Private 4 Year

Ottawa University Ottawa

Ottawa, Kansas

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Ottawa University Ottawa overview
Location Ottawa, Kansas
Online ottawa.edu
School Type Private 4 Year
Setting Distant Town
Religious Affiliation American Baptist
Ottawa University Ottawa overview
Size Small
Status Non-profit
On Campus Housing Yes
Level of Study Undergrad/Graduate
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Ottawa University-Ottawa,located in Ottawa, Kansas, is a private liberal arts college with a long history tracing to its foundation in 1865 by Baptist missionaries. Nestled within a small-town setting, approximately 50 miles southwest of Kansas City, the university offers a serene campus environment characterized by a blend of historic and modern facilities. The institution is known for a variety of bachelor's degree programs with particularly popular majors including Business, Education, and Psychology. Although it maintains an inclusive admissions policy, the overall selectiveness is moderate, aiming to accommodate a diverse range of academic abilities. On-campus living is available to students, providing a supportive residential experience to complement the academic offerings. Ottawa University is also distinguished by its adult campuses in several locations across the United States, as well as its comprehensive online education programs. The university does not disproportionately emphasize athletics, focusing more on its broad academic and professional development opportunities.

In the most recent statistical year 3,331 prospective students applied, and 2,606 were granted admission.  Of those admitted 261 enrolled in the school.  868 students are enrolled on a full time basis, and 85 attend part time. In-state tuition for 2022/2023, excluding room and board, is $29,980 plus fees of $3,400.












OU is rated within the lower 43% of four-year colleges nationally and earns a CollegeSimply grade of 5 out of 10. Learn how ratings are calculated

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Admission Standards

Extremely Easy
Ottawa University Ottawa overview
SAT 860/1100
ACT 18/23
GPA 3.12

Applications Accepted

Ottawa University Ottawa overview
Applications Due -
Applicant Competition Very Low
Application Fee $25

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Annual Cost to Attend


Costs for Ottawa University Ottawa
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$1,200
Other Fees$3,400
Room and Board $11,934
Budget for Other Expenses$3,640
Total One Year Cost$50,154

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Average Salary After 10 Years

$46,400 per year

Bachelor's Degree Graduation Rate

47% within 6 years

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Popular Areas of Study

Popular subjects studied by Ottawa University Ottawa students
Subject Percent of Class
Business 33%
Recreation, Leisure and Fitness Studies 18%
Education 8%
Communication 8%
English and Literature 5%

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Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=155627 IPEDS survey data for Ottawa University Ottawa.

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