College of the Ozarks campus


Acceptance Rate
Average HS GPA

GPA Breakdown

Over 3.75
3.50 - 3.74
3.25 - 3.49
3.00 - 3.24
2.50 - 2.99
2.00 - 2.49

Test Scores

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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
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


Rigor of Secondary School Record
Class Rank

Character / Personal Qualities

Selectivity Rating

Faculty and Class Information

Total Faculty
with Terminal Degree


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

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
Graduate in 5 years
Graduate in 6 years


  • 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

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."



Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available

Career Services

Interest Inventory
Opportunities at School


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
Graduate in 5 years
Graduate in 6 years

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available

Career Services

Interest Inventory
Opportunities at School


ROI & Outcomes

Information from PayScale:

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

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

Starting Median Salary (At least Bachelor's degree)

Mid-Career Median Salary (At least Bachelor's degree)

Percent STEM

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.


Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Jul 1

Required Forms


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 $6,800 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 $18,500 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

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid

Average Need-Based Loan

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program

Average amount of loan debt per graduate

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package

Financial aid provided to international students

Expenses per Academic Year

Required Fees
Average Cost for Books and Supplies

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
Board for Commuters
Transportation for Commuters

On-Campus Room and Board
Comprehensive Fee

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodology

Scholarships and Grants


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

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)

Direct Lender

Financial Aid Rating


Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
Foreign Countries Represented



55% female
45% 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."


Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
Help finding off-campus housing

First-Year Students living on campus

Campus Environment

Housing Options

Dorms Female
Dorms Male
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

Interview Required

Special Need Services Offered

Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
Number of Honor Societies

Number of Social Sororities
Number of Religious Organizations


Athletic Division

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

Men's Sports (Bobcats)
6 Sports

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

Cross Country
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor

Student Services

Army ROTC Offered on-campus


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:

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:

Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network

Email and Web Access Available

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms

Average Number of PC's per Lab

Network Access in Dorm Rooms

Network Access in Dorm Lounges

Fee for Network Use

Student Web Pages Permitted

Student Web Pages Provided

Partnerships with Technology Companies

Online Class Registration Available

Personal computer included in tuition for each student

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers

Undergraduates that Own Computers

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors


Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Campus Radio / TV Stations

Campus Visits Contact

Dr. Marci Linson
Dean of Admissions

P.O. Box 17
Point Lookout, MO 65726



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
Table Rock Lake
Musical Theatres

Campus Tours

Campus Visiting Center
8 a.m.-5 p.m.

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

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews

Information Sessions

Senior Day, last Tuesday of each September

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Contact Athletic Department

Advance Notice
2 weeks

Contact Email Address for Visit

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Not Available

Contact Admissions Office


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.