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College of the Ozarks, Point Lookout
(4.5/5 based on 1,700+ reviews on the web)
Christian values and character, hard work, and financial responsibility comprise the fundamental building blocks of the "Hard Work U" experience. At a time when there is much talk about what is wrong with the nation, College of the Ozarks exemplifies what is right with America.



C of O is committed to its founding mission of providing a quality, Christian education to those who are found worthy, but who are without sufficient means to obtain such training. Instead of paying tuition, all full-time students work campus jobs to defray the cost of education. Upon complete participation in the Work Education Program, the College guarantees to meet the entire cost of education for students, allowing them the opportunity to graduate debt-free. The College openly discourages debt by not participating in any government loan programs and leads by example through having no institutional debt of any kind.
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  • Don't miss visiting this beautiful campus and dining in the lodge. You can visit the campus-made products shops and a fabulous Museum. Their Sunday brunch is beyond belief but lunch or dinner is equal...  more »
  • The College of the Ozarks is also know as Hard Work U. The students must work to pay for tuition. Room and board is covered by grants and donations so the students graduate debt free. There is a lodge...  more »
  • Students learn new things by doing them. Training seems to be very practical agricultural based. They also make candy, weave, carve wood, and garden. 
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  • I find it interesting that anyone would complain about a college upholding the religious beliefs of its founders. Its policies are clearly set forth in its literature and on its website. No secret what beliefs they adhere to in their structure. If you don't like them, you are not FORCED to attend! We don't force social re-education in America. Not yet anyway.
  • By referral from a friend we. (2 couples) decided to eat Sunday Brunch. Sat. late we called for reservation and found they were booked up. HOWEVER, you can call Sun morning at 9:30 to be put on a wait list. Success! Are names were taken and were told as soon as we arrived to check in. We were there at 10am sharp and were seated right away. THE FOOD. WOW. What a feast. If you are not into 7 food stations with breakfast, salads, carving station, deserts, pasta and more, then probably not for you. If you couldn't find something you liked, please don't even bother writing a review on this forum. THE FOYER, wonderful shop of student made goods at one end, and an incredible War Memorial at the other end that you will need 45 minutes to see it all. We will be going back during the week to take the walking tour of the property. This is a "Must Visit" when in town.
  • Yesterday my son graduated "college" and is now a proud Kindergartner. I cannot thank all of the students and teachers at the College of the Ozarks Preschool enough for the amazing start they have given my son. From the safety locks on the doors, to the emergency drills, to the smiling faces of the students and faculty, to the anticipation my child had every day desiring to go to preschool every morning, to the field trips around campus that he talked about for weeks afterwards, to the summer swimming trips to the pool, to all of the wonderful friends he made while at your preschool. I could go on and on, so I think I will. The faculty: Kristy and her staff are absolutely amazing. You couldn’t have a more organized, more caring, more loving, more supportive staff. They are true leaders setting an exceptional example for each of the students that work there including the little ones they keep. I was always informed of schedules, things going on at the school, given great information about the community, and immediately contacted if there was ever an injury or emergency. I knew that even though students were watching my child, there was an outstanding leadership above them guiding them step by step and showing them how to succeed. The faculty was not only caring for my child, and not only teaching these students how to do this profession, but they were and are showing these students how to be parents. How to care for their future children, how to set up others for success, how to be true leaders for their community. Wow. What a responsibility and the faculty does this with the utmost of grace and true sincerity. They deserve to be applauded, again and again. The students: Holy cow. To know that “college students” have been caring for my child should make any parent run for the hills. However, the students at College of the Ozarks truly break the mold. We have always been greeted with a smile and a “Fin! There’s my main man!” or “Where’s Fin! I’ve been waiting all morning for you to get here!” From “blue room” to “yellow room” Fin has talked about each and every one of his student teachers and some have made such a big impact on him that he even invited them to his birthday party. And…they came! Now what other “college students” do you know that would come to a 4 year old’s birthday party? I’ll tell you who, College of the Ozarks students. Fin was so excited to see them and show them off and introduce them to all of his friends and family. Again, wow. What an impact each student teacher has had on my little boy. Now I know the cuddles are supposed to be rare and kids are supposed to grow up, go off, and do things on their own. But I have to say as a parent, sneaking in a bit early to pick up my kiddo one day and seeing my little boy sitting in the lap of a student teacher at age 6 while getting a book read to him? There’s something special about that. He loves his student teachers. He loves the faculty. And even though he never wanted to “go to Ms. Kristy’s office” he loved Ms. Kristy too. For 4 years they have helped mold my child to be a great patriot, with great Christian morals. They have taught him to be a great leader and a truly great person. My husband and I will always be forever grateful for their care, love, and support. From the deepest part of our hearts, we thank College of the Ozarks Preschool. We highly recommend any parent to bring their child there whether they are age 2 or age 18, College of the Ozarks Campus is an impeccable facility with an outstanding staff.
  • I interesting university with a unique ideology and a great public restaurant. Best food we ate all vacation.
  • Beautiful campus maintained by current students. Great view of Taneycomo from the lookout behind library.