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University of the OzarksUniversity of the Ozarks
415 N. College Avenue,
Clarksville, Arkansas 72830
Phone: - (800) 264-8636
School Information: Admissions Counselor:- Cox, Mr. Chad
E-mail Address: - [email protected]

Welcome to University of the Ozarks

University of the Ozarks is a private, liberal arts based university affiliated with the Presbyterian Church (USA). Nestled at the foot of the Ozark Mountains, we are located in Clarksville, Ark., about 100 miles west of Little Rock and 60 miles east of Fort Smith.

With our roots dating back to 1834, Ozarks is the oldest institution of higher education in the Arkansas/Oklahoma territory. We were also the first co-educational school west of the Mississippi River, the first college in Arkansas to graduate a woman (1872), the first historically white college to admit an African-American (1957) and the first institution of higher education to provide support to students with learning disabilities (the Jones Learning Center.)

In keeping with the legacy of our rich history, we feel our current educational environment is second to none. Our picturesque 30-acre campus combines grand traditions with beautiful facilities and state-of-the-art technology. Opportunities to balance your studies with healthy recreation abound on and off campus. And, there is no shortage of friends with whom you can enjoy schoolwork and campus life. By the end of your first year, it is quite likely you will know every student on campus and you will develop many friendships that last your lifetime.

What does all this mean to you? It means that at the University of the Ozarks you are much more likely to get just what you came to college for: a high quality undergraduate degree in four years. After you have had a chance to look us over, we think you will find us to be one of the best values in higher education today. We invite you to look around this site and get familiar with us and what we have to offer. If you see something that piques your interest, e-mail [email protected]) us or give us a call (1-800-264-8636) and we can provide you with more information. Thanks for visiting!

The Ozarks Mission

True to our Christian heritage, we prepare those who seek to live life fully, those who seek the richness of life provided by study of the liberal arts and the quality of life provided by professional preparation. We provide a uniquely supportive, academically sophisticated and challenging environment on a beautiful campus adjacent to the Ozark Mountains. Our first priority is the education of students who come to us from diverse religious, cultural, educational, and economic backgrounds.

Student Intellectual Development: Stimulate the students intellectually through a full offering of studies in the liberal arts and professional preparation in selected areas.
Student Social Development: Promote student interaction on campus and in the community, capitalizing on the university's setting in the beautiful Ozarks.
Student Spiritual Development: Encourage students both to learn and to practice Christian values, while respecting individual beliefs.
Student Support: Support students and the growth of the university through following sound financial strategies.

The University of the Ozarks commits its administration, faculty, students, and programs to the fulfillment of its mission.


Welcome to University of the Ozarks! We are a fully accredited, private, undergraduate university that is affiliated with the Presbyterian Church (USA). Our picturesque 30-acre campus lies at the foot of the scenic Ozark Mountains in Clarksville, Arkansas, approximately 100 miles west of Little Rock and 60 miles east of Fort Smith.

University of the Ozarks has consistently been rated among the top institutions of higher education in the region by publications and surveys such as U.S. News & World Report, Colleges of Distinction, National Survey of Student Engagement, and The Chronicle of Higher Educationís Great Colleges to Work For. The Universityís comprehensive academic program includes more than 60 majors, minors and pre-professional programs, and small class sizes and faculty-to-student ratio ensure the type of personal attention that allow students to thrive.

University of the Ozarks was founded in 1834 by Cumberland Presbyterians as Cane Hill Schoolat Cane Hill, Ark., located in Northwest Arkansas. In 1891, Cane Hill College closed operations and its successor, Arkansas Cumberland College, was established in Clarksville, Ark. In 1920, the name was changed to The College of the Ozarks, and in 1987 the school was renamed to University of the Ozarks.

