About College of the Ozarks

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.

Quick Facts

Acceptance Rate14%
Application Deadline
Application Fee0
SAT Range1025-1159
ACT Range21-25

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.

STUDENT LIFE

We asked, and students answered these important questions about student life at College of the Ozarks.

6%
“We”re apathetic”
24%
“We know about current events and vote”
71%
“We participate and encourage others to get involved”
0%
“There”s nothing we won”t protest”
0%
“We save it for the classroom”
18%
“Sometimes, but not often”
59%
“There”s usually intelligent conversation to be found”
24%
“All the time, including weekends”
0%
“I”m always terrified”
0%
“I only go out in groups”
24%
“I usually let someone know where I”m going”
76%
“I feel extremely safe”
25%
“We don”t play sports”
0%
“We play recreationally”
44%
“We bought the gear”
31%
“We live for the big game”
0%
“It”s not really our thing”
18%
“Occasinally we gallery crawl”
65%
“There are a variety of opportunities”
18%
“We”re a very artistic group”
0%
“Haven”t met them”
0%
“Available in class”
47%
“They keep regular office hours”
53%
“They”re always available”
100%
“No greek life, but other groups to join”
0%
“There is some involvement, but not a lot”
0%
“Plenty of people join a sorority or fraternity”
0%
“It”s everything. If you”re not greek, you”re a geek”
94%
“We”re not into drinking at all”
6%
“Maybe a little, but it”s not a big thing”
0%
“We only party on weekends”
0%
“There”s some drinking happening every night”
82%
“Never, we”re here to learn”
18%
“There might be people who do”
0%
“People are known to partake on weekends”
0%
“There”s a huge drug scene”
6%
“We”re apathetic”
24%
“We know about current events and vote”
71%
“We participate and encourage others to get involved”
0%
“There”s nothing we won”t protest”
0%
“We save it for the classroom”
18%
“Sometimes, but not often”
59%
“There”s usually intelligent conversation to be found”
24%
“All the time, including weekends”
0%
“I”m always terrified”
0%
“I only go out in groups”
24%
“I usually let someone know where I”m going”
76%
“I feel extremely safe”
25%
“We don”t play sports”
0%
“We play recreationally”
44%
“We bought the gear”
31%
“We live for the big game”
0%
“It”s not really our thing”
18%
“Occasinally we gallery crawl”
65%
“There are a variety of opportunities”
18%
“We”re a very artistic group”
0%
“Haven”t met them”
0%
“Available in class”
47%
“They keep regular office hours”
53%
“They”re always available”
100%
“No greek life, but other groups to join”
0%
“There is some involvement, but not a lot”
0%
“Plenty of people join a sorority or fraternity”
0%
“It”s everything. If you”re not greek, you”re a geek”
94%
“We”re not into drinking at all”
6%
“Maybe a little, but it”s not a big thing”
0%
“We only party on weekends”
0%
“There”s some drinking happening every night”
82%
“Never, we”re here to learn”
18%
“There might be people who do”
0%
“People are known to partake on weekends”
0%
“There”s a huge drug scene”

College of the Ozarks REVIEWS

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  • How would you rate on-campus housing?

    45 Students rated on-campus housing 3.3 stars. 9 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate off-campus housing?

    35 Students rated off-campus housing 2.3 stars. 0 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate campus food?

    46 Students rated campus food 3.3 stars. 11 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate campus facilities?

    46 Students rated campus facilities 3.4 stars. 24 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate class size?

    46 Students rated class size 4.5 stars. 65 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate school activities?

    46 Students rated school activities 3.6 stars. 20 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate local services?

    46 Students rated local services 4.2 stars. 54 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate academics?

    46 Students rated academics 4.6 stars. 72 % gave the school a 5.0.

What's your overall opinion of College of the Ozarks?

20 Students rated College of the Ozarks

Rebecca - 10/08/2021

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.

Jennifer - 09/29/2021

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.

Sierra

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."

