Tuesday, October 2, 2012

College of the Ozarks

College of the Ozarks is a private Christian liberal arts college, with its campus at Point Lookout near Branson and Hollister, Missouri.  The college has as enrollment of 1,500, a student-to-faculty ratio of 16:1, over 30 academic majors, and degrees in Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science.

The College charges no tuition for full-time students, due to its student work program and donations.  The program requires students to work 15 hours a week at an on-campus work station and two 40-hour work weeks during breaks.  The college refers to itself as "Hard Work U."

The Keeter Center, located at the entrance to the campus, houses a lodge, dining room, gift shop, and conference center.  Students working on a degree in Hotel/Restaurant Management intern here.  Other students work here to pay their tuition.

We had lunch in the dining room.  Homemade and grown on the campus the ingredients made a wonderful lunch.  Check the ceiling out.

We visited the Fruit Cake and Jelly Kitchen.  I don't like fruit cakes and the samples I had here were yummy. 

Students work here to pay their tuition, baking, wrapping and packaging fruit cakes and jelly.

Clock Tower.

The Grist Mill

Inside the Grist Mill.

Upstairs was a weaving studio.  Both the grist mill and weaving studio are work stations for the students.

We visited the M. Clark Graham Memorial Chapel.

The College also has a travel program, matching World War II Veterans with college students taking them back to the battlefields where they fought.  The program honors veterans and helps educate the younger generation, instilling an appreciation for the sacrifices of American soldiers. This is a photo of former President George Bush honoring some of these veterans.

We didn't get to visit the dairy farm or the museum, so we'll be back when we visit Branson again.