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Valorie Coleman
Public Relations Director
College of the Ozarks
Point Lookout, MO 65726
Office: (417) 690-2212
Cell: (417) 365-2727
Email: vcoleman@cofo.edu

February 13, 2017

College of the Ozarks ranks No. 7 in 25 Most-Selective 4-Year Colleges, private institutions

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POINT LOOKOUT, MO. — College of the Ozarks was ranked by The Chronicle of Higher Education No. 7 in the 25 Most-Selective 4-Year Colleges, within private institutions, based on fall 2014 data.

According to The Chronicle, the 25 most-selective private nonprofit institutions all had much higher yield rates, or percentages of accepted students who enrolled, than did such institutions over all. In contrast, more than half of the 20 most-selective public institutions had yield rates that fell below the 32-percent rate for public colleges over all.

“We are honored that a very high percentage of students to whom we offer admission take the College up on the once in a lifetime opportunity that Hard Work U. provides,” said Dr. Marci Linson, vice president for patriotic activities and dean of admissions. “Students appreciate the opportunity to graduate debt free, while gaining valuable work experience.”

Private institutions ranked with College of the Ozarks included Stanford University (No. 1), Harvard University (No. 2), Yale University (No. 3), Columbia University (No. 4), Princeton University (No. 5), and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (No. 6).

Additional accolades

College of the Ozarks has been recognized as one of the Great Colleges to Work For by The Chronicle of Higher Education. The College also received recognition from Forbes as the No. 4 Top Best Value College; from U.S. News & World Report as the No. 1 Best Value Regional College in the Midwest, No. 4 Best Regional College in the Midwest, and one of 10 Colleges Where Graduates Have the Least Debt; from Money magazine as the No. 3 Most Affordable Private College; and from The Princeton Review as one of The Best 381 Colleges, 2017 edition.

To read the full ranking by The Chronicle, visit: http://www.chronicle.com (subscription may be required)

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

About College of the Ozarks

College of the Ozarks is a Christian, liberal arts college located on a 1,000-acre campus in Point Lookout, Missouri. 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 being named the #1 Best Value College in the Midwest for 2015 by “U.S. News & World Report.”

The Keeter Center — the College’s upscale lodge, restaurant, and conference facility — was ranked the No. 1 Top Small Hotel in the U.S. by TripAdvisor for 2016. It features fine dining, historic lodging, and meeting rooms. With more than 350 student workers, it is the largest work station on the College of the Ozarks campus.

To achieve its vision, College of the Ozarks pursues academic, vocational, Christian, patriotic and cultural goals. These goals are mirrored in School of the Ozarks, begun in fall 2012 for high school students, and the S. Truett Cathy Lower School, opened in fall 2014 to K-sixth grade students. Seventh and eighth grades were added in fall 2015, completing the K-college model. For information, call the public relations office at (417) 690-2212 or visit www.cofo.edu. Follow College of the Ozarks at www.facebook.com/collegeoftheozarks or on Twitter @CofOHardWorkU.


02.13.17 – Michael Galioto


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