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Ottawa University Arizona New Surprise Residential Campus Kicks Off First Day of Classes with 434 Students

Surprise, Ariz. – (August 23, 2017) – This week, Ottawa University Arizona was buzzing as leadership and staff officially kicked off the first academic year of OUAZ by welcoming students to the new campus in Surprise, Arizona.

Enrollment of undergraduate and graduate students reached 434, a nearly 50% increase over original projections of 300 students for the 2017-2018 fall numbers.

“Momentum for the new Surprise residential campus has been building since our announcement in February. Our leadership team has worked tirelessly to bring this wonderful new campus concept to fruition and we are thrilled at the initial reception by students, parents, and the community in general. We look forward to sharing the Ottawa University experience with our new students,” said Kevin Eichner, president of Ottawa University. “It is gratifying to see so many students choose OUAZ as the place they will call home for the next four years. Our enrollment numbers are a testament to the high caliber academic and athletic programs, faculty and staff we are introducing at Ottawa University Arizona.”

The new undergraduate students arrived on campus Sunday for orientation to learn about OUAZ’s mentoring system, financial aid, student affairs, etc. Students also participated in a BBQ, movie night and a bowling outing.

Classes began for students on August 21. Students, faculty and staff will officially kickoff the new school year at Fall Convocation at 11 a.m. on August 30 at Christ Church of the Valley, 14787 W. Cholla St. Surprise.

The future 35-acre OUAZ campus will be embedded within the Surprise City Center, integrating with the existing 250-acre City of Surprise Civic Center and Recreation campus. The school will also launch out of existing space within the Civic Center, allowing students to access the surrounding city amenities, including the Surprise Aquatic Center, Dream Catcher Park, the Surprise Tennis & Racquet Complex, and Surprise Stadium, as well as shopping and dining amenities.

OUAZ is offering a variety of academic programs and more than 30 student activities and associations at the Surprise campus. Saturday’s event will provide new students with information on registration, student life, financial planning and the City of Surprise.
OUAZ’s Adawe Center pairs a “life mentor” with each student who will remain with the student throughout their enrollment at the University, helping them identify and pursue their degrees and life paths, and preparing them to pursue their desired vocations upon graduation.

OUAZ students will participate in “personal growth days” each Wednesday, where they will attend chapel, select from numerous personal and professional skills development conferences and workshops offered throughout the year, take part in volunteer or service activities, and share a meal together with faculty, staff, and community members.

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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 as a Christ-inspired community of grace and open inquiry. Ottawa University is a comprehensive, not-for-profit educational institution serving more than 4,000 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.; and online. For more information, visit www.ottawa.edu