Mckayla

College of the Ozarks is a unique experience that has both its ups and downs. To start with the cons of this school, I would say the biggest thing that bugs me is certain rules. A few examples would be no unnatural hair colors, no showing tattoos, no more than 2 ear piercings (It says in the handbook only the lobe, but they're a bit more chill about it on campus), cars are locked up in freshman lot (At the farthest away part of campus. The walk is AWFUL) unless you've been a full-time student for 2 whole semesters (Dual-enrollment/part-time does not count), I really don't get anything from their church as it is Presbyterian and I'm Pentecostal/Nondenominational, and they force you to go to a certain number of convocations and chapels (Though, the number isn't horrible and can be done BY midterms). The school can also make you feel pressured to feel indebted to them, as you often get told that the work you do on campus could NEVER pay for your schooling (Some work stations actually COULD pay their way through, such as construction). Most of these things are simple things that aren't ACTUALLY a big deal, but it is very annoying to my personality type (I'm a loud, dominant, metal head that likes to be a little wild as far as hair, tattoos, and piercings). However, there are many pros as well. The rooms, though small, do hold a lot, the food is pretty good (Though more healthy options would be nice, as would for it to be open longer), we work for our tuition and, if you're poor enough, you can get your room and board paid for by working over the summer (I will say, another con is their definition of poor. I'm going to be struggling to pay for room and board if i don't get into the summer program, but I don't qualify for FAFSA either), and the teachers are mostly very good. The people are mostly really nice, and they don't discriminate much by year. I sit in the caf with seniors and juniors all the time as well as the other two years. Overall, it's a pretty decent school with its own set of pros and cons.

College of the Ozarks FAQS

  1. What is the Acceptance Rate at College of the Ozarks?

    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 _____.

  2. What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

    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.

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  3. Describe the students at your school.

    The students in my class are hard working individuals who strive to do there best and follow God's word.

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  4. What kind of person should attend this school?

    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.

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  5. What do you consider the worst thing about your school? Why?

    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.

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  6. Describe your favorite campus traditions.

    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.

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  7. Here's your chance: Say anything about your college!

    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.

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  8. What kind of person should not attend this school?

    Anyone who isn't open to new things.

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  9. What's unique about your campus?

    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.

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  10. Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

    Our school is friendly, safe, and interconnected.

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  11. What's the one thing you wish someone had told you about freshman year?

    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.

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  12. What's the most frustrating thing about your school?

    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.

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  13. Is the stereotype of students at your school accurate?

    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.

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  14. What are the academics like at your school?

    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.

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  15. What are the most popular student activities/groups?

    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.

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  16. What is the stereotype of students at your school?

    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.

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  17. What is your overall opinion of this school?

    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.

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  18. What do you brag about most when you tell your friends about your school?

    what i brag about is how beutiful the landscape is.

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Student Body

Students

55%

female

45%

male

1,517

Total Undergrad Enrollment

N/A

Total Grad Students

25%

Out-Of-State

75%

In-State

N/A

International

Organizations

30

Student Organizations

N/A

Fraternities

N/A

Sororities

Housing

Yes

On-Campus Housing

80%

of students living on campus

Student Diversity

% American Indian/Alaskan Native
N/A
% Asian/Pacific Islander
1%
% Black or African-American
1%
% Hispanic/Latino
2%
% White or Caucasian
92%

TUITION & AID

All students must apply yearly for financial aid. This process starts with the FAFSA. Though financial aid deadlines vary by school, it is a good idea to apply as soon as possible. For the upcoming school year, you can apply as early as October 1 for the FAFSA. Additional school aid will be dependent on the FAFSA results.

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.

Cost Out of State

$18,930

Tuition and fees(Out of state)

$1,000

Books and Supplies

$6,800

Room and Board

26,730

Total On Campus

Actual Cost By Income Level(W/Financial Aid)

Family Income
Cost
$0 - $30K
$13,454
$30 - $48K
$11,830
$48 - $75K
$13,135
$75 - $110K
$13,052
$110K & UP
N/A

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