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College of the Ozarks

Address: One Opportunity Ave, PO Box 17, Point Lookout, Branson, MO 65616
Phone Number: +1 417-334-6411
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Type: Educational Sites, Gardens, Cultural
Activities: Dining
Owner description: College of the Ozarks, known as "Hard Work U," is more than a...
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Type: Educational Sites, Gardens, Cultural
Activities: Dining
Owner description: 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2014 NEW

The students are so mannerly you will wish your kids could have attended this college. A student was our step on guide and did a lovely job giving us a tour of the school.

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Omaha
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2014 NEW

We discovered this place well before it was the College of the Ozarks known then as School of the Ozarks. We dined at what was then the Hospitality House. So very glad to say the tradition continued with the move to the new Lodge. Take the tour of the campus and stop for a meal.....be sure to make reservations or... More 

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Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2014 NEW

Wanted to see the Foster Museum, on the campus of College of the Ozarks. Drove through large gates, into a very beautiful campus. Entrance road "T-d", turned right, went past "Honor Lake", a very large pond with fountain, to the end of that street, where the option was a left turn, then past dorms to one end of the parking... More 

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Belmond, Iowa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2014 NEW

Restaurant was great! Love the concept of a college where you earn your tuition by working on campus in various settings, from milking cows, to food services, to providing information to tourists. Only downer for me was the difficulty in getting to some of the on-campus sites for a handicapped person.

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Naples, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

The college is nicknamed "Hard Work U" as students work on campus 15 hours per week rather than pay tuition. We ate in the Dobyn's Dining Room. The food and service was wonderful! The Keeter Center is beautiful. It houses the Dining Room, Ice Cream Parlor (they make their own), a Bakery, and a Gift Shop where you can purchase... More 

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Springfield, MO
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2014

This college allows students to work out their tuition through on-campus jobs. It's a beautiful campus in a beautiful setting. Very unique opportunities for students!

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Lake Ozark, Missouri
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2014

Wonderful atmosphere. The decoration for Christmas was outstanding. Our group of four had lunch. The chips appetizer was soooo good as was our lunch. The service was wonderful. All staff is students and seemed to pay attention to all patrons whether their actual customer or not. We can't wait to return to this facility.

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Lewisville, TX
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

The students we met were great and very polite. The campus grounds were immaculate. A wonderful environment.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

This place is a true gem. I would love to come back and tour the campus in the spring. Students were awesome.

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Barrhead, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

There should be more colleges available that are self supporting so students learn a good work ethic along with the education they receive and come out on the other end with no student loans. What a fantastic idea.

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