Ottawa University Celebrates Major Enrollment Expansion


Ottawa, Kan. – Ottawa University welcomed more 2,917 students to school at the residential campus in Ottawa, Kan., the brand new residential campus in Surprise, Ariz., and adult campuses in Overland Park, Kan., Brookfield, Wisc., Jeffersonville, Ind., Queen Creek, Ariz., and Phoenix, Ariz., and online, for the 2017-2018 academic year, an increase of 24% from last year’s fall enrollment.

At the College in Ottawa, 731 total students enrolled, 318 of which are new students. Of the new student numbers, 295 are undergraduate and 23 graduate students. This is the largest number of new students on this campus since 1975.

The combined total of students across all of adult campuses and online studies was 1,752, a 6% increase over the 2016-2017 year. Of the total number of non-traditional students enrolled, 336 were new with 235 seeking an undergraduate degree and 91 pursuing a master’s degree. The international EMBA degree program has grown to 150 students, operating from Arizona and Kansas City. 

At OUAZ in Surprise, 434 students arrived to pursue their studies and activities in this campus’ inaugural year, significantly exceeding expectations.

“We are thrilled to welcome nearly 3,000 exceptional students to Ottawa University this fall,” said Kevin Eichner, president of Ottawa University. “For 153 years, our institution has been preparing individuals for lifetimes of significance and to see this many students, especially new ones, choose OU as the place they want to earn their degree from is a true testament to the high caliber and quality of academics and athletics we offer here. We are especially delighted with the response to our new residential campus model in Surprise.”

Classes began for all students on August 21. In Ottawa, the new undergraduate students arrived on campus last week for Braves Camp, an educational on-campus retreat and orientation designed to introduce them to life at OU. Activities during Braves Camp included the honor code ceremony, a trip to Worlds of Fun, a foam party, residence hall meetings, a campus safety seminar, and a community service project. Many similar activities were offered at the new Surprise site.

At the campus in Ottawa, students, faculty and staff will officially celebrate the new school year at Fall Convocation at Fredrikson Chapel on Thursday, August 24 at 11 a.m. Fall Convocation in Surprise will take place August 30 at 11 a.m. at Christ Church of the Valley.

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About Ottawa University
Founded in 1865, Ottawa University prepares professional and liberal arts graduates for lifetimes of personal significance, vocational fulfillment and service to God and humanity within a Christ-inspired community of grace and open inquiry. Ottawa University is a comprehensive, not-for-profit educational institution serving 3,000 students through its residential campuses in Ottawa, Kan., and Surprise, Ariz., and adult campuses in Overland Park, Kan.; Phoenix, Queen Creek and Surprise, Ariz.; Brookfield, Wis.; Jeffersonville, Ind.; as well as online. For more information, visit