The College of the Ozarks is a private Christian school near Branson, Missouri, that has long been famous for its policy of not charging admission to its full-time students. Founded in 1906, the school has never charged admission. Instead, students work on campus 15 hours a week during the school year and also work two 40-hour weeks during each break between semesters. The motto of the school is “Hard Work U.”
Enrollment at the College of the Ozarks is roughly 1,500 students, and there are work opportunities on campus in every academic and administrative department. With more than 40 possible majors to choose from, that means students get an education as well as potentially valuable work experience in a related field. Not only that, students graduate from C of O with no debt.
Visitors are welcome at the College of the Ozarks, which is in Point Lookout, about six miles from Branson. You can use the campus map to do a self-guided tour, and prospective students can take a one-hour walking tour with a guide. You can visit the Ralph Foster Museum to learn about the history of the Ozarks, and the Fruitcake and Jelly Kitchen to bring home one of the college's famous fruitcakes.