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Founded in 1906, College of the Ozarks. is a Private college. Located in Missouri, which is a city setting in Missouri, the campus itself is Town. The campus is home to 1,517 full time undergraduate students, and 0 full time graduate students.
The College of the Ozarks Academic calendar runs on a Semester basis. In the school year the student to faculty ratio was 14:1. There are 86 full time instructional teachers. Degrees awarded at College of the Ozarks include: Bachelor's Degree, Masters Degree, Post-master's certificate, Doctor's degree.
Admissions at COFO are considered Most Selective, with ,9% of all applicants being admitted.
In the school year, of the students who applied to the school, only 14 of those who were admitted eventually ended up enrolling.
87% of incoming freshmen are in the top half of their high school class. 50% were in the top quarter, and 19% were in the top tenth. You can apply online.
We asked, and students answered these important questions about student life at College of the Ozarks.
45 Students rated on-campus housing 3.3 stars. 9 % gave the school a 5.0.
35 Students rated off-campus housing 2.3 stars. 0 % gave the school a 5.0.
46 Students rated campus food 3.3 stars. 11 % gave the school a 5.0.
46 Students rated campus facilities 3.4 stars. 24 % gave the school a 5.0.
46 Students rated class size 4.5 stars. 65 % gave the school a 5.0.
46 Students rated school activities 3.6 stars. 20 % gave the school a 5.0.
46 Students rated local services 4.2 stars. 54 % gave the school a 5.0.
46 Students rated academics 4.6 stars. 72 % gave the school a 5.0.
21 Students rated College of the Ozarks
College of the Ozarks is the No. 1 Most Innovative School in the Midwest and the No. 1 Best Value School in the Midwest, per the recently released guide U.S. News & World Report, Best Colleges 2022-23.
Also dubbed “Hard Work U,” College of the Ozarks is a school based around Christian liberal arts with a proud conservative heritage, committed to a five-fold mission of encouraging : Academic, Christian, Cultural, Vocational, and Patriotic growth in its students.
C of O has a great environment and great college life. It is a lot of hard work with combining the work program with the education program, but it is totally worth it, and the college puts is a big promoter of community and has a lot of activities for students to be involved in. Overall, it's really great!
I have been here for 2-1/2 years, and deeply wish I had gone somewhere else for college. The classes are not always challenging (for example, our sociology textbook was a high school textbook, not a college-level text). The college presents a great face to prospective students/parents, and requires a clean, polished look so that donors believe it is a positive environment. The truth is far darker. Rooms are tiny, poorly ventilated, with three bathroom/shower stalls for 30 people. Harsh penalties are meted out for any infraction, and work environments are often abusive and repressive. An example: students who work at the very public-oriented Keeter Center have a long list of words and phrases that cannot be used, a wrinkle in a uniform causes loss of work points which leads to lowered grades, supervisors do not train from a positive perspective but from a punitive one. A large emphasis is placed on graduating without debt; I would rather pay off student loans than be depressed, afraid, and have to just get through each day till it's over. College should be a time of expansion and growth. At this college it is a time of fear, emotional scarring, and persevering through trial. As a Christian, the underground drug/alcohol/sex culture is jarring; because these behaviors are so strongly forbidden, students (and RA's) go to great lengths to hide them, but they do happen and there is no place to openly get help because any student deemed weak is quietly removed. We are told at the beginning by the president of the college that we are "replaceable". This attitude pervades this campus.
If I had it to do over, I would never come here. Students are terrified of breaking known and unknown rules, it is very patriarchal in structure, and blatantly racist--look at the statistics and compare them to national statistics. It is not safe to express any opposing viewpoint, and the vast majority of professors obtained their education here as well, contributing to an insular way of thought. Students are considered replaceable and dorm facilities reflect this clearly. A home-schooled student from an extremely conservative family would probably feel comfortable here. Anyone from another background will be miserable. In applying for graduate programs, I have found that this institution is not academically respected and having attended here for three years I understand this completely. It would be better to graduate with a few academic loans to pay off than to come here and find yourself in a stifling, prejudiced, culture of fear.
I have grown up around this college, went to the high school, and now am enrolled in the college with intent to EARN my nursing degree. I can safely say that this college demands excellence I every aspect of the students life. Students are expected to work hard, and thus the college maintains its reputation as "Hard Work U."
