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Academics

A "private Christian college" in Missouri, College of the Ozarks is an institution where students quickly learn "the value of hard work." This is in large part due to the school's "work education program" which "allows student[s] to learn [a] trade or profession...[as they work] to pay off tuition." This enables undergrads to finish college debt free. Certainly, the focus at COFO isn't merely on the jobs students must hold; academics still take center stage here. And be forewarned that they are "rigorous." Luckily, undergrads report that their professors are "passionate about their subjects and genuinely want students to learn and excel in their classes." What's more, they "seek to have interaction in the classroom and highly encourage student participation." Even better, professors here "are always available after class and willing to help tutor a student if they need extra help." Aside from their regular coursework, COFO also offers students some really unique educational opportunities. For instance, "there is a program called the Patriotic Travel Program, and it [allows] students...to travel with a Veteran to a battle or war site, and learn [about] what happened there." Such programs truly bolster classroom learning and make for a richer educational experience.

Student Body

Given the "small campus environment," it's not surprising that College of the Ozarks is the kind of school where you see "a lot of familiar faces...every day." Fortunately, most students report that those very faces are quite "welcoming and supportive." Of course, it likely helps that many undergrads have similar upbringings. After all, a vast majority are "native to the Ozark region," "from an agricultural background," and "Republican." Many were also "homeschoolers and missionary kids before they attended COFO." Additionally, students here are united in their shared "Christian values and ethics [as well as their] determination to succeed in both work and school." It probably also doesn't hurt that many COFO students "are fans of country music and Kansas City or St. Louis sports teams." Perhaps more importantly, undergrads are eager to mention that their peers are very "driven" and extremely "busy." As one hardworking student shares, "It's not uncommon for students here, including myself, to work three jobs, adding up to well over 40 hours per week." Indeed, "they take their education seriously while still being able to enjoy their time at school." Finally, as one happy undergrad sums up, "You can pick out a CofO student from the crowd...because they stand out. [They're] always willing to go the extra mile, and accomplish their goals."

Campus Life

There's no denying that undergrads at COFO lead busy lives. To begin with, beyond attending classes, all students "work fifteen hours on campus each week." Additionally, undergrads are "required to attend convocations and chapel." Thankfully, despite all their obligations, these students still manage to find time to kick back, relax and enjoy campus life. And that's great because there's a lot of fun to be had. For example, the "Student Union [hosts] a lot of...activities, like the Sadie Hawkins dance, Homecoming festivities, and Coffee House events with live music." Undergrads also love participating in "Mud-fest (a game of tug-of-war), the Games (dormitory teams competing in fun athletic activities)...[and fall] bon-fire events." There are also plenty of great options for outdoor enthusiasts. Indeed, people frequently "go swimming at the lake when it's warm, cliff dive, and play volleyball. There are a lot of great trails around for students to walk and bike, as well." Many students are also "involved in intramural sports, such as ultimate frisbee and volleyball." And individuals passionate about performing will be delighted to learn that "the theatre department puts on plays every so often, and [the] concert band, jazz band, chapel choir and chorale perform regular concerts." However, those looking for a party scene—beware. COFO is "really strict about alcohol even if you are over 21."

Overview

Applicants
2,879
Acceptance Rate
16%
Average HS GPA
3.69

GPA Breakdown

51%
Over 3.75
27%
3.50 - 3.74
15%
3.25 - 3.49
4%
3.00 - 3.24
2%
2.50 - 2.99
1%
2.00 - 2.49

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Test Scores

SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
560 - 625
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
543 - 605
ACT Composite
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
21 - 26

Testing Policies


ACT Writing Policy
ACT with Writing required

SAT Essay Policy
SAT with or without Writing accepted

Other Admission Factors

Academic

Rigor of Secondary School Record
Class Rank
Non-Academic

Interview
Character / Personal Qualities

Selectivity Rating


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Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
14:1
Total Faculty
141
with Terminal Degree
63

77
Men
64
Women
2
Minority

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


Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
55%
Graduate in 5 years
71%
Graduate in 6 years
72%

Majors

  • AGRICULTURE, AGRICULTURE OPERATIONS, AND RELATED SCIENCES.

