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Regardless of where you are in the college search process, getting on a college’s campus is an important part of the decision-making process. You want to see yourself on campus and really know what student life is like. After all, you are planning to spend the next four years on campus obtaining your college degree and participating in activities.

At Ottawa University, we know that the college search process is as unique as you are. That in mind, Ottawa University offers two different campus visit options for you.

If you’re interested in our campus event days, we have a variety of opportunities scheduled throughout the year.

Braves Visit Day

During these event days, you will receive general information about the University. You will be able to tour the campus as well. A highlight of the day will be our “Fair.” You will have the opportunity to meet with students and faculty to discuss academic programs, campus activities and involvement. Take the time to see where you fit into the Ottawa University community.

Braves Visit Day Tentative Schedule:

8:30 a.m. Check-in
8:45 a.m. Official Welcome
9:00 a.m. Discover OU
10:00 a.m. Student / Faculty / Financial Aid Panel
11:00 a.m. Activity Fair
12:00 p.m. Lunch
1:00 p.m. Football Game (fall)

 

How to Register

Complete the form below to sign-up for one of our Visit Days.

If you are looking for a more personalized campus visit, we would be happy to get one set-up for you. Just click here to register now!

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At Ottawa University, we encourage you to schedule a personalized campus tour. While here, we will schedule you to meet and speak with our faculty, activity/athletic personnel, as well as tour the campus and see the residence halls. We may even be able to schedule you for a scholarship audition. The more we know about you and your interests, the more personalized your tour will be.

Personalized campus visits last at least three (3) hours and can be made Monday through Friday. Visit times typically begin at 9:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. If these times do not work, let us know and we will do our best to be flexible and accommodate your request.

Depending on your interests and time, you can do any of the following activities:

  • Take a 50-minute walking tour of campus with a student guide
  • Meet with a faculty member in your area of interest*
  • Meet with your admission counselor to discuss the application and financial aid process
  • If you are a student-athlete, meet with an athletic coach*
  • Eat lunch in the NEW Gibson Student Center with current students
  • View a residence hall room
  • Audition for a music, theatre or forensics scholarship*

*Appointments with faculty and activity/athletic personnel are pending their availability.

Bring your friends and family with you on your campus visit. After all, they will likely be visiting you on campus and need to see you on campus as well!

How to register

Tell us what day and times work for you and one of our enrollment team members will contact you to schedule your personalized campus visit.

If you want a more general visit, register to attend one of our Jr/Sr Visit Days.

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Students interested in competing to be an OU Scholar must be accepted to the campus in Ottawa, Kansas, have a minimum ACT composite score of 24 and have either a minimum cumulative high school GPA of 3.5 (out of 4.0) or be in top third of your graduating class. 

The competition begins with the submission of a portfolio which shall include:

  • official high school transcript that details graded coursework through the end of 2019, including in-progress coursework for the high school senior year;
  • single-page outline of extra-curricular activities that includes years and level(s) of involvement;
  • list of honors, awards and recognitions received;
  • two (2) letters of recommendation—one from a school official, teacher, activity director, etc. that addresses your excellence in academics, intellectual and creative work, and involvement in your high school community, and one from someone who will address your  civic involvement; and
  • maximum of three (3) different graded samples of work that efficiently displays intellectual range and depth (i.e. recorded fine arts performance, graded artistic expression, graded writing sample, graded exam, etc.)

Based upon an evaluation of the portfolios, selected students will advance to the final round of competition which will be conducted on the campus on Saturday, March 7, 2020.

Franklin County High Achiever

Designed specifically for seniors in any Franklin County, Kansas, High School, the Franklin County High Achiever Scholarship is annually awarded to select students who will be attending Ottawa University. The scholarship award is renewable for up to three additional years.

To be considered for the Ottawa High Achiever Scholarship, you must be completing your senior year at a Franklin County (Kansas) High School, have a minimum GPA of 3.25, and a cumulative ACT score of 21 or higher (or SAT equivalent).

Areas of consideration for the awarding of the Franklin County High Achiever Scholarship include academics, extra-curricular activities, school involvement, and community involvement. The competition consists of a portfolio submission and on-campus interview. The recipient will be recognized at the high school's Senior Recognition/Award Ceremony.

The competion begins with the submission of a portfolio which shall include:

  • official high school transcript that details graded coursework through the end of your junior year, including in-progress coursework for your senior year;
  • single-page outline of extra-curricular activities that includes years and level(s) of involvement, list of honors, awards and recognitions received;
  • one (1) letter of recommendation from a school official, teacher, activity director, etc. that addresses your excellence in academics, intellectual and creative work, involvement in your high school community, and civic involvement; and
  • maximum of three (3) different graded samples of creative work that efficiently displays intellectual range and depth (i.e. a recorded fine arts performance, graded artistic expression, graded writing sample, graded exam, etc.)

Portfolios are due by Friday, November 1, 2019. On-campus competition is Wednesday, November 13, 2019.

For more details on the competition, contact:

Braves Cheer and Dance Recruitment Days

These open gym recruitment days are the perfect time to meet the current OU teams, as well as show us your skills. While you're here, we will be watching you for position tryouts and scholarships. You may attend these recruitment days more than once and they are a great way to get to know the current team members, as well as hone your skills.

If you'd like to know more about admissions, financial aid and tour campus while you're here, we encourage you to connect with the Office of Admissions to schedule your personalized visit. That will give you the best opportunity to learn more about our admissions process, as well as get a detailed tour of campus.

For more details about the Braves Cheer and Dance Recruitment Days and event dates, contact Head Coach Shayla Siebenthall at shayla.siebenthall@ottawa.edu or call 785-248-2315. GO BRAVES!

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