Ottawa University

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Ottawa University
Ottawa University Seal
Motto Veritas vos liberabit
Motto in English
The Truth Will Set You Free
Established 1865
Type Private
President Kevin Eichner
Vice-president Clark Ribordy
Provost Terry Haines
Rector Rev. Dr. Roger Fredrikson
Vice-Presidents Jack Maxwell
Nancy Wingert
(Marketing and Chief Marketing Officer)
Paul Bean
(University Advancement)
Students 630 (main)
Undergraduates 600 main
Postgraduates 30 main
Location 1001 S. Cedar Street
Ottawa, KS 66067

38°36′09″N 95°15′56″W / 38.602589°N 95.265542°W / 38.602589; -95.265542Coordinates: 38°36′09″N 95°15′56″W / 38.602589°N 95.265542°W / 38.602589; -95.265542
Colors      Gold
Athletics Ottawa Braves
Sports 18 Varsity Sports
Nickname Braves
Ottawa University (Kansas) Logo.png

Ottawa University (OU) is a private, non-profit, faith-based liberal arts college located in Ottawa, Kansas, United States. It was founded in 1865 and is affiliated with the American Baptist Churches USA. Ottawa has approximately 600 students on its main campus, with a total of about 7,000 students across all of its campuses and online.[1]


The main campus is located in Ottawa, Kansas and is referred to as the "Residential College" or "The College" by the staff.

In addition to the residential college, OU has adult campuses in Overland Park, Kansas; Phoenix and Chandler, Arizona; Brookfield, Wisconsin; and Jeffersonville, Indiana.[2]


Ottawa University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission. Its education programs in Kansas are accredited by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education and the Kansas State Department of Education.[3]

Academic profile[edit]

Today, Ottawa University offers bachelor's degree programs in over 25 disciplines. A Master of Business Administration as well as Master of Arts programs in Human Resources, Counseling and Education are also available.

The following bachelor's degree programs are offered at the school:[4]

  • Accounting
  • Art
  • Biology
  • Business Administration
  • Communication
  • Education
  • Engineering
  • English
  • History
  • Human Services
  • Individualized
  • Information Technology
  • Mathematics
  • Music
  • Physical Education
  • Psychology
  • Public Administration
  • Religion
  • Sociology
Aerial view of Ottawa University
Tauy Jones Building is Ottawa University's oldest building, built in 1869.

Research and cultural resources[edit]

Department of Church Relations[edit]

The Department of Church Relations maintains the university's long-standing relationship with the clergy and churches within the American Baptist Churches USA. Church Relations also works to recruit students from American Baptist Churches across the country.[5]

Forensics, Music, drama and other events[edit]

Ottawa University is the Alpha Chapter of Pi Kappa Delta,[6] the national speech and debate honorary. In 1913, Ottawa became the founding member and continues to invest in forensic activities 100 years later. The Music and Drama department offer productions for the community and serve as host for community related events.


Main article: Ottawa Braves
Official logo for athletics.

Ottawa University teams are known as the Braves, The university is a member of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) and competes in the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference (KCAC). The school provides nine intercollegiate sports for men, nine intercollegiate sports for women, and a varied intramural program.[7] Men's sports include baseball, basketball, cross country, football, golf, soccer, track & field, tennis, wrestling, and lacrosse; while women's sports include basketball, cross country, golf, soccer, softball, track & field, tennis, volleyball, wrestling, and lacrosse. The school is the home of recently renovated Peoples Bank Field.

Student life[edit]

Ottawa views attending college as an opportunity to interact with people, learn new skills and discover new talents.[8] The university offers over 30 student groups, clubs and organizations, including a radio station and the oldest student-run newspaper in Kansas, The Campus. Additionally, the school offers drama, music, honor societies, campus ministry opportunities, and other activities.[9]

Notable alumni[edit]


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