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Admissions Process

The admissions process is a step-by-step journey to experience and evaluate the Ottawa University Arizona campus and community.  It is beneficial to envision yourself in your academic and athletic pursuits on campus. It is valuable to come on campus during a visit day and meet faculty, staff, and coaches.

The recommended process includes:

  • Reach out to an enrollment advisor
  • Schedule a Campus Visit
  • Submit an admissions application (you can apply online)
  • Pay your application fee
  • Submit official transcripts from all prior institutions, including high school and college
  • Request official test scores from ACT or SAT be sent to OUAZ directly

To complete the admissions process, submit all documents outlined above to: 
OUAZ Office of Admissions
15950 Civic Center Plaza
Surprise, AZ  85374
855-546-1342
OUAZ Admissions

First Year Students

A great way to start is to download our admissions checklist. Use this helpful list to stay on task as you apply for admission. In addition, your enrollment advisor is always available to assist you.

Admissions Requirements

All students are evaluated on an individual basis. Whether you are a first-year, non-high school graduate (e.g. GED), or home-schooled student, you will need to submit the following:

  • An admissions application (you can apply online)
  • A $25 application fee
  • Items outlined below

First-Year Students

A first year student is defined as a student who has graduated from a regionally accredited high school and has completed fewer than 30 transferable college credits post-high school.

  • College preparation coursework and corresponding GPA
  • Official college transcripts (if applicable)
  • ACT/SAT scores
Non-High School Graduates
  • GED Score
  • Essay
  • ACT/SAT scores (required only for academic scholarship purposes)
Home-Schooled Graduates
  • HiSET Battery Test Scores OR GED Score
  • Essay
  • ACT/SAT scores (required only for academic scholarship purposes)

To complete the admissions process, submit all documents outlined above to:

OUAZ Office of Admissions
15950 N Civic Center Plaza
Surprise, AZ  85374
855-546-1342
OUAZ Admissions

The best method to start your admissions process is to contact an Enrollment Advisor to review the admission requirements, as well as your career ambitions, work experience, prior college credits, and other life experiences that you can apply toward your degree program and completion. You can contact an Enrollment Advisor at OUAZ Admissions.

Admissions Requirements

A transfer student is defined as a student has earned 30 or more college credits, post-high school.

You will need to submit the following:

  • An admissions application (you can apply online)
  • A $25 application fee
  • Official transcripts from all prior institutions

To complete the admissions process, submit all documents outlined above to:

OUAZ Office of Admissions
15950 N Civic Center Plaza
Surprise, AZ 85374
(855) 546-1342
OUAZ Admissions

Graduate Students

The best way to begin your admissions process is to contact an Enrollment Advisor to review the admission requirements, as well as your career pursuits, work experience, prior college credits, and other life experiences that you can apply toward your graduate degree. Contact OUAZ Admissions at 855-546-1342 to get started today!  

Admissions Requirements

You will need to submit the following:

  • An admissions application (you can apply online)
  • A $75 application fee
  • All official undergraduate transcripts (3.0 GPA - minimum requirement)
  • A Graduate School Admission Essay/Personal Statement - This is an essay focused on professional career development. It should also demonstrate the ability to organize thoughts in writing and present them in a clear manner. This is an opportunity for you to showcase yourself as an excellent candidate for the Graduate School at Ottawa University. The essay requirements are as follows - Essay Requirements.
  • A current resumé of professional work and volunteer experience
  • A list of personal recognitions and academic honors, awards, prizes and community service activities related to your program
  • Three (3) letters of recommendation from individuals familiar with your academic and professional abilities   

The admissions committee evaluates all applications on the basis of academic background, work experience, recommendation letters, and your personal statement on career development. GMAT and GRE scores are not required.

Some master's degree programs may have additional application requirements. If you are applying without a bachelor's degree in a closely related field, some additional coursework may be required. If you are looking for online degree programs for adults, contact us for more details.

