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Welcome to
Ottawa University

Welcome to Ottawa University!

It is a great honor and privilege to greet you as Chancellor of Ottawa University, a dynamic community of learners and teachers with a global reputation for preparing diverse student populations for lives of enlightened faith, exemplary service, inspired leadership, professional accomplishment, and personal significance. Steeped in more than 155 years of history, Ottawa University has grown from a single building in 1865 into a comprehensive educational institution that serves more than 4,000 students through its two residential campuses in Ottawa, Kansas and Surprise, Arizona as well as adult and graduate studies campuses serving Kansas City, Milwaukee, Phoenix, and online students. 

Although Ottawa University has evolved over the years, we have never lost sight of our mission – to prepare graduates for lifetimes of personal meaning, vocational fulfillment, and service to God and humanity. We strive to develop the whole person by providing an education that is student-centered, value-priced, technology-enabled, and rooted firmly in teaching excellence. Our dedicated faculty and staff will help you throughout your Ottawa experience, providing guidance every step of the way, from the moment you first arrive on campus (or login at OU Online) to the day you walk across the stage for graduation and join the ranks of our distinguished alumni. With great pride in, and commitment to, our students, Ottawa University provides a transformative experience that meets you where are and takes you where you want to go.

Whether you are looking for information about admissions and financial aid, our offerings and curriculum, making a gift to support our work, or the transformative impact of as Ottawa education on individuals, communities, and the world, you’ll be able to find what you need on this website. Moreover, as you browse these pages, you’ll also see our commitment to provide not only an outstanding and affordable education, but one that prepares students for lives of significance.

Enjoy getting to know our great university, and thanks for visiting!


William M. Tsutsui, PhD
Professor of History
Ottawa University



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