Ottawa University 1

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1001 S. Cedar Street

Ottawa, KS 66067-3399

Phone: (785) 242-5200
2012-2013 Tuition
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U.S. News Rankings

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#56 Overall Score: 47 out of 100. Regional Colleges (Midwest)

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Ottawa University is a private institution that was founded in 1865. It has a rural setting and the campus size is 64 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Ottawa University's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is Regional Colleges (Midwest), 56. Its tuition and fees are $23,000 (2012-13).

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

The services provided by the Adawe LifePlan Center sets Ottawa University apart from other colleges and universities. The Center's mission is to provide a holistic experience for all students through resources, programs, and services that foster lives of liberated inquiry, enlightened faith, exemplary service, inspired leadership, and personal significance. Among the resources and services, the Adawe LifePlan Center offers collaborative academic advising, career exploration and development, experiential and service learning opportunities and peer tutoring. Each new Ottawa University student is assigned an Adawe advisor who guides and supports that student from initial enrollment through graduation. Through collaboration with other faculty and staff at the College, the Adawe advisors are able to provide the scaffolding and resources necessary to assist new students with the transition to college and the navigation of the college environment. The Adawe LifePlan Center's work is based upon student development theory and is focused upon collaborative academic advising, resource referral, life coaching, and mentoring in order to provide meaningful student experiences. This goal is accomplished through a number of unique tools and practices. One unique tool used in the Adawe LifePlan Center is the LifePlan Narrative. The LifePlan Narrative is an individualized plan developed by each student in collaboration with his or her Adawe advisor. This holistic plan encompasses all areas of students' lives including academics, identity, relationships, health and wellness, career and lifestyle, and enlightened faith. Through ongoing thought and meaningful dialogue with the Adawe advisor, the student crafts a personal plan that serves as a guide throughout college, and in future careers.

General Information

School type private, coed college
Year founded 1865
Religious affiliation American Baptist
Academic calendar semester
Setting rural
2012 Endowment $17,448,455


When applying to Ottawa University, it's important to note the application deadline is rolling. The application fee at Ottawa University is $25. It is selective, with an acceptance rate of 94.8 percent.

For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.

Selectivity selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 94.8% 4
Application deadline rolling
SAT/ACT scores must be received by N/A

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Academic Life

The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 53.7 percent.

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Student-faculty ratio N/A 4
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Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
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Student Life

Ottawa University is part of the NAIA athletic conference.

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Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity N/A
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority N/A
Collegiate athletic association NAIA

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Campus Info & Services

Ottawa University offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, placement service, health service, and health insurance. Ottawa University also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, lighted pathways/sidewalks, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Of the students at Ottawa University, 65 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is not permitted for students of legal age at Ottawa University.

Students who have cars on campus 65%
Health insurance offered Yes

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Tuition and fees $23,000 (2012-13)
Room and board $7,486 (2012-13)
Financial aid statistics N/A

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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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