Today we visited the College of the Ozarks in Point Lookout, Missouri. One of our readers told us not to miss it, we are glad we made the trip. We will be making another trip later just to have lunch at the Keeter Center.
When you visit The Keeter Center at College of the Ozarks, you are also visiting one of the most unusual colleges in America. College of the Ozarks, founded in 1906, charges its students no tuition. Every full-time student works at a campus job to help defray his or her expenses.
Working for an education is a defining part of the C of O experience, and the students who work at The Keeter Center are continuing in that century-old tradition.
The Keeter Center itself, although new in 2004, is also part of history. Its design is based on the State of Maine Building from the 1904 World's Fair in St. Louis. The Keeter Center houses the Program of Hotel/Restaurant Management. When you stay at the hotel or have a meal in the dining room, students from this program are involved in making your stay memorable and pleasant.
Many prominent individuals, such as Lady Margaret Thatcher, Secretary of State Colin Powell, Senator Bob Dole, Senator Elizabeth Dole, General Norman Schwarzkopf, President Gerald Ford, Sarah Palin, President George W. Bush and numerous others have spoken at College of the Ozarks as part of this ongoing program.
Founded as the School of the Ozarks in 1906. The Junior College started in 1956. Four-year program started in 1965. Renamed College of the Ozarks in 1990.
Located on a 1,000 acre campus overlooking Lake Taneycomo at Point Lookout, Missouri, 40 miles south of Springfield, near Branson and Hollister, Missouri.
U.S. News & World Report, "Best College" yearly since 1989,
Forbes, "Top Colleges" and "Best Buy Colleges,"
Templeton Honor Roll, "Character Building College,"
Money Magazine's "Best Buy College Guide,"
Barron's "300 Best Buys in Higher Education,"
Princeton Review, "The Best 331 Colleges,"
and many more.
Currently, the College has 83 full-time faculty members; the majority hold the doctoral degree. 190 staff members.
The current student-faculty ratio is 13:1.
The College offers Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees.