19. College of the Ozarks
College of the Ozarks is a Christian school that overlooks Lake Taneycomo in Point Lookout, Missouri. 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 for 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 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 the Sadie Hawkins dance. 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 in the Midlands Collegiate Athletic Conference.
When applying to College of the Ozarks, it’s important to note the application deadline is rolling. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due February 15.
It is selective, with an acceptance rate of 8.3 percent.
The student-faculty ratio at College of the Ozarks is 15:1, and the school has 52.4 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; Agriculture, Agriculture Operations, and Related Sciences; Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting and Related Protective Services; and Speech Communication and Rhetoric.
The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 86 percent.
College of the Ozarks has a total undergraduate enrollment of 1,433, with a gender distribution of 48.8 percent male students and 51.2 percent female students. At this school, 81 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 19 percent of students live off campus.
College of the Ozarks is part of the NAIA athletic conference.
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.