College of the Ozarks

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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

Email: [email protected]

Organization details

EIN: 440556862

CEO/President: Dr. Brad Johnson

Chairman: General Terrence R. Dake

Board size: 18

Founder: James Forsythe

Ruling year: 1941

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 05/31

Member of ECFA: No

Member of ECFA since:


The vision of College of the Ozarks is to develop citizens of Christlike character who are well-educated, hard-working, and patriotic.

To achieve this vision, the College has Academic, Vocational, Christian, Patriotic and Cultural pillars. Even as College of the Ozarks has evolved through secondary and junior college stages to the present four-year liberal arts institution, the fundamental pillars have remained the same.

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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Sector: Colleges/Universities

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating363 of 111250 of 130
Fund acquisition rating137 of 111320 of 130
Resource allocation rating412 of 111348 of 130
Asset utilization rating807 of 1112108 of 130

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Balance sheet
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$5,306,153$6,549,814$6,557,235$10,080,802$5,523,758
Short-term investments$479,086,606$491,529,191$544,121,733$383,080,982$375,323,646
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$491,794,789$501,735,399$556,768,792$399,638,072$383,529,758
Long-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Fixed assets$126,231,642$118,015,145$107,543,569$104,893,955$102,453,378
Other long-term assets$158,567,618$167,738,685$193,027,748$160,517,734$160,816,563
Total long-term assets$284,799,260$285,753,830$300,571,317$265,411,689$263,269,941
Total assets$776,594,049$787,489,229$857,340,109$665,049,761$646,799,699
Payables and accrued expenses$2,655,351$2,637,557$2,551,923$1,859,356$2,235,703
Other current liabilities$4,985,688$5,370,967$5,445,869$6,048,345$4,821,586
Total current liabilities$7,641,039$8,008,524$7,997,792$7,907,701$7,057,289
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$20,599,377$20,668,143$28,977,646$32,719,420$26,467,447
Total long-term liabilities$20,599,377$20,668,143$28,977,646$32,719,420$26,467,447
Total liabilities$28,240,416$28,676,667$36,975,438$40,627,121$33,524,736
Net assets20232022202120202019
Without donor restrictions$477,809,469$478,651,903$519,877,603$357,181,159$354,771,667
With donor restrictions$270,544,164$280,160,659$300,487,068$267,241,481$258,503,296
Net assets$748,353,633$758,812,562$820,364,671$624,422,640$613,274,963
Revenues and expenses
Total contributions$29,187,821$19,810,905$22,056,552$25,270,848$12,675,957
Program service revenue$52,220,816$48,628,844$43,490,766$47,642,066$49,696,169
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$49,792,211$65,087,806$34,490,231$24,397,899$44,067,845
Other revenue$1,257,272$1,460,911$711,001$370,917$993,211
Total other revenue$103,270,299$115,177,561$78,691,998$72,410,882$94,757,225
Total revenue$132,458,120$134,988,466$100,748,550$97,681,730$107,433,182
Program services$81,895,078$80,261,660$73,760,029$83,549,122$77,933,864
Management and general$11,286,486$12,515,936$9,180,353$10,031,581$10,736,619
Total expenses$94,059,104$93,596,621$83,625,611$94,258,276$89,338,229
Change in net assets20232022202120202019
Surplus (deficit)$38,399,016$41,391,845$17,122,939$3,423,454$18,094,953
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets$38,399,016$41,391,845$17,122,939$3,423,454$18,094,953


Jerry DavisChancellor$1,795,682
Tom HealeyGeneral Manager-Keeter Cen$209,936
Sue HeadVP For Cultural$206,923
Eric BolgerVP For Academics$201,345
Jeffrey SchneiderChief Information Officer$188,620
Weston T WiebeTreasurer$178,785
Robert J StricklinExec Chef, Food/Beverage D$178,340
Marci L LinsonVP For Patriotic$167,322
Robert J CarswellVP For Christian$167,240
Natalie RasnickDean of Development$165,005
Brad S JohnsonPresident$144,653
Gregory W StarkAsst Treasurer$137,506
Tamara SchneiderCorporate Secretary$97,711
Elizabeth BlevinsAsst Corporate Secretary$88,589

Compensation data as of: 5/31/2023

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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.

Famous Visitors

Every year, College of the Ozarks hosts world-renowned speakers on campus through both the Spring Forum Series and the Leonard and Edith B. Gittinger Community Convocation Series. Famous guests include world leaders such as President George W. Bush, Governor Sarah Palin, former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich, former Prime Minister of Great Britain Margaret Thatcher, and Prime Minister of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu. Students, staff and community members have enjoyed visits from Chick-fil-A Founder and Chairman S. Truett Cathy, Attorney General John Ashcroft, Duke University Coach Mike Krzyzewski, Dr. Franklin Graham, General Colin Powell, and others.

Program accomplishments