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ADMISSIONS PROCESS

The admissions process is a step-by-step journey to experience and evaluate the Ottawa University Kansas 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. Also, you can check-out our new Hetrick Bistro serving Starbucks and featuring themed food stations.   

 The recommended process includes: 

  • Reach out to an enrollment advisor
  • Attend a visit day
  • Submit an admissions application (you can apply online)
  • Pay your application fee
  • Submit all official transcripts from prior institutions, including high school
  • Request official test scores from ACT or SAT be sent to OU directly

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

Ottawa University Kansas
Office of Admissions
1001 South Cedar Street, #17
Ottawa, Kansas 66067
800-755-5200
admiss@ottawa.edu 

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

Whether you are a first-year, non-high school graduate 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

  • College preparation coursework and corresponding GPA
  • ACT/SAT scores

Transfer Students

  • College coursework and corresponding GPA
  • Academic earned-to-attempted percentage
  • Essay

Non-High School Graduates

  • Minimum GED score of 450
  • Essay
  • ACT/SAT scores (required only for scholarship purposes)

The best way to begin your admissions process is to contact an Enrollment Advisor to review the admission requirements, as wmore goodell as your career pursuits, work experience, prior college credits, and other life experiences that you can apply toward your graduate degree.  Contact Andy Otto at 785-248-2379 to get started today!  (andy.otto@ottawa.edu)

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 a two-page 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 should:
  • Explain why you feel that completing a graduate degree at OU will best prepare you for your future career endeavors.
  • Describe the attributes that you have that will be of benefit to your classmates. 
  • Convey why you want to complete a graduate degree. 
  • Address how your past experiences have influenced your decision to pursue a graduate degree. 
  • 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:

Ottawa University Office of Admissions
1001 South Cedar Street, #17
Ottawa, Kansas 66067
(800) 755-5200
admiss@ottawa.edu

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 several major cities and a wide variety of new experiences.

Admissions Requirements

Requirements for 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

Requirements for International Graduate Students

  • A U.S.-Equivalent GPA of 3.0 or above
  • ​Successful completion of a bachelor's degree.

Requirements for International Transfer Students

  • A U.S.-Equivalent GPA of 2.0 or above (passing grades in college) for undergraduate program students or GPA of 3.0 or above for graduate students
  • A course completion rate (Earned-to-Attempted Percentage) of 70 percent

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) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS). Countries not required to submit TOEFL/IELTS scores include Australia, Canada, and the United Kingdom.
  • Copy of passport (F1 visa, most recent I-20 and I-94 if you are on F1 visa currently)

TOEFL scores required:

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

IELTS scores required:

  • Minimum Overall Band Score – 6.0
  • No Individual Scores Below – 5.0
NOTE: If a student scores 5.0 or 5.5 and has an individual score below 5.0 (4.5 or below), the student will not be admissible to Ottawa University.
 

Foreign Credential Evaluation

Students with foreign credentials who are applying to Ottawa University must have their credentials evaluated. Students must submit official copies of appropriate documents including front and back of each credential. Evaluations will not be conducted if official copies are not provided. 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 members of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES). Reports include information about the credential awarded and the U.S. equivalency. For a complete list of approved evaluators, visit the NACES website at www.naces.org.

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 Ottawa, Kansas, submit all documentation outlined above to:

Ottawa University Office of Admissions
Enrollment Advisor - International Students
1001 South Cedar Street, #17
Ottawa, Kansas 66067
800-755-5200
admiss@ottawa.edu

Scholarships

Students admitted to Ottawa University’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.

Ottawa, Kansas

Ottawa University’s residential campus, known as The College, is located in the state of Kansas at the heart of the U.S. Ottawa is a Midwest town with over 12,000 people. Residents of Ottawa enjoy an array of restaurants, shopping, recreational trails and seasonal festivals. To learn more about the community of Ottawa click here.

