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

August 30, 2017

C of O ranked No. 1 Best Bang for the Buck Midwest Colleges by Washington Monthly, No. 3 Top 150 Baccalaureate Colleges

C of O Students by Lake Honor

POINT LOOKOUT, MO. Washington Monthly recently released their college rankings. College of the Ozarks was named No. 1 Best Bang for the Buck Midwest Colleges and also was ranked No. 3 on the list of Top 150 Baccalaureate Colleges.

Washington Monthly released their rankings in the Sept./Oct. issue of the magazine and online. Their rankings emphasize social mobility, research, and service, in other words, what colleges do for their country.

“Instead of rewarding colleges for the number of applications they receive,” said Kevin Carey, Washington Monthly College Guide guest editor, “we give them credit for enrolling unusually large numbers of low-income and first-generation students. Instead of assuming that the most expensive schools are also the best, we recognize universities that produce research, train the next generation of scientists and Ph.D.s, and instill their graduates with an ethos of public service.”

Students at College of the Ozarks do not pay tuition but rather work to offset the cost of their education.

The Best Bang for the Buck listing recognizes colleges in five different 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 Northeast, Harvard University; No. 1 in the South, Berea College; No. 1 in the Southeast, Washington and Lee University; and No. 1 in the West, University of Washington-Tacoma.

To view the full list of rankings, visit

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 a No. Best Value Regional College in the Midwest ranking by U.S. News and World Report for 2017. 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 2017. 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.


08.30.17 – Valorie Coleman


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