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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, Nature & Parks, Sights & Landmarks
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, Nature & Parks, Sights & Landmarks
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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Bolivar, Missouri
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123 reviews 123 reviews
32 attraction reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015 NEW

The food, the atmosphere, the staff, the ice cream, and the huge fireplace. It was all a great way to spend the day.

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Chestnutridge, Missouri
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015 NEW

I liked the story of Hard-Work-U and the students who grow, harvest, prepare and serve such delightful fare.

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Columbia
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5 reviews 5 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015 NEW

As we drove around the area, the scenery was beautiful at this time of the year. We stopped to eat and had a wonderful meal where almost everything was grown and produced right on the campus. It was delicious! Enjoyed visiting with the students and hear their life stories.

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Parsons, Kansas
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40 reviews 40 reviews
11 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015 NEW

We were given a guided tour by one of the students explaining how the students worked on campus for their tuition. We also visited the beautiful chapel and the fruitcake & jelly kitchen. We were given samples of the fruitcake, which was very good, and we bought jelly to take home. The jelly was excellent and I'm sorry to say... More 

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Alpharetta, Georgia
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2015

This college has breathtaking views and all the college students work at the property. FANTASTIC experience

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Longview, Texas, United States
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2015

We have always visited the college and grounds on our annual visit to Branson. This past year, we waited and ate at the wonderful visitor's center. The food was great....fresh....and wonderfully prepared....especially the corn bread, served hot with butter. The waiters were efficient and very professional....even though we knew they were in training...they were the best, and made our meal... More 

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Kansas City, Missouri
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015

Nice college that helps the students. Fun Stuff there and great Ice cream and food. Ice cream from cow to cone!

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Cabot, Arkansas
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39 reviews 39 reviews
18 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

We found ourselves in Branson on the Sunday before Christmas. I called College of the Ozarks to ask if their chapel service was still scheduled and they said it was. We arrived for the 11:00 a.m. service in the beautiful chapel located in the center of campus. It was a beautiful service. If you are in Branson on Sunday, I... More 

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Branson, Missouri
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

C of O is nicknamed "Hard Work U" because every student is assigned a job on campus for 5 hours per week. Might be serving at the restaurant, cleaning, building, helping with dairy or lawn. Lots of choices but every person works. In return, tuition is paid. If students work on campus for 40 hours per week during the summer,... More 

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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

The wait for a table without a reservation was about an hour and the service was rather slow, but pleasant. College was out for the Christmas holidays and the student staff was minimal. The food was okay, but not great. The concept of the college excellent for young people wanting to get ahead. Recommend.

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