Admission Criteria

Financial Need

At College of the Ozarks, we're looking for good students who lack the financial resources to pay for private, Christian, higher education. 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, from the Ozarks region, but who are without sufficient means to obtain such training.

Ninety percent of each entering class must demonstrate financial need. For only ten percent of each entering class, the financial need requirement is waived. Visit the Tuition and Fees page for more information on our unique cost of education package! 

Academic Ability

Students should be in the top half of their graduating class with a preferred high school gpa of 3.0 and obtain our preferred score of 20 on the ACT or a 950 on the SAT. We pay particular attention not only to these factors, but also to the types of courses taken in high school and their levels of difficulty. It is to your advantage to have above average grades, especially in English classes. The College provides a scholarship for tuition to every student admitted; 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 serve 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.

A list of counties in our service region is given 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
McDonald
Miller
Mississippi
Moniteau
Morgan
New Madrid
Newton
Oregon
Osage
Ozark
Pemiscot
Perry
Pettis
Maries
Polk
Pulaski
Reynolds
Ripley
Saline
Scott
Shannon
St. Clair
St. Francois
St. Genevieve
St. Louis
Stoddard
Stone
Phelps
Texas
Vernon
Washington
Wayne
Webster
Wright

 

Illinois
Alexander
Gallatin
Hardin
Jackson
Johnson
Massac
Pope
Pulaski
Saline
Union

 

Oklahoma
Adair
Cherokee
Craig
Delaware
Mayes
Muskogee
Ottawa
Sequoyah
Wagoner

 

Kansas
Cherokee
Cherokee

 

Alumni Children Applicants

Applicants who are children of alumni who are members in good standing of the College of the Ozarks Alumni Association will be given preferential consideration until February 15 of each year. Alumni children applicants must complete the same admissions process as all candidates. Admissions standards are not modified for alumni children applicants.


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