Located between Hollister and Lake Taneycomo, off of Historic Highway 165 and U.S. 65, south of Branson, MO, the College of the Ozarks is a distinctive educational experience in the Ozarks region. Officially described as a private, Christian, liberal-arts college, the institution of 1,500 students has many characteristics that make it very special.
Offering over 30 four-year degree academic programs leading to either a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree, the College of the Ozarks is also a local leader in athletics and community involvement. The patriotic leadership programs they offer regularly are a significant draw for their targeted programs.
Each year, recently, the College has hosted, in early March, the National Division II Men’s Basketball Tournament, using volunteers from the surrounding community and drawing parents, family and supporters of the various teams involved from around the United States. The annual tournament has become a sort of “kick off” to the Branson area tourism-related activities.
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“Hard Work U” banner on sign
The “Hard Work U” designation was first given the school in 1973 by the Wall Street Journal in a story. The school has since adopted it as a motto and trademarked it. Note the Hollister water tower on the right, and Historic Highway 165 going up the hill on the left. The U.S. 65 Hollister South Towne Center is off directly to the left. The main entrance is to the right, from this photo image.
Honor Lake on College of the Ozarks campus
Character development and Christian education are two hallmarks of the College of the Ozarks programs. Get more details at the official website at: http://www.cofo.edu/
Honor Lake, with the student center in the background, and the Keeter Center behind that, is emblematic of the importance of this emphasis in the programs of the College.
The Keeter Center of the College of the Ozarks
The Keeter Center is the prominent building, on the right, as you enter the College of the Ozarks campus. It provides many student work opportunities, lodging for visitors, fine dining and conference facilities.
The Keeter Center places service at the forefront, and the first impression, you get as you physically approach the campus. Have you attended one or more events at the Keeter Center, or other of the fine buildings on campus. I have. You will too, one day, I’ll suggest.