th for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $53,840 ($54,769 male / $53,204 female)
Number of FT Faculty 34 (17 male / 17 female)
Number of PT Faculty 36
FT Faculty Ratio 0.9 : 1
Total Benefits $952,702
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