The University has always had a relationship with the Presbyterian Church. At one time the college was under the ownership of the Oklahoma-Arkansas Synod of the United Presbyterian Church (USA). In 1960, the Board of National Missions of the United Presbyterian Church (USA) assumed ownership and operating responsibility for the college. When the Board of National Missions relinquished its relationship to its mission colleges in 1973, an elected Board of Trustees assumed administrative responsibility and ownership. The Board receives continued spiritual and financial support from the Synod of the Sun, which consists of churches in Louisiana, Texas, Oklahoma and Arkansas.

Throughout her long and storied history, University of the Ozarks has consistently provided personal, creative, student-oriented innovation in private education. Ozarks has also preserved her history of dedication to Christian values and service and of personal concern by the faculty for the full development of each student.

In the area of higher education, Ozarks was often ahead of her time. Over the years the University was:
One of the first co-educational schools west of the Mississippi River.
The first college in Arkansas to admit women (1875).
The first historically white college in Arkansas to graduate an African-American (1959).
The first historically white college in the state to have an African-American compete in intercollegiate sports (1963).
The first college in the nation to establish a program for college students with learning disabilities (1971).

In September of 1991, Ozarks celebrated her centennial year at its current location on College Hill in Clarksville. In October of 2009, the University celebrated another impressive milestone, her 175th birthday.

The Ozarks Campus

University of the Ozarks' 30-acre campus, featuring modern facilities sits at the top of College Hill on the north edge of Clarksville, Arkansas, a quiet town with a population of about 7,700 in the Arkansas River Valley.

The campus has a long history at its current location, dating back to 1891. In the years since the first cornerstone was laid on the site, the campus has undergone continued growth and improvement. There are now more than 20 buildings on campus, with the ten major buildings arranged around a central mall which features a picturesque fountain. The large trees and the classically styled buildings combine to give the campus a distinctive look you'll long remember!

We invite you to visit our campus in person -- we believe that there's no better way to experience what Ozarks is all about! But if you can't make it in person, we'll be adding more information in the coming months to help you learn more about Ozarks. Check back again soon!

Ozarks Spiritual Life

At Ozarks, we follow a very simple precept: We encourage students both to learn and to practice Christian values, while respecting individual beliefs.

The Rev. Nancy Benson-Nicol organizes and leads the universityís weekly chapel service and other convocations. She also provides spiritual counseling for the campus community, coordinates mission and outreach efforts, and serves as the universityís liaison to the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).

Church Relations

If you have questions about the University's work with Presbyterian churches, please contact Ms. Dawn Scarborough, Director of Church Relations by email at [email protected] or by phone at 479-979-1236.

Expect more from Ozarks!

Some people think you shouldn't expect a lot from a small school. At Ozarks we disagree.

We believe you should expect more -- more from yourself, more from your peers and professors, and more from your college experience.

With an average class size of about 15 students, your classroom experience will be marked by individualized attention from professors who believe their job continues long after class is over. And, with over 40 clubs and organizations on campus, as well as opportunities for internships and off campus study, you'll never run out of things to do and learn.


Get to know University of the Ozarks. We want to get to know you!

What is most important to you as you consider your college options? Does the quality of a particular major matter most to you, or is it the idea that you can study abroad or off campus? What about life in the residence halls or joining a club? Is it how you feel when you are on campus--that sense of community or just fitting in? Does the possibility of competing as a college athlete figure into your plans? Or is the possibility of conducting research with a faculty member that matters most to you?

There are so many questions and so many possibilities. The good news is that we have answers. At Ozarks we want this decision to be about you. Tell us what is most important to you or ask a question and we will respond to you. Use this link to tell us what you want to hear more about and we will respond directly to you. Tell me more about...

We're here to answer your questions and point you in the right direction as you consider the University of the Ozarks.

University of the Ozarks
415 N. College Ave.
Clarksville, AR 72830-2880

Phone: 1-800-264-UofO (8636)
Email: [email protected]

Applying to Ozarks

The application process at Ozarks is a personal one -- our admission counselors will work with you throughout the application and enrollment process. Our admission process identifies students who have the potential to be successful at Ozarks and who will contribute to our community in meaningful ways.

