Ottawa University-Ottawa

Private, Four-years School Located in Ottawa, KS

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How much is the OU tuition? For the academic year 2023-2024, OU's tuition & fees is $35,300.
With indirect costs not billed by school, such as room & boards and personal living expenses, the total cost of attendance for one academic year is $52,074 when a student lives on-campus.

OU Tuition & Expenses

2022-2023 Rate
Tuition & Fees$35,300
Books & Supplies Costs$1,200
On-campus Room & Board$11,934
On-campus Expenses$3,640
Off-campus Room & Board$10,000
Off-campus Expenses$3,640
2023-2024 Projection
Tuition & Fees$34,700

How Much Does it Cost to Go to OU for 4 Years?

For the class of 2027, who entering colleges in 2023, the 4 years tuition & fees is $162,706 at OU. The estimated tuition rate is based on the changes over last 5 years. With room & board, books, and other personal expenses, the estimated 4 years costs of attendance is $225,002. After receiving financial aid including grants, scholarships, and/or student loans, the 4 years COA is down to $96,404.
The following table computes the 4 years tuition and COA by class of year.
College YearTuition & FeesCOAAfter Financial Aid
Freshmen (2023-24)$37,330$52,904$23,400
Sophomore (2024-25)$39,478$55,052$23,850
Junior (2025-26)$41,748$57,322$24,326
Senior (2026-27)$44,150$59,724$24,829
4 Years Total$162,706$225,002$96,404
College YearTuition & FeesCOAAfter Financial Aid
Freshmen (2024-25)$39,478$55,052$23,850
Sophomore (2025-26)$41,748$57,322$24,326
Junior (2026-27)$44,150$59,724$24,829
Senior (2027-28)$46,689$62,263$25,362
4 Years Total$172,065$234,361$98,366
College YearTuition & FeesCOAAfter Financial Aid
Freshmen (2025-26)$41,748$57,322$24,326
Sophomore (2026-27)$44,150$59,724$24,829
Junior (2027-28)$46,689$62,263$25,362
Senior (2028-29)$49,375$64,949$25,925
4 Years Total$181,962$244,258$100,441
College YearTuition & FeesCOAAfter Financial Aid
Freshmen (2026-27)$44,150$59,724$24,829
Sophomore (2027-28)$46,689$62,263$25,362
Junior (2028-29)$49,375$64,949$25,925
Senior (2029-30)$52,215$67,789$26,520
4 Years Total$192,428$254,724$102,635
College YearTuition & FeesCOAAfter Financial Aid
Freshmen (2027-28)$46,689$62,263$25,362
Sophomore (2028-29)$49,375$64,949$25,925
Junior (2029-30)$52,215$67,789$26,520
Senior (2030-31)$55,218$70,792$27,149
4 Years Total$203,497$265,793$104,955

Average Tuition By School Type and Comparison

Compared to four-years schools nationwide, OU' tuition is higher than the average tuition of $20,875. Compared to private, four-years colleges in Kansas, its tuition is higher than the average tuition of $20,986.
Ottawa University-Ottawa$35,300
U.S. Four-years Colleges$18,570
Public Schools$7,197$12,949
Private Schools$20,875
Kansas Four-years Colleges$15,957
Public Schools$5,756$8,834
Private Schools$20,986

Compare Similar School's Tuition

The next table compares the tuition & fees between OU and similar schools. The similar colleges are selected by school type & level (private, four-years), ranking, and comparison frequency by our users. The comparison is based on 2022-2023 tuition rate.
Ottawa University-OttawaOttawa, KS$35,300$12,562
Benedictine CollegeAtchison, KS$34,800$6,540
Bethany CollegeLindsborg, KS$31,946-
Bethel College-North NewtonNorth Newton, KS$34,002-
Central Christian College of KansasMcPherson, KS$21,000$11,880
Barclay CollegeHaviland, KS$26,590$8,680
Kansas Wesleyan UniversitySalina, KS$33,470$15,350
McPherson CollegeMcPherson, KS$35,162$4,500
Southwestern CollegeWinfield, KS$38,480$9,180
Sterling CollegeSterling, KS$32,200$15,347
Tabor CollegeHillsboro, KS$35,050$12,000

