Timeline and Interview

Application Time Line

If you are serious about attending College of the Ozarks, please pay careful attention to the Admissions Process Time Line. Our openings fill up quickly each semester!

Priority Consideration:

Applicants whose entire application process (including interview and Free Application for Federal Student Aid) is complete by February 15 will earn priority consideration. This consideration is not a guarantee of admission; it is the best way to ensure a timely review of the admissions file. After February 15 applicants earn a review of their files as they are completed. If candidates have any questions as to whether their files are complete, they should check their application process requirements on Campusweb, or contact the admissions office.

Spring Applicants:

Occasionally, there are applicants who wish to begin in the Spring semester in January. We admit students for this term, and advise candidates to apply one year in advance, and earn priority consideration.

Late Admissions:

There will be no admissions after noon on Friday prior to the first day of classes for any given semester. Applicants who wish to have their files reviewed and considered for admission must have a completed file in the admissions office by Monday prior to the first day of classes. Applications submitted after this time are not guaranteed review and consideration. Applicants are reminded that finishing their files well by or before the priority consideration date is the best way to ensure a timely review.

Admission Decisions:

Admissions decisions are provided in writing, through the United States Postal Service. Admission decisions are not given over the phone, and currently are not delivered via email.

The Admissions Interview

The admissions interview is a requirement of the application process. The interview is an opportunity for students to become familiar with the character of the College; it also serves as a time for applicants to express their interest in attending C of O.

The interview should last no longer than thirty minutes. Occasionally, depending on how talkative and interactive applicants are, interviews may be considerably shorter, or a bit longer.

Who conducts the interview? Admissions representatives conduct the interview. Representatives are full-time employees of the College, and also travel to area high schools for high school visits and college fairs. Over the years, many admissions representatives have been C of O graduates, so they are very familiar with qualities and character traits necessary for success at the College.

Who is interviewed? The applicant is interviewed, individually. Although we understand parents are very interested and involved in their student’s admissions process, parents are not permitted in the interview.

Are phone interviews permissible? Phone interviews are permissible in special situations. Typically, if applicants live more than 4-5 hours away, the College is happy to consider a telephone interview. In-person interviews are preferred.

Does the interview include a campus tour? The interview appointment does not include a campus tour. Should applicants want a campus tour the same day, they should call well in advance to request a separate tour appointment. Availability for campus tours is dependent upon the class schedules of our student tour guides.

How should students dress for the interview? It is recommended that applicants dress professionally for the interview. As with any type of formal interview with any organization, applicants should familiarize themselves with organizational expectations and present themselves in accordance.

What type of information is assessed during the interview? The College would like to learn about our applicants’ experiences in everyday living, time management, expectations, goal setting, coping, and value systems.

When may I schedule an interview? Admissions personnel will call eligible candidates to schedule the interview after they have submitted required documents (as outlined in the application instructions provided to each candidate via email, and via Campusweb). 

How should I prepare for the interview? Basically, just be yourself and come prepared to talk about your life experiences; we really want to know who you are! Familiarize yourself with the College’s behavioral expectations and general policies, all available on our website (www.cofo.edu) in the College Catalog and Student Handbook. It is recommended that applicants dress professionally for the interview. As with any type of formal interview with any organization, applicants should familiarize themselves with organizational expectations and present themselves in accordance.

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