One of the special commitments of College of the Ozarks is to serve the youth of the Ozarks region. This area is largely rural and mountainous, and incorporates most of southern Missouri, northern Arkansas, and small parts of Kansas, Oklahoma, and Illinois.
The founding charter commits the College to serving “especially those found worthy but who are without sufficient means to procure such training.” This commitment is reflected in the policy that 90 percent of each entering class is limited to students whose families would have a difficult time financing a college education. The remaining 10 percent of available positions in each class are filled with a diverse group of students, primarily children of alumni or employees, scholarship recipients, and a few international students. The College guarantees to meet the “cost of education” for the full-time students—that is, all costs of the educational program (instruction, operating costs, etc.)
Financial need: Ninety percent of each entering class must demonstrate financial need. This requirement is waived for only ten percent of the incoming class, and this category is generally filled early.
The following table is a general guide which gives an indication of the maximum family income allowed for a dependent student interested in qualifying for admission to College of the Ozarks. These limits may be adjusted for unusual circumstances.
Approximate Income Figures Financial Need Consideration
||Combined parent's’ and student’s
adjusted gross income
|Two in family
(one parent and one dependent)
|One in college
|Three in family
||One in college
|Four in family
||One in college
|Four in family
||Two in college
|Five in family
||One in college
|Five in family
||Two in college
|Two in family
||One in college
Please note that these are estimated figures for eligibility.
Objective: A primary objective of College of the Ozarks is to provide an educational opportunity for individuals who have the ability to do college work but do not have the financial resources. When evaluating prospective students, the Dean of Admissions considers courses taken and grades earned, test scores, recommendations, participation in extracurricular activities, indications of academic interest and growth, development of intellectual skills, proof of financial need, and personal interview.
Class rank: Students should be in the top half of their graduating class.
ACT Score: Students should score at least a 20 on the ACT (950 SAT).
GPA: Students should have a 3.00 grade point average.
College Preparatory Curriculum: Students who have taken the college preparatory curriculum in high school are more competitive in the admission process than those who have not. Current core curriculum requirements, set forth by the Missouri Coordinating Board for Higher Education, in the state of Missouri help guide the College in establishing its preferences for courses taken in high school. Those courses are found at the following website: http://www.dhe.mo.gov/policies/hs-core.php. Current college preparatory courses include four units of English, three units of mathematics, three units of social studies, and three units of science. The College is most concerned with the core courses of English, history/social science, mathematics, and science.
To be considered for admission, a prospective student must submit an application for admission. Prospective students may submit the application in paper form or on-line at the College Web site, https://campusweb.cofo.edu/ics/Applications/. After receipt of the application, the admissions office will forward the prospective student application instructions. These documents include:
- High School Transcript
- ACT/SAT scores
- Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
- Two reference forms
- Transfer student form (transfer students)
- Foreign financial certification (international students)
- TOEFL Score of 550 (international students)
The high school transcript (either complete or in progress) should include all available academic, aptitude, achievement test scores, and class rank.
The scores from the American College Testing Program (ACT) or the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) should be mailed directly to the College of the Ozarks admissions office.
Applicants are encouraged to submit the FAFSA on-line, but they may also submit a paper application to the financial aid office if they do not have access to the Internet.
It is preferred that the reference letters be submitted from academic personnel.
Finally, personal interviews are required of all candidates. Admissions office personnel will contact applicants regarding the interview after submission of the high school transcript and ACT/SAT score.
The application process is considered complete when each item has been received and processed (other items may be required in special circumstances). Prospective students are encouraged to complete the admissions process as soon as possible because admission to the College is quite competitive. The admissions process time line is provided in the next few paragraphs.
Transfer Student Admissions: Students with fewer than 24 transferable college semester hours completed elsewhere should submit the materials listed above plus the transfer student documents that are noted. This includes a college transcript (from all institutions attended) and a transfer student form. The transfer student form attests to the positive character of the student and must be completed by the dean of students at the institution from which the student is transferring. Transfer students with 24 or more transferable college semester hours need not submit ACT scores and high school transcripts, but they are required to submit college transcripts and the transfer student form. Reference letters for transfer students should be submitted by college academic personnel. Transfer applicants with over 60 hours may be ineligible for admission. Please see the "transferring courses" section under Academic Program for transfer grade information.
Admissions Process Time Line
Priority Consideration: Applicants who have their files and interviews completed by February 15 will earn priority consideration. This consideration is not a guarantee of admission; it is the best way to ensure a timely review of the admissions file.
