College of the Ozarks campus

Overview

Applicants
3,407
Acceptance Rate
8%
Average HS GPA
3.59

GPA Breakdown

42%
Over 3.75
25%
3.50 - 3.74
18%
3.25 - 3.49
8%
3.00 - 3.24
6%
2.50 - 2.99
1%
2.00 - 2.49

Test Scores

SAT Reading
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
560 - 620
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
540 - 640
SAT Writing
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
540 - 620
ACT Composite
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
21 - 25

Other Admission Factors

Academic

Rigor of Secondary School Record
Class Rank
Non-Academic

Interview
Character / Personal Qualities

Selectivity Rating

Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
15:1
Total Faculty
136
with Terminal Degree
52

69
Men
67
Women
2
Minority

Most frequent class size
10 - 19
Most frequent lab / sub section size
10 - 19


Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
60%
Graduate in 5 years
61%
Graduate in 6 years
63%

Majors

  • Agriculture, Agriculture Operations, and Related Sciences

  • Agricultural Business and Management, General
  • Agronomy and Crop Science
  • Animal Sciences, General
  • Dairy Husbandry and Production
  • Horticultural Science

  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences

  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General
  • Biomedical Sciences, General
  • Ecology

  • Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services

  • Accounting
  • Business Administration and Management, General
  • Hospitality Administration/Management, General
  • International Business/Trade/Commerce
  • Marketing/Marketing Management, General
  • Meeting and Event Planning

  • Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs

  • Communication, General
  • Journalism
  • Public Relations, Advertising, and Applied Communication, other any instructional program in organizational communication, public relations, and advertising not listed above

  • Communications Technologies/Technicians and Support Services

  • Audiovisual Communications Technologies/Technicians, Other

  • Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services

  • Computer Science
  • Information Technology

  • Education

  • Agricultural Teacher Education
  • Art Teacher Education
  • Biology Teacher Education
  • Chemistry Teacher Education
  • Drama and Dance Teacher Education
  • Early Childhood Education and Teaching
  • Elementary Education and Teaching
  • English/Language Arts Teacher Education
  • History Teacher Education
  • Mathematics Teacher Education
  • Music Teacher Education
  • Physical Education Teaching and Coaching
  • Spanish Language Teacher Education

  • Engineering

  • Engineering, General

  • English Language and Literature/Letters

  • English Language and Literature, General

  • Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences

  • Child Development
  • Family and Community Services
  • Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences, General
  • Foods, Nutrition, and Wellness Studies, General

  • Foreign languages, literatures, and Linguistics

  • Spanish Language and Literature

  • Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences

  • Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology/Technologist
  • Dietetics/Dietitian (RD)
  • Health Services/Allied Health/Health Sciences, General
  • Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse

  • History

  • History, General

  • Legal Professions and Studies

  • Pre-Law Studies

  • Mathematics and Statistics

  • Mathematics, General

  • Natural Resources and Conservation

  • Wildlife and Wildlands Science and Management

  • Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies

  • Health and Physical Education, General
  • Parks, Recreation and Leisure Facilities Management

  • Personal and Culinary Services

  • Culinary Arts/Chef Training

  • Physical Sciences

  • Chemistry, General

  • Psychology

  • Psychology, General

  • Public Administration and Social Service Professions

  • Social Work

  • Security and Protective Services

  • Corrections
  • Criminal Justice/Police Science

  • Theology and Religious Vocations

  • Bible/Biblical Studies
  • Religious/Sacred Music

  • Visual and Performing Arts

  • Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
  • Music, General


Students Say

The appeal of College of the Ozarks is simple: “It’s a tuition-free, small, Christoriented college!” Students come here so they can “graduate debt-free” and get “a free education consisting of hard work and Christian qualities.” The school’s slogan is “Hard Work U,” and students are expected to work hard while receiving a “Christian education” in a “positive environment.” The school “works to instill patriotic, academic, Christian, cultural, and vocational morals to all students.” An example is how “we are strongly encouraged to respect war veterans and thank them for their service as much as possible.” C of O is about “hard work and God!!!” This can sometimes come at a price, as students suggest there could be “more tolerance for those who think differently.” “It seems that some of the new policies and expectations aim to isolate the school from mainstream higher education and I don’t agree with that,” a mathematics and computer science major says. Students who share the school’s values will find “a great place to receive an amazing education, form lifelong relationships, and deepen [their] faith.” C of O professors are “dedicated, intelligent leaders” who “are challenging, but willing to help each student understand in a way that works best for them.” “I am willing to brag on for hours on most of my professors,” and English major says. “I have never had professors more eager to teach not have I had professors so eager to help you succeed,” says another student. Overall, “College of the Ozarks cares for nothing but its students” and focuses on making them “well rounded citizens rather than making money.” One happy Business Administration major explains their decision to attend this way: “As soon as I came through the gates, I saw how beautiful it was. On our tour, EVERYTHING exceeded my expectations. That’s when I knew College of the Ozarks was where I wanted to be.”

