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College of the Ozarks, Point Lookout

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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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Where to stay in Branson

Packed with good-value motel rooms, Branson offers decent accommodations at affordable prices even during the height of the tourist season. If you've come to enjoy the views of the Ozarks, look for vacation rental cabins, many of which are available on a nightly basis. A short drive out of town, most two- or three-bedroom cabins offer free Wi-Fi and fully equipped kitchens, along with access to enclosed yards ideal for hosting small parties. To stay in town without breaking the bank, look for mid-range hotels near Highway 76.
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  • We ate at Keeter's Dining Room based on the recommendations from our hotel and we are SO GLAD we did! The food is farm-to-market and was very flavorful. We split the loaded chips (with bacon, blue che...  more »
  • Our family of six was looking for something to do in Branson that didn't involve getting ripped off for over priced show tickets to a rinky dink show or over rated attraction. We saw that the College ...  more »
  • We explored several areas of this college campus including the mill and nurseries. Everything is apparently made or grown by the students. This is a must see and experience place.  more »
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  • Great place for some. Awful for others. Not what I would consider a real college experience. If you are simply considering going there because you are of meager means do your research. You do have a choice. If participating in the facade of the extreme religious right so they can maintain donations from the elderly this is a great place for you. I mean they had Gingrich speak on campus so how committed can they be to Christian values??If you are into further developing your critical thinking skills look elsewhere. Cafeteria food can be really good though!
  • This is nationalism and propaganda at a level I have never seen before. Despite all their foolishness they do some good. They really should stop burying toxic waste and students in the ground.
  • We ate in their restaurant while on vacation. The students were awesome food was great love the place and want to support it.
  • 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.
  • Most classes are good, but don't go here unless you are a perfect, goody-two-shoes Christian that doesn't mind being told what to believe. The school is only concerned about appearances