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College of the Ozarks is a Christian school that overlooks Lake Taneycomo in Point Lookout, Missouri. Admissions and financial aid work a little differently at C of O, as it is known for short. In each incoming class, 90 percent of students must show financial need to be accepted. Once registered, students work 15 hours each week for a campus program, such as the school's museum or clinic. The money earned from these jobs, plus scholarships and grants, covers the student's entire tuition. With this work program, students who may not otherwise be able to afford college can pursue their studies and major in any of more than 40 subject areas.
Outside the classroom, C of O students can participate in many campus events, such as an epic tug-of-war game at Mud Fest or the Sadie Hawkins dance. College of Ozarks also offers several faith-based organizations and strictly prohibits alcohol and tobacco. Student athletes can play for the Bobcats varsity sports teams, which compete in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics in the Midlands Collegiate Athletic Conference.
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The College of the Ozarks is tuition-free. The cost to the College for providing an education is approximately $17,900 (2012-2013) per year per student. Most colleges and universities pass along part of this cost as tuition. This is not the case at College of the Ozarks. The College guarantees to meet all of this cost for each full-time student by using earnings from its endowment, operating its own mandatory student Work Education Program, accepting student aid grants, gifts, and other sources.
|School type||private, coed college|
|Religious affiliation||Christian Interdenominational|
When applying to College of the Ozarks, it's important to note the application deadline is February 15. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due February 15. It is selective, with an acceptance rate of 9.5 percent.
For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.
|Fall 2012 acceptance rate||9.5%|
|Application deadline||February 15|
|SAT/ACT scores must be received by||February 15|
The student-faculty ratio at College of the Ozarks is 14:1, and the school has 56.8 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at College of the Ozarks include: Education, General; Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services; Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting and Related Protective Services; Agriculture, Agriculture Operations, and Related Sciences; and Speech Communication and Rhetoric. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 85.8 percent.
|4-year graduation rate||47%|
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College of the Ozarks has a total undergraduate enrollment of 1,379, with a gender distribution of 43.1 percent male students and 56.9 percent female students. At this school, 76 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 23 percent of students live off campus. College of the Ozarks is part of the NAIA athletic conference.
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|Collegiate athletic association||NAIA|
Campus Info & Services
College of the Ozarks offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, placement service, health service, and health insurance. College of the Ozarks also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, student patrols, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Of the students at College of the Ozarks, 80 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is not permitted for students of legal age at College of the Ozarks.
|Students who have cars on campus||80%|
|Health insurance offered||Yes|
Paying for School
At College of the Ozarks, 93.8 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $13,741.
Paying for college doesn't have to be difficult or devastating. Go to the Paying for College knowledge center to get advice on raising cash and reducing costs.
|Tuition and fees||$18,330 (2013-14)|
|Room and board||$5,900 (2013-14)|
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* Overview details based on 2012 data