Ottawa University: Narrative Description

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1001 South Cedar
Ottawa, KS 66067-3399
Tel: (785)242-5200; 800-755-5200; Admissions: (785)242-5200; Fax: (785)242-7429; E-mail: [email protected]; Web Site:

Description: Independent American Baptist Churches in the USA, comprehensive, coed. Awards bachelor's degrees (also offers master's, adult, international and on-line education programs with significant enrollment not reflected in profile). Founded 1865. Setting: 60-acre small town campus with easy access to Kansas City. Endowment: $12.7 million. Educational spending 2002-03: $3135 per student. Total enrollment: 530. Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 19:1. 561 applied, 44% were admitted. 10% from top 10% of their high school class, 23% from top quarter, 57% from top half. 2 valedictorians. Full-time: 471 students, 45% women, 55% men. Part-time: 59 students, 41% women, 59% men. Students come from 25 states and territories, 4 other countries, 33% from out-of-state, 2% Native American, 4% Hispanic, 11% black, 2% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 7% international, 11% 25 or older, 52% live on campus, 14% transferred in. Retention: 64% of 2003 full-time freshmen returned. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: business/marketing; education; parks and recreation. Core. Calendar: semesters. ESL program, advanced placement, self-designed majors, independent study, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, internships.

Entrance Requirements: Options: Peterson's Universal Application, electronic application, international baccalaureate accepted. Required: high school transcript, minimum 2.5 high school GPA, SAT I or ACT. Recommended: 2 recommendations, interview. Required for some: essay. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadline: Rolling. Notification: continuous.

Costs Per Year: Application fee: $15. Comprehensive fee: $19,600 includes full-time tuition ($13,850), mandatory fees ($300), and college room and board ($5450). College room only: $2400. Full-time tuition and fees vary according to course load. Room and board charges vary according to board plan and housing facility.

Collegiate Environment: Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 35 open to all; university social clubs; 20% of eligible men and 25% of eligible women are members. Most popular organizations: Christian Faith In Action, Student Activities Force, Education Club, Whole Earth Club, Fellowship of Christian Athletes. Major annual events: Welcome Week, Casino Night, Late Night Finals Breakfast. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, locked residence hall entrances. 365 college housing spaces available; 265 were occupied in 2002-03. Freshmen guaranteed college housing. On-campus residence required through junior year. Options: men-only, women-only housing available. Myers Library with 80,500 books, 4,542 microform titles, and 310 serials. Operations spending 2002-03: $146,329. 71 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment: The city is named for the Indians who established a new reservation here in 1834. Pomona Dam and Reservoir, fifteen miles northwest, provides facilities for picnicking, camping, trailering, swimming, boating, fishing and hunting. Forest Park on the Marais des Cygnes River provides additional outdoor recreational facilities. Community facilities include libraries, municipal airport and trains and buses for transportation. Other cultural and recreational activities are enjoyed in Kansas City, which is an hour's drive away.

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