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Valorie Coleman
Public Relations Director
College of the Ozarks
Point Lookout, MO 65726
Office: (417) 690-2212
Cell: (417) 365-2727

January 4, 2013


College of the OzarksYoung America’s Foundation (YAF), an organization committed to ensuring that young Americans understand and are inspired by the ideas of individual freedom, a strong national defense, free enterprise, and traditional values, again named College of the Ozarks as one of the top conservative colleges in the nation.  According to YAF, “The ‘Top Conservative College’ list features institutions that proclaim, through their mission and programs, a dedication of discovering, maintaining and strengthening the conservative values of their students.”

“The YAF ‘Top Conservative College’ list serves as a great tool for prospective students and their parents to pinpoint colleges that align with their ethos,” said Elizabeth Hughes, public relations director. “College of the Ozarks is honored to be included alongside some of the best conservative colleges in America.”

The list, in alphabetical order, includes Christendom College, College of the Ozarks, Colorado Christian University, Franciscan University, Grove City College, Harding University, Hillsdale College, The King’s College, Liberty University, Patrick Henry College, Regent University, Saint Vincent College, Thomas Aquinas College, Thomas More College of Liberal Arts and Wisconsin Lutheran College.

On its website YAF features a profile on each of the colleges included on the list. “In addition to the 41 majors and 38 minors and eight pre-professional programs it offers, the College of the Ozarks has an extensive character education program,” YAF wrote.  “As soon as students arrive for freshman orientation, they begin character education programs and abide by a dress code and an honor code.”

This is the eighth year for College of the Ozarks to be included on the top conservative college list, which according to YAF “serves as a starting point” for students seeking colleges that offer an alternative to the liberal status quo.

“They [colleges on the list] offer coursework and scholarship in conservative thought and emphasize principles including smaller government, strong national defense, free enterprise, and traditional values,” YAF stated on its website.

To see the list and learn more about the top conservative colleges, please visit


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