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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  • Years ago I took a large number of students to see Hard Work U... It is a great place to see how people work for their education. It's also a great place to sample some ice cream, eat at their restaur...  more »
  • College of the Ozarks is an excellent place to stay, eat and enjoy the property. The staff is excellent and very friendly.  more »
  • What an interesting and beautiful College. The students are sincerely engaged in their future. The Keeter Center is a favorite; the food is outstanding and the connecting museum is free. A Gluten Free...  more »
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  • I graduated in 1999. It was a great experience. If you are interested in working hard and learning, this may be a good college for you. The staff and faculty were supportive. I studied in the Netherlands for a semester with a partner college. I had an academic scholarship for room and board. It was intended for use at C of O, but they allowed me to use it while in the Netherlands. That was was very generous of them. One of the college administrators gave me $100 of his personal funds to help with my trip. C of O gave me a great start in my adult life.
  • What a surprisingly fun stop on our tour of the Ozarks. Talking with college students working over their spring break, and learning that many of them would not have had the means to attend school and earn an advanced degree without the programming offered at College of the Ozarks (where students work off their tuition with on-campus jobs) was inspiring. Left us feeling as if young people really do know the value of hard work, provided they are given an opportunity to show what they can do!
  • I attend college here. Beautiful campus, wonderful program that helps students graduate debt free, and an incredible staff of professors and work managers. Has awesome memorials that are a must see!
  • I know 5 people who have attended this school. It has a fantastic program for high performance students who have no treasure hoard to pay for modern day tuition. However, like many religious institutions, CoO has a few arcane rules and policies. They lock up freshmen vehicles during the weekdays to indirectly cause them to study. They will expel students for the simple, qualitative suspicion of consuming alcohol. Everyone is afraid of simply posting a picture holding a disposable Solo cup on Facebook for fear of being accused. No proof needed. I understand that public image is everything to a Christian school but doing the just and reasonable thing will impress the right kind of people.
  • My husband & I have stayed at the Keeter Center numerous times, and we LOVE THIS PLACE. It is quiet, beautiful, with excellent food, a relaxed atmosphere, and wonderful, respectful students who work there. We think it is one of the best hotels in the nation.

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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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