College of the Ozarks

Called “Hard Work U.” by The Wall Street Journal, College of the Ozarks offers deserving students the advantages of a quality, Christian education. College of the Ozarks charges no tuition. Instead, all students work on campus each semester to defray the cost of education. Upon completion of the Work Education Program, the College guarantees to meet the entire cost of education. Debt is openly discouraged and no federal or state loans are made.

The College is committed to cultivating character and work ethic and promoting Christian values.  For more than 100 years, this uniqúe institution has educated the head, heart, and hands of countless young people.

All students work 15 hours each week plus one 40-hour work week, totaling 280 hours each semester, in one of more than 80 diverse and fulfilling workstations. In combination with private scholarships and grants, the work scholarship covers the cost of education. Under the direction of a faculty or staff supervisor, all students have the opportunity to gain knowledge and skills that will be beneficial upon graduation.

Among the 80 workstations are Computer Center, Child Development Center, Ralph Foster Museum, McDonald Clinic, Bonner Community Service, Christian Ministries, Resident Assistant, Construction, Custodial, and Power Plant. Students also enjoy working in Intramurals, the Fruitcake and Jelly Kitchen, Administrative Offices, and Academic Departments, or in any of the many other work areas on campus.

Lessons taught at “Hard Work U.” extend far beyond work ethic. Since 1989, College of the Ozarks has been ranked a top college in the Midwest by U.S. News & World Report. The College has been noted for its academic excellence, character development, and affordability by several national publications, such as The Princeton Review Best 371 Colleges, The New York Times, Kaplan Newsweek How to Get Into College Guide, USA Today, and Intercollegiate Studies Institute’s All-American Colleges.

Offering more than 40 majors and minors, College of the Ozarks provides the perfect environment for 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. Many receive prestigious internships or recognition prior to or upon graduation. Recently, two C of O nursing students were named “Student Nurse of the Year” by the Missouri State Board of Nursing and the Springfield News-Leader. Recent graduates have received internships with IBM research, the White House, and Fortune 500 companies. Many graduates go on to pursue medical, law, theological, or MBA degrees.

College of the Ozarks is fully accredited.

Over 40 majors and 36 minors in addition to ten pre-professional programs

  • Accounting
  • Agriculture emphasis: Agribusiness, Animal Science, Horticulture, Agronomy
  • Agriculture Education
  • Allied Health Science Interdisciplinary
  • Art
  • Art Education
  • Biology
  • Biology Education
  • Business emphasis: General Business, International Business, Economics, Marketing, Management
  • Chemistry
  • Chemistry Education
  • Communication Arts emphasis: Public Relations, Speech Communications
  • Computer Information Science
  • Computer Science
  • Conservation and Wildlife Management
  • Criminal Justice emphasis: Law Enforcement, Corrections
  • Dietetics
  • Elementary Education
  • Elementary Education: Early childhood concentration
  • English
  • English Education
  • Family and Consumer Sciences emphasis: Child Development, Food & Nutrition, General Family and Consumer Sciences
  • Family and Consumer Sciences Vocational Education
  • Graphic Arts
  • History
  • History Education
  • Hotel and Restaurant Management emphasis: General Hotel/Restaurant Management, Meeting and Special Event Management emphasis: Professional Foodservice Management
  • Mass Communications emphasis: Journalism, Electronic Media Production: Audio, Video, Radio Track
  • Mathematics
  • Mathematics Education
  • Music emphasis: General Music, Music Ministry
  • Music Education emphasis: Choral Music Education, Instrumental Music Education
  • Nursing
  • Philosophy and Religion
  • Physical Education emphasis: K-12 Education, Recreational Administration or Health/Wellness
  • Psychology
  • Secondary Education (must be taken as a double major with a major in one of the approved teaching fields)
  • Sociology emphasis: General Sociology or Social Work
  • Spanish
  • Spanish Education
  • Speech and Theatre Education
  • Theatre emphasis: General Theatre, Music Theatre, Drama Ministry, or Speech and Theatre Education


  • Accounting
  • Agribusiness
  • Animal Science
  • Art History
  • Biology
  • Business Administration
  • Chemistry
  • Child Development
  • Christian Ministry
  • Clothing & Textiles
  • Coaching
  • Computer Science
  • Computer Information Science
  • Criminal Justice
  • General Agriculture
  • Graphic Arts
  • History
  • Horticulture
  • Hotel/Restaurant Management
  • Journalism
  • Literature
  • Mathematics
  • Media Production
  • Military Science
  • Music
  • Philosophy and Religion
  • Psychology
  • Rhetoric
  • Sociology
  • Sociology-Gerontology
  • Speech
  • Studio Art
  • Technology
  • Theatre

Pre-Professional Programs

  • Allied Health Science
  • Conservation and Wildlife Management
  • Dietetics
  • Medical Technology
  • Pre-engineering
  • Pre-law
  • Pre-medicine
  • Pre-pharmacy
  • Pre-physician's assistant
  • Pre-veterinary

Community service opportunities abound at College of the Ozarks, as do students willing to volunteer. From the time students attend the Character Camp (a week-long orientation for incoming freshmen) they are encouraged to engage in community service. Programs like The CALL cultivate a servant’s heart in students. Bonner Community Service is an official campus workstation where students may volunteer at many area schools, nursing homes, and non-profit organizations to satisfy their 15-hour work requirement. Christian Ministries serves as the central point through which these community service opportunities, plus many more, are organized. Students at College of the Ozarks take serving others seriously. For example, many students opt to spend their Spring Break serving others through missions. Through the integration of faith with learning, living, and service, the College is intentional about encouraging Christian growth.

The mission of College of the Ozarks is to provide the advantages of a Christian education for youth of both sexes, especially those found worthy, but who are without sufficient means to procure such training.

The vision of College of the Ozarks is to develop citizens of Christ-like character who are well-educated, hard-working, and patriotic. To achieve this vision, the College has Academic, Vocational, Christian, Patriotic and Cultural goals.

1,000-acre campus overlooking Lake Taneycomo at Point Lookout, Missouri, 40 miles south of Springfield, near Branson and Hollister, Missouri.

Special Opportunities
The Joan Kalimanis Citizens Abroad Program: As an enrichment of the classroom experience, students have the opportunity to study in other cultures and experience first-hand how citizenship impacts our world.

Patriotic Education Travel Program: To encourage patriotic growth, students accompany Veterans back to the battlefields where they fought. Students return with renewed respect for Veterans and increased love for their country. In this program, students have travelled to France, the Netherlands, Belgium, and Iwo Jima.

Gittinger and Herschend Focus on the Family Exchange: This scholarship program enables students to spend a semester at the Focus on the Family Institute in Colorado Springs, Colorado.


College of the Ozarks®
PO Box 17
Point Lookout, MO 65726


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