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College OF THE OZARKS Called “Hard Work U,” by The Wall Street Journal, College of the ozarks is a fully accredited, four- year liberal arts college located just outside Branson, Missouri. The Col- lege charges no tuition. Instead, the institution provides the oppor- tunity for each full-time student to work at one of more than 100 cam- pus work stations to pay in part for his or her cost of education. The re- maining portion of each student’s expenses is covered through scholarships provided by gifts and contributions from donors who be- lieve in and support the programs and policies of the College. Debt is openly discouraged and no fed- eral, state, or private loans are made. The College has been noted for its academic excellence, character development, and affordability by several national publications, in- cluding: The Princeton Review “Best Colleges” list, The New York Times , USA Today, Forbes, and Money Magazine . U.S. News & World Re- port has ranked College of the ozarks a top college in the Mid- west since 1989. To achieve its vision, College of the ozarks pursues aca- demic, vocational, Christian, patriotic and cultural goals. These goals are mirrored in School of the ozarks, a labora- tory school that began in fall 2012. The addition of the lab school completed the K-college model on the campus of Col- lege of the ozarks. As part of the patriotic goal, the College has established Pa- triots Park, which includes The Missouri Vietnam Veterans Memorial, The Missouri gold Star Families Memorial, the 58 | Summer 2017 | Travel Midwest greatest generation Flag Plaza, and Veterans grove. This area acknowledges and honors the sacrifices of all military personnel, Veterans, the fallen heroes and their families. Vis- itors to Patriots Park are welcome from sunrise to 10 p.m. daily. Working for an education is the continuing distinctive tradition of the campus. The College is committed to cultivating char- acter, work ethic, and promoting Christian values. For more than 110 years, this unique institution has educated the head, heart, and hands of countless young people.