About C of O

Christian values and character, hard work, and financial responsibility comprise the fundamental building blocks of the "Hard Work U" experience. At a time when there is much talk about what is wrong with the nation, College of the Ozarks exemplifies what is right with America.

C of O is committed to its founding mission of providing a quality, Christian education to those who are found worthy, but who are without sufficient means to obtain such training.  Instead of paying tuition, all full-time students work campus jobs to defray the cost of education.  Upon complete participation in the Work Education Program, the College guarantees to meet the entire cost of education for students, allowing them the opportunity to graduate debt-free. The College openly discourages debt by not participating in any federal, state, or private loan programs and leads by example through having no institutional debt of any kind.

 "Hard Work U" earns numerous accolades yearly, including:

U.S. News and World Report 2015:

  • #4 Best Regional College—Midwest
  • #1 Best Value College—Midwest
  • #1 Students with the Least Debt—Midwest
  • #1 and only named to—Best Commitment to Undergraduate Teaching—Midwest
  • #15 Lowest Acceptance Rate in the Nation
    Programs to Look For: Service Learning

The Princeton Review's Best 378 Colleges 2015 Edition:

  • #19 Best-Run Colleges,
  • #7 Don't Inhale,
  • #3 Future Rotarians And Daughters Of The American Revolution,
  • #3 Got Milk?,
  • #4 Most Conservative Students,
  • #8 Most Religious Students,
  • #2 Scotch And Soda, Hold The Scotch,
  • #6 Stone-Cold Sober Schools,
  • #11 Town-Grown Relations Are Great.

The Princeton Review: The Best Value Colleges 2014

Forbes 2014 Top Colleges

  • #194 Overall,
  • #144 in Private Colleges,
  • #38 in the Midwest,
  • Forbes Financial Grade: A.

Money Magazine Best  Colleges 2014-2015:

  • #62 Best College in Nation,
  • #3 Most Affordable College in Nation.

Christianuniversitiesonline.org 2014:

  • #1 Best Christian College in the Nation.


College of the Ozarks is accredited by
North Central Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools
30 North LaSalle Street, Suite 2400
Chicago, IL 60602-2504

The Education Programs are accredited by
Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
P.O. Box 480
Jefferson City, MO 65102-0480

The Nursing Program is approved/accredited by
Missouri State Board of Nursing
P. O. Box 656
Jefferson City, MO 65102-0656

Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
One Dupont Circle, NW
Suite 530
Washington, DC 20036-1120

The Dietetics Program is accredited by

Commission on Accreditation for Dietetic Education
American Dietetic Association
216 West Jackson boulevard
Chicago, IL 60606-6995
312-899-0040, Ex. 5400

Other Interesting Facts

  • Founded as the School of the Ozarks in 1906. The Junior College started in 1956. Four-year program started in 1965. Renamed College of the Ozarks in 1990.
  • Located on a 1,000 acre campus overlooking Lake Taneycomo at Point Lookout, Missouri, 40 miles south of Springfield, near Branson and Hollister, Missouri.
  • Special Recognition: 

   U.S. News & World Report, "Best College" yearly since 1989,
   Forbes, "Top Colleges" and "Best Buy Colleges,"
   Templeton Honor Roll, "Character Building College,"
   Money Magazine's "Best Buy College Guide,"
   Barron's "300 Best Buys in Higher Education,"
   Princeton Review, "The Best 331 Colleges,"
   and many more.

  • Currently, the College has 83 full-time faculty members; the majority hold the doctoral degree. 190 staff members.
  • The current student-faculty ratio is 13:1.
  • The College offers Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees.

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