Ottawa University Online Reviews
I began my college journey at a different university where I attended school primarily on campus and had to change my work schedule to fit around my school schedule. I found this to be quite difficult with my job. I ended up changing universities for numerous reasons (price and my schedule being the main reasons.) I heard about Ottawa University on the radio and took interest in it. I was able to get my bachelor's degree almost entirely online and if there was a course I had to take on campus, there were a number of convenient locations that I could choose from and the class was only one night a week for three hours and the courses are all eight weeks long. This made finishing my degree easy without having to compromise the career that I already have. I will always suggest Ottawa University to those that talk to me about their interest in starting a degree or going back to school.
Ottawa University (OU) was one of the greatest decisions I made. OU has one of the best business programs and professors. The classes were smaller classes allowing a greater discussion. I never had a prof. who did not go out of their way to help me; continuously offering help and personal one-on-one meetings to see my success in the class room.
I truly loved Ottawa. The classes had a significant amount of hard and decent learned work. I learned alot for social work and counseling studies. The only thing I did not care for was that they sold my degree as the social work degree. However, it may be for some states but in Indiana you must be licensed and attended a BSW or MSW program. However, I am going to further my degree at Walden and get my MSW there. But, with Ottawa they do have decent programs and lovely professors and I would recommend this to anyone, especially those who are Christian due to the fact this is a Christian based academy, but welcome all.
I believe you can find a better university for the price of tuition. Other then a few good professors most did not have a good attitude about helping students with anything outside the classroom. Support staff was also extremely unhelpful. Cafeteria and other facilities are poor but improving. I would not recommend this university to any freshman or transfer student unless they are looking for a small campus atmosphere.
I graduated from Ottawa University with a BA in Management in the summer of '09. I was a transfer student previously attending Capella University. Ottawa has a very generous credit transfer policy. All of my credits from Capella as well as from my military service were transferred, including some credits from previously earned industry standard certifications. For my learning experience and because of my work schedule I prefer a combination of online learning and traditional. Ottawa provided both. Some of my courses were completed at either the Phoenix or Chandler AZ campus, as well as a few online. Both experiences were wonderful, however, I must say that I preferred working directly with the instructors in the live classes. The instructors were great in either format but I prefer live real time interaction from faculty and students. The lessons were very challenging and did not come across as busy work. They were directly related to real world issues and up to date. The faculty members are very experienced in their fields as well as very approachable with a desire for you to succeed. I appreciated the flexibility of the schedules as the courses here in Phoenix are geared towards working adults and are 8 week courses at both the undergrad and grad levels. Average costs for tuition were on par for most private institutions, but I feel the high quality of the education here is what separates Ottawa from the rest. Ottawa is a Baptist based university that emphasizes Christian values. However, the values do not overshadow the core concepts of courses taught. It's wonderful however, since I am a Christian, to include my Christian perspectives in discussions and written assignments without being insulted as the case with many liberal colleges. It's a very welcomed part of the learning experience. I happened to work at a local university as well at the time and although my education would have been a free benefit for me where I worked, I still preferred to study at Ottawa because of the high quality of the education. Sorry to disappoint some folks, but this is not a diploma mill; you will work hard for the degree! After graduation I was accepted in their Masters in HR program and graduated from that as well 2 years later. Worth the money and time for a great education.
Quality education and professors. Currently working on my Master's Degree now with Ottawa. Courses do require hard work, time and research. But you will learn from these courses and be able to apply what you learn to your career, especially with the Management major.
Good teachers/professors. Fair amount of hard work required, but worth the money in quality education.