See what students say:


A “private Christian college” in Missouri, College of the Ozarks is an institution where students quickly learn “the value of hard work.” This is in large part due to the school’s “work education program” which “allows student[s] to learn [a] trade or profession...[as they work] to pay off tuition.” This enables undergrads to finish college debt free. Certainly, the focus at COFO isn’t merely on the jobs students must hold; academics still take center stage here. And be forewarned that they are “rigorous.” Luckily, undergrads report that their professors are “passionate about their subjects and genuinely want students to learn and excel in their classes.” What’s more, they “seek to have interaction in the classroom and highly encourage student participation.” Even better, professors here “are always available after class and willing to help tutor a student if they need extra help.” Aside from their regular coursework, COFO also offers students some really unique educational opportunities. For instance, “there is a program called the Patriotic Travel Program, and it [allows] students...to travel with a Veteran to a battle or war site, and learn [about] what happened there.” Such programs truly bolster classroom learning and make for a richer educational experience.

Student Body

Given the “small campus environment,” it’s not surprising that College of the Ozarks is the kind of school where you see “a lot of familiar faces...every day.” Fortunately, most students report that those very faces are quite “welcoming and supportive.” Of course, it likely helps that many undergrads have similar upbringings. After all, a vast majority are “native to the Ozark region,” “from an agricultural background,” and “Republican.” Many were also “homeschoolers and missionary kids before they attended COFO.” Additionally, students here are united in their shared “Christian values and ethics [as well as their] determination to succeed in both work and school.” It probably also doesn’t hurt that many COFO students “are fans of country music and Kansas City or St. Louis sports teams.” Perhaps more importantly, undergrads are eager to mention that their peers are very “driven” and extremely “busy.” As one hardworking student shares, “It’s not uncommon for students here, including myself, to work three jobs, adding up to well over 40 hours per week.” Indeed, “they take their education seriously while still being able to enjoy their time at school.” Finally, as one happy undergrad sums up, “You can pick out a CofO student from the crowd...because they stand out. [They’re] always willing to go the extra mile, and accomplish their goals.”

Campus Life

There’s no denying that undergrads at COFO lead busy lives. To begin with, beyond attending classes, all students “work fifteen hours on campus each week.” Additionally, undergrads are “required to attend convocations and chapel.” Thankfully, despite all their obligations, these students still manage to find time to kick back, relax and enjoy campus life. And that’s great because there’s a lot of fun to be had. For example, the “Student Union [hosts] a lot of...activities, like the Sadie Hawkins dance, Homecoming festivities, and Coffee House events with live music.” Undergrads also love participating in “Mud-fest (a game of tug-of-war), the Games (dormitory teams competing in fun athletic activities)...[and fall] bon-fire events.” There are also plenty of great options for outdoor enthusiasts. Indeed, people frequently “go swimming at the lake when it’s warm, cliff dive, and play volleyball. There are a lot of great trails around for students to walk and bike, as well.” Many students are also “involved in intramural sports, such as ultimate frisbee and volleyball.” And individuals passionate about performing will be delighted to learn that “the theatre department puts on plays every so often, and [the] concert band, jazz band, chapel choir and chorale perform regular concerts.” However, those looking for a party scene—beware. COFO is “really strict about alcohol even if you are over 21.”

Contact & Visit

Campus Visits Contact

Dr. Marci Linson
Dean of Admissions

P.O. Box 17
Point Lookout, MO 65726



Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Howell W. Keeter Athletic Complex
Ralph Foster Museum
Williams Memorial Chapel
The Keeter Center
Patriots Park
Edwards Mill, Fruitcake and Jelly Kitchen, Alton Jones Dairy Farm, Gaetz Tractor Museum, "Lest We Forget" 9-11 Memorial, The Gold Star Families Memorial, and The Korean War Memorial.

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Silver Dollar City
Branson Landing
Table Rock Lake
Musical Theatres

Campus Tours

Campus Visiting Center
8 a.m.-5 p.m.

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: 9-11 am, 1-4 pm
Average Length: 1 hour

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews

Information Sessions

Senior Day, last Tuesday of each September

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Contact Athletic Department

Advance Notice
2 weeks

Contact Email Address for Visit

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Not Available

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Types of Transportation Available to Campus
Branson Airport located at Hollister Missouri,Springfield Branson Regional Airport in Springfield Missouri. Shuttle/Taxis are available. Jerry's Shuttle 417-348-1419, Classic Shuttle 417-598-0227,or Branson Loop 417-320-6035.

Driving Instructions to Campus
From 65 Hwy South of Springfield: Approximately 42 miles on 65 South to the Hollister/C of O exit. Turn right, go straight through the stoplight to Opportunity Ave.. From 65 Hwy North of Harrison AR: Approximately 37 miles to Hollister/C of O exit, turn left, straight through the stoplight to Opportunity Ave.

Local Accommodations
The Keeter Center, La Quinta Inns, The Radisson; Super 8; Days Inn; Fairfield Inn and the Baymont to name a few.


Applicants: 2,879
Acceptance Rate: 16%
Average HS GPA: 3.69



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