Other Places of Interest

Road trip, anyone? The College is located in a vibrant college town within easy driving distance of the big city. The best of both worlds! Ottawa is located only 35 minutes from the Kansas City Metro area where sports and the arts come together forming a melting pot of entertainment. If you’re a sports fan, attend any of Kansas City’s professional sporting events including Chiefs football (NFL), Royals baseball (MLB) and Sporting Kansas City (MLS). Want to enjoy the artistic side of Kansas City? Attend a performance at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, catch live music in Kansas City’s Crossroads District or participate in First Fridays and browse the work of local artists. Kansas City also hosts numerous festivals throughout the year providing enjoyment for both locals and visitors. It’s a Midwest cultural experience you won’t want to miss!

Other popular cities are also located within driving distance of Ottawa.

Lawrence, Kansas     25 minutes
Wichita, Kansas     2 hours
Tulsa, Oklahoma     3 hours
Omaha, Nebraska     3.5 hours
St. Louis, Missouri     4.5 hours
Dallas, Texas     7 hours
Denver, Colorado     8 hours

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. Click here to learn more about Ottawa’s three schools and to 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. Through Ottawa’s Adawe Center and Career Services department, students can prepare for future careers or explore furthering current careers. Learn more on how the Adawe Center and Career Services can help you set and achieve your goals.

We are committed to providing an honorable educational experience to all military personnel. As you have served our nation, we would like to serve you with extraordinary military benefits.  By offering military benefits, we are proud to assist you in attaining a college degree at a traditional college campus. The first step of the admission process is to reach out to an Enrollment Advisor to review the admissions requirements, as well as your career achievements, military experience, and prior college credits that you can apply toward your college degree program. You can contact an enrollment advisor at admiss@ottawa.edu.

Getting Started

Our admissions advisors are here to help you with academic and financial assistance through our military benefits, including:

  • Tuition Assistance
  • Montgomery GI Bill
  • VA Vocational Rehabilitation
  • Dependents’ Educational Assistance Program
  • Post 9/11 GI Bill

Admissions Requirements

You will need to submit the following:

  • An admissions application (you can apply online)
  • A $25 application fee
  • All official transcripts from prior institutions, including high school

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

Ottawa University Office of Admissions
1001 South Cedar Street, #17
Ottawa, Kansas 66067
(800) 755-5200
admiss@ottawa.edu

Air Force ROTC is a college program offered at more than 1,100 colleges and universities across the U.S. It prepares you to become an Air Force officer while earning a college degree. But more than that —it’s a challenge, a head start on a lifetime of success within the Air Force and in everything you choose to do.

The ROTC program at Ottawa University is a crosstown school with the University of Kansas. What that means for you—you can have a small, private college experience all while earning your ROTC credits.

In Air Force ROTC, you’ll make the most of your college experience. You’ll hone your time-management skills, analytical skills, and physical fitness. It won’t be easy. But if you’re up to the challenge, the rewards will last a lifetime.

Academics

As a cadet, you will enroll in one course per semester at the University of Kansas. The first section of Air Force ROTC, general military course (GMC), is a two-year program. It consists of one hour of classroom work and two hours of leadership laboratory each week. The GMC is designed to improve communication skills and provide a window into military life. For those not on an ROTC scholarship, it’s an opportunity for you to try out the program with no obligation.

After completing the GMC requirements, if you wish to be considered for entry into the last two years of the program, professional officer course (POC), you must meet certain requirements. You are evaluated on a number of qualitative factors, such as grade point average, unit commander evaluation and aptitude test scores, to determine if you have officer potential. Before entering the POC, you must successfully complete a 24-day summer field-training exercise at Maxwell Air Force Base.

The POC is offered to juniors and seniors who have already committed to a four-year post-graduation service commitment with the U.S. Air Force. Once you’re enrolled, you’ll attend class three hours a week and participate in the same two hour weekly leadership laboratory.