Most new first year students at U of O have completed a college preparatory high school curriculum, have a high school grade point average of about 3.2 in academic courses and have an ACT composite score of about 22. Remember, these are averages, so there is a wide range of GPAs and ACT scores in each new student class.

In most cases we require only official high school and/or college transcripts and an official ACT or SAT score report to complete the application for admission. Transfer students who have completed more than 30 hours are not required to submit ACT or SAT scores. See our Checklist for more details now or after submitting your application.

There are two ways to apply:
Apply Online -- Applying online is fast, it's easy, and it's free! When you apply online, the application fee will be waived.
Print an application* - Print the application for admission and mail it, along with your non-refundable $30 application fee to the Office of Admission.
You are more than a test score at Ozarks!

We will carefully consider your application for admission, course selection, grades, test scores (if required), school or community involvement and level of motivation when making our decision. The admission committee may request additional materials from you if necessary to make an admission decision. However, the sooner we receive all your application materials, the sooner we can let you know your admission decision!

Fall Term Application--Applications for the fall semester should be submitted by March 1 for priority consideration. The admission staff and admission committee review applications on a rolling basis beginning October 1 and begin notifying students of decisions October 15.
Spring and Summer Terms--Applications should be submitted at least one month prior to the beginning of the term.

What you need to know to apply...

Choose the link below that best describes you to learn more about applying for admission to Ozarks:
First Year Students - A person who is still in high school, has earned a GED, or who has graduated from high school, but has not been enrolled at another college or university since high school graduation.
Transfers - A person who has attended college or earned college credit after graduating from high school or receiving a GED.
International Student - A person who is not a U.S. citizen and who does not have resident alien status.
Jones Learning Center - A student who intends to enroll through the Jones Learning Center and to receive enhanced support services related to a diagnosed learning disability or AD/HD.
Returning to Ozarks - If you have previously attended Ozarks and are returning, please contact the Office of Admission at [email protected] for additional information and application materials.
High School Concurrent Enrollment Program - If you are a high school junior or senior living in or near Johnson County, Arkansas, you may be eligible to take classes on our campus. This program allows for completion of up to 6 college level courses with an Ozarks Scholarship paying your tuition. Contact the Ozarks Admission Office or your high school guidance counselor directly for additional information.

Your application for admission will receive thoughtful consideration by members of the Ozarks admission counseling staff and our faculty admission committee.

If you're afraid that you might not qualify for admission because of your past academic performance, you may be eligible for conditional admission. Please call and ask to speak with an admission counselor so we can discuss any concerns you may have.
Conditional Admission criteria
Just want to take a few courses?

If you just want to take classes at Ozarks and you aren't pursuing a degree, you can apply for admission as a "special student." There are no specific admission requirements, but if you later decide to begin work on your degree, you must follow the regular admission process, and you'll be subject to the requirements listed above.
Contact Us...

If you have questions, contact us by:

Telephone (toll-free): 1-800-264-8636
Telephone (local): 979-1227
E-mail: [email protected]

Our mailing address is:

University of the Ozarks
Office of Admission
415 N College Avenue
Clarksville, AR 72830

Our admissions office is located in the Mabee Administration Building, here on the Ozarks campus. If you'd like to stop by to talk to an Admission Counselor in person, we're available Monday through Friday, from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm.

Admission Requirements for First Year Students

High School or Home School Graduates

If you're a high school (or home-school) graduate, you qualify for unconditional admission if you:
Complete 16 or more academic units while in high school. The preferred course selection is listed below, however, all curricula are considered:

four units of English
three units of Social Studies
four units of mathematics
Physical Science and two units of laboratory science
two units of a foreign language
Earn a minimum high school GPA of 2.0, both overall and on academic courses.
Earn an ACT composite score of at least 18 or an SAT score of at least 850 (Critical Reading and Math scores combined).

Please note that even if your ACT or SAT composite score meets the requirement for admission, you will be required to take developmental courses if your math, reading, or English scores are below a certain level. For more information, see developmental courses under the Academics section.

