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College of the Ozarks

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Address: One Opportunity Ave, Point Lookout, Branson, MO 65616
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+1 417-334-6411

College of the Ozarks, known as "Hard Work U," is more than a...

College of the Ozarks, known as "Hard Work U," is more than a college. It's a destination with tons of family-friendly activities, including two museums, an old-fashioned grist mill, fruitcake and jelly kitchen, stained glass studio, and exquisite 4-star dining at Dobyns Dining Room in The Keeter Center. It's a great way to spend a day while you are in the Branson area. The only thing that requires admission is the Ralph Foster Museum ($6 Adults, $5 Seniors, and Free to all 18 and under). Dobyns Dining Room offers a farm to table experience without breaking the bank. Come learn why this unique college is nationally known.

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Enjoyed lunch at the Ketter Center dining hall, purchased that famous ice cream. Toured the campus! This college should be toured by all that is considering a liberal arts... read more

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Columbus, Ohio
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Reviewed yesterday NEW

Enjoyed lunch at the Ketter Center dining hall, purchased that famous ice cream. Toured the campus! This college should be toured by all that is considering a liberal arts education for thier child. Everyone must see this unique college experience!

Thank vickie815
Hockley, Texas
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Had dinner with family at the center. Great food and great service. There is also a very nice museum at the center worth seeing.

Thank Everett K
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This lake is clean and awesome. So many fun things to do and learn. Reasonably priced lodging and free parks and activities.

Thank Julie M
Saint Louis, Missouri
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

What a great experience. What an opportunity, if selected, to attend college for free. Beautiful working campus.

Thank TravelingFamily416
Saginaw, Michigan
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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We enjoyed touring the campus. The tribute to veterans at the Keeter center was quite touching. The museum was great, the tractor museum also. We saw the jelly and fruitcake kitchen and the mill. We especially enjoyed speaking with students, who were all extremely pleasant and informative about the programs of study as well as the work /study programs and... More 

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Branson, Missouri
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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This was a very fun family trip. All free (except the ice-cream and souveniers). Tractor museum, water powered mill, several historical and animal based museums. Very impressive college, lots of friendly students, one cantankerous swan, made for a great outing that can take several hours if you like to read and learn about the history and exhibits that are all... More 

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St. Augustine, Florida
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We were visiting Branson for the first time and like most tourists we planned to see some shows, ride the ferris wheel and eat some delicious food. We never included in our plan to spend time at a college campus after all we are senior citizens and our college days are a brief memory. We would have missed the Best... More 

Thank Perry M
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Reviewed 1 week ago

College of the Ozarks is well worth seeing. The Keeter Center has a beautiful Lodge and Restaurant. The food is amazing and a lot of it is grown there. This is a working college. The students all work on campus to pay for their tuition. The wait staff (students) are happy to talk to you about the school.

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Enloe, Texas
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Reviewed 1 week ago

College of the Ozarks is an incredible facility, offering a unique learning experience and providing a place for hands on education. Very impressive historical collections throughout the campus, maintained by students. Awesome place to tour and have a great meal ! Very impressive !

Thank Enloe M
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We visited the same day as we were awaiting for our table at the restaurant. The grounds are peaceful to walk around, the chapel was my favorite. Excellent buildings, I love the hundred of bikes provided for student to transport around campus (I assumed)

Thank Belle L

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