General Military Course
(First Year and Sophomore Students)
Two years; consists of one hour classroom work and one to two hours of leadership laboratory per week.

Professional Officer Course
(Junior and Senior Students)
Offered to upperclassmen committed to a four-year post-graduation service commitment with the Air Force. Three hours classroom work and one to two hours of leadership laboratory per week.

Character Development

The U.S. Air Force is looking for 2nd Lieutenants with the utmost character and the ROTC program will help develop that. We begin with the Air Force Honor Code: “We will not lie, steal, or cheat, nor tolerate among us anyone who does.”

ROTC is looking to develop officers with character, or more specifically, to produce leaders for the U.S. Air Force and build better citizens for America. We expect to produce officers with:

  • Integrity First
  • Service Before Self
  • and Excellence in All We Do

Training

You will receive the finest training to prepare you for active duty as a 2nd Lieutenant. A highlight is the four-week field training experience at Maxwell Air Force Base during the summer between your sophomore and junior years. This training prepares you for increased leadership responsibility.

Another summer training opportunity for cadets is free professional development training (PDT). Among the opportunities are International Immersion Program (travel to another country), Combative (hand-to-hand, unarmed combat), Field Engineering and Readiness Lab (for civil engineering majors), and the list goes on.

Physical Fitness

Physical fitness is an important aspect of the daily life of every Air Force member, including ROTC cadets. As a cadet, you are required to attend at least two sessions per week. These can take place either on campus at Ottawa University or University of Kansas. Cadets may be exempt from PT, if they are an in-season student-athlete.

The Air Force ROTC physical training leaders have put together a challenging and fun program to help you pass the physical fitness assessment (required to continue in the program), along with meeting your own personal fitness goals.

Scholarships

What if you didn’t have to worry about how to pay for college? Air Force ROTC offers a variety of scholarships that will help relieve the financial burden of your college education. That way, you can focus on preparing for your future.

A variety of full and partial scholarships are available, and certain scholarships have specific requirements. To be eligible for scholarship consideration, as a current high school student, you must achieve an SAT composite of 1180 (math and critical reading portions only) or ACT composite of 26 and attain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher. There are no waivers or exceptions to this.Scholarship applications are accepted June 1 through December 1 of the year before the scholarship would take effect.

You’re under no obligation by applying for an Air Force ROTC scholarship. However, if you are awarded a scholarship, you become obligated when you accept and sign an agreement with the U.S. Air Force prior to your sophomore year.

All four-year scholarships begin in the fall as a first year student. Three year scholarships begin in the fall of your sophomore year (other requirements apply during your first year).

  • Type 1 — Pays full college tuition, most fees and includes a book allowance. Awarded for four years.
  • Type 2 — Pays college tuition and most fees up to $18,000 and includes a book allowance. If tuition and fees exceed $18,000 per year, then the student is responsible for the difference. Can be awarded for three or four years.
  • Type 7 — Pays college tuition up to the equivalent of a public school’s in-state rate and includes a book allowance. Awarded for four years.

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 admiss@ottawa.edu.

Admissions Requirements

You will need to submit the following:

  • An admissions application (you can apply online)
  • A $25 application fee
  • All official transcripts from prior institutions, including high school 

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

Ottawa University Office of Admissions
1001 South Cedar Street, #17
Ottawa, Kansas 66067
(800) 755-5200
admiss@ottawa.edu

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 Bureau of Indian Affairs for an application to begin the process for tuition assistance or scholarships.
  • 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 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
    • College preparation coursework and corresponding GPA
    • ACT/SAT scores

    Transfer Students
    • College coursework and corresponding GPA
    • Academic earned-to-attempted percentage

    Non-High School Graduates
    • Minimum GED score of 450
    • ACT/SAT scores (required only for scholarship purposes)

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

Ottawa University Office of Admissions
1001 South Cedar Street
Ottawa, KS 66067
800-755-5200
admiss@ottawa.edu

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