Financial Aid and COA

At Ottawa University-Ottawa, 786 students (100%) received grant or scholarship from the federal government, state or local government, the institution, and other sources. The average amount of grant/scholarship received is $27,900.
After receiving financial aid, the cost of attendance (COA) at OU is $24,174 for students living on-campus and $22,240 for students living off-campus.
For beginning students (i.e. first-time freshmen), 213 students received any type of financial aid including grants/scholarship and student loans. The average amount of grant/scholarship for the first-time students is $23,303 and the average amount of student loans is $9,477.
The financial aid data is based on 2021-2022 statistics from IPEDS.
COA (on-campus)$52,074
COA (off-campus)$50,140
Tuition & Fees$35,300
Indirect Costs (on-campus)$16,774
Indirect Costs (off-campus)$14,840
COA (on-campus) after Receiving Aid$24,174
COA (off-campus) after Receiving Aid$22,240
Average Financial Aid$27,900
Type of AidNumber Receiving AidPercent Receiving AidAverage Amount of Aid Received
Grant or Scholarship786100%$27,900
Pell Grants30939%$5,116
Federal Student Loan70590%$6,695
Type of AidNumber Receiving AidPercent Receiving AidAverage Amount of Aid Received
Any Financial Aid213100%-
Grants or Scholarships213100%$23,303
Federal Grants7837%$5,275
Pell Grants7837%$4,963
Other Federal Grants3416%$717
State/Local Grants8038%$3,984
Institutional Grants213100%$19,875
Student Loan Aid20496%$9,477
Federal Student Loans20395%$5,318
Other Student Loans4823%$17,789

Admission Stats and Requirements to Apply

OU's acceptance rate is 66.57%. A total of 2,082 applicants applied to and 1,386 students were accepted. Of the admitted students, 231 enrolled finally, and the yield (i.e. enrollment rate) is 16.67%.
To apply to OU, 3 items are required - Secondary school GPA, Secondary school record and TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) and 3 items are recommended to submit - Secondary school rank, Completion of college-preparatory program and Recommendations. SAT and ACT scores are considered during the admissions process but are not required to be submitted.
Acceptance Rate66.57%77.45%73.21%
Yield (Enrollment Rate)16.67%16.14%17.60%
Secondary school GPARequired
Secondary school rankRecommended
Secondary school recordRequired
Completion of college-preparatory programRecommended
Formal demonstration of competenciesNeither Required Nor Recommended
Admission test scoresConsidered But Not Required
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)Required
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)Neither Required Nor Recommended

SAT and ACT Scores

The SAT and ACT scores are considered but not required to apply to OU. The average SAT score of the enrolled first-time students is 980 and the average ACT score (ACT composite) is 18.
Its SAT score is lower than the national average score of 1,174. The ACT score is lower than the national average score of 25.
SAT Total9808001,160
National Average1,174
Kansas Average1,067
SAT EBRW500410590
SAT Math480390570
ACT Composite181619
National Average25
Kansas Average21
ACT Math171618
ACT English151317

Student Population

Ottawa University-Ottawa has a total of 953 students including 853 undergraduate and 100 graduate students. By gender, there are 540 male students and 339 female students attending OU. The school offers online degree programs and 28 students enrolled online exclusively (2.94% of all students).
Total879 540339
Undergraduate786 474312
Graduate93 6627

Directory & Academic Information

Directory Information
Address1001 South Cedar, Ottawa, KS
Degree & Programs
DegreeUndergraduate, Graduate
Program Offered48 Programs
Graduate Program Offered10 Graduate Programs
Academic Stats
Acceptance Rate80.00%
Student Population953
Graduation Rate28%
Retention Rate57% (Full-time), 36% (Part-time)
Students to Faculty Ratio Rate11 to 1
Faculty & Staffs
Number of Faculties27 (Full-time), 40 (Part-time)
Number of Staffs157 (Full-time), 61 (Part-time)
Average Faculty Salary$58,335
Average Staff Salary$55,022