Important Note: When submitting documents, candidates must remember to allow for processing time. Submitting all required documents by the consideration date does not mean the forms will be processed on that date. In most cases, it takes at least ten days to process FAFSA information on campus. The information will not be documented as received until processing is complete. It is important to fill out all forms completely; failure to do so may result in the request for additional information, requiring additional time for processing. It is best to have all materials submitted well in advance of the priority and secondary consideration dates.
After the priority date, applicants will earn a review of their files as they are completed. If candidates have any questions as to whether their files are complete, they should contact the admissions office.
Spring Applicants: Applicants interested in spring admission should be aware they are in competition with all candidates, regardless of which semester they plan on beginning school. Qualified candidates who are not admitted in the fall due to limited space are automatically considered for the spring semester. Applicants interested in spring admission need to begin the admission process one year in advance. Spring applicants should complete their files and interviews as soon as possible.
Late Admissions: There will be no admissions after noon on Friday prior to the first day of classes for any given semester. Applicants who wish to have their files reviewed and considered for admission must have a completed file in the admissions office by Monday prior to the first day of classes. Applications submitted after this time are not guaranteed review and consideration for admission. Applicants are reminded that finishing their files well in advance of the above mentioned dates is a better way to ensure a timely review of their admissions files. Please refer to the Admissions Process Time Line.
Applicants who are children of alumni, who are members in good standing fo the College of the Ozarks Alumni Association, will be given preferential consideration until February 15 of each year. Alumni children applicants must complete the same admissions process as all candidates. Admissions standards are not modified for alumni children applicants.
Fees and Deposits
Upon acceptance to the College, resident students are required to pay a $315 acceptance fee. This covers the $215 health, technology, and service (HTS) fee for the semester and the $100 room damage deposit. The current room and board charge of $2,800 per semester is due by the first College business day of August for the fall term and by the first business day of January for the spring term. Special arrangements may be made.
Semester Payment Plan
|1st payment due Aug. 1 $700.00
||1st payment due Jan. 2 $700.00
|2nd payment due Sept. 1 $700.00
||2nd payment due Feb. 1 $700.00
|3rd payment due Oct. 3 $700.00
||3rd payment due March 1 $700.00
|4th payment due Nov. 1 $700.00
||4th payment due April 2 $700.00
Future payment plans can be found on www.cofo.edu or Campusweb. Students who will not be living in the residence halls are required to pay a $215 acceptance fee. This covers the $215 HTS fee. The $215 HTS fee must be paid each semester. These fees will be refunded under the conditions outlined in the Student Handbook.
Final High School Transcript
All students admitted to the College, with the exception of transfer students with 24 or more hours, are required to provide a final high school transcript showing date of graduation, final grade point average, and official school seal or signature of school official.
See Refund Policy for more information.
Student Attendance/Residence Requirements
Students admitted to College of the Ozarks must live in the residence halls unless they meet one of the following criteria:
- the student must be a documented veteran
- live with parents or legal guardians
- or be married
Work Education Program Participation Requirement
In order to receive a degree at College of the Ozarks, students are required to participate in the Work Education Program as a full-time student at least one semester. Students are encouraged to satisfy this requirement as early as possible in their academic career.
Rights and Responsibilities of Prospective Students
Learn about the institutions you are considering.
Education after high school costs time, money, and effort. Higher education is a monumental investment, regardless of where a student decides to attend college; students should evaluate any college carefully. To assist them in making informed decisions, prospective students should have information on various policies including, but not limited to, the institution’s accreditation, educational programs, financial aid, and cost of attending.
Prospective Student Right-to-Know Information
As a prospective student, you are entitled to certain information about the College. This notice is made pursuant to Department of Education regulations and covers Student Right-to-Know, Campus Crime and Security, and Athletic Participation, and Financial Support (EADA) reporting and disclosure. We have assembled the required information, as well as other valuable information about the College, on our Web site, at http://www.cofo.edu/policies.asp?page=1. Please become familiar with the information located on the site. Contact the office of Admissions if you need a printed copy.
Learn and follow Admissions procedures.
It is the applicant’s responsibility to review and consider all information about an institution’s program before enrolling. Upon receiving the application for admission, the admissions office will send application instructions describing in detail the admissions process and the priority consideration deadline. Applicants should pay special attention to this date and complete all requirements completely and accurately. If requirements are completed inaccurately, this may cause delays which could affect the applicant’s admissions process negatively.
Consumer Information is made available to prospective students by: Dr. Marci Linson, Dean of Admissions, Phone 1-800-222-0525; to current students by: Mr. Nick Sharp, Dean of Students, Phone 417-690-2224; for the general population by: Dr. Eric Bolger, Dean of the College, Phone 417-690-2278.
The Ozark Territory
A list of counties in the five states from which students are given a preference for admission is given below. However, students from outside these counties will be considered.