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Ottawa University is a private, Christian, and not-for-profit higher learning institution founded in 1848. It is located in Ottawa, Kansas, which is not far from Kansas City and Lawrence. The student population is made up of 673 undergraduate students and 58 graduate students along with military students, international students, first-generation students, transfer students, and tribal students.

Overview of Ottawa University–Ottawa

Exciting opportunities, academically, professionally, and socially, are available in a variety of forms. From an academic perspective, students will have access to undergraduate and graduate degrees in diverse areas of study such as education, business, science, and health. Students will also have access to sports, performance arts, campus ministries, campus activities, and a wealth of other clubs and organizations.

To ensure students have a complete college experience, Ottawa offers numerous student services. From day one, students have access to an enrollment advisor and the career center to keep students on track to graduate in a timely manner. A wellness center is available to provide students with wellness tips, recipes, exercises, trends, and more. And students will have access to telehealth services, including video counseling.

General Information

School Type Private not-for-profit
Campus Setting Town: Distant
Campus Housing Yes
Student Faculty Ratio 11:1
Graduation Rate 51%
Year Founded 1848

Student Enrollment

Total Students731


Undergraduate Student

Male 411
Female 262

Graduate Student

Male 35
Female 23

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Male 1,198
Female 776


Male 192
Female   93

Acceptance Rate15%

Male 16%
Female 12%

Enrollment 195

Male 135
Female 115
Application Fee $25
High School GPA Required
High School Rank Recommended
High School Transcripts Required
College Prep Courses Recommended
Recommendations Recommended
SAT/ACT Required
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) Required
Application Deadline August 15
Common Application Accepted No

Tuition Cost & Financial Aid

The cost of tuition at Ottawa is $30,805 for all students in undergraduate degree programs. To help subsidize the high cost of this education, 100% of students receive some type of financial assistance through scholarships, student loans, or grants. This helps to lower the net average price to $24,718. Students will require additional finances to pay for books, supplies, room and board, and food, which is another $15,000 or so.

Many students will choose to earn money while they are enrolled. Such jobs might be part-time, full-time, on-campus, or off-campus. Additional expenses will also occur for individuals who wish to explore the region, take advantage of the cultural opportunities in nearby Kansas City, go shopping, eating out, and more.

Average net price 2018-2019
Net Price $24,718
Average Total Aid $20,541
Students Receiving Financial Aid 100%
Room & Board $10,995

Sticker Price

  • Tuition In-State - $30,805
  • Tuition Out-of-State - $30,805
  • Books and Supplies - $1,100
  • Room & Board - $10,995
  • Other - $2,990


The academic offerings at Ottawa are relatively extensive despite the small size of the school. At the undergraduate level, students can choose from both BA and BS degree programs including accounting, psychology, business administration, art, engineering, exercise science, finance, history, MIS, music, marketing, sports studies, and more. Master’s degrees are available in education leadership concentrations and an MBA. Class sizes are relatively small with a student-to-faculty ratio of 11 to one and, Ottawa also offers degree programs entirely online now, as well.

It’s also important that students have exposure to different life experiences while at Ottawa. As such, the university offers long-term life preparation for personal, academic, and career needs. The clubs and organizations provide similar outcomes. Many organizations are directly related to various degree programs and others allow students to pursue personal interests such as the American Red Cross Club, Optimist Club, Biology Club, DECA, Forensics Club, Student Senate, Public Relations Student Society of America, and much more.

The retention rate at Ottawa University is on the low side at 50%. The four-year and six-year graduation rates are also a bit low; students only graduate at a rate of 43% within four years and 51% within six years. A few potential reasons for these lower figures could be due to a high transfer rate as a way to change career paths or individuals choosing to complete professional degrees that take longer.

Student Population Total

Student Population 731

Evening Classes : No
Online Learning : Yes

Most Popular Programs & Majors

(# of Diplomas Awarded by Subject)

Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies 27 Total Graduates / 25%
Kinesiology and Exercise Science 22 Graduates
Sports Studies 4 Graduates
Health and Physical Education/Fitness, Other 1 Graduates
All Business Majors 26 Total Graduates / 24%
Business Administration and Management, General 10 Graduates
Accounting 8 Graduates
Marketing/Marketing Management, General 5 Graduates
Management Information Systems, General 2 Graduates
All Psychology Majors 12 Total Graduates / 11%
Psychology, General 12 Graduates
All Biological & Biomedical Majors 10 Total Graduates / 9%
Biology/Biological Sciences, General 10 Graduates
All Education Majors 9 Total Graduates / 8%
Elementary Education and Teaching 5 Graduates
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching 3 Graduates
History Teacher Education 1 Graduates
All Other Diplomas 23%

Outcome & Salary

The Adawe LifePlan Center also offers advisors and counselors to create career plans and to participate in career planning and development. The life faculty at this center help with interview preparation, as well as work with students to determine the types of careers that are best suited for each individual. Students can utilize these services from the day they arrive to the day they graduate and additional services are available to assist with developing healthy relationships, lifestyle growth, identity formation, enlightened faith, and health and wellness. All of these aspects of life assist with a successful career.

As part of the career services, students can elect to work with mentors, job shadow, secure resume writing assistance or internship matching, and participate in online workshops and seminars. A number of job fairs will also be available throughout the year, and students will have exclusive access to a list of local and regional job vacancies at any point during the year.

Graduates Salary
College Grads Early Career Salary $49,800
College Grads Average Salary $69,070
College Grads Mid Career Salary $89,900
Return on Investment (ROI)
10 Year Salary Earnings Potential $690,700
20 Year Salary Earnings Potential $1,589,700
Cost of Education (Net Price) 4 Year $24,718
10 Year Projected ROI $665,982
20 Year Projected ROI $1,564,982
No College Education Salary Comparison
National Average Salary $38,792
10 Year Projected Income $387,920
20 Year Projected Income $775,840

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