The fall 2020 acceptance rate for College of the Ozarks is 14%. That means, out of _____ applications received in 2020 , _____ students were offered admission. The number of males who applied was _____ vs the number of females which was _____.
I would tell myself that I need to apply mysef 100% and stuy to make good grades. I do not need to be messig around with friends and not doing my work.
The students in my class are hard working individuals who strive to do there best and follow God's word.
Students that can live in a strict environment wih no drinking, following all the rules, staying on top of their schoolwork and being able to not get stressed out because of all the bureaucracy. It's a great college because it WILL teach you to work hard and learn to follow rules especially with this new generation thinking they are entitled to everything.
for a college whose emphasis is the support of the financially challenged in academia, the college still drains the student's wallet with hidden costs and restricting the student's ability to make money off campus.
Our college is best known for our unique work-study program. Having a job on-campus offsets the cost of tuition, along with other federal aid and scholarships.
You get to go to school for FREE. The tuition and room and board are paid off by working 15 hours a week and two 40 hour work weeks and the books are taken care of by scholarships.
Anyone who isn't open to new things.
The best thing about College of the Ozarks is that the college encourages you to be something you come here believing that you are not. The faculty and upper-classmen really help push you to be a good student and never want to see you fail. The rules that the college has are designed to provide this same support as well. In the end you become something you always knew you could be...but never believed it could really happen.
Our school is friendly, safe, and interconnected.
I wish that I had known how to study for classes before I came to College of the Ozarks. Every student has to find their own groove to study with, but usually, it seems, students that get that groove during high school struggle far less with adjusting to college life.
The most frustrating thing about College of the Ozarks is the emphasis on looks. The administration does everything possible to make sure everything on campus looks presentable to the many donors that are frequently touring campus. However, the school could take part of the effort put into looks and put that into character building. Many times students feel that as long as they look good on the outside, it does not matter what is on the inside. A lot is said about character building, but in my experiences the heavy emphasis on outer looks does more to hurt character.
Absolutely not. I mean, I'm sure there are some students like that, but who actually likes to work? Not many people. Balancing school and work was harder than I thought it would be, plus most students try to do even more by getting a job outside of school. It's hard! There are plenty of students who don't like being required to go to convocations or chapel. There are students who aren't christian at all, their parents just sent them there to be "fixed". There are PLENTY of students who hate the work program, but it's all they can afford. But 95% of them keep their heads down, grin and bear it.
This is a high point for C of O. The professors in the music department are amazing. Dr. Gerlach taught me theory and sight singing three semesters in a row. He got to know me very well. He takes an interest, not only in his students academic well being, but spiritual and even emotional well being, as do most all of the professors. They probably could be teaching at a higher level if they wanted to, but they choose to teach at C of O because they believe in the values of C of O.
The dorms are off limits to the opposite sex except for one night a semester each, Men's Open House and Women's Open House. Although, the Deans usually roam the halls on those nights. I made most of my friends in Chapel Choir because we spend almost every Sunday singing at Chapel together. Alcohol is not allowed on campus, or off campus for that matter. And parties usually consist of meeting at a dorm's coed lounge, playing silly games, watching movies, etc. One night a group of my friends even walked to a McDonald's off campus. That has to be the most wild thing I've done at C of O. Oh, and there are many dances and activities like Coffee House put on by Student Senate.
C of O follows very strict standards of behavior. It is a private, non-denominational christian school, but it's very much Presbyterian based. Not that there's anything wrong with that, I just wasn't expecting it. The students are expected to follow all of these rules of conduct or face expulsion, and public humiliation. The stereotypical C of O student is perfect, doesn't do anything wrong, and is very appreciative of their school where they work 15 hours a week in addition to school work and their tuition is paid in full.
C of O is a huge bubble. It is it's own town, Point Lookout Mo. It looks pretty and perfect on the outside, but once you're there it can feel like a prison because it's so small and closed off from everything around it. Freshmen aren't allowed to drive during the week, their cars are literally locked away. It's like the administration is afraid their students will do something to taint the school name. And that's what's most important, the school's name not the students.
what i brag about is how beutiful the landscape is.
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100% of students
attending College of the Ozarks receive some sort of financial aid.
64% were awarded federal grants.
While N/A received federal loans.
Many students do also need to apply for additional private student loans.
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