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An Amazing Journey Starts Here

At Ottawa University, we believe that international students like you bring an exciting new perspective to our campus life. We are pleased you are interested in studying here. You will feel right at home on campus, where you’ll experience the kind of hospitality and friendly faces only found in the middle of the United States. When you’re here, you’re just a short road trip away from many major cities and a wide variety of new experiences.

Admission Requirements

Please notestudents with foreign credentials who are applying to Ottawa University must have their credentials evaluated by approved evaluators.  Approved evaluators are typically members of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES).  Reports include information about the credential awarded and the U.S. equivalency.  The following are some evaluators currently accepted: If you are interested in Ottawa University programs, please request a course-by-course evaluation for any college-level courses outside of the U.S. to be considered for transfer.

Students are responsible for submission of the appropriate documents and fees required for this evaluation. Otherwise, you only need to submit a certificate of graduation from a high school. This certificate does not need to be evaluation by a credential evaluation agency.

International High School Students
  • A U.S.-Equivalent GPA of 2.5 or above (above-average grades in secondary school).
  • Successful completion of a high school or secondary school diploma or certificate.
International Transfer Students
  • A U.S.-Equivalent GPA of 2.0 or above (passing grades in college).
  • A course completion rate (Earned-to-Attempted Percentage) of 70 percent.
All International Students
  • Meet any program specific admission criteria.
  • An affidavit of financial support showing the ability to pay for one full year.
  • Submit a maximum two-page, double-spaced essay describing your "Sense of Purpose at Ottawa University."  Please organize your thoughts around one of the following three components using specific experiences from your life: Personal, Intellectual and Civic/Social.
  • Established English Proficiency. This can be established by taking the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). TOEFL scores required:
Paper-based test:           550
Computer-based test:     213
Internet-based test:         79

International Student Enrollment Advisors
Jessica Homolka