To complete the admissions process, submit all documentation outlined above to:

OUAZ Office of Admissions
15950 N Civic Center Plaza
Surprise, AZ  85374
855-546-1342
OUAZ Admissions

International Students

At Ottawa University Arizona, 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 and we know you will feel right at home on our campus. When you’re here, you’ll find that the city of Surprise and the Valley of the Sun have a wide range of opportunities and experiences in which you can partake.

Admissions Requirements

Requirements for International First Year Students

A first year student is defined as a student who has graduated from a regionally accredited high school and has completed fewer than 30 transferable college credits post-high school.

  • Official transcript displaying college preparation coursework and corresponding GPA (secondary school)
  • Successful completion of a high school or secondary school diploma or certificate
  • Additional items may be requested

Requirements for International Transfer Students
A transfer student is defined as a student has earned 30 or more college credits, post-high school.

  • Official college transcripts
  • A course completion rate (Earned-to-Attempted Percentage) of 70 percent
  • Successful completion of a high school or secondary school diploma or certificate
  • Additional items may be requested

Requirements for All International Students

  • Meet program-specific admission criteria for at least one academic program
  • Submit 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 or Civic/Social
  • Verify English Proficiency. This can be established by taking the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). Countries not required to submit TOEFL scores include Australia, Canada, and the United Kingdom.

TOEFL scores required:

  • Paper-based test – 550
  • Computer-based test – 213
  • Internet-based test – 79

Foreign Credential Evaluation
Students with foreign credentials who are applying to Ottawa University Arizona must have their credentials evaluated. If you have not taken any college-level courses outside the U.S., you only need to submit a certificate of graduation from a high school. This certificate does not need to be evaluated by a credential evaluator.

Students may wish to use an approved outside evaluator at their expense.  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 evaluators currently accepted:

If you are interested in Ottawa University programs, please request a course-by-course evaluation for any college-level courses completed outside of the U.S. to be considered for transfer.

Students applying to Ottawa University's residential campus in Surprise, Arizona, submit all documentation outlined above to:

Ottawa University Office of Admissions
Enrollment Advisor - International Students
15950 N. Civic Center Plaza
Surprise, AZ  85374
855-546-1342
ouazadmiss@ottawa.edu

Scholarships

Students admitted to Ottawa University Arizona’s residential campus may have an opportunity to attain academic or activity scholarships.  For more information please contact the Office of Admissions or visit Scholarships.

Life at OUAZ

As an international student, you’re looking for a degree that will allow you to stand out in a competitive and globalized world. Whether you’re looking to study business, the humanities or education, Ottawa has a degree that will prepare you for your future career. Find a program that’s right for you. You can also learn more about Ottawa’s academic programs and faculty by visiting the Online Catalog and Faculty Directory.

Are you looking for a college experience beyond the classroom while living life in a different culture? If so, the residential campus in Ottawa is the place for you! Ottawa University is committed to ensuring you experience all that Ottawa has to offer. Attending theater performances and athletic events, writing for the student newspaper, or being active in student organizations, there’s a place for you to be involved and to become a part of the Ottawa University community. Click here to learn more about campus life and student activities offered at Ottawa.

While studying at Ottawa University, all students have the opportunity to prepare for life beyond their college experience. Learn more on how to develop your Life Plan Narrative that can help you set and achieve your goals.

Tribal Students

Ottawa University is privileged to carry on the legacy of providing a free education to Ottawa Tribe members that was begun by our Baptist and Tribal founders. Because of the special heritage you enjoy as part of the Ottawa Tribe of Oklahoma, you are allowed to attend Ottawa University free of any tuition or room and board charges. This is due in part to the renewal and expansion of the original agreement by Chancellor Kevin Eichner in 2008. Since the agreement’s expansion, we have enjoyed more Tribe members on campus than ever before.

As you consider taking advantage of this agreement by enrolling at Ottawa University, an Ottawa University Enrollment Advisor can help you start the admissions process by reviewing the residental campus admissions requirements, as well as discussing your career objectives, evaluating any prior college credits, and answering any questions you may have. Your Enrollment Advisor will also direct you to:

  • Contact your Tribal Higher Education Office and begin the process for tuition assistance or scholarships
  • Complete the Federal Application for Free Student Aid
  • Complete the Bureau of Indian Affairs application
  • Consider all the residential campus programs for your course of study.
  • Remain in contact with your Tribal Higher Education Office so that you are aware of financial assistance or scholarship options.

