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Ottawa University Admissions

If you want to apply to Ottawa University, the application fee is $25.

Application fees can add up, but some schools do have free applications and students who are struggling to afford application fees may qualify for for an application fee waiver.

Ottawa University Admissions Stats at a Glance

Ottawa University 2021 Admissions Statistics
Mean Unweighted GPA 3.1
Admitted Students in Top 10% of Graduating Class 39%
Mean SAT Score 939
Admissions Test Policy Optional
Applicants Who Submit SATs 15%
Applicants Who Submit ACTs 55%
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Applying Early to Ottawa University?

Ottawa University does not offer early decision or early action.

Some students apply to college early because they believe it will help their chances. Early deadlines may increase the chance of being admitted, since applying early shows your are very interested in a school, and your application is being considered before all the regular decision applicants apply.

See a list of some selective colleges that admit significantly more applicants during early decision or early action than during regular admission.

How Hard Is It To Get Admitted to Ottawa University?

It is moderately difficult to get into Ottawa University. Ottawa University evaluates applicants carefully based on multiple criteria to decide who to admit, and who to deny.

In 2021, Ottawa University accepted 70% of all applicants, around 1,297 of the 1,845 students who applied.

Schools that are moderately difficult to get into, like Ottawa University, accept fewer than 85% of all applicants. At least 75% of all admitted students have GPAs in the top 50% of their high school class and scored over 1010 on the SAT or over 18 on the ACT.

It is moderately difficult to be admitted as a transfer student.

What Does Ottawa University Look For in an Applicant?

Colleges consider a range of factors when choosing who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college decides which factors are they consider most important in the admissions process. When creating your list of schools to apply to, you may want to consider your strengths and any possible weaknesses in your application, and choose schools that prioritize the areas where you shine.

Admissions Factors at Ottawa University

Admissions Factor Level
Academic GPA Important
Alumni/ae Relations Considered
Character/Personal Qualities Considered
Class Rank Important
Work Experience Considered
Extracurricular Activities Considered
Level of Applicant's Interest Considered
Application Essay Considered
First Generation Considered
Interview Considered
Recommendation(s) Considered
Religious Affiliation/Commitment Considered
Rigor of Secondary School Record Important
Talent/Ability Considered
Standardized Test Scores Important
Volunteer Work Important

Ottawa University 2021-2022 Application Requirements

To apply, all applicants to Ottawa University must submit the following items. Double check with Ottawa University's admissions department to confirm all application materials and requirements.

Area Required Recommended Required for Some Details (If Any)
Written Essay or Personal Statement
Minimum High School GPA (On 4.0 Scale) 2.5
Interview
Other Requirements rank in upper 50% of high school class
Letter(s) of Recommendation 2
Transcript of High School Record

What GPA Do I Need To Get Into Ottawa University?

Students admitted to Ottawa University have an average unweighted GPA of 3.1.

Out of all students that were admitted, 83% submitted a class rank. At Ottawa University 39% of students ranked in the top 10% of their graduating class in high school, 48% were in the top 25% and 54% were in the top 50%.

Unweighted GPAs range from 4.0 to under 1.0.

At Ottawa University, student GPAs fall in the following ranges
4.0 GPA 83%
3.75 and 3.99 15%
3.50 and 3.74 13%
3.25 and 3.49 15%
3.00 and 3.24 18%
2.50 and 2.9 20%
2.00 and 2.49 6%

Ottawa University does consider ACT or SAT scores as part of the admissions process.

Ottawa University is test optional. Test optional schools allow students to choose if they want to submit ACT or SAT scores with their applications or not.

In 2021, 15% of Ottawa University's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application. 55% of admitted applicants sent ACT scores.

What's a Good SAT Score for Ottawa University?

To be competitive with other Ottawa University applicants, you should strive to earn between 870 and 1010 (or higher!) on the SAT. At Ottawa University 25% of admitted students scored higher than 1010 and 25% of scored lower than 870, but the majority of students scored somewhere in between these two numbers.The mean composite SAT score for a Ottawa University student is 939.

On the SAT Math Section, 25% of Ottawa University students scored 510 or higher and 75% of students scored 410 or higher. On the SAT Critical Reading section (formerly called the Verbal section), 25% of Ottawa University students scored 470 or higher, and 75% scored a 410 or higher.

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What's a Good ACT Score for Ottawa University?

To be most competitive at Ottawa University, you should strive to earn between 18 and 22 on the ACT.

An ACT score of 22 means you fall in the 75th percentile for Ottawa University's admitted students. One out of every four students scored above a 22, and three out of four students scored lower than 22 on the ACT.

A 18 on the ACT is the 25th percentile for Ottawa University students. Only one out of every four students scored below 18.

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Transferring to Ottawa University

For transfer students, it is moderately difficult to get admitted to Ottawa University. Transfer applications are processed on a on a rolling basis as they are received.

Transfer students can enroll in Ottawa University during the following terms: - Fall Term - Spring Term - Summer Term

Ottawa University Admissions FAQs

Can I defer my acceptance to Ottawa University?

Students who are admitted to Ottawa University must attend in the term they start. Deferring admissions is not encouraged. If you have a unusual circumstance, contact the admissions department.

Does Ottawa University accept transfer credits?

Ottawa University accepts eligible transfer credits from accredited institutions. Ottawa University accepts:

  • CLEP subject tests
  • DSST/DANTES
  • ACE recommendations for credit
  • Excelsior College Examinations

Does Ottawa University accept Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) credits?

Ottawa University accepts International Baccalaureate credits (IB) credits and Advanced Placement (AP) credits.

Do I have to submit test scores to Ottawa University?

No, Ottawa University is test optional, so you can make the call whether to send your standardized test scores. If your scores are higher than the school's average, you may want to send them. If your scores are average or below average, you may want not want to include them in your application..

What is Ottawa University's acceptance rate?

Ottawa University's acceptance rate is 70%.

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Ottawa University Admissions Requirements

Admission Difficulty

Somewhat Selective

70%

How hard is it to get into Ottawa University? Ottawa University is a somewhat selective institution. The Ottawa University acceptance rate is 70%. This means that the institution accepts 70 out of every 100 applicants.

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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

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ACT Range

18 - 22

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

ACT Score

Estimated Chance

22 and Above

Good

18 to 22

Avg

18 and Less

Low

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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

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Composite SAT Range

870 - 1010

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Math SAT Range

430 - 510

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Reading SAT Range

410 - 470

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

SAT Score

Estimated Chance

1010 and Above

Good

870 to 1010

Avg

870 and Less

Low

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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 GPA

Avg. High School GPA (non-weighted)

3.12

GPA Needed to Get Accepted

At Ottawa University, the average unweighted high-school GPA for admitted students is 3.12. This is the average, which means that some applicants submit GPAs lower than this and some applicants submit GPAs above this level. If your GPA falls below the average, strong test scores or other qualifications may help you make you a more competitive applicant.

© 2021 College Confidential / Concentrical LLC, Data provided by IPEDs and Peterson's Databases, © 2020 Peterson's LLC.

Quick Facts

Total Enrollment

885

Campus Setting

Small Town

Acceptance Rate

70%

Tuition and Fees

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$33,380

Out-of-State

$33,380

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Application Deadline

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