Ottawa University Seal
|Motto||Veritas vos liberabit|
Motto in English
|The Truth Will Set You Free|
(Marketing and Chief Marketing Officer)
|Location||1001 S. Cedar Street
Ottawa, KS 66067
|Sports||21 Varsity Athletic Teams|
Ottawa University (OU) is a private, non-profit, faith-based 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, Kansas, with a total of about 7,000 students across all of its campuses and online.
The original campus is located in Ottawa, Kansas and is referred to as the "Residential College" or "The College" by the staff.
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.
Today, 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).
Research and cultural resources
Department of Church Relations
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.
Forensics, Music, drama and other events
Ottawa University is the Alpha Chapter of Pi Kappa Delta, 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.
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. Men's sports include baseball, basketball, cross country, football, golf, soccer, track & field, tennis, wrestling, volleyball, 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.
Ottawa views attending college as an opportunity to interact with people, learn new skills and discover new talents. 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.
- Wayne Angell, former Federal Reserve governor, Kansas State Representative and Bear Stearns chief economist
- Mitch Barnhart, Athletic Director, University of Kentucky
- Leonard Erickson, notable researcher of DNA repair
- Howard K. Gloyd, herpetologist, credited with describing several new species of reptile
- Robin Harris, comedian
- Timon Marshall, Arena Football League player
- Merritt C. Mechem, territorial Supreme Court justice and one-term Republican governor of New Mexico
- Dorothy C. Stratton, director of the United States Coast Guard Women's Reserve (SPARS) during World War II
- Derrick Ward, National Football League (note that Derrick Ward played football for Ottawa University for one semester only, and he did not graduate from the institution)