Admissions Requirements

Whether you are a first-year, non-high school graduate (e.g. GED) or a transfer student, you will need to submit the following:

  • An admissions application (you can apply online)
  • A $25 application fee
  • Items outlined below:

First-Year Students
For requirements, please check the First Year Students tab.

Transfer Students
For requirements, please check the Transfer Students tab.


To complete the admissions process, submit all documents outlined above to:

OUAZ Office of Admissions
15950 N. Civic Center Plaza
Surprise, AZ 85374
855-546-1342
OUAZ Admissions

OUAZ Bound - Deposited Students

We are so excited you have chosen to join the OUAZ Spirit family! We can’t wait for you to begin classes on campus, but there are a few steps to get you ready. The following pages are meant to help you through that process.

Important 2019 Dates:

  • CHECK-IN DATES (Mandatory move-in and check-in date)
    • PRE-FALL -Sunday, July 28 
    • FALL - Friday, Aug 23
  • CLASSES BEGIN
    • PRE-FALL - Monday, July 29
    • FALL -  Monday, Aug 26

2019 Pre-Fall and Fall Orientation Schedule

 

 

Online Requirements

Alcohol-Wise and Consent & Respect

Ottawa University has partnered with 3rd Millennium Classrooms, whose mission is to deliver online alcohol and drug interventions that positively impact behavior. 3rd Millennium Classrooms wants to inform and empower people to make better decisions for their health and life goals.

As part of your comprehensive program, Ottawa University requires new OUAZ students to complete and pass both the Alcohol-Wise and Consent & Respect courses. These online courses will empower you to make well-informed decisions about issues that affect your college years and beyond. These are required courses that must be completed with a passing grade prior to your arrival on campus. You will not be permitted to check into University-sponsored housing, participate in activities or practices and/or begin classes unless your coursework listed above is complete.
 
Alcohol-Wise can take anywhere from 1 to 2 hours while Consent & Respect can take anywhere from 45 minutes to an hour and a half. Please plan accordingly. You may log in and out as you take the courses, but it will be challenging to try to complete them at the last minute.

 

Important Information How to Access Your Account
Required Courses:
Alcohol-Wise
Consent & Respect
Go to:
www.3rdmil.com/login
Select Student for User Type

Use the following username/password to log in:
Username: Your Ottawa Email
(firstname.lastname@student.ottawa.edu)
Password: GoSpirit!

 
If you have any problems logging in, please email ouzadmiss@ottawa.edu.
 

 Other Important Information:

  • You will need Internet access and audio capabilities.
  • To avoid technical issues, please use one of the following web browsers: Chrome, Firefox, or Safari.
  • You may take the courses in multiple sittings. Alcohol-Wise can take anywhere from 1 to 2 hours while Consent & Respect can take anywhere from 45 minutes to an hour and half. Please plan accordingly.
  • The courses may include surveys to help personalize your experience and measure your attitudes and behaviors. All survey responses are confidential; the school will only receive information about the student body as a whole and will never see individual student's answers.

Should you experience problems, technical support is available and can be accessed from the “Help” link within the course.

Financial Aid

Our Family Financial Planner is here to assist with your Financial Aid questions. In an effort to make this process easier on our students’ families, students will want to log-in to the MyOttawa portal (myottawa.ottawa.edu—open in a new page) to find what documents still need to be completed. 

Directions for logging into the MyOttawa portal are located in the “MyOttawa News” tab.

Once you log-in, you will want to click

  • “Student”
  • “Financial Information”
  • “View Financial Aid Document Tracking”


There you will find a list of documents that need completion. Please complete ALL items PRIOR to your enrollment event. 

In addition, the Office of Financial Aid may be mailing and/or emailing you with a variety of details regarding your financial aid package. These correspondences are extremely important, so please read them and reply in a prompt manner.

