Christened “Hard Work U.” by the Wall Street Journal, College of the Ozarks offers deserving students the advantages of a high caliber, liberal arts education emphasizing Christian values. All students work on campus to defray the cost of education. C of O actively recruits youth found worthy of a higher education but without sufficient financial means.
All students who are admitted must demonstrate financial need, academic ability, sound character and a willingness to work. This creates a student body that is highly motivated and serious about education.
A distinctive campus Work Program provides learning opportunities and helps students set career goals and life objectives. There are more than 80 student job options that range from working in the campus computer center or the College museum to milking dairy cows or serving in the College’s hotel or restaurant.
Upon completion of the Work Program, College of the Ozarks guarantees to meet the entire cost of education. Debt is discouraged and no federal or state loans are made.
About College of the Ozarks
For more than 100 years, College of the Ozarks has educated the head, heart and hands of countless young people. Its successful track record is apparent—national publications like Forbes Magazine, The Princeton Review Best 377 Colleges, The New York Times, Kaplan Newsweek, USA Today and Intercollegiate Studies Institute’s All American Colleges have recognized C of O for its outstanding academic excellence, character development and affordability. U.S. News & World Report has honored C of O as a top Midwest college for more than twenty consecutive years.
Offering more than 40 majors and minors, College of the Ozarks provides a productive environment for many scholastic endeavors. Popular majors include Business Administration, Education, Agriculture and Nursing. Students graduating from College of the Ozarks leave their baccalaureate studies well prepared for careers or graduate school.
Work performance evaluations rate key attributes like reliability, teamwork, collaboration and initiative. Reviews are reported at the end of each term and become part of the student’s permanent record
Working for an education is a distinctive tradition, but lessons taught at “Hard Work U.” extend beyond work ethic and high scholastic standards. College of the Ozarks is equally committed to cultivating character and promoting Christian values among its student body.
What Makes College of the Ozarks Unique
College of the Ozarks is called Hard Work U. for a reason. All full-time students work rather than pay tuition.
College of the Ozarks openly discourages debt and doesn’t participate in any government loan programs.
College of the Ozarks prohibits drug and alcohol use on and off campus and has been named a “Stone-Cold Sober School” by the Princeton Review for 13 consecutive years.
College of the Ozarks students experience a Christian environment, with opportunities to join student organizations and take part in mission work.
The College’s Keeter Center for Character Education sponsors programs and activities that enhance character development and good citizenship.
Facts about Hard Work U.
College of the Ozarks began as a work school for deserving Ozarks youth in 1906.
The Work Program has always been an integral part of the institution. All students work an average of 15 hours each week at one of 80 campus workstations to defray cost of tuition. When they graduate, they leave the “Gates of Opportunity” debt-free.
In 1973 The Wall Street Journal dubbed College of the Ozarks “Hard Work U.” The moniker stuck and is widely known today.
Work posts include a dairy farm, museum, fruitcake and jelly kitchen and student-run hotel and restaurant.
College of the Ozarks is the eleventh most selective institution in the nation, ranking just below Yale and Princeton and more selective than MIT.
Prospective students must demonstrate financial need, academic ability and sound character with a willingness to work.
Room, board and incidental fees per student are $6,030 and can be paid by the student or met by the optional summer work program, which consists of working on campus for twelve weeks from June through mid-August.
The campus includes 1,000 acres and current student enrollment nears 1,400.
Dr. Jerry C. Davis, PhD., LL.D., has served as the College of the Ozarks President since 1988.
C of O is privately supported and depends on endowment income and gifts for operational and capital needs.