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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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College of the Ozarks -- What a Great College Opportunity!

Our family visited our grandson who is attending the College of the Ozarks in Branson, MO. We were quite impressed with the college and the opportunity that it provides to ~1500... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 26, 2015
Tom and Cleda G
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Kennewick, Washington
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Kennewick, Washington
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11 reviews 11 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW

Our family visited our grandson who is attending the College of the Ozarks in Branson, MO. We were quite impressed with the college and the opportunity that it provides to ~1500 students per year to earn a quality college degree without being overburdened with debt. It is a christian-based program environment that requires the students to work to pay for... More 

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Huntingburg, IN
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW

It is interesting to visit the old mill, see the overlook, and buy a jar of jelly or preserves from the jelly and fruitcake store. Listen to the students as they give you the history of the campus. This college is beautiful and students here work onsite to pay for the education. Well worth a visit and then dine at... More 

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Tyler, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW

This was an interesting school where we did a self-tour. The Keeter Center was open but we had already eaten. I would have loved to try the food. The students were friendly and helpful all over campus. Be sure to visit the chapel, the mill, the dairy, the tractor museum and the fruit cake kitchen. Neat experience.

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Republic, Missouri
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13 reviews 13 reviews
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW

The level of service from these college students is what you would get in the finest restaurant or hotel in the country. They are all impeccably polite and attentive. The dinner in the Dobin's Dinning Room at the Keeter Center was wonderful and you will have the opportunity to taste some of the student-made products like apple butter and cranberry... More 

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Columbia
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

The food at Keeter Center was excellent! Then we had a guide give us a tour of the entire campus. What a wonderful experience! Their gift shop has many unique products from the area. Must see when you are in the area!

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Kansas City, KS
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12 reviews 12 reviews
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19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015 NEW

The grown and serve their own food. It was great food and service. The filets are wonderful as well as their homemade chips with blue cheese sauce.

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Hammond
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15 reviews 15 reviews
4 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015 NEW

We only did their ice cream and bought some of their sconces and cheese cake. They were all wonderful. The strawberry flavor was my favorite, but you can have a taste before buying. Loved their hospitality and willingness to help. Missed the opportunity of seeing their history of the Ozarks museum, because they had already closed. (4 pm) We went... More 

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30 reviews 30 reviews
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21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015 NEW

We loved enjoying the brunch here on Sunday! The food was amazing and the staff were so friendly. We loved the live piano music and the whole atmosphere was a positive and friendly one. The gift shop was great also. The Vietnam Veteran museum gