College of the Ozarks: Narrative Description

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PO Box 17
Point Lookout, MO 65726
Tel: (417)334-6411
Free: 800-222-0525
Fax: (417)335-2618
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Independent Presbyterian, 4-year, coed. Awards bachelor's degrees. Founded 1906. Setting: 1,000-acre small town campus. Endowment: $277.7 million. Educational spending 2003-04: $7743 per student. Total enrollment: 1,723. Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 16:1. 2,393 applied, 13% were admitted. 25% from top 10% of their high school class, 52% from top quarter, 85% from top half. Full-time: 1,679 students, 56% women, 44% men. Part-time: 44 students, 59% women, 41% men. Students come from 38 states and territories, 16 other countries, 33% from out-of-state, 1% Native American, 1% Hispanic, 1% black, 1% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 2% international, 4% 25 or older, 84% live on campus, 2% transferred in. Retention: 76% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: business/marketing; education; agriculture. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, advanced placement, accelerated degree program, self-designed majors, honors program, independent study, double major, part-time degree program, co-op programs and internships. ROTC: Army.

Entrance Requirements:

Option: electronic application. Required: high school transcript, 2 recommendations, interview, medical history, financial statement, ACT. Recommended: minimum 2.5 high school GPA. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadline: 2/15. Notification: continuous. Preference given to needy students.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $0. Comprehensive fee: $4130 includes full-time tuition ($0), mandatory fees ($280), and college room and board ($3850). College room only: $1850. Part-time tuition: $275 per credit. Part-time mandatory fees: $140 per term. Part-time tuition and fees vary according to course load.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 49 open to all. Most popular organizations: Aviation Club, Student Senate, Baptist Student Union, Aggie Club, Business Undergraduate Society. Major annual events: Homecoming, Mud Fest, Spring Formal. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, controlled dormitory access, front gate closed 1 a.m. to 6 a.m., gate security 5:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. 1,031 college housing spaces available; all were occupied in 2003-04. No special consideration for freshman housing applicants. On-campus residence required through junior year. Options: men-only, women-only housing available. Lyons Memorial Library plus 1 other with 119,765 books, 30,730 microform titles, 452 serials, 5,370 audiovisual materials, and an OPAC. Operations spending 2003-04: $556,734. 160 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

Point Lookout is a rural area near Branson, 38 miles south of Springfield. Bus service is available and air travel is a little more than 60 minutes away. Shopping areas, a library, and churches of major denominations are part of the community. A great deal of part-time employment is available especially during the April-December tourist season. All recreational facilities are available in the summer resort area.

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