Ottawa University

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Ottawa University
Ottawa University Seal
Motto Veritas vos liberabit
Motto in English
The Truth Will Set You Free
Type Private
Established 1865
President Kevin Eichner
Vice-president Clark Ribordy
Provost Terry Haines
Rector Roger Fredrikson
Vice-Presidents 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, Kansas 66067
United States

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 21 varsity athletic teams
Nickname Braves
Ottawa University (Kansas) Logo.png

Ottawa University (OU) is a private, non-profit, Christian liberal arts university 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 residential campus in Ottawa, with a total of about 7,000 students across all of its campuses and online.[1]


The original 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]

Ottawa University offers bachelor's degree programs in more than 25 disciplines. Current graduate program offerings include Master of Business Administration (MBA), Master of Arts in Education (MAEd), Master of Arts in Human Resources (MAHR), and Master of Arts in Counseling (MAC).

Aerial view of Ottawa University
Tauy Jones Hall 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.[4]

Forensics, music, drama and other events[edit]

Ottawa University is the Alpha Chapter of Pi Kappa Delta,[5] the national speech and debate honorary. In 1913, Ottawa became the founding member and continues to invest in forensic activities over 100 years later.

The Music and Drama Departments offer productions for the community and serve as host for community related events.


Main article: Ottawa Braves

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 eleven intercollegiate sports for men, ten intercollegiate sports for women, and a varied intramural program.[6] Men's sports include baseball, basketball, cross country, football, golf, lacrosse, soccer, tennis, track & field, volleyball, and wrestling, while women's sports include basketball, cross country, golf, lacrosse, soccer, softball, track & field, tennis, volleyball, and wrestling. The school is the home of the 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.[7] The university offers over 30 student groups, clubs and organizations, including a radio station and the oldest student-run newspaper in Kansas, The Campus. The school offers drama, music, honor societies, campus ministry opportunities, and other activities.[8]

Notable alumni[edit]


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