  • Agricultural Business and Management, General.
  • Agriculture, General.
  • Agronomy and Crop Science.
  • Animal Sciences, General.
  • Horticultural Science.
  • International Agriculture.

  • BIOLOGICAL AND BIOMEDICAL SCIENCES.

  • Biomedical Sciences, General.
  • Ecology.

  • BUSINESS, MANAGEMENT, MARKETING, AND RELATED SUPPORT SERVICES.

  • Accounting.
  • Business Administration and Management, General.
  • Hospitality Administration/Management, General.
  • Marketing/Marketing Management, General.
  • Meeting and Event Planning.

  • COMMUNICATION, JOURNALISM, AND RELATED PROGRAMS.

  • Communication and Media Studies.
  • Communication, General.
  • Journalism.
  • Public Relations, Advertising, and Applied Communication.

  • COMMUNICATIONS TECHNOLOGIES/TECHNICIANS AND SUPPORT SERVICES.

  • Graphic Communications.
  • Photographic and Film/Video Technology/Technician and Assistant.
  • Radio and Television Broadcasting Technology/Technician.

  • 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.
  • Technical Teacher Education.

  • ENGINEERING.

  • Engineering, General.

  • ENGLISH LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE/LETTERS.

  • English Language and Literature, General.

  • FAMILY AND CONSUMER SCIENCES/HUMAN SCIENCES.

  • Child Development.

  • FOREIGN LANGUAGES, LITERATURES, AND LINGUISTICS.

  • Spanish Language and Literature.

  • HEALTH PROFESSIONS AND RELATED PROGRAMS.

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

  • HISTORY.

  • History, General.

  • HOMELAND SECURITY, LAW ENFORCEMENT, FIREFIGHTING AND RELATED PROTECTIVE SERVICES.

  • Criminal Justice/Safety Studies.
  • Fire Science/Fire-fighting.

  • LIBERAL ARTS AND SCIENCES, GENERAL STUDIES AND HUMANITIES.

  • General Studies.

  • MATHEMATICS AND STATISTICS.

  • Mathematics, General.

  • NATURAL RESOURCES AND CONSERVATION.

  • Wildlife, Fish and Wildlands Science and Management.

  • PARKS, RECREATION, LEISURE, AND FITNESS STUDIES.

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

  • PERSONAL AND CULINARY SERVICES.

  • Culinary Arts/Chef Training.

  • PHYSICAL SCIENCES.

  • Chemistry, General.

  • PSYCHOLOGY.

  • Psychology, General.

  • PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION AND SOCIAL SERVICE PROFESSIONS.

  • Social Work.

  • SOCIAL SCIENCES.

  • Sociology.

  • THEOLOGY AND RELIGIOUS VOCATIONS.

  • Bible/Biblical Studies.
  • Religious/Sacred Music.

  • VISUAL AND PERFORMING ARTS.

  • Acting.
  • Ceramic Arts and Ceramics.
  • Design and Visual Communications, General.
  • Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General.
  • Graphic Design.
  • Keyboard Instruments.
  • Music Theory and Composition.
  • Music, General.
  • Painting.
  • Voice and Opera.


