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College of the Ozarks

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Address: One Opportunity Ave, PO Box 17, Point Lookout, Branson, MO 65616
Phone Number: +1 417-334-6411
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Activities: Dining
Description: College of the Ozarks, known as "Hard Work U," is more than a college...
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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You must eat at the Keeter Center Restaurant. The service and food is wonderful. The house chips were spicy and cheesy. The meal is cooked to your preference. Allergy... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 26, 2015
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Moberly, Missouri
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Moberly, Missouri
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8 reviews 8 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

You must eat at the Keeter Center Restaurant. The service and food is wonderful. The house chips were spicy and cheesy. The meal is cooked to your preference. Allergy questions are encouarged and substitutions are made if at all possible

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Rancho Mirage, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015 NEW

Very beautiful green campus. It seems students can work for their tuition and we saw lots of kids mowing lawns and working in gardens. Not far from the 'strip' and worth a visit.

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Pittsburg, Texas
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41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015 NEW

Decided to try lunch and was delighted with the atmosphere, service, and food. Would definitely go back again. Sunday buffet is a little expensive but would like to try it someday.

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Benton, Kentucky
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015 NEW

It was all that I heard and more. Wonderful Food and Service. Impeccable in all facets. A MUST DO! Most food is grown and prepared on sight. The ice cream is great.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015 NEW

We had a really nice lunch at the main lodge. It was perfect for all ages but the wait was long for the 4 of us...around 45 min or an hour.

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Gainesville
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38 reviews 38 reviews
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19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015 NEW

What a novel idea - students work for their education. The students were wholesome, genuine, and cordial. Everything we experienced was so "First Class". I wsh I could go back in time - I'd be a student at College of the Ozarks, Oh yeah . . . be sure to have a meal at the KEETER CENTER.

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Lehigh Acres, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015 NEW

The food was great. The chapel was average. The students were very helpful. A few too many steps for a wheelchair person.

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Independence, Missouri
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015 NEW

Very motivational in the fact that the students ALL have jobs and I understand that is for their tuition. We did attend services in the beautiful chapel on campus. The restaurant is excellent. The students also are in charge there.

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Boise, Idaho
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14 reviews 14 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015 NEW

The College of the Ozarks is fascinating. Founded in 1906 at Point lookout, Missouri, it offers a completely free Christian college education to approximately 1500 students who otherwise could not afford a college education. Most come from the Ozark area, but a few come from all over the United States and foreign countries. The students must all demonstrate financial need,... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015 NEW

Well run restaurant staffed by students who are friendly and knowledgeable. Selections are always varied and locally resourced.

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