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Monday, June 08, 2009

College of the Ozarks

A very picturesque college campus is located just outside of Branson. It is College of the Ozarks. It is a unique Christian liberal arts college in that students pay no tuition, they work for their education. Admission to this college is based on financial need as well as academic prowess.

Founded in 1906 by the Presbyterians, it began as a four year high school program and continued until 1956 when it was decided to add a two year college program. The four year college program began in 1965 and in 1967 the last high school senior class graduated along with the first college graduates. From that time on, it has been a four year college.

The grounds are gorgeously maintained and some of the buildings were actually built by students. There are all kinds of job opportunities. We went into Edwards Mill and saw students weaving on looms and making baskets. All of these handmade articles are sold in various venues.

It is a pretty cool concept. Dick & Pat said there is another college like it in Berea, Kentucky. At College of the Ozarks, students work 15 hours per week and one 40 hour week each semester in return for a portion of their tuition. The balance of the tuition is paid by alumni donations and scholarship funds. Students who qualify can work for their room & board by working a 40 hour week for 12 weeks during the summer. Other students must pay for their room & board out of personal funds or scholarships.

Also found at the College is The Keeter Center which is a lodge, conference center, and restaurant. We had lunch there and it was just delicious. Very well presented and the service was fantastic.

Another fun day in Branson!

Until the next time . . .

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