General Equivalency Diploma (GED)

If you have earned your General Education Development (GED) diploma, you qualify for unconditional admission if you have:
A minimum score of 45 in each testing area.
An ACT composite score of at least 18 or an SAT score of at least 850 (Critical Reading and Math scores combined).

Please note that even if your ACT or SAT composite score meets the requirement for admission, you will be required to take developmental courses if your math, reading, or English scores are below a certain level. For more information, see developmental courses under the Academics section.

College Credit Hours

If you have attended another college or university or earned college credits while in high school:
Submit an official transcript from each college or university you have attended.
Courses in which you have earned grades of C- or higher may transfer but will not count toward your cumulative grade point average at Ozarks. You can transfer up to 66 hours from junior or community colleges.
Conditional Admission

If you don't meet the requirements listed above, you may still qualify for admission. Admission decisions are based not only on your ACT/SAT scores and your GPA, but also on factors such as the quality of your high school course work, your grades in academic courses, and your participation in extracurricular activities, community service or work experience. You may be asked to submit a written essay , to submit letters of reference, or invited to interview with our Admission Committee.

Requirements for Transfer Students

If you have enrolled at a college or university other than Ozarks after graduating from high school you will apply as a transfer student.
Submit an official transcript from each college or university you have attended. Please be aware that courses in which you have earned grades of C- or higher may transfer but will not count toward cumulative grade point average at Ozarks. You can transfer up to 66 hours from junior or community colleges.
If you have completed fewer than 30 semester hours of college course work, you must also submit an official high school transcript or GED score report as well as official ACT or SAT scores.
Good Standing

Regardless of the number of credit hours you've earned, you may be denied admission to Ozarks if you did not leave your previous institution in good standing. You must list all colleges or universities you've attended, regardless of whether you earned credit or not. Failure to do so may result in your being denied admission to Ozarks, or in dismissal if you have been admitted.
Conditional Admission

Even if you think you don't meet our admissions criteria, you may be eligible for admission on a conditional basis.

Requirements for International Students

If you're not a U.S. Citizen and you don't have permanent resident alien status, you can apply for admission to Ozarks as an international student.

To qualify for admission as an international student, you must:
Earn a TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) score of at least 500 or above on the paper based test, 173 or above on the computer based test, and 61 or above on the Internet based test. If an officinal TOEFL exam is not available, a personal interview with the Director of International Studies in conjunction with our internal English proficiency examination may be satisfactory.
Submit the equivalent of a high school diploma with a 3.00 or higher grade point average on a 4.00 grade point scale is desired. This must be an official document from the school, with the schoolís seal or stamp on it.
Submit documented evidence of course work and of examinations completed at any other university's you've attended. All transcripts must be official, with the school seal. Transfer credits will not be finalized until we have the official documents on file. You must also submit a school catalog that includes English course descriptions of the university courses already taken.
Submit a letter from your sponsor or sponsorís bank stating there are funds available in the sponsorís account to cover the your finances while studying in the United States. If there isn't proof of sufficient funds, the US Embassy may deny the issuance of your student visa.
Submit a Financial Support Form which has been signed and dated by your sponsor (included in the International Student Application Packet).
Complete the International Student Application Packet.

Printable International Student Application Packet*

If you're admitted to Ozarks, you'll be required to send a $1,000 non-refundable deposit and an advance payment of $2,500 toward your first semester costs, with the balance (minus any scholarships) due upon arrival. This payment must be received before we will issue Form I-20 A-B/ID (Certificate of Eligibility for Nonimmigrant (F-1) Student Status - for Academic and Language Students). If you decide not to attend, we'll return your $2,500 payment -- this payment is not refundable after you start classes.

