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Ottawa University

Ottawa, KS 4-Year Private
Acceptance Rate70%
Acceptance Rate70%

About Ottawa University

Ottawa University Overview

Ottawa University is a private, religious school in the small town setting of Ottawa, Kansas. Ottawa University was founded in 1865 and the school currently enrolls around 886 students per year, including 720 undergraduates. Ottawa University provides housing for up to 940 students. The majority of students live on campus, and first year-students are required to live in campus housing. On the weekends, about 75% of students stay on-campus and participate in campus events and social life.

There are many ways for students to get involved at Ottawa University!

Love music or performing? Sing in a chorus or perform with one of Ottawa University's theater groups.

Are you interested in journalism and communications? Ottawa University students can write for the campus newspaper, host a radio show or be a producer for the student-run television channel.

Interested in Greek life? Ottawa University has fraternities and sororities.

Planning to play sports? Ottawa University has many options for athletes. See them all and learn more about life at Ottawa University on the Student Life page.

2022 Ottawa University Facts At-A-Glance
Academic Calendar Semester
Overall Acceptance Rate 70%
Early Decision Acceptance Rate ED not offered
Early Action Acceptance Rate EA not offered
Average GPA 3.1
Applicants Submitting SAT scores 15%
Tuition $30,880

Is Ottawa University a Good School?

The definition of a "good school" is different for different people. Admissions criteria, acceptance rate and average GPA are good indicators of how selective an institution is.

Let's take a look at these areas to get a better idea of what Ottawa University offers and if it might be a good choice for you.

2022 Acceptance Rate for Ottawa University

Ottawa University is moderately difficult to get into. The university admitted 70% of all applicants in 2021. Out of 1,845 applications received in 2022, 1,297 students were offered admission.

Retention and Graduation Rates at Ottawa University

Retention refers to the number of students that stay enrolled at a school over time. This is a way to get a sense of how satisfied students are with their school experience, and if they have the support necessary to succeed in college.

Approximately 25% of first-year, full-time undergrads who start at Ottawa Universitycome back their sophomore year. 71% of Ottawa University undergrads graduate within six years. Compare this to the average six-year graduation rate for colleges and universities in the U.S., which is around 61% for public schools and 67% for private.

Job Outcomes for Ottawa University Grads

Job placement rates after graduation and average starting salaries can all give important clues about the value of a degree from a specific school. Within six months of graduating, 50% of graduates receive at least one full-time job offer.

Check with Ottawa University directly, for information on any information on starting salaries for recent grads.

Ottawa University's Endowment

An endowment is the total value of a school's investments, donations, and assets. Endowment is not necessarily an indicator of the quality of a school, but it can give you a sense of how much money a college can afford to invest in expanding programs, improving facilities, and support students.

As of 2021, the total market value of Ottawa University's endowment was $17.7 million. The average college endowment was $905 million in 2021. For each full-time student, Ottawa University spends about $3,000 a year.

Tuition and Financial Aid at Ottawa University

Cost is another important factor when choose a college. Some colleges may have high tuition, but do a better job at meeting students' financial need.

For information on Ottawa University's financial aid options for first-year students, check with the school directly.

The average student debt for graduates in the class of 2022 was around $8,671 per student, not including those with no debt. For context, compare this number with the average national debt, which is around $36,000 per borrower.

The 2023-2024 FAFSA Opened on October 1st, 2022

Some aid is awarded on a first-come, first-served basis, so fill out the FAFSA early. Visit the FAFSA website to apply for student aid. Remember, the first F in FAFSA stands for FREE! No one should ever pay to fill out the FREE Application for Federal Student Aid, (FAFSA), so be very wary of anyone asking you for money.

Learn more about Tuition and Financial Aid at Ottawa University.

Based on this information, is Ottawa University the school for you? Remember, the best school for one person may be a terrible fit for someone else! So ask yourself: Is Ottawa University a good school for you?

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Where is Ottawa University Located?

Ottawa University is located in the small town setting of Ottawa, Kansas, in the suburbs of Kansas City.

If you want to see Ottawa University for yourself, plan a visit. The best way to reach campus is to take Interstate 35 to Ottawa, or book a flight to the nearest airport, Kansas City International.

You can also take a virtual campus tour to get a sense of what Ottawa University and Ottawa are like without leaving home.

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College Info

1001 South Cedar Ottawa, KS 66067-3399

Campus Setting: Small Town

Ottawa University Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Continuous processing

Transfer Applications are Due

Continuous processing

The deadline for Fall first-year applications to Ottawa University is Continuous processing.

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to Ottawa University is Continuous processing.

Check the school website for more information about deadlines for specific programs or special admissions programs

Ottawa University ACT Scores


ACT Range

18 - 22

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

ACT Score

Estimated Chance

22 and Above


18 to 22


18 and Less


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ACT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median ACT score of an admitted student to Ottawa University is 20. Students with an ACT score of 22 and above have a good chance of getting into Ottawa University. Students with an ACT score that falls between 18 and 22 have an average chance of getting admitted, and students with an ACT score of 18 or below have a low chance of being offered admission.

Ottawa University SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

870 - 1010


Math SAT Range

430 - 510


Reading SAT Range

410 - 470

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

SAT Score

Estimated Chance

1010 and Above


870 to 1010


870 and Less


SAT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median SAT score for Ottawa University students is 939. Applicants with SAT scores of 1010 and above have a good chance of being admitted to Ottawa University, while applicants with SAT scores between 870 to 1010 have an average chance of admittance, and prospective students with an SAT score below 870 have a low chance of being offered a spot at Ottawa University.

Ottawa University Tuition & Fees

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Student Life

Wondering what life at Ottawa University is like? There are approximately 885 students enrolled at Ottawa University, including 720 undergraduate students and 165 graduate students. 94% percent of students attend school full-time, 62% percent are from KS and 38% percent of students are from other states.


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