Ottawa University’s Phoenix campus opened in 1977, responding to interests expressed by local American Baptists who welcomed Ottawa University into an area where private, church-related educational institutions were rare in adult education. In 2008, an additional campus was opened in Chandler, and in 2009, OU began offering courses at the Communiversity in Surprise. The Arizona campuses, like all of Ottawa University’s campuses, emphasize flexible scheduling, frequent course start dates and the delivery of educational resources in formats and at times and places accessible to adult learners.
Established in 1865, Ottawa University’s mission is to provide the highest quality liberal arts and professional education in a caring, Christ-centered community of grace which integrates faith, learning and life. The University serves students of traditional age, adult learners and organizations through undergraduate and graduate programs.