Degrees

Bachelor's

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Opportunities at School

Experiential
Internship

Prominent Alumni


Erin Hayes
Former ABC Correspondent, Atlanta Bureau

Doyle Childers
Former Missouri Director for the Department of Natural Resources

Bill Glaser
Cold Steel Manager at Nucor Steel

Meredith Mizell
Opera Singer

Terrence Dake
Former Assistant Commandant USMC

Brian Storm
President of MediaStorm

Sherry Herschend
Co-owner of Herschend Family Entertainment

Academic Rating

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
60%
Graduate in 5 years
61%
Graduate in 6 years
63%

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Opportunities at School

Experiential
Internship

ROI & Outcomes

Information from PayScale:

Median Starting Salary
$31,100

Median Mid-Career Salary
$51,400

Students Say

The College of the Ozarks automatically provides students with the opportunity to gain hands on experience in their desired field through the required work study at any one of ninety job stations across campus. Between the work stations and the prevalence of off-campus jobs, “good job references after graduation” are pretty much a lock. “Employers see the College of the Ozarks name [and] they know they are getting a very good worker,” says a student. “We have credibility in the workforce, so it is easy for students to pursue their careers, or even just get a part-time job.” The school does “an excellent job” at letting everyone know when there are internships and other opportunities to pursue and students are often able to customize their work study to areas that pertain to their intended careers. The Career Center provides guidance throughout, and offers a course in Career Planning, Career Placement, and two Career Days each year.

Colleges that Create Futures

Dates

Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Jul 1

Required Forms

FAFSA

Bottom Line

College of the Ozarks students do not pay a penny of tuition. Each student participates in the on-campus Work Education Program fifteen hours each week and two forty-hour work weeks. Upon full completion of the Work Education Program, the college guarantees to meet the remaining balance through a combination of private scholarships and grants. Room and board still runs $6,200 a year, as well as $430 in additional fees, but there are additional scholarships available for students unable to pay these costs.

Bang For Your Buck

Generous donors who believe in what College of the Ozarks represents enable the college to provide tuition scholarships in exchange for work on campus (if you paid cash for instructional expenses at C of O, it would cost you $17,600 per year!). The Christian atmosphere keeps students away from the more party-heavy aspects of college life, so students stay focused on school and work. Whereas a lot of students approach prospective employers without much in the way of demonstrated work ethic, this is obviously not the case for College of the Ozarks alumni. Even during the economic downturn, 82 percent of graduates found employment upon graduation, and 13 percent pursued graduate school.

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$15,511

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$16,148

Average Need-Based Loan
$0

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$7,808

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
0%

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$15,511

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
$0
Required Fees
$430
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$1,000

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
$1,932
Transportation for Commuters
$3,408

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodology
Federal

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based
 

Need-Based College/University Scholarship or Grant Aid from Institutional Funds
Need-Based Federal Pell
Need-Based Private Scholarships
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Scholarships

Non-Need-Based
Institutional non-need-based scholarship or grant aid is available

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)
Yes

Direct Lender
No

Financial Aid Rating

Overall


Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
1,433
Out of State
22%

International
2%
Foreign Countries Represented
16

Demographics

1.14%
African-American
2.00%
Hispanic
93.87%
Caucasian
2.07%
International

51% female
49% male
22% are out of state
99% are full time
1% are part time

Students Say

The typical C of O student is “hard working,” “white, traditional,” and a “Christian conservative.” “Most of our students” come from a “mid-western small town,” especially around the Ozarks. “Students fit in by being hard workers” and are frequently described as “very friendly.” “Very laid-back, but very driven; an interesting dynamic,” one student explains. Since students come from “a similar background” they “have no reason to disagree with one another.” This means that the school luckily “doesn’t have a lot of drama.” On the other hand, “C of O is NOT diverse at all,” and “one of the most conservative places you will find in the [United States].” The traditional religious values mean “a typical student at C of O is responsible and respectful to authority” while following “high moral standards.” If you share those values, you’ll find fellow students who are “very friendly, polite, eager to serve and help, and well informed.” “There isn’t your typical separation of upper and lower class men,” one student explains. “It is a privilege to get into this college and we treat everyone like they deserve to be here.

