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Admission Criteria

The mission of our unique institution focuses on providing a Christian education to those who are found worthy, primarily from the Ozarks region, but who may be without sufficient means to obtain such training. At College of the Ozarks, we're looking for high-achieving and hardworking students who the financial resources to pay for a private, Christian college in our region. These students are the ones who will impact the world! If you fit that bill, you might be a good candidate for admission!

Students must be at least 17 years old by the first day of Character Camp (new student orientation) of the semester for which they are applying.

Financial Need

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90% of each entering class must demonstrate financial need. The financial need requirement is waived for only 10% of each entering class. For more information on our unique cost of education package click the cost of education and fees link below.

Cost of Education and Fees

Financial aid from College of the Ozarks is provided through a student’s participation in C of O’s specialized work study program, from any supplemental grants for college a student might receive, from the C of O “Cost of Education” Scholarship and more. College of the Ozarks discourages the borrowing of money to pay for education, and every student will get the opportunity to graduate debt-free.

Academic Ability

In addition to demonstrating financial need, prospective students should be in the top half of their graduating class with a preferred high school GPA of at least 3.0. They should also seek to obtain our preferred score of at least 20 on the ACT or a 1030 on the SAT. Most of our students' grades and test scores are well above these standards.

We pay particular attention not only to these grading and testing factors, but also to the types of courses taken in high school and their levels of difficulty. It is to your advantage in the admissions process to have above average grades, especially in English classes. The College provides scholarships to every student admitted; and it is important that the College invest its resources in students who have a track record of success in their academic experiences.

Regional Ozarks Region County List

The College was founded to provide a private, Christian college experience to students specifically from the Ozarks region. Although we occasionally admit students from outside the region, preference is given to those from the College’s service region, as listed below.

Arkansas

Arkansas
Baxter
Benton
Boone
Carroll
Clay
Cleburne
Conway
Craighead
Crawford
Crittenden
Cross
Faulkner
Franklin
Fulton
Greene
Independence
Izard
Jackson
Jefferson
Johnson
Lawrence
Lee
Lonoke
Madison
Marion
Mississippi
Monroe
Newton
Phillips
Poinsett
Pope
Prairie
Pulaski
Randolph
St. Francis
Searcy
Sharp
Stone
Van Buren
Washington
White

 

Missouri
Barry
Barton
Bates
Benton
Bollinger
Butler
Camden
Cape Girardeau
Carter
Cass
Cedar
Christian
Cole
Cooper
Crawford
Dade
Dallas
Dent
Douglas
Dunklin
Franklin
Gasconade
Greene
Henry
Hickory
Howell
Iron
Jasper
Jefferson
Johnson
Laclede
Lafayette
Lawrence
Madison
Maries
McDonald
Miller
Mississippi
Moniteau
Morgan
New Madrid
Newton
Oregon
Osage
Ozark
Pemiscot
Perry
Pettis
Phelps
Polk
Pulaski
Reynolds
Ripley
Saline
Scott
Shannon
St. Clair
St. Francois
St. Genevieve
St. Louis
Stoddard
Stone
Taney
Texas
Vernon
Washington
Wayne
Webster
Wright

 

Illinois
Alexander
Gallatin
Hardin
Jackson
Johnson
Massac
Pope
Pulaski
Saline
Union
Williamson
Oklahoma
Adair
Cherokee
Craig
Delaware
Mayes
Muskogee
Ottawa
Sequoyah
Wagoner

 

Kansas
Cherokee
Crawford

 

Student On-Campus/Off-Campus Residence Requirements

All unmarried students are required to live on campus. After the first year at the College, students may be considered for off-campus status (commuting) if:

·        They live with parents/legal guardians (within 40 miles of the College) and demonstrate a significant financial need

·        They are married (living within forty miles of the College)

·        They are Veterans of the armed services (living within forty miles of the College)

 Exceptions to the first-year, on-campus living policy are considered for Veterans of the armed services.

 Students are reminded that there is a maximum number of commuting positions available. Priority is given to students who are student teaching or completing nursing preceptorships outside the forty-mile distance of the College.


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