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Rank: 138

College of the Ozarks

Point Lookout, MOwww.cofo.edu
More than 40 years ago, a newspaper reporter dubbed College of the Ozarks "Hard Work U" -- a nickname that has not only stuck but also since been trademarked. The private Christian liberal arts college requires all students to work on campus 15 hours a week. Together with state grants, federal grants, and college scholarships, that covers a student's entire tuition. The college discourages students from taking out loans, and extra work opportunities over school breaks are available for those who need help paying room and board or living expenses. The graduation rate is higher than the national median, and academic programs in business, education and agriculture are especially popular. The oft-cited 1973 Wall Street Journal article that gave College of the Ozarks its nickname also described it as a "most unusual" little college, and rightfully so. The college boasts about its Fruitcake and Jelly Kitchen, where student employees bake and sell more than 25,000 fruitcakes a year. Other on-campus gigs include working on the campus dairy farm and grinding flour in the mill.
costs
Est. Full Price 2018-2019
$30,200
% of students who get any grants
100%
Est. price for students who receive aid
$14,300
Average price for low-income students
$13,500
admissions
Acceptance rate
14%
Median SAT/ACT Score
1090/23
SAT/ACT required?
Yes
Enrollment
1,773
Financial Aid
% of students with need who get grants
100%
% of need met
83%
% of students who get merit* grants
8%
Average merit grant
$14,956
student success
Graduation rate
69%
Average time to a degree
4.2 years
Average student debt
N/A
Average salary within 3 years
$38,300
% of low-income students who become upper middle class
18%
key deadlines
Early decision application
N/A
Regular application
Dec 31

* Share of full-time undergraduates who had no financial need and were awarded grants.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, MONEY/College Measures calculations, Equality of Oppourtunity Project.

* Share of full-time undergraduates who had no financial need and were awarded grants.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, MONEY/College Measures calculations, Equality of Oppourtunity Project.

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