Admission Criteria

Financial Need

At College of the Ozarks, we're looking for good students who lack the financial resources to pay for private, Christian, higher education. If you fit that bill, you might be a good candidate for admission! The mission of this unique institution focuses on providing a Christian education to those who are found worthy, from the Ozarks region, but who are without sufficient means to obtain such training.

Ninety percent of each entering class must demonstrate financial need. For only ten percent of each entering class, the financial need requirement is waived. Visit the Tuition and Fees page for more information on our unique cost of education package! 

Academic Ability

Students should be in the top half of their graduating class with a preferred high school gpa of 3.0 and obtain our preferred score of 20 on the ACT or a 950 on the SAT. We pay particular attention not only to these factors, but also to the types of courses taken in high school and their levels of difficulty. It is to your advantage to have above average grades, especially in English classes. The College provides a scholarship for tuition to every student admitted; it is important that the College invest its resources in students who have a track record of success in their academic experiences.

Regional Ozarks Region County List

The College was founded to serve students specifically from the Ozarks region. Although we occasionally admit students from outside the region, preference is given to those from the College’s service region.

A list of counties in our service region is given below.

Arkansas Crawford Jackson Monroe Searcy
Baxter Crittenden Jefferson Newton Sharp
Benton Cross Johnson Phillips Stone
Boone Faulkner Lawrence Poinsett Van Buren
Carroll Franklin Lee Pope Washington
Clay Fulton Lonoke Prairie White
Cleburne Greene Madison Pulaski White
Conway Independence Marion Randolph  
Craighead Izard Mississippi St. Francis  

Barry Crawford Jefferson Oregon St. Clair
Barton Dade Johnson Osage St. Francois
Bates Dallas Laclede Ozark Ste. Genevieve
Benton Dent Lafayette Pemiscot St. Louis
Bollinger Douglas Lawrence Perry Stoddard
Butler Dunklin Madison Pettis Stone
Camden Franklin Maries Phelps Taney
Cape Girardeau Gasconade McDonald Polk Texas
Carter Greene Miller Pulaski Vernon
Cass Henry Mississippi Reynolds Washington
Cedar Hickory Moniteau Ripley Wayne
Christian Howell Morgan Saline Webster
Cole Iron New Madrid Scott Wright
Cooper Jasper Newton Shannon  

Illinois Oklahoma Kansas
Alexander Adair Cherokee
Gallatin Cherokee Crawford
Hardin Craig  
Jackson Delaware  
Johnson Mayes  
Massac Muskogee  
Pope Ottawa  
Pulaski Sequoyah  
Saline Wagoner  


Alumni Children Applicants

Applicants who are children of alumni who are members in good standing of the College of the Ozarks Alumni Association will be given preferential consideration until February 15 of each year. Alumni children applicants must complete the same admissions process as all candidates. Admissions standards are not modified for alumni children applicants.

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