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Valorie Coleman
Public Relations Director
College of the Ozarks
Point Lookout, MO 65726
Office: (417) 690-2212

September 11, 2018

College of the Ozarks ranks No. 1 Best Bang for the Buck, No. 3 Baccalaureate College

POINT LOOKOUT, MO. — College of the Ozarks was recently ranked by Washington Monthly, earning No.1 Best Bang for the Buck in the Midwest and No. 3 Baccalaureate College out of the 150 on the list.

Washington Monthly released their 13th annual college guide and rankings in the September/October issue of the magazine and online. Rankings emphasized social mobility, research, and community and national service.

“College of the Ozarks is honored to be recognized by Washington Monthly for the value it brings to students,” said Valorie Coleman, public relations director. “We are a unique college where students earn their education working rather than paying for it – a real ‘best bang for your buck.’”

Students attending College of the Ozarks work rather than pay to offset the cost of an education. Students earn a debt-free education at Hard Work U.

Best Bang for the Buck rankings recognize colleges and universities from five geographical regions. Those making the list represent a diverse group of institutions – No. 1 in the Midwest, College of the Ozarks; No. 1 in the North, Massachusetts Maritime Academy; No. 1 in the South, Berea College (Kentucky); No. 1 in the Southeast, Washington and Lee University (Virginia); and No. 1 in the West, California State University, Stanislaus.

To view the 2018 ranking, visit

About College of the Ozarks

College of the Ozarks is a private, Christian, liberal arts college, located in Point Lookout, Missouri, on a 1,000-acre campus. Christian values, hard work, and financial responsibility comprise the fundamental building blocks of the “Hard Work U.” experience. The College earns numerous accolades yearly, including No. 1 Best Value Regional College in the Midwest and No. 1 Most Innovative School in the Midwest by U.S. News & World Report for 2018. To achieve its vision, the College pursues academic, vocational, Christian, patriotic, and cultural goals. These goals are mirrored in School of the Ozarks, a laboratory school that completes the K-college model.

The Keeter Center — the College’s award-winning lodge, restaurant, and conference facility — was ranked a Top Small Hotel in the U.S. by TripAdvisor for 2018. It features historic lodging, fine dining, and meeting rooms. With more than 350 student workers, it is the largest work station on campus. Follow College of the Ozarks at or on Twitter @CofOHardWorkU.


09.11.18 – Michael Galioto



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