Admission to the Jones Learning Center at University of the Ozarks

JLC students are University of the Ozarks students who have a diagnosed learning disability or AD/HD and are also able to pursue challenging college coursework in a uniquely supportive environment. Each application for admission to Ozarks and to JLC is reviewed individually. We recognize the value of individual strengths and acknowledge that these strengths are not always captured in a single test score or in a student's college or high school grade point average. Please call our office at 1-479-979-1403 if you would like to learn more. Additional information is also available at JLC FAQs.
Who We Serve

The Jones Learning Center is designed to serve students who demonstrate average or above average intellectual abilities as measured by one of the Wechsler intelligence scales. Students who will benefit from the services of the JLC and be successful at Ozarks are able to understand college-level material but need additional support to demonstrate their knowledge in a traditional academic environment.
Applying to JLC
Submit the application for admission online using this link Apply Online for Admission.
Submit the most recently available psycho-educational comprehensive evaluation. To make an admission decision, we prefer an evaluation completed within the last three years. Students who do not have current testing may arrange an appointment to complete testing for an additional fee during the campus visit.
Based on an initial review of your application and available testing, you may be invited to visit campus for an interview. Any additional testing can be completed at this time if necessary. During your visit we will request any other materials which may be needed to complete your application.

Admission Deadlines

University of the Ozarks offers a rolling deadline for admission.

Priority deadline for fall semester: February 1
Priority deadline for spring semester: December 15

Applications received by the priority deadline get first consideration for admission and financial aid.
Financial Aid Deadlines

Priority deadline for Federal financial aid: February 15
Priority deadline for University financial aid: March 1

Every person who applies for financial aid must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Information about FAFSA deadlines is available online at

Paying for College

After you review the costs outlined below, take a moment to consider the value of your investment in an Ozarks educational experience. Now, more than ever, an education is an investment for a lifetime. See why experts rank Ozarks among the top colleges in the South as a, "Great School at a Great Price." For more information on Paying for College follow this link. To learn more about scholarship programs at Ozarks and other sources of financial aid, use the menu on this page.
Tuition & Fees

Expenses listed below are for the 2011-2012 academic year. The university reserves the right to revise these expenses at the beginning of any semester or summer term. Per Semester Per Year
Tuition (12-17 hours) $10,725 $21,450
Residence Hall Room (King, Smith, MacLean Halls)
Private Room Surcharge (double room used as a single) $1,500
$750 $3,000
Residence Hall Board 1 $1,750 $3,500
Apartment Room
(Bagwell-Jones, Cary-Wortz, Mabee, and North Street Apartments) $1,675 $3,350
Apartment Board 1 $1,450 $2,900
Residence Hall/Apartment Activity Fee $40 $80
Student Activity Fee 2 $50 $100
Computer and Technology Resource Fee 2 $200 $400
Student Media Fee 2 $50 $100
Post Office Box Fee $5 $10
Total Minimum Cost (On Campus) $14,320 $28,640
Total Minimum Cost (Off Campus) $11,025 $22,050

Jones Learning Center Services

Students who enroll in the enhanced program offered through the Jones Learning Center will incur the following costs in addition to those listed above. Per Semester Per Year
Jones Learning Center Services $10,400 $20,800

Miscellaneous Deposits and Fees

The following are one-time or per-semester deposits and fees -- actual cost will vary with individual circumstances. Per Semester
Admission Deposit 3 $100
JLC Admission Deposit 3 $200
Application Fee (waived for online applications) $30
JLC Application Fee $75
JLC Two Day Testing Fee $800
Applied Music Fee 4 $275
Bowling Fee $45
Communications Practicum Fee $25
Course Change Fee $5
Golf Fee $20
Graduation Fee $75
Gymnastics Fee $160
Housing Deposit 5 $100
International Student Fee $1000
Late Registration Fee (Per day, up to $25) $5
Outdoor Education Fee $10
Payment Arrangements Fee $40
Reinstatement Fee $50
Returned Check Fee $25
Science Lab Fee (not including breakage) $25
Scuba Fee $250
Teaching Internship Fee $100
Transcript Fee $5
Tuition Fee (per credit hour and in excess of 17 hours) $900
Withdrawal Fee $100

1 Students living on campus will be offered various meal plans based on academic classification and housing assignment. Refer to the information on meal plans for full details.

