Visit College of the Ozarks

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Whether you are a new student or an out-of-town guest, you will get to experience what The Wall Street Journal described as "one of the most unusual little liberal arts colleges in the country" when you plan a visit to the College of the Ozarks campus. College of the Ozarks, or "C of O," founded in 1906, is best known for giving its students the opportunity to receive a tuition-free education and debt-free graduation. Every full-time student at C of O works at a campus job to help cover his or her academic expenses. Many of the attractions and noted locations listed below will be fully-staffed by dedicated C of O students. We invite you and your guests to share in their hard work during your next visit to the Branson, MO area!

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C of O Sights to See

College of the Ozarks warmly welcomes all visitors to enjoy our beautiful campus. The College of the Ozarks has a variety of unique experiences to offer to anyone planning a day of things to do in Branson, MO or to those who are just visiting the Ozarks region. Below is a list of must-see attractions to stop by on your next visit to C of O.

Student waitress in white coat pours coffee into mug at Dobyns Dining Room at the Keeter Center on the College of the Ozarks campus

The Keeter Center is an award-winning restaurant, hotel and conference facility. At the Keeter Center’s Mabee Lodge, 15 beautifully decorated suites await you overlooking the tranquil College of the Ozarks campus. The Keeter Center and College of the Ozarks restaurant, Dobyns Dining Room, invites you to enjoy a casual lunch or an intimate dinner for two offering dishes for every taste. At the end of your campus tour or visit, stop by the College Creamery and enjoy student-made ice cream made with the College of the Ozarks’ own, fresh dairy cream.

Under the expanse of 95,000 square feet, The Keeter Center has everything from intimate, elegantly-appointed meeting rooms to state-of-the-art conference facilities to spacious banquet halls. You can be sure that your visit will be complemented by on-site four-star accommodations, exquisite fine dining, and world-class service from College of the Ozarks students.

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An open air patio space surrounded by trees and stone monuments at Patriots Park near the entrance of the College of the Ozarks

Patriots Park sits near the entrance of campus and contains The Missouri Vietnam Veterans Memorial which honors the 1,410 servicemen and women from Missouri who gave their lives during the Vietnam War. Built and designed by students, this memorial serves as Missouri’s official Vietnam memorial and is a beautiful accompaniment to a visit to the Veterans Museum in Branson.

The black granite walls of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial are divided – reflecting the division of America. The statue in the middle represents the servicemen and women who stood in the gap and gave what their nation asked of them. The red, flower-filled ‘V’ stands for valor and represents the blood that was shed during the war.

Additionally, the Missouri Gold Star Families Memorial, which honors Gold Star Families (those who have lost immediate family members killed in their service to the country), preserves the memory of the fallen and stands as a stark reminder that freedom is not free. The memorials are open daily until 10 PM. For information, please contact the College of the Ozarks Public Relations office at 417-690-2212.

One whole round fruitcake and a plate of fruitcake slices sit on top of a metal table in a kitchen

The Fruitcake & Jelly Kitchen has produced its famous College of the Ozarks fruitcakes on campus since 1934. Today, student workers, along with their supervisors, bake more than 25,000 cakes a year. Visitors are welcome to tour The Kitchen where a variety of jellies and the College's delicious apple butter are made and sold. Visitors may also enjoy free samples of the College's famous fruitcake. The Kitchen is open for public tours from 9 AM to 5 PM, Monday through Saturday and the College of the Ozarks’ fruitcake and fruit spreads are available to purchase online, year-round.

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Close up of Edwards Mill at College of the Ozarks grinding up grains

Edwards Mill, built with funds provided by the late Mr. and Mrs. Hubert C. Edwards, is powered by a twelve-foot water wheel turned by runoff water from nearby Lake Honor. Student workers grind whole-grain meal and flour, available for purchase inside the building and online. Upstairs is a weaving studio, where students hand-weave baskets and design and produce rugs, shawls, placemats and other items on traditional looms.

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Exterior stone face of Williams Memorial Chapel and Hyer Bell Tower on the College of the Ozarks campus

Williams Memorial Chapel at College of the Ozarks is an outstanding example of neo-Gothic architecture. The structure, dedicated in 1956, measures 150 feet long and 80 feet wide, with an 80-foot-high vaulted ceiling and impressive stained glass windows. Attached to the chapel is the Hyer Bell Tower. Sunday services, beginning at 11 AM, are open to the public.

Students sit and study notes on the rocks of Point Lookout over Lake Taneycomo in Branson, MO

Point Lookout offers panoramic views of the Ozark Hills and the beautiful Lake Taneycomo. Located just a short walk from the Willams Memorial Chapel and Ralph Foster Museum, this spot is a tranquil and breathtaking must-see during your College of the Ozarks visit.

The original vehicle used in the television series The Beverly Hillbillies

The Ralph Foster Museum is dedicated to the history of the Ozarks region. Named in honor of the late Ralph D. Foster, a radio pioneer and philanthropist, the museum houses thousands of artifacts representing archaeology, history, firearms, antiques, numismatics, natural history, fine arts, geology and mineralogy. Hours are 9 AM to 4:30 PM Monday through Saturday. A small admission fee is charged for adults and those ages 18 and under are admitted free. Please visit The Ralph Foster Museum website for more information.

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A green, antique John Deere tractor display and a smaller model tractor at The Gaetz Tractor Museum

The Gaetz Tractor Museum features a variety of antique tractors and farm equipment. Noteworthy items to check out include a gray Wallis from 1918 and a reaper produced in 1910. The tractor museum hours are 9 AM to 5 PM Monday through Saturday.

Three flagpoles and a column of metal stand on a stone patio at The Lest We Forget 9/11 Memorial The "Lest We Forget" 9/11 Memorial features a World Trade Center column which stands as a memorial to the 2,996 lives lost on September 11, 2001 in New York City, the Pentagon and Pennsylvania. Known as "St. Michael's 37" (in honor of 37 Port Authority officers killed), the column and flanges resemble the body and wings of an angel.

Student in green jacket holding a pot of pink flowers inside a greenhouse

The Hoge Greenhouses, located east of Edwards Mill, are home to the Clint McDade orchid collection. Mr. McDade, one of the School's first students, donated the nucleus of the collection, which today numbers more than 7,000 plants. Individual orchids and other houseplants are for sale at the greenhouse.

Wall and rack of The College of the Ozarks clothing merchandise at the C of O Bookstore

The College of the Ozarks Bookstore offers College of the Ozarks and "Hard Work U." logo items that can be purchased to show your support for College of the Ozarks.

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Other Sights To See:

  1. Lake Honor
  2. The College Dairy
  3. Memorial Fieldhouse and Keeter Gymnasium
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