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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
2,896
Acceptance Rate
14%
Average HS GPA
3.66

GPA Breakdown

49%
Over 3.75
26%
3.50 - 3.74
16%
3.25 - 3.49
6%
3.00 - 3.24
2%
2.50 - 2.99
1%
2.00 - 2.49

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SAT Reading
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
525 - 630
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
500 - 592
SAT Writing
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
492 - 620

Concordant SAT Scores

SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
570 - 680
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
530 - 610

ACT Composite
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
21 - 25

Testing Policies


ACT Writing Policy
ACT with Writing required

SAT Essay Policy
SAT with Essay component required

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
142
with Terminal Degree
60

75
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
54%
Graduate in 5 years
68%
Graduate in 6 years
69%

Majors

  • Agriculture, Agriculture Operations, and Related Sciences

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

  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences

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

  • 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, General
  • Journalism
  • Public Relations, Advertising, and Applied Communication

  • Communications Technologies/Technicians and Support Services

  • 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

  • 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

  • Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies

  • Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, 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

  • Philosophy and Religious Studies

  • Philosophy and Religious Studies, General

  • Physical Sciences

  • Chemistry, General

  • Psychology

  • Psychology, General

  • Public Administration and Social Service Professions

  • Social Work

  • Security and Protective Services

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

  • 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
  • Fiber, Textile and Weaving Arts
  • Graphic Design
  • Music Theory and Composition
  • Music, General
  • Music, Other
  • Painting
  • Piano and Organ
  • 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

Bill Glaser
Cold Steel Manager at Nucor Steel

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
54%
Graduate in 5 years
68%
Graduate in 6 years
69%

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)
$35,200

Mid-Career Median Salary (Up to Bachelor's degree completed, only)
$71,800

Starting Median Salary (At least Bachelor's degree)
$36,300

Mid-Career Median Salary (At least Bachelor's degree)
$78,100

Percent STEM
6%

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.

Dates

Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Jul 1

Required Forms

FAFSA

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$15,086

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$15,488

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
$20,163

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
$973
Transportation for Commuters
$3,432

On-Campus Room and Board
$7,100
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
1,512
Foreign Countries Represented
18

Demographics

1.72%
Hispanic
92.33%
Caucasian
1.39%
International

55% female
45% male
22% are out of state
99% are full time
1% are part time

Overview


Campus Life

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

First-Year Students living on campus
90%

Campus Environment
Rural

Housing Options

Dorms Female
Dorms Male
Other
Wellness Housing

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
Other

73% participate in intramural sports
6% participate in intercollegiate sports

Men's Sports (Bobcats)
6 Sports

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

Basketball
Cheerleading
Cross Country
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

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
The Missouri Vietnam Veterans Memorial
Edwards Mill, Fruitcake and Jelly Kitchen, Alton Jones Dairy Farm, Gaetz Tractor Museum, "Lest We Forget" 9-11 Memorial, and The Gold Star Families 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
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 417-348-1419,Classic Shuttle 417-598-0227,or Branson Shuttle 417-335-4466.

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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