College of the Ozarks


C of O is committed to its founding mission of providing a quality, Christian education to those who are found worthy, but who are without sufficient means to obtain such training. Instead of paying tuition, all full-time students work campus jobs to defray the cost of education. Upon complete participation in the Work Education Program, the College guarantees to meet the entire cost of education for students, allowing them the opportunity to graduate debt-free. The College openly discourages debt by not participating in any government loan programs and leads by example through having no institutional debt of any kind.

Contact information

Mailing address:
College of the Ozarks
100 Opportunity Ave
Point Lookout, MO 65726


Phone: 1-800-222-0525


Organization details

EIN: 440556862

CEO/President: Charles F Hughes

Chairman: General Terrence R. Dake

Board size: 18

Founder: James Forsythe

Year founded: 1941

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 05/31

Member of ECFA: No

Member of ECFA since:


Our vision is to develop citizens of Christ-like character who are well-educated, hardworking and patriotic. Christian values and character, hard work, and financial responsibility comprise the fundamental building blocks of the "Hard Work U." experience.

Mission statement

The mission of College of the Ozarks is to provide the advantages of a Christian education for youth of both sexes, especially those found worthy, but who are without sufficient means to procure such training.

Statement of faith

As an interdenominational school, the college affirms two basic, historical statements to describe the faith it hopes to foster. I believe in God, the Father almighty, Creator of heaven and earth, and in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died and was buried; he descended into hell; on the third day he rose again from the dead; he ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of God the Father almighty; from there he will come to judge the living and the dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy universal Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and life everlasting. Amen. - Apostles' Creed We believe in one God, the Father, the Almighty, maker of heaven and earth, of all that is, seen and unseen. We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ, the only Son of God, eternally begotten of the Father, God from God, Light from Light, true God from true God, begotten, not made, of one Being with the Father. Through him all things were made. For us and for our salvation he came down from heaven: by the power of the Holy Spirit he became incarnate from the Virgin Mary, and was made man. For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate; he suffered death and was buried. On the third day he rose again in accordance with the Scriptures; he ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead, and his kingdom will have no end. We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life, who proceeds from the Father and the Son. With the Father and the Son he is worshiped and glorified. He has spoken through the Prophets. We believe in one holy universal and apostolic Church. We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins. We look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come. Amen. - Nicene Creed

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Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Colleges/Universities

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating269 of 58616 of 53
Fund acquisition rating201 of 5862 of 53
Resource allocation rating210 of 58627 of 53
Asset utilization rating450 of 58622 of 53

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Balance sheet
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$5,103,075$6,698,090$5,026,548$4,191,890$6,529,508
Short-term investments$405,144,115$355,370,865$319,540,971$328,077,927$311,190,106
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$411,682,381$366,730,300$326,851,722$337,097,348$319,982,891
Long-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Fixed assets$99,198,164$86,122,992$80,062,200$83,509,805$82,024,565
Other long-term assets$166,607,483$158,359,663$149,896,942$159,969,907$157,174,033
Total long-term assets$265,805,647$244,482,655$229,959,142$243,479,712$239,198,598
Total assets$677,488,028$611,212,955$556,810,864$580,577,060$559,181,489
Payables and accrued expenses$2,236,964$1,432,837$1,230,855$1,869,054$1,383,272
Other current liabilities$4,119,429$3,622,110$3,359,090$3,612,003$3,061,983
Total current liabilities$6,356,393$5,054,947$4,589,945$5,481,057$4,445,255
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$24,920,412$27,418,831$26,594,338$25,667,517$24,558,356
Total long-term liabilities$24,920,412$27,418,831$26,594,338$25,667,517$24,558,356
Total liabilities$31,276,805$32,473,778$31,184,283$31,148,574$29,003,611
Net assets20182017201620152014
Temporarily restricted$6,233,519$5,296,052$5,687,119$4,311,958$4,076,190
Permanently restricted$256,639,970$247,201,114$236,175,591$245,277,912$240,068,915
Net assets$646,211,223$578,739,177$525,626,581$549,428,486$530,177,878
Revenues and expenses
Total contributions$14,070,537$13,456,138$10,518,614$13,544,501$12,232,302
Program service revenue$46,739,859$45,231,221$42,079,190$40,601,171$40,564,216
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$39,342,328$59,018,022$44,349,553$36,292,134$33,888,665
Other revenue$726,873$1,382,333$1,931,509$1,720,493$1,471,079
Total other revenue$86,809,060$105,631,576$88,360,252$78,613,798$75,923,960
Total revenue$100,879,597$119,087,714$98,878,866$92,158,299$88,156,262
Program services$67,837,876$80,716,413$67,612,109$61,539,779$60,442,592
Management and general$10,544,101$10,300,004$10,368,516$10,094,011$9,619,904
Total expenses$78,992,728$91,668,231$78,683,746$72,329,915$70,647,568
Change in net assets20182017201620152014
Surplus (deficit)$21,886,869$27,419,483$20,195,120$19,828,384$17,508,694
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets$21,886,869$27,419,483$20,195,120$19,828,384$17,508,694

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College of the Ozarks is a fully accredited, Christian, liberal arts college located just outside Branson, Missouri. Founded in 1906 by Presbyterian minister Reverend James Forsythe as a high school called The School of the Ozarks, the institution became a junior college in 1956 before becoming a four-year bachelor's program in 1965. It has been called College of the Ozarks since 1990. The institution provides the opportunity for full-time students to work at one of more than 100 campus jobs or industries to help pay for part of their cost of education. The remaining portion of the students' expenses is covered through scholarships provided by gifts and contributions from donors who believe in and support the programs and policies of the College. These student work programs and donor contributions allow C of O to operate as a no-tuition college. In 2012, College of the Ozarks reopened School of the Ozarks, a classical laboratory high school. The addition of School of the Ozarks was followed soon after with the full implementation of a lower school in the fall of 2015, completing the K-college format.

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