Degrees

Bachelor's

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Opportunities at School

Experiential
Internship

Notable Faculty


Prominent Alumni


Erin Hayes
Former ABC Correspondent, Atlanta Bureau

Doyle Childers
Former Missouri Director for the Department of Natural Resources

Juanita Chang
Army Community Relations & Public Outreach at US Army

Meredith Mizell
Former Professional 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
55%
Graduate in 5 years
71%
Graduate in 6 years
72%

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Opportunities at School

Experiential
Internship

ROI & Outcomes

Information from PayScale:

Starting Median Salary (Up to Bachelor's degree completed, only)
$38,300

Mid-Career Median Salary (Up to Bachelor's degree completed, only)
$66,400

Starting Median Salary (At least Bachelor's degree)
$39,400

Mid-Career Median Salary (At least Bachelor's degree)
$68,900

Percent High Job Meaning
55%

Percent STEM
10%


Students Say

College of the Ozarks has a Career Center on campus that is committed to each student's success by helping this hardworking bunch choose majors, evaluate career paths, find jobs in various fields of study, and conduct research on potential careers. This is in addition to the jobs that the students will have on campus, which is an opportunity for them to build their résumés and network with employers before they graduate. Additionally, students report that “College of the Ozarks provides students with incredible leadership opportunities that other schools do not seek to offer,” such as a the Patriotic Education Program that matches students with veterans, from World War II, the Cold War, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War, sending both veteran and student to historic battlegrounds. It's no wonder that with such a unique approach to education that the school boasts a 75 percent post-graduation employment rate, with 15 percent of students going on to graduate programs.

Dates

Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Jul 1

Required Forms

FAFSA

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$11,182

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$11,182

Average Need-Based Loan
$0

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
0%

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$0

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$18,700

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
$0
Required Fees
$460
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$1,100

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
$3,700
Transportation for Commuters
$1,752

On-Campus Room and Board
$7,400
Comprehensive Fee

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
1,508
Foreign Countries Represented
17

Demographics

2.48%
Hispanic
90.07%
Caucasian
2.08%
Unknown
1.27%
International

55% female
45% male
24% are out of state
98% are full time
2% are part time

Overview


Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
90%
Help finding off-campus housing
No

First-Year Students living on campus
93%

Campus Environment
Rural

Housing Options

Dorms Female
Dorms Male
Other
Wellness Housing

Special Needs Admissions

Program / Service Name
Disability Services

Type of Program
For all students with disabilities

Director
Dr. Eric Bolger

College Entrance Tests Required
Yes

Interview Required
No

Documentation Required for LD

No documentation required for admissions process.

Documentation Required for ADHD

No documentation required for admissions process.

Special Need Services Offered

Calculator allowed in exams
Yes

Dictionary allowed in exams
Yes

Computer allowed in exams
Yes

Spellchecker allowed in exams
Yes

Extended test time
Yes

Scribes
Yes

Proctors
Yes

Oral exams
Yes

Notetakers
Yes

Distraction-free environment
Yes

Accommodation for students with ADHD
No

Reading machine
Yes

Other assistive technology
Yes

Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
53
Number of Honor Societies
9

Number of Social Sororities
0
Number of Religious Organizations
6

Sports

Athletic Division
Other

70% participate in intramural sports
8% participate in intercollegiate sports

Men's Sports (Bobcats)
7 Sports

Baseball
Basketball
Cheerleading
Cross Country
Golf
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Women's Sports (Lady Cats)
7 Sports

Basketball
Cheerleading
Cross Country
Golf
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Volleyball

Student Services

Health
Army ROTC Offered on-campus

Sustainability

70/99

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

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
72

Fee for Network Use
No

Partnerships with Technology Companies
No

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
CDW-G

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
Dr. Marci Linson
Dean of Admissions

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

Phone
417-690-2636

Email
admissions@cofo.edu

Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Howell W. Keeter Athletic Complex
Ralph Foster Museum
Williams Memorial Chapel
The Keeter Center
Patriots Park
Edwards Mill, Fruitcake and Jelly Kitchen, Alton Jones Dairy Farm, Gaetz Tractor Museum, "Lest We Forget" 9-11 Memorial, The Gold Star Families Memorial, and The Korean War Memorial.

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
admissions@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 417-348-1419, Classic Shuttle 417-598-0227,or Branson Loop 417-320-6035.

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
The Keeter Center, La Quinta Inns, The Radisson; Super 8; Days Inn; Fairfield Inn and the Baymont to name a few.


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