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

August 14, 2019

The Princeton Review recognizes College of the Ozarks among The Best 385 Colleges in the nation

POINT LOOKOUT, MO. — College of the Ozarks was named among The Best 385 Colleges, 2020 Edition, by The Princeton Review in their recently released, yearly guidebook. The guide features feedback from 140,000 college students.

The Best 385 Colleges guide compares Hard Work U. to the most academically outstanding colleges in the nation. The Princeton Review's 62 ranking lists are based on its surveys of students attending the 385 colleges in the book in 2018–19 and/or the previous two academic years. The company does not rank the 385 schools in the book hierarchically, from 1 to 385.

The survey asked students 84 questions about their school's academics, administration, campus community, and themselves. The answer format uses a five-point Likert scale to convert qualitative student assessments into quantitative data for school-to-school comparisons. Information on the survey and ranking methodology is at

The Best 385 Colleges guide states the following, quoting students surveyed for the data: “A ‘private Christian college’ in Missouri, College of the Ozarks is an institution where students quickly learn ‘the value of hard work.’ This is in large part due to the school’s ‘work education program’ which ‘allows student[s] to learn [a] trade or profession...[as they work] to pay off tuition.’ This enables undergrads to finish college debt free. Certainly, the focus at COFO isn’t merely on the jobs students must hold; academics still take center stage here. And be forewarned that they are ‘rigorous.’ Luckily, undergrads report that their professors are ‘passionate about their subjects and genuinely want students to learn and excel in their classes.’ What’s more, they ‘seek to have interaction in the classroom and highly encourage student participation.’ Even better, professors here ‘are always available after class and willing to help tutor a student if they need extra help.’”

College of the Ozarks also was recognized by The Princeton Review as a “Best Midwestern” and “Best Value” college and as a “Tuition-Free School.” The College has received high marks from The Princeton Review consistently for more than two decades.

“We are honored by this recognition,” said College of the Ozarks President Jerry C. Davis. “Our students work for their education, study in a Christian environment, receive a superior education from professors who care about them, and graduate DEBT FREE. It has proven to be a winning combination.”

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. It comprises a community of thousands of tutors who have delivered more than 15 million one-to-one tutoring sessions. The Princeton Review is headquartered in New York, NY. The Princeton Review is not affiliated with Princeton University. For more information, visit Follow the company on Twitter @ThePrincetonRev and Instagram @theprincetonreview.

The recently released “Best Colleges” guide is available at local bookstores or online retailers. The information also may be accessed through The Princeton Review website after establishing an account:

For additional information, contact Valorie Coleman, public relations director, at (417) 690-2212.


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