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.
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.
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.