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

February 14, 2018

Hard Work U. recognized by The Princeton Review in “Colleges That Pay You Back: 2018 Edition”

Hard Work U. recognized by The Princeton Review in “Colleges That Pay You Back: 2018 Edition”

POINT LOOKOUT, MO. — College of the Ozarks is one of the nation’s best colleges for students seeking an affordable, academically outstanding college that graduates their students to successful, rewarding careers, according to The Princeton Review® (

The education services company features the College in the 2018 edition of its recently published book, “Colleges That Pay You Back: The 200 Schools That Give You the Best Bang for Your Tuition Buck,” released in January 2018.

“College of the Ozarks is proud to be recognized in this publication,” said Valorie Coleman, public relations director. “We are an official work college, so our students work rather than pay for their education. In a time when many students leave college saddled with debt, our students are able to graduate debt free. This does not go unnoticed by potential students, parents, and anyone closely examining the state of higher education in this country!” 

Find the College of the Ozarks profile and its listing as one of nine “Tuition-Free Schools” on the following website:

The site lists Hard Work U. as one of nine colleges, each providing an excellent return on each student’s education.

“Only seven percent of the nation’s four-year colleges made it into this book. These schools were bona fide standouts for the return they deliver on one’s college investment,” said Robert Franek, lead author and The Princeton Review’s editor-in-chief. “They offer stellar academics, generous aid awards to students with need and/or merit, and provide all of their undergrads with career services from day one plus a lifetime of alumni connections.”

Criteria for making the cut

The Princeton Review chose the 200 schools for this edition based on a comprehensive analysis of data from its surveys of administrators at more than 650 colleges in 2016-17. Survey topics broadly covered academics, cost, financial aid, career services, graduation rates, student debt, and alumni support.

Additional accolades

College of the Ozarks has been listed on various college rankings with The Princeton Review, including being noted as one of The Best 382 Colleges, 2018 edition. The College also received recognition as the No. 1 Top 25 Low Debt Private Colleges by Forbes; the No. 1 Best Value Regional College in the Midwest, No. 1 Most Innovative School, No. 5 Best Regional College in the Midwest, and one of 10 Colleges Where Graduates Have the Least Debt by U.S. News & World Report; the No. 1 College in Missouri by Money magazine; and one of the Great Colleges to Work For by The Chronicle of Higher Education.

About The Princeton Review

The Princeton Review is a leading tutoring, test prep, and college admission services company. Every year, it helps millions of college- and graduate school-bound students achieve their education and career goals through online and in person courses delivered by a network of more than 4,000 teachers and tutors, online resources, and its more than 150 print and digital books published by Penguin Random House. Its brand is the largest online tutoring service in the U.S., encompassing a community of more than 3,000 tutors who have delivered more than 15 million one-to-one tutoring sessions. The Princeton Review is headquartered in New York, New York. The Princeton Review is not affiliated with Princeton University. For more information, visit The Princeton Review. Follow the company on Twitter @ThePrincetonRev.

For additional information, contact Public Relations Director Valorie Coleman at (417) 690-2212.

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


02.14.18 – Michael Galioto


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