2 This fee is assessed for students enrolled for nine (9) or more credit hours in a semester.

3 To hold a place in the incoming class, new students must make a deposit of $100 (or $200 for Jones Learning Center applicants) by May 1st or within thirty days after admission, whichever is later. This deposit, refundable upon written request until May 1, applies to the first semester's tuition and will be refunded after registration for students with a full financial aid package.

4 This fee is for one half-hour lesson each week in one area (voice, piano, or organ). Students desiring a one-hour lesson each week in a single area will be charged $425. Those desiring lessons in more than one area will be charged $275 for each half-hour lesson in each area and $425 for each one-hour lesson.

5 A one-time housing deposit is due by June 1st or within 30 days of admission, whichever is later and must be paid before initial room assignments are made. The deposit will be refunded when the student leaves Ozarks or moves off campus, assuming there is no damage to the room beyond normal wear and tear.

Contact Ozarks Admission

University of the Ozarks
415 N. College Ave.
Clarksville, AR 72830-2880
Telephone (toll-free): 1-800-264-UofO (8636)
Telephone (local): 479-979-1227
Email: [email protected]

Our Admission Team

Admission Administrators
Kim Myrick
Vice President for Enrollment Management
173 Mabee Administration Building
[email protected]

Kim oversees the admission, financial aid, student life and retention programs at Ozarks.
Jana Hart
Dean of Admission and Financial Aid
177 Mabee Administration Building
[email protected]

Jana oversees the financial aid program at Ozarks.

Admission Counselors
Chad Cox
Associate Director of Admission
174 Mabee Administration Building
479-774-2964 (cell)
[email protected]

Chad travels throughout the state of Arkansas, working with students from all Arkansas high schools except for those in North Central Arkansas, Little Rock, and Crawford, Franklin, and Sebastian counties.
Kristen Giffin
Admission Counselor
178 Mabee Administration Building
479-774-2961 (cell)
[email protected]

Kristen visits with students from the states of Texas, Louisiana, and Mississippi.
Joey Hughes
Admission Counselor
178 Mabee Administration Building
479-774-2962 (cell)
[email protected]

Joey works with students from the states of Oklahoma, Missouri and Kansas, and with students from the Arkansas counties of Howard, Johnson, Little River, Miller, Polk, Scott, and Sevier. He also helps concurrent high school students.
Hunter Jackson
National Recruiter
172 Mabee Administration Building
479-774-2963 (cell)
[email protected]

Hunter visits with students nationwide who are interested in the services provided through the university's Jones Learning Center. He also works with students from Little Rock, Arkansas high schools, and students from Garland county in Arkansas.
Eric Leon
Admission Counselor for International Students
Voorhees Hall
International Studies Office #110
[email protected]

Eric serves as the main contact for international students.
Bristle McIntare
Admission Counselor
Recruitment Coordinator for the Walker Teacher Education Program
178 Mabee Administration Building
479-979-2014 (cell)
[email protected]

Bristle assists students interested in education majors as well as students from the following areas: Missouri, North Central Arkansas, and students from Crawford, Franklin, and Sebastian counties in Arkansas. She also works with students transferring to Ozarks.

Admission Support Staff
Raeann Meier
Admission Data Coordinator
Office of Admission, Mabee Administration Building
[email protected]

Raeann provides assistance to Patti, helping out with data entry and communications flow responsibilities.
EmmaLee Morrow
Admission Office Manager
Office of Admission, Mabee Administration Building
[email protected]

EmmaLee schedules campus visits for prospective students at Ozarks, schedules scholarship interviews and sets up residual testing dates for the ACT.

Patti Schuh
Enrollment Data Manager
Office of Admission, Mabee Administration Building
[email protected]

Patti assists the admissions program by entering all data pertaining to those students who are applying to Ozarks, as well as overseeing communication flow of information, including brochures, letters, and emails pertaining to all prospects and applicants.

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