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  1. Academics
    B-
  2. Value
    B-
  3. Diversity
    A
  4. Campus
    C
  5. Athletics
    B
  6. Party Scene
    B
  7. Professors
    C
  8. Location
    C+
  9. Dorms
    B-
  10. Campus Food
    B-
  11. Student Life
    C+
  12. Safety
    B
Ottawa is a private, Christian university located in Ottawa, Kansas. It is a small institution with an enrollment of 671 undergraduate students. Admissions is somewhat competitive as the Ottawa acceptance rate is 78%. Popular majors include Kinesiology and Exercise Science, Biology, and Business. Graduating 45% of students, Ottawa alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $36,500.
1001 South Cedar
Ottawa, KS 66067
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Athletic Division
NAIA Division II
Athletic Conference
Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference

Ottawa University Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

OU Admissions

Acceptance Rate
78%
Application Deadline
SAT Range
950-1120
ACT Range
17-21
Application Fee
$25
SAT/ACT
Considered but not required
High School GPA
Recommended
Early Decision/Early Action

Cost

Net Price
$25,583/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Average Total Aid Awarded
$16,682/ year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
100%

Academics

Professors
C
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
12:1
Evening Degree Programs
No
76%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.17 responses
81%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.16 responses
81%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.16 responses
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Majors

Online

Online Programs Offered
2
Offers Online Courses
Yes
Online Certificate Programs
0
Online Associates Programs
0
Online Bachelor's Programs
2
How Students Learn
  • Mix of Online and on Campus
    100%
  • On Campus
    0%
  • Online
    0%

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
671Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
35
Undergrads Over 25
3%
Pell Grant
50%
Varsity Athletes
90%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 8 responses
  • Athlete
    63%
  • Immature
    13%
  • Mature
    13%
  • Old
    13%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
99%
Poll
70%
of students say they don't have Greek life.20 responses
Poll
40%
of students say almost everything on campus revolved around sports.20 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 9 responses
  • EXPENSIVE
    44%
  • Welcoming
    22%
  • Commuters
    11%
  • Great
    11%
  • Worth the money
    11%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$41,500/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
45%
National
49%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
90%
National
83%
83%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.12 responses
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It is a great campus, with lots of diversity. Athletics are very fun to be apart of and the teachers and classes are very fun and interesting. The school is small, but it allows everyone to stay close and bonded! A lot of new clubs are starting to come up. Athletics is a big things for the school, most teams perform very well and all have a tight nit relationship. It is like having one big family when going to Ottawa University, you make life long friends. With having a new campus, means everything is brand new and up to date technology. As time goes on, and more buildings are put up, I see this school as being a top NAIA university.
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Ottawa University has a small town atmosphere with small class sizes so you are more accountable for showing up to classes and turning your work in. Most of my professors are concerned with how I am doing so they not only understand how they can teach better, but that I am also getting the most out of the class. The professors always have time to talk to you one on one if you have any questions or have trouble understanding the material, but you have to make it a priority to talk to them if you need the extra help.
Ottawa has been a great experience. I am working towards my bachelors degree in business administration. I am a full time working wife, mom and grandma. This is my chance to finally earn a degree late in my life and to help me plan for my retirement years. I hope to one day own a business that allows me to spend time with family and travel. I have worked with the Town of Gilbert for 16 years in the Recreation Department. This has been a rewarding and fulfilling job and I now would like to move on to my own business in travel consulting. Thank you for this opportunity.