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“C of O is unique among higher education institutions in America: no tuition is charged, all students work on campus, debt is openly discouraged, and no federal, state or private loans are made.”
- Jerry C. Davis, President
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Our Mission

The mission of College of the Ozarks is to provide the advantages of a Christian education for youth of both sexes, especially those found worthy, but who are without sufficient means to procure such training.

College of the Ozarks with academic, vocational, cultural, patriotic and Christian goals

Our Vision

The vision of College of the Ozarks is to develop citizens of Christ-like character who are well-educated, hard-working, and patriotic.




We invite you to visit College of the Ozarks. When you come to College of the Ozarks, you will see what The Wall Street Journal described as "one of the most unusual little liberal arts colleges in the country." College of the Ozarks, founded in 1906, is a no-tuition college. Every full-time student works at a campus job to help defray his or her expenses.

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At College of the Ozarks, we're looking for good students who have financial need. If you fit that bill, you might be a good candidate for admission! The mission of this unique institution focuses on providing a Christian education to those who are found worthy, but who are without sufficient means to obtain such training.


College of the Ozarks relies heavily on charitable support to meet its annual budget. Whereas most colleges and universities charge tuition, College of the Ozarks is a no-tuition college. Approximately seventy percent of the College’s revenue comes from gift income and earnings from endowment. Annual support from benefactors keeps the “Gates of Opportunity” open wide. This funding provides students the opportunity to earn their college education. Full-time students work fifteen hours per week to cover a portion of their education. The remainder is underwritten through grants and scholarships, which are made available through donations.
Academic Goal
To provide a sound education,
based in the liberal arts.
Patriotic Goal
To encourage an understanding of American heritage, civic responsibilities, love of country, and willingness to defend it.
Vocational Goal
To promote a strong work ethic, encouraging the development of good character and values.
Christian Goal
To foster the Christian faith through the integration of faith with learning, living, and service.
Cultural Goal
To cultivate an appreciation of the fine arts, an understanding of the world, and adherence to personal standards.
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