Overview


Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
81%
Help finding off-campus housing
No

First-Year Students living on campus
91%

Campus Environment
Rural

Housing Options

Dorms Female
Dorms Male
Other
Wellness Housing

Students Say

Students enjoy the “safety and the strictness of an alcohol-free campus.” As a Christian school, “we have really strict policies about alcohol and drugs” and “although some students party, most do not.” Instead, students “participate in school activities or clubs for fun” and “spend any free time outdoors playing games when the weather is nice.” The school works hard to organize events on campus “such as dances, competitions, and a variety of other student events.” “The school is constantly planning hay rides, drive in movies, and other events,” a nursing student explains. As a school with a strongly religious student body, many students participate in “Bible studies either on or off campus.” “Come midnight campus is like a ghost town,” perhaps in part because “many students hold jobs in addition to their ‘on-campus 15-hour-a-week job.’” While “some of the buildings are very old and sketchy,” “in a few years that won’t be the case because they have plans of renovation and construction.” Students really love “the week-long freshman orientation,” which leaves incoming students “familiar with the whole campus/campus opportunities” as well as giving them “a solid group of friends.” Another student explains that “this entire place is one huge family and you are never bored.”

Special Needs Admissions


College Entrance Tests Required
No

Interview Required
No

Special Need Services Offered


Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
50
Number of Honor Societies
8

Number of Social Sororities
0
Number of Religious Organizations
6

Sports

Athletic Division
NAIA

61% participate in intramural sports
4% participate in intercollegiate sports

Men's Sports (Bobcats)
4 Sports

Baseball
Basketball
Cheerleading
Cross Country
Women's Sports (Lady Cats)
4 Sports

Basketball
Cheerleading
Cross Country
Volleyball

Student Services

Health
Army ROTC Offered on-campus

Sustainability


Campus Security Report

Campus Security Report

The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.

Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources: http://www.princetonreview.com/safety

The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education: http://ope.ed.gov/security


Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

Email and Web Access Available
Yes

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
72

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms
225

Average Number of PC's per Lab
16

Network Access in Dorm Rooms
Yes

Network Access in Dorm Lounges
Yes

Fee for Network Use
No

Student Web Pages Permitted
No

Student Web Pages Provided
No

Partnerships with Technology Companies
No

Online Class Registration Available
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers
No

Undergraduates that Own Computers
62%

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
CDW-G

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses
No

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Campus Radio / TV Stations
No

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
Dr. Marci Linson
Dean of Admissions

Address
P.O. Box 17
Point Lookout, MO 65726

Phone
417-690-2636

Email
admiss4@cofo.edu

Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Howell W. Keeter Athletic Complex
Ralph Foster Museum
Williams Memorial Chapel
The Keeter Center
Alton Jones Dairy Farm
Edwards Mill, Fruitcake and Jelly Kitchen

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Silver Dollar City
Branson Landing
WhiteWater
Table Rock Lake
Musical Theatres

Campus Tours

Campus Visiting Center
Monday-Friday
8 a.m.-5 p.m.
417-690-2636

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: 9-11 am, 1-4 pm
Average Length: 1 hour

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
Yes

Information Sessions
Available

Times
Senior Day, last Tuesday of each September

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Athletic Department

Advance Notice
2 weeks

Contact Email Address for Visit
admiss4@cofo.edu

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Not Available

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Transportation

Types of Transportation Available to Campus
Branson Airport located at Hollister Missouri,Springfield Branson Regional Airport in Springfield Missouri. Shuttle/Taxis are available. Jerry's Shuttle 417-334-5678 or Classic Shuttle 417-598-0227

Driving Instructions to Campus
From 65 Hwy South of Springfield: Approximately 42 miles on 65 South to the Hollister/C of O exit. Turn right, go straight through the stoplight to Opportunity Ave.. From 65 Hwy North of Harrison AR: Approximately 37 miles to Hollister/C of O exit, turn left, straight through the stoplight to Opportunity Ave.

Local Accommodations
A few examples of hotels: The Radisson; Super 8; Days Inn; Fairfield Inn. The College has the Mabee Lodge at The Keeter Center.