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

September 11, 2013


UPublicity Shot.S. News & World Report officially released its college rankings yesterday, naming College of the Ozarks the #10 Best Regional College in the Midwest.  U.S. News employs its own signature method for calculating the rankings.  This year, data researches tweaked their technique in order to better measure how well students are being educated.

According to the September 3, article on the rankings methodology by U.S. News Chief Data Researcher Robert Morse, researchers “made significant changes to the methodology to reduce the weight of input factors that reflect a school's student body and increase the weight of output measures that signal how well a school educates its students.”

“Students at College of the Ozarks are in a unique position to receive a quality, Christian education and graduate debt-free,” said Elizabeth Hughes, C of O public relations director. “Ranking so highly on the U.S. News lists, as well as many others such as Forbes, reaffirms for us and prospective students and their families of these positives.”

U.S. News also named College of the Ozarks the #1 Best Value, #1 Graduates with the Least Debt, #1 Lowest Acceptance Rate in the Midwest.  The national publication also recommended that prospective students look for the College’s service learning program.

“Every year, several high profile publications laud College of the Ozarks for its educational excellence,” said Elizabeth Hughes, C of O public relations director.  “Equally important is the fact that the College is consistently recognized for exemplifying good financial stewardship and for fostering a wholesome learning environment.”

Recently, the Princeton Review ranked C of O in eleven different categories, including being named as the third “Stone-Cold Sober School” in the nation. The College also received high marks in community relations, earning the rank of #6 on “Town-Gown Relations Are Good” list.   In the report featured in Princeton’s Best 378 Colleges, C of O students were referred to as “hardworking” and “down-to-earth.”

Additionally, Forbes included College of the Ozarks on its list of “Top Colleges in the Nation.”  College of the Ozarks placed #258 out of 600 colleges selected by Forbes as the best. The school was also named as #55 on the “Best in the Midwest” and #47 on the list of most “Financially Fit.” Forbes uniquely ranks universities, private institutions, and Ivy League schools together, making positions on the list competitive.


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