College of the Ozarks receives four No. 1 rankings in 2022 U.S. News & World Report

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POINT LOOKOUT, MO. — College of the Ozarks is the No. 1 Most Innovative School in the Midwest and the No. 1 Best Value School in the Midwest, per U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges 2022.

The College ranked No. 1 Best Regional College and No. 2 Best undergraduate Teaching in the Midwest.

U.S. News & World Report has recognized College of the Ozarks as a best college since 1989.

“College of the Ozarks is consistently ranked among the most prestigious colleges in the nation, and we are honored by this most recent U.S. News & World Report recognition,” said President Jerry C. Davis. “It reflects the quality of teaching by our professors, the dedication and hard work of our students, and the unique opportunity for our students to graduate debt free.”

College of the Ozarks ranked as the No. 1 Top Performer on Social Mobility in the Midwest. With a mission to serve students who exhibit financial need, this ranking is especially meaningful.

Additionally, the College was recognized in A+ Schools for B Students.


U.S News & World Report assessed 1,466 U.S. bachelor's degree-granting institutions on 17 measures of academic quality. Calculations are based on student-faculty ratio, academic majors offered, application requirements, tuition and financial aid policies, student body demographics, and campus life.

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