Financial Timeline

Fall 2019 Students

  • October 1, 2018 – FAFSA Opens for submission
  • March 15, 2019 – FAFSA Priority filing deadline
  • June 1, 2019 – 12 month payment plan begins
  • July 1, 2019 – Estimated statement is available and 11 month payment plan begins
  • August 1, 2019 - 10 month payment plan begins
  • August 5, 2019 - Students are required to have a plan in place with the University to finance their college education. This means that all financial aid documents must be completed by that day. In addition, if there is a balance due, the University must be notified of how that will be handled. 

Billing Information

As of July 1, 2018, an estimated statement will be available on the MyOttawa portal. Once housing assignments have been made the most current statement will be available.

Directions for logging into the MyOttawa portal are located in the “MyOttawa Portal” tab.

Once you log-in, you will want to click

  • “Students”
  • “Financial Information”
  • “Course and Fee Statement”
  • “Set Options”
  •  Select Undergraduate, Fall, 2018
  • “Submit Options”

Payment Information

Ottawa University offers students and families several options to assist with any amount due after financial aid has been applied. Those options include:

  • In person Check / Cash / Credit Card payment
  • Online payment through the MyOttawa portal:

Directions for logging into the MyOttawa portal are located in the “MyOttawa Portal” tab.

  • Once you log-in, you will want to click
    • “Students”
    • “Financial Information”
    • “Course and Fee Statement”
    • “Set Options”
    • "Select Undergraduate, your start term, and start year"
    • “Submit Options”
    • At the bottom of the Course and Fee statement select “Make online credit card payment” or “Make online check payment”
  • Interest Free Payment Plan through Tuition Management Systems (www.afford.com/ottawa)
    • 12 month payment plans begin June 1, and payments conclude on May 1
      • Even if it is after June 1, it is NOT too late to sign up for your payments to begin in June. Remember that each subsequent payment is due on the first day of the month.
    • 11 month payment plans begin on July 1 and payments conclude on May 1
    • 10 month payment plans begin on August 1 and payments conclude on May 1
  • Parent Loan for Undergraduate Students (PLUS)
  • Alternative Education Loans

For details, click here.

FAFSA Information


This is the application that allows you to receive federal student aid for the upcoming school year.

The priority deadline to file the FAFSA is March 15; however, we encourage you to file right away. There are types of federal student aid that are distributed on a first-come, first-served basis. Also, you can use last year’s tax data if you have not yet filed your 2017 taxes.
  

FSA ID In order to submit the FAFSA Students, parents, and borrowers are required to use an FSA ID, made up of a username and password, to access certain U.S. Department of Education websites. Your FSA ID is used to confirm your identity when accessing your financial aid information and electronically signing your federal student aid documents. 

If you are a parent of a dependent student, you will need your own FSA ID if you want to sign your student's FAFSA electronically. If you have more than one student attending college, you can use the same FSA ID to sign all applications. Please note: Each FSA ID user must have a unique e-mail address.

You can create your FSA ID here.
IRS DATA RETRIEVAL If eligible we encourage you to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool. This tool allows students and parents to access the IRS tax return information needed to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), and transfer the data directly into their FAFSA from the IRS website.

While not required, if you are eligible to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool, we highly recommend using the tool for several reasons:
  • It’s the easiest way to provide your tax return information.
  • It’s the best way of ensuring that your FAFSA has accurate tax return information.
  • It may eliminate the need to provide additional documentation to your college.
If you are ineligible or otherwise choose not to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool to retrieve your tax return information, OU may require you or your parents’ (if you are a dependent student) IRS tax return transcript.
FAFSA The FAFSA can be submitted here. When submitting the FAFSA you will need the Ottawa University Federal School Code which is: 001937. For students starting with OU in the spring of 2018, you should file the 2017-2018 FAFSA and fall of 2018, you should file a 2017-2019 FAFSA.
 
FAFSA Help

 
You can find more information about federal student aid at www.studentaid.ed.gov. Should you have any questions, please contact Mary Reed at 623-233-7560 or mary.reed@ottawa.edu.

