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

May 08, 2018

College of the Ozarks ranks No. 1 in listing, Top 50 Best Christian Colleges and Universities for 2018

POINT LOOKOUT, MO. — College of the Ozarks has been ranked No. 1 in a listing of the Top 50 Best Christian Colleges and Universities by Christian Universities Online (CUO) on May 8, 2018.

This ranking seeks to highlight intentionally Christian colleges and universities that excel in categories of personal attention to their students, selectivity, readily available financial aid, and overall student satisfaction. Christian Universities Online (CUO) strives to be the go to and trusted resource for students and their parents in deciding which school to attend.

“As a general guide to Christian colleges and universities, this ranking presents schools that excel in various areas,” says Best Christian College. “The schools that are included represent the best available Christian colleges and universities in the country.”

“Each has its own unique characteristics which are important for the prospective student to consider.”

The vision of College of the Ozarks is to develop citizens of Christ-like character who are well-educated, hard-working, and patriotic. To achieve this vision, the College has academic, vocational, cultural, Christian, and patriotic goals.

Methodology for ranking

CUO considers schools that are either members of the Council for Christian Colleges & Universities (CCCU) or able to be considered member eligible. They then collected publicly available data in the categories of 1) faculty-to-student ratio, 2) percent of full-time beginning undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid, 3) selectivity, 4) overall retention rate, and 5) overall graduation rate. The data sets were standardized, weights were assigned to each of these categories, and an overall score was calculated.

To see the full list online, 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.


05.08.18 – Naomi Ellis



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