Financial Need


The mission of our unique institution focuses on providing a Christian education to those who are found worthy, primarily from the Ozarks region, but who may be without sufficient means to obtain such training. At College of the Ozarks, we're looking for high-achieving and hardworking students who might lack the financial resources to pay for a private, Christian college in our region. These students are the ones who will impact the world! If you fit that bill, you might be a good candidate for admission!

Students must be at least 17 years old by the first day of Character Camp (new student orientation) of the semester for which they are applying. 

90% of each entering class must demonstrate financial need. The financial need requirement is waived for only 10% of each entering class.

Financial aid from College of the Ozarks is provided through a student’s participation in C of O’s specialized work study program, from any supplemental grants for college a student might receive, from the C of O “Cost of Education” Scholarship and more. College of the Ozarks discourages the borrowing of money to pay for education, and every student will get the opportunity to graduate debt-free.

Academic Ability


In addition to demonstrating financial need, prospective students should be in the top half of their graduating class with a preferred high school GPA of at least 3.0. They should also seek to obtain our preferred score of at least 20 on the ACT or a 1030 on the SAT. Most of our students' grades and test scores are well above these standards.

We pay particular attention not only to these grading and testing factors, but also to the types of courses taken in high school and their levels of difficulty. It is to your advantage in the admissions process to have above average grades, especially in English classes. The College provides scholarships to every student admitted; and 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 provide a private, Christian college experience to 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, as listed below.

Arkansas

Arkansas 
Baxter 
Benton 
Boone 
Carroll 
Clay 
Cleburne 
Conway 
Craighead 

Crawford 
Crittenden 
Cross 
Faulkner 
Franklin 
Fulton 
Greene 
Independence 
Izard 

Jackson 
Jefferson 
Johnson 
Lawrence 
Lee 
Lonoke 
Madison 
Marion 
Mississippi 

Monroe 
Newton 
Phillips 
Poinsett 
Pope 
Prairie 
Pulaski 
Randolph 
St. Francis 

Searcy 
Sharp 
Stone 
Van Buren 
Washington 
White 
Woodruff 

Missouri

Barry 
Barton 
Bates 
Benton 
Bollinger 
Butler 
Camden 
Cape Girardeau 
Carter 
Cass 
Cedar 
Christian 
Cole 
Cooper 

Crawford 
Dade 
Dallas 
Dent 
Douglas 
Dunklin 
Franklin 
Gasconade 
Greene 
Henry 
Hickory 
Howell 
Iron 
Jackson 

Jasper 
Jefferson 
Johnson 
Laclede 
Lafayette 
Lawrence 
Madison 
Maries 
McDonald 
Miller 
Mississippi 
Moniteau 
Morgan 
New Madrid 

Newton 
Oregon 
Osage 
Ozark 
Pemiscot 
Perry 
Pettis 
Phelps 
Polk 
Pulaski 
Reynolds 
Ripley 
Saline 
Scott 

Shannon 
St. Clair 
St. Francois 
St. Genevieve 
St. Louis 
Stoddard 
Stone 
Taney 
Texas 
Vernon 
Washington 
Wayne 
Webster 
Wright 

Illinois

Alexander 
Gallatin 
Hardin 

Jackson 
Johnson 

Massac 
Pope 

Pulaski 
Saline 

Union 
Williamson 

Oklahoma

Adair 
Cherokee 

Craig 
Delaware 

Mayes 
Muskogee 

Ottawa 
Sequoyah 

Wagoner 

Kansas

Cherokee 
Crawford 

Student On-Campus/off-campus Residence Requirements


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 (within 40 miles of the College) and demonstrate a significant financial need
  • They are married (living within forty miles of the College)
  • They are Veterans of the armed services (living within forty miles of the College)

Exceptions to the first-year, on-campus living policy are considered for Veterans of the armed services.

Students are reminded that 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 of the College.