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Ottawa University is an institution with a proud 147-year heritage of educating adults and students of traditional ages for lifetimes of faith, service, leadership and significance. From our founding in 1865 in Ottawa, Kansas, we have grown to an institution today that serves over 7,000 students through our residential campus in Ottawa, our adult and professional studies campuses in Phoenix, Milwaukee, Kansas City, and the Louisville/Jeffersonville areas, and our burgeoning online programs. We offer a robust curriculum at the undergraduate and graduate levels which is constantly being updated and enhanced to make the greatest possible impact on the lives of our students.

We are student-centered, rooted firmly in teaching excellence, value-priced and technology-enabled. We expect to be an extraordinarily effective and distinctive institution of higher learning which is pursuing its mission within caring, Christ-inspired communities of grace characterized by collegiality, openness, and inclusiveness. Whether you are a prospective student, alumnus, donor, friend, trustee or associate of the University, you will find in this website a wealth of information. Enjoy navigating it, and let us know how we can be of service to you. It will be our pleasure and honor.

Ottawa University offers a wide-range of programs leading to a Bachelors of Arts degree. Not all programs are available at all locations. Programs may only be available in a blended (online + in class) format.

  • The School of Arts & Sciences
  • The School of Business
  • The School of Education

Ottawa University offers a variety of graduate programs including Master of Arts degrees in Professional Counseling, Education and Human Resources. OU's MBA degree is also available and in some areas includes the option for areas of concentration. Classes are held in 8-week terms with six sessions each year.


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