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!
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 (the College requires the ACT with Writing) 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.
Alumni Children Applicants
Applicants who are children of alumni, who are lifetime dues-paid members in good standing of the College of the Ozarks Alumni Association, will be given preferential consideration until December 31 of each year (for the following academic year). Alumni children applicants must complete the same admissions process as all candidates. Admissions standards are not modified for alumni children applicants. Please follow the link for information on how to pay lifetime alumni dues: https://cofo.webconnex.com/alumniDues
Student Attendance/Residence Requirements
Students must be 17 years old by the first day of Character Camp (new student orientation) of the semester for which they are applying. All unmarried students are required to live on campus. After the first year at the College, students may be considered for off-campus status (commuting) if:
· they live with parents/legal guardians and demonstrate a significant financial need (living within forty miles of the College);
· they are married (living within forty miles of the College);
· they are a veteran of the armed services (living within forty miles of the College).
Exceptions to the first-year policy are considered for veterans of the armed services.
Students are reminded there is a maximum number of commuting positions available. Priority is given to students who are student teaching or completing nursing preceptorships outside the forty-mile distance.