The mission of College of the Ozarks - providing an intentionally Christian education for youth of both sexes, especially those found worthy, but who are without sufficient means - has never changed. The College was founded with Jesus Christ and his kingdom at its center, and continues to this day to help students grow up fully into the Christian faith, not only in their intellectual life, but as whole persons (Matthew 22:37; Romans 12:1-2). Through a five-fold mission emphasizing academic, Christian, vocational, cultural, and patriotic growth, the College aims to “develop citizens of Christ-like character who are well-educated, hard-working, and patriotic.” Student debt is openly discouraged, and all full-time students learn the discipline of hard work in the Work Education Program, as an integral part of their overall education experience. The core liberal arts education, fundamental to all degrees provided by the College’s dedicated and Christ-following faculty, is designed to broaden and strengthen each student’s heart, soul, and mind so they can love God and neighbor, and to help them develop an informed and biblically faithful understanding of the world (Matthew 22:36-40; Colossians 2:6-8). The major programs provide focused learning in specific areas to prepare students to serve Christ effectively and uphold the values of Christ’s kingdom in a wide variety of professions.
The faculty, administration, and staff of College of the Ozarks welcome young men and women who desire to grow up fully in Christ and provide leadership in our country and throughout the world into 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 1,500 undergraduate students
Faculty: 89 full-time, 34 adjuncts, 60 percent hold a doctoral/terminal degree
Student-Faculty Ratio: 16:1
Library: Over 100,000 volumes and 300 print periodicals. Electronic resources include periodical databases, e-books, and interlibrary loans. AV equipment, photocopiers, scanners, printers, and computers are available for student use.
Fields of Study: Accounting, Agriculture, Art, Biblical and Theological Studies, Biology, Business Administration, Chemistry, Computer Sciences, Communication Arts, Conservation and Wildlife Management, Criminal Justice, Culinary Arts, Nutrition & Dietetics, Education, Engineering, English, Family and Consumer Sciences, Family Studies and Social Services, Fire Science, Graphic Arts, History, Hotel and Restaurant Management, Mathematics and Physics, Music, Nursing, Physical Education, Psychology, Spanish, and Theatre. Preprofessional preparation in 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 with Writing scores, high school transcript, reference forms, Free Application for Federal Student Aid, and a personal interview. Transfer students must also submit college transcripts, and transfer student form.
Costs and Financial Aid: Room and board (presently $3,400 per semester/$6,800 fall + spring) is paid by the student/family and/or campus summer work scholarships, or other scholarships. Books, supplies and fees amount to approximately $1,430 per year and are paid by the student/family or eligible financial aid. The cost of education (tuition) of $18,500 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, Bachelor of Science in Engineering
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 95 percent of the student body lives on campus in four men’s residence halls and five 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.