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:

National Rankings 2016-2017

U.S. News and World Report

   Best Colleges 2017:

  • No. 1 Best Value Regional College in the Midwest
  • No. 4 Best Regional College in the Midwest
  • No. 2 Best Undergraduate Teaching

   U.S. News and World Report Short List:

  • 10 Colleges Where Graduates Have the Least Debt

The Princeton Review, 2017

   The Best 381 Colleges 2017 Edition

  • The College is listed as a Great School for the following majors: agriculture, education, and health services.
  • #5 Most Conservative Students
  • #6 Most Religious Students
  • #2 Town-Gown Relations Are Great
  • #3 Got Milk?
  • #2 Stone-Cold Sober Schools

Forbes, 2017

  • No. 4 Best Value
  • Financial Grade, A+
  • The Best Colleges in the Midwest, No. 52
  • America’s Top Colleges, No. 243

Money Magazine, 2016-17

The Chronicle of Higher Education

  • 2016 Great Colleges to Work For
  • Honor Roll, 10 institutions cited most often across all recognition categories
  • Recognized in six categories – professional/career development, teaching environment (faculty only), compensation and benefits, job satisfaction, supervisor/department chair relationship, respect and appreciation

Washington Monthly, 2017

  • No. 1 Best Bang for the Buck Midwest Colleges
  • No. 2 Top 100 Baccalaureate Colleges


  • No. 1, 50 Most Affordable Christian Colleges and Universities, 2017
  • No. 1, Top 50 Christian Colleges & Universities with the Lowest Debt Burden, 2017
  • No. 18, 50 Most Beautiful Christian Colleges & Universities in the U.S., 2017
  • No. 4, Top 10 Christian College Visual Arts Programs, 2017
  • No. 2, Top 10 Christian College Education Programs, 2016
  • No. 1, Top 50 Best Christian Colleges and Universities for Veterans, 2016


   2016 Travelers’ Choice award

  • No. 1 Top 25 Small Hotels in the U.S.
  • No. 10 Top 25 Hotels for Service in the U.S.

   2016 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence

The College, The Keeter Center, and Dobyns Dining Room


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

College of the Ozarks is an applicant for candidacy with the Transnational Association of Christian Colleges and Schools (TRACS), [15935 Forest Road, Forest, VA  24551; Telephone: (434) 525-9539; email: info@tracs.org]. TRACS is recognized by the United States Department of Education, the Council for Higher Education Accreditation and the International Network for Quality Assurance Agencies in Higher Education (INQAAHE).

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.
  • Enrollment: 1,500
  • Residential campus
  • The College offers Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees.

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