Point Lookout, Missouri
4-year, Regionally accredited
Affiliation: Evangelical Christian
A repeat Best Value School Designee, here’s a four year college whose fall 2014 acceptance rate of 8% makes it very hard to get into.. What makes this school so attractive? For starters, 100% of the students get grants or scholarships and the College discourages debt by not participating in any government or private bank student loan programs. College of the Ozarks has a Work Education Program that offsets the cost of education, allowing students to graduate debt-free.
They are proud of their motto, “Hard Work U,” and that none of their students are listed among the millions who are in default on student loans. College of the Ozarks has a broad range of degree programs, among the most popular are business, education, and registered nursing.
Some students chafe at the rules against drinking, curfews and dress codes, but 88% return for their second year; those 88% realize there are – and will always be – rules to follow once they leave college and feel it’s a small tradeoff for the type, and cost, of the education they’re receiving at College of the Ozarks. This is, in our opinion, the type of college most parents would be delighted to have their son or daughter attending.
"My overall experience was a positive one. I made some lifelong friends and had some great professors. The on campus work experience was an interesting one. Everyone has to work 15 hours a week and 2 forty hours work weeks per year. These work hours help pay for your tuition so, the good thing is that I left school owing only $2700. "