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Address: One Opportunity Ave, Point Lookout, Branson, MO 65616
Phone Number: +1 417-334-6411
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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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Our Best Meal in Branson!

We had a scrumptious lunch at the Dobyn's Dining Room, and enjoyed it so much that we returned twice during our one-week stay. Elegant room, appealing and inventive menu... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
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Hillsdale, New York
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Hillsdale, New York
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4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We had a scrumptious lunch at the Dobyn's Dining Room, and enjoyed it so much that we returned twice during our one-week stay. Elegant room, appealing and inventive menu, attentive service - everything one could ask for when dining. It is also gratifying to know that we are supporting a noble cause - the College of the Ozarks is a... More 

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San Ramon, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We were able to attend a wedding of some family friends in this venue and it was very nice. The venue and the grounds were wonderful. We took time after the wedding to take in the views and thoroughly enjoyed the location.

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Wynne, Arkansas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We had lunch at the Dobyn's Dining Room (which is the best we have tried in Branson) and after eating we toured the campus. We found this to be very entertaining. All the students work at one of 90 places on campus instead of paying tuition. Very enjoyable afternoon.

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Thank Gdsmith59
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

The college was enlightening. We originally stopped to eat lunch at Keller's when we read the history and became interested in a self-guided tour. The waiters are trained for answering your questions. But the best thing is that the private college is practically free to the attendees if the attendee works at the college. Great concept! Great view of the... More 

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Harrison, Arkansas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Excellent food and great service! Huge variety of food on the food bars and menu items were delicious!

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Bonham, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My husband and I visited here for lunch. We arrived at noon and had an hour wait. During that time we viewed the small museum they have and their book/gift store. Both were nice. The building is full of beautiful woodwork. Love the logs! The meal was good. For two people, our bill with tip was $30ish dollars. They gave... More 

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Branson, Missouri
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I am a little biased because I went to school here, but if you are in Branson and looking for a place to spend part of the day CofO is worth the trip. Students work for their tuition at the school at a number of jobs, many of which you can see. The Museum, the Mill, the Keeter Center, Dobbyns... More 

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Springfield, Missouri
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I love this place. Beautiful campus. The students are working to pay off their degrees so they graduate with minimal or no debt. They have an amazing lodge, top notch service. The restaurant have amazing brunch. Don't forget to tip your service staff well.

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Daytona Beach Shores, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Not one student pays tuition monetarily, but does so with actual work in their field of choice. They graduate debt free! Incredible concept and should be duplicated nationally. The college hosts its own hotel and upscale restaurant which we experienced and enjoyed thoroughly. A dramatic play was presented for free on site and it was worthy of Broadway status. The... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Friendly staff of working students throughout the whole campus. Working U is a wonderful design for higher education. Loved the Ralph Foster Museum, the chapel, Pt Lookout, Keeter Center, mill, swans, and so much more.

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