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College of the Ozarks is a private institution that was founded in 1906. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 1,374, its setting is rural, and the campus size is 1,000 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. College of the Ozarks's ranking in the 2013 edition of Best Colleges is Regional Colleges (Midwest), 9. Its tuition and fees are $18,030 (2012-13).
College of the Ozarks is a private, Christian school that overlooks Lake Taneycomo in Point Lookout, Mo. 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 in 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 the 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 a formal dance held just for freshmen. 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 (NAIA) Midlands Collegiate Athletic Conference. Women can play basketball and volleyball, and men can play basketball and baseball.
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College of the Ozarks is unique, because it charges no tuition. All full-time students work 15 hours a week to offset the costs of education. Students can also elect either to pay for room and board or to work in a summer program, which covers those costs. Debt is openly discouraged. C of O is a liberal arts college, founded more than a century ago with deep roots in the Christian tradition. The College seeks students who are of good character, bright, willing to work and would have a difficult time paying to attend another college. The five aims of the College are to encourage academic, Christian, patriotic, cultural and vocational growth in its students.
|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 8.9 percent.
For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.
|Fall 2011 acceptance rate||8.9%|
|Application deadline||February 15|
|SAT/ACT scores must be received by||February 15|
The student-faculty ratio at College of the Ozarks is 13:1, and the school has 56.7 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at College of the Ozarks include: Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services; Education, General; Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse; Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting and Related Protective Services; and Agriculture, Agriculture Operations, and Related Sciences. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 84.5 percent.
College of the Ozarks has a total undergraduate enrollment of 1,374, with a gender distribution of 43.2 percent male students and 56.8 percent female students. At this school, 80.0 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 20.0 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|
|Students required to own/lease a computer||No|
Paying for School
At College of the Ozarks, 94.0 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $14,692.
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||$18,030 (2012-13)|
|Room and board||$5,900 (2012-13)|
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* Overview details based on 2011 data