2005 - 2006 College of the Ozarks Catalog

2005 - 2006

Incorporated in 1906 as The School of the Ozarks


North Central Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools
30 North LaSalle Street, Suite 2400
Chicago, IL 1-800-621-7440

Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
P.O. Box 480, Jefferson City, MO 65102-0480

Volume 35

Number  1

Point Lookout, Missouri  65726
Phone 417-334-6411
FAX 417-335-2618


College of the Ozarks is an independent, privately supported, fully accredited, coeducational four-year college related by covenant to the Presbyterian Church (USA). The college subscribes to the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 and is committed to a policy of nondiscrimination on the basis of age, color, handicap, race, sex and national origin in all of its programs and offerings. Nor does the college discriminate against any person or persons on the basis of creed or religion in admissions policies or college-administered programs. On matters of employment, the college relies on its exemption from Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 as a religious educational institution. Inquiries regarding nondiscrimination policies should be directed to:

     Charles F. Hughes, Business Manager 
     (Compliance Officer)
     c/o Business Office
     College of the Ozarks
     Point Lookout, MO 65726

All students are responsible for keeping informed of all policies and procedures in this catalog and other official college publications and for meeting the requirements for graduation.

College of the Ozarks makes no claim that any specific course of study will necessarily lead to positions of employment.

College of the Ozarks reserves the right to change any of the rules and regulations of the College at any time, including those relating to admission, instruction and graduation. The right to withdraw curricula and specific courses, alter course content, change the calendar, and impose or increase fees similarly is reserved. All such changes are effective at such times as the proper authorities determine and may apply not only to prospective students but also to those who already are enrolled in the college. The online version of the catalog (www.cofo.edu) will be updated more frequently than the printed version. Prospective students should contact the Office of Admissions for information regarding possible changes. Currently enrolled students should consult the Dean of the College.


The mission of College of the Ozarks—providing a Christian education for youth of both sexes, especially those found worthy, but who are without sufficient means—has never changed. Working for an education is the continuing distinctive tradition of this college. The liberal arts education, fundamental to all degrees provided by the College’s dedicated faculty, is designed to broaden and strengthen the mind. Students can gain the adaptability demanded by the modern world while clarifying the values that make life worth living. Our students learn to deal with the reality of changing technology while solidifying a foundation built on unchanging principles. Through a five-fold mission stressing academic, spiritual, vocational, cultural and patriotic growth, we hope to provide society with productive, responsible citizens.

The faculty, administration and staff of College of the Ozarks welcome the deserving young men and women who will guide our society in the 21st century.

Overview of College of the Ozarks

Type: Four-year private, liberal arts college Founded: 1906

Size and Location: 1000-acre campus at Point Lookout, MO, 40 miles south of Springfield, near Branson and Hollister, MO

Accreditation: North Central Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools, Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

Student Body: Approximately 1450 undergraduate students

Faculty: 89 full-time, 34 adjuncts, 60 percent hold a doctoral/terminal degree

Student-Faculty Ratio: 16:1

Library: 118,235 volumes, over 503 periodicals, 30,604 microforms, and Internet, CD-ROM and online databases. Audio-Visual equipment and materials including videotapes, compact discs, and DVDs. Interlibrary Loan capability with computer access to 4,000 libraries worldwide. Internet access to the library’s automated online catalog.

Fields of Study: Accounting, Agriculture, Art, Biology, Business Administration, Chemistry, Computer Sciences, Conservation and Wildlife Management, Criminal Justice, Dietetics, Education, English, Family and Consumer Sciences, Graphic Arts, History, Hotel and Restaurant Management, Mass Communications, Mathematics and Physics, Music, Philosophy and Religion, Physical Education, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, Spanish, and Theatre. Pre-professional preparation in Engineering, Law, Medicine, Veterinary Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, and Medical Technology.

Admissions: Upon receipt of the Application for Admission, the Office of Admissions will send a packet of forms for required information.

  1. Applicant Data Sheet
  2. ACT test results
  3. A physical examination on C of O form
  4. Instructions for submitting the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA-Pell Grant)
  5. A copy of high school transcript and all available test scores
  6. Two letters of recommendation (preferably from school personnel) Consult “Admissions,” page six, for additional information
  7. Personal interview
Costs and Financial Aid: Room and board (presently $1,900 per semester) is paid by cash, campus summer work scholarships or other scholarships. The cost of education for full-time students is covered by work/study and other forms of financial aid. Books, supplies, fees and miscellaneous expenses amount to approximately $1,130 per year. Financial assistance may be available for these expenses.

Degrees: Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science

Calendar: Fall and Spring semesters

Work Program: This feature of the College makes it truly unique. All full-time students work 15 hours per week and two 40-hour work weeks per year at assigned campus jobs to help pay for their college education.

Campus Housing: Approximately 65 percent of the student body live on campus in three men’s residence halls and four women’s residence halls.

Student Services: Financial aid, academic counseling, career counseling, placement, men’s and women’s varsity athletics, intramural activities, housing, food service, health service, social activities, campus publications and other extra-curricular activities.

Campus Office Hours: Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. until noon and 1 p.m. until 5 p.m. Summer hours (mid-May through mid-August): 7:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m.


2005 - 2006 College of the Ozarks Catalog