The mission of College of the Ozarks—providing a Christian education for youth of both sexes, especially those found worthy, but who are without sufficient means—has never changed. Working for an education is the continuing distinctive tradition of this college in which student debt is openly discouraged, and where all full-time students participate in the Work Education Program as an integral part of their overall education experience. The liberal arts education, fundamental to all degrees provided by the College’s dedicated faculty, is designed to broaden and strengthen the mind. Students can gain the adaptability demanded by the modern world while affirming the values that make life worth living. Our students learn to deal with the reality of changing technology while solidifying a foundation built on unchanging principles. Through a five-fold mission emphasizing academic, Christian, vocational, cultural, and patriotic growth, we hope to provide society with productive, responsible citizens.
The faculty, administration, and staff of College of the Ozarks welcome the deserving young men and women who will guide our society in the 21st century.
Overview of College of the Ozarks
Type: Four-year private, liberal arts college
Size and Location: 1000-acre campus at Point Lookout, MO, 40 miles south of Springfield, near Branson and Hollister, MO
Accreditation: The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, Commission on Accreditation for Dietetic Education, Missouri State Board of Nursing, Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.
Student Body: Approximately 1,350 undergraduate students
Faculty: 89 full-time, 34 adjuncts, 60 percent hold a doctoral/terminal degree
Student-Faculty Ratio: 16:1
Library: 108,000 volumes, 350 print periodicals, Internet, online databases, and online catalog. Audio-visual equipment and materials. Interlibrary Loan worldwide. Twenty-six station computer lab available for students.
Fields of Study: Accounting, Agriculture, Art, Biology, Business Administration, Chemistry, Computer Sciences, Communication Arts, Conservation and Wildlife Management, Criminal Justice, Culinary Arts, Dietetics, Education, English, Family and Consumer Sciences, Graphic Arts, History, Hotel and Restaurant Management, Mathematics and Physics, Music, Nursing, Philosophy and Religion, Physical Education, Psychology, Sociology, Spanish, and Theatre. Preprofessional preparation in Engineering, Law, Medicine, Veterinary Medicine, Pharmacy, Allied Health Science, Dentistry, Physician’s Assistant, and Medical Technology.
Admissions: Upon receipt of the application for admission, the Office of Admissions will email instructions. Items required for the application process include ACT test scores, high school transcript, reference forms, Free Application for Federal Student Aid, two reference forms, and a personal interview. Transfer students must also submit college transcripts, and transfer student form.
Costs and Financial Aid: Room and board (presently $2,800 per semester) is paid by cash, campus summer work scholarships, or other scholarships. Books, supplies, fees and miscellaneous expenses amount to approximately $1,230 per year. Financial assistance may be available for these expenses. The cost of education for full-time students is covered by participation in the Work Education Program and other forms of financial aid.
Degrees: Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Science in Nursing
Calendar: fall and spring semesters
Work Education Program: This feature of the College makes it unique. All full-time students work 15 hours per week and two 40-hour work weeks per year at assigned campus jobs as part of their education.
Campus Housing: Approximately 65 percent of the student body lives on campus in three men’s residence halls and four women’s residence halls.
Student Services: Financial aid, academic counseling, career counseling, placement, men’s and women’s varsity athletics, intramural activities, housing, food service, health service, social activities, campus publications, and other extra-curricular activities.
Campus Office Hours: Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. until noon and 1 p.m. until 5 p.m. Summer hours (mid-May through mid-August): 7:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m.