Founded in 1865, Ottawa University (OU) is a not-for-profit educational institution with residential campus in Ottawa, Kansas, USA. It has locations in Overland Park, Kansas; Kansas City, Missouri; Phoenix, Chandler, and Surprise, Arizona; Brookfield, Wisconsin; and Jeffersonville, Indiana, along with multiple international instructional sites.

Ottawa University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission, a Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. The education programs in Kansas are accredited by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and the Kansas State Department of Education (KSDE). The Arizona Teacher Education Programs are Arizona State department of Education (AZDE) approved. The Ottawa, Kansas and Kansas City Teacher Education programs are Kansas State Board of Education (KSBE) approved.

In 2009, OU was the first four-year institution to join forces with Maricopa Community College at their unique Communiversity in Surprise, Arizona.

The University also offers online courses through its various campuses, the new online division gives students the opportunity to earn a number of complete degrees (both bachelors and masters) fully online. Online graduate degree programs offered include the Master of Business Administration, Master of Arts in Education, and Master of Arts in Human Resources.

Students with foreign credentials who are applying to Ottawa University must have their credentials evaluated by a member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES).


- Placed among Tier 2 Regional Colleges (Midwest) by US News (2011).

- Ranked 45th in Tier 1 among the Best Baccalaureate Colleges (Midwest) by US News & World Report 2010.

* For the university located in Ottawa, Ontario, see University of Ottawa (Canada).

World University Ranking Tables

America - US News & World Report, The Princeton Review, BusinessWeek
Canada - Maclean's, Gourman Report Ranking of Canadian Universities
UK - Sunday Times, Guardian, Times Good University Guide, Daily Telegraph
World - Shanghai Jiao Tong ARWU Rankings, Webometrics, Newsweek
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