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 stressing 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
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: 115,000 volumes, 500 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, Mass Communications, Mathematics and Physics, Music, Nursing, Philosophy and Religion, Physical Education, Psychology, Sociology, Spanish, and Theatre. Preprofessional preparation in Engineering, Law, Medicine, Veterinary Medicine, Pharmacy, and Medical Technology.
Admissions: Upon receipt of the Application for Admission, the Office of Admissions will send a packet of forms for required information.
Applicant Data Sheet
ACT test results
A physical examination on C of O form
Instructions for submitting the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA-Pell and state Grants)
A copy of high school transcript and all available test scores
Two letters of recommendation (preferably from school personnel); consult Admissions for additional information
Costs and Financial Aid: Room and board (presently $2,500 per semester) is paid by cash, campus summer work scholarships, or other scholarships. Books, supplies, fees and miscellaneous expenses amount to approximately $1,210 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
Calendar: fall and spring semesters
Work Education Program: This feature of the College makes it truly 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.