Ottawa University Online (OU Online)

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Ottawa University (OU) is a private, non-profit university with a faith-based liberal arts philosophy and affiliated with the American Baptist Church.  The school is based in Ottawa, Kansas and was founded in 1865.  In addition to the online learning division, Ottawa University also has schools in nine different locations including Phoenix, AZ to Overland Park, KS.

Ottawa University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) with education programs in Kansas earning an accreditation from the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and the Kansas State Department of Education (KSDE).

Ottawa University boasts a 4:1 student ratio for online students providing an optimal blend of high-tech and high-touch to assist students on their educational path.  Additionally, each student enrolled in an online course is assigned an academic advisor that also serves as a personal success coach.

Programs at Ottawa University include undergraduate and graduate programs in the following areas of study: communication, addiction counseling, history, English, math, human services, law enforcement, psychology, Christian ministries, counseling, finance, accounting, business, health care management, economics, human resources, leadership, management, information systems, marketing, elementary education, secondary education, data science & technology, and nursing tracks.

The admissions process has been defined to help meet your needs.  In fact, the school has created an admissions flow for the following types of students to streamline the process: new students, undergraduate students, graduate students, international students, transfer students, ROTC students, tribal students, and military students.

After taking the time to speak with a dedicated admissions counselor given your specific goals, you will need to apply for admissions and work through your financial aid options.

Financial aid at OU consists of three primary steps.  First, you will need to complete the FAFSA form.  The FAFSA is the Free Application for Federal Student Aid form which will help the school understand your federal options.  These options can include federal grants, school-based scholarships & grants, and other types of federal aid.

The second step in the process is to meet with a counselor and sign the master promissory note, as applicable.  The final step in the process is to complete all student loan forms & submit them prior to the prescribed deadline.

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Programs Offered

The program list below is organized by areas of study. The programs that have a link will direct you to the program's profile page where you can learn more about education requirements and career pathways.

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Business and Marketing Studies


English Language and Literature

Health and Clinical Professions


Liberal Arts and Sciences

Mathematics and Statistics


Public Administration and Social Services

Security and Protective Services

Theology and Religious Vocations

*Amounts for tuition, fees, and supplies are an estimate which are calculated based on historical data and should be solely used for informational purposes only.
**Repayment rates, earnings, and loan payments are estimated to provide a comparative context. For more detailed information individuals are asked to contact the school.

Estimated Costs & Financial Aid

The items listed below are for informational purposes only and may not represent current tuition, fees, and expenses.

Note: Financial aid is only available for those who qualify, check with the school for details.

Financial Aid Details

The table below breaks down the types of financial aid, the percent of students receiving aid, and average amount of aid per student.

 Percent of StudentsAverage Amount
Receiving Grants & Scholarships46%$7,352
Student Loans (Federal)49%$10,924

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