Academic PILLAR

To provide a sound education, based in the liberal arts.

Head, Heart and Hands

College of the Ozarks is a Christian liberal arts college committed to a five-fold mission of encouraging academic, Christian, cultural, vocational, and patriotic growth in its students.


Faithful Education

The College’s academic program is intentionally Christ-centered and based on the biblical and historical confession that Jesus Christ is Lord. All the things one studies in college, from accounting to zoology, were created through him and for him and hold together in him (Colossians 1:15-20). Courses at our accredited Christian college are taught from the perspective of a biblical worldview, which provides a broad and robust understanding of the world that a secular worldview cannot provide.


Faithful Professors

The faculty of the College is comprised of men and women who are experts in their field and deeply committed to Jesus Christ. These professors take seriously the privilege of teaching and mentoring students throughout their educational journeys at the college.


Student Resources

The students section provides resources for students in the area of academics, work education, character education, and Christian ministries.

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.