Welcome to student life at College of Ozarks!  Students at Hard Work U may work hard for their education, but they also know how to play hard. Student activities provide many diverse opportunities that allow for a fun, Christian atmosphere.


Character Camp

Character Camp is a week-long orientation for incoming students. It's a great way to make some amazing friends and become more familiar with the C of O campus before school starts. There are plenty of fun activities like lip sync, the Catwalk, etiquette banquet, challenge course, and many more. Something you do NOT want to miss out on!

Coffee House

Students can show off their musical talent as one of the featured bands during coffee house! Enjoy a relaxing evening with snacks, music, and friends. Coffee…need I say more?

King of Hearts

ETERNAL GLORY awaits the candidate that proves himself worthy of capturing the hearts of the student body.

Sadie Hawkins

Girls ask the guys. Lots of line dancin’ and bluegrass music. There might even be some succotash for good eatin’!

Spring Formal

Lip Sync


Mudfest is an event that happens every fall semester. It’s the CofO version of Tug-of-War. You WILL get muddy, and you WILL have fun! Clean off afterward with a gigantic slip-and-slide!

The War

Leadership Opportunities

There are many leadership opportunities at Hard Work U that promote personal growth and the ability for students to make an impact on the campus community. Those students that desire to be the voice of the student body may get involved with Student Senate. The Council for Student Programs is also a great opportunity for students that wish to improve school spirit and student activities. The Leadership Development Tract provides students with the necessary tools they need in order to become a successful citizen of Christlike character. Students that have proven to be exceptional leaders and possess quality character can also become a peer leader in our freshman orientation program known as Character Camp. There are many additional leadership opportunities that provide students of all desires to get involved.

Christian Fellowship

As students are exposed to the mission of this institution through leadership programs and other various groups, students begin their development as a citizen of Christlike character. This growth can further develop by getting involved with groups such as:

  • Baptist Student Union,
  • Fellowship of Christian Athletes,
  • Christian Ministries.

We also provide a non-denominational chapel service each Sunday morning. Please refer to the student handbook for current chapel and convocation requirements.

Student Residence Requirements

Students must be 17 years old by the first day of Character Camp (new student orientation) of the semester for which they are applying. All unmarried students are required to live on campus. After the first year at the College, students may be considered for off-campus status (commuting) if:

  • They live with parents/legal guardians and demonstrate a significant financial need (living within forty miles of the College);
  • They are married (living within forty miles of the College);
  • They are a veteran of the armed services (living within forty miles of the College).

 Exceptions to the first-year policy are considered for veterans of the armed services.

 Students are reminded there is a maximum number of commuting positions available. Priority is given to students who are student teaching or completing nursing preceptorships outside the forty-mile distance.



    From Aggie club to Concert Band, there's a club for everyone! Find yours today!


    Follow our athletics teams and support our bobcats! Our bobcats work hard, so we always make sure there's a crowd to cheer them on.


    It is the goal of the College of the Ozark's Resident Directors to help build community for on campus students. Students living on campus will be able to enjoy multiple events per semester within their dorms, as well as meet lifelong friends.

    See FAQ | Residence Student life for more information