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Accolades & Accreditation


U.S. News and World Report

   Best Colleges 2018:

  • No. 1 Best Value Regional College in the Midwest
  • No. 1 Most Innovative School
  • No. 5 Best Regional College in the Midwest
  • No. 4 Best Undergraduate Teaching

   U.S. News and World Report Short List:

  • 10 Colleges Where Graduates Have the Least Debt

The Princeton Review

  • The Best 382 Colleges, 2018 Edition


  • No. 1 Top 25 Low Debt Private Colleges, 2017

Money Magazine, 2017

  • No. 1 College in Missouri

Washington Monthly, 2017

  • No. 1 Best Bang for the Buck Midwest Colleges
  • No. 2 Top 100 Baccalaureate Colleges

The Chronicle of Higher Education

  • 2017, No. 7 in 25 Most-Selective 4-Year Colleges, private institutions
  • 2017 Great Colleges To Work ForThe Chronicle of Higher Education named College of the Ozarks one of the 2017 Great Colleges to Work For. College of the Ozarks received recognition in the following categories—professional/career development, compensation and benefits, job satisfaction, supervisor/department chair relationship

  • No. 1, 50 Most Affordable Christian Colleges and Universities, 2017
  • No. 1, Top 50 Christian Colleges & Universities with the Lowest Debt Burden, 2017
  • No. 18, 50 Most Beautiful Christian Colleges & Universities in the U.S., 2017
  • No. 4, Top 10 Christian College Visual Arts Programs, 2017


  • 2017 No. 2 Top Small Hotel in the U.S.
  • 2017 No. 5 Top in Top 25 Hotels for Service  
  • Awards of Excellence, 2017:
    College of the Ozarks
    The Keeter Center
    Mabee Lodge
    Dobyns Dining Room
    Nettie Marie's College Creamery


College of the Ozarks is accredited by
Higher Learning Commission
30 North LaSalle Street, Suite 2400
Chicago, IL 60602-2504

Transnational Association of Christian Colleges and Schools (TRACS)
College of the Ozarks has candidacy status with the Transnational Association of Christian Colleges and Schools (TRACS). TRACS is recognized by the United States Department of Education, the Council for Higher Education Accreditation and the International Network for Quality Assurance Agencies in Higher Education (INQAAHE).
15935 Forest Road
Forest, VA  24551

The Education Programs are accredited by
Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
P.O. Box 480
Jefferson City, MO 65102-0480

The Nursing Program is approved/accredited by
Missouri State Board of Nursing
P. O. Box 656
Jefferson City, MO 65102-0656

Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
One Dupont Circle, NW
Suite 530
Washington, DC 20036-1120

The Dietetics Program is accredited by
Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics
Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2000
Chicago, IL 60606-6995
800-877-1600 Ext. 5400

The Culinary Arts Program is accredited by
American Culinary Federation Education Foundation Accrediting Commission
180 Center Place Way
Saint Augustine, Florida 32095


The College has long been committed to Christ-like goals and practices in its recruitment efforts: to operate with honesty, integrity, kindness, and respect. Additionally, the College belongs to the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO) which is also committed to sustaining professional ethics and practice.

Other Interesting Facts

  • Founded as the School of the Ozarks in 1906. The Junior College started in 1956. Four-year program started in 1965. Renamed College of the Ozarks in 1990.
  • Located on a 1,000 acre campus overlooking Lake Taneycomo at Point Lookout, Missouri, 40 miles south of Springfield, near Branson and Hollister, Missouri.
  • Special Recognition: 

   U.S. News & World Report, "Best College" yearly since 1989,
   Forbes, "Top Colleges" and "Best Buy Colleges,"
   Templeton Honor Roll, "Character Building College,"
   Money Magazine's "Best Buy College Guide,"
   Barron's "300 Best Buys in Higher Education,"
   Princeton Review, "The Best 331 Colleges,"
   and many more.

  • Currently, the College has 91 full-time faculty members; the majority hold the doctoral degree. 190 staff members.
  • The current student-faculty ratio is 15:1.
  • Enrollment: 1,500
  • Residential campus
  • The College offers Bachelors of Arts, Bachelor of Science, and Bachelor of Nursing degrees.

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