Returning students with questions, please contact OUAZ's Financial Aid Office at department at 855-546-1342 or finaid@ottawa.edu

University Forms

Within this section, you will find a variety of forms necessary for enrollment at Ottawa University. Click on the links below to view, print and complete these forms. We encourage you to complete these forms prior to attending a OUAZ Enrollment event in order to expedite the enrollment process.

The Health History Form requires that you submit a copy of your health insurance card and immunization records. Those can be uploaded in the form, or they can be mailed to the address listed below.

The Tuberculosis and Meningitis forms will need to be printed off, completed and then emailed or mailed back to the Office of Admissions at: ouazadmiss@ottawa.edu

Ottawa University
Attn: Office of Admissions
15950 N. Civic Center Plaza
Surprise, AZ 85374
 

Vehicle Registration Form

If you plan to bring a vehicle to campus,  you will need to complete the Vehical Registration form in order to receive your parking permit.

If you have any questions, please contact your Enrollment Advisor or the Office of Admissions at 855-546-1342 or by email at ouazadmiss@ottawa.edu.

Transcripts 

It is important that the University has all of your official transcripts on file prior to beginning courses at Ottawa University Arizona. This includes high school and college transcripts. Once your final grades are in for the semester/year, please request that your final official transcript be submitted directly to Ottawa University.

Transcripts should be mailed from the school directly to Ottawa University Arizona at the following address:

Ottawa University
Attn: Admissions Office
15950 N. Civic Center Plaza
Surprise, AZ  85374

If you have questions regarding the receipt of your official transcripts, please contact the Office of Admission at 855-546-1342.

MyOttawa Portal

The MyOttawa portal is an important asset for our students and is your primary source for information as you begin your college career as a meber of the OUAZ Spirit family.

How do I sign in?

  • Go to myottawa.ottawa.edu
  • Username: Your Student ID # (Your ID number is printed on most documents you receive from Ottawa University)
  • Your password for your email, Blackboard and MyOttawa will always be identical. Follow the steps below to retrieve/reset your password.
    • Check your personal email for a message from Ottawa University regarding your OU student email and password. We encourage you to reset your password to be something you can easily recall.
    • Go to www.ottawa.edu/MyPass
    • Login with your OU Student ID and setup your security questions.
    • Once this is complete, you may reset your current password.
  • What if I did not receive or have lost my initial email regarding my password?
    • Contact your Enrollment Advisor for a duplicate password to be sent.

What can I find on MyOttawa?

  • Class schedule
  • Missing financial aid documents
  • Housing assignments
  • On Campus Jobs
  • Course and Fee Statement
  • So much more

Student Email
Another important element that you will find on MyOttawa is a link to your student email. This email account has been established for you and is yours to keep—even after you graduate from Ottawa University.

This will be one of the venues for communication with the University—professors, financial aid, the business office, and much more. Check it regularly to stay up to date on happenings around campus.

Your student email address is typically firstname.lastname@student.ottawa.edu. 

  • Your password for your email, Blackboard and MyOttawa will always be identical. Follow the steps below to retrieve/reset your password.
    • Check your personal email for a message from Ottawa University regarding your OU student email and password. We encourage you to reset your password to be something you can easily recall.
    • Go to www.ottawa.edu/MyPass
    • Login with your OU Student ID and setup your security questions.
    • Once this is complete, you may reset your current password.

To access your student email, go to the MyOttawa portal.

E2campus
This is also the place where you can sign up for the E2campus alert system. This system is used to notify you of important and emergency announcements. This service is available through email and text. To sign up for E2campus you will need to sign into your MyOttawa portal.

Directions for logging into the MyOttawa portal are listed above.

Once you log-in, scroll to the bottom of the page. You will see “Get the Message”. Click on “create an account” and follow the prompts. Once you have created an account you will receive a verification code via text. You will need to type it into the verification box on the website. Once this is completed you are set up to receive notifications.

Blackboard
Another important element that you will find on MyOttawa is a link to Blackboard. This is an online tool that you will use to take your math assessment. In addition, it will be used in many classes. This online platform will allow you to upload assignments, take online quizzes, check your grades, view resources and much more. 

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