Thank you for visiting the official website of College of the Ozarks. 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. Called “Hard Work U.” by The Wall Street Journal, deserving students are offered the advantages of a quality, Christian education.
Evolving from a high school, College of the Ozarks has become a thriving, four-year nationally recognized institution that is committed to a five-fold mission of encouraging academic, Christian, cultural, vocational, and patriotic growth in its students. Starting as a tiny school on an Ozarks hill, the College has survived major fires, the Great Depression, wars, and struggles to be one of America’s finest—and most distinctive—institutions.
Numerous national publications, including Forbes, U.S. News & World Report, Kaplan Newsweek and many others, consistently recognize College of the Ozarks as one of the best colleges in the nation. The Princeton Review, yearly, has named C of O a “Stone Cold Sober School” for more than a decade.
The College's commitment to cultivating character and work ethic and promoting Christian values has attracted renowned leaders such as President George Bush, Sr., President George W. Bush, President Gerald Ford, First Ladies Barbara Bush and Pat Nixon, Prime Minister of Great Britain Margaret Thatcher, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, and General Norman Schwarzkopf, among many others. While visiting C of O, Lady Thatcher said, “The education that you get here is not only an education or a qualification for a degree; it is an education for life…”
For more than 100 years, this unique institution has educated the head, heart, and hands of countless young people. May God grant that it be so for the next 100 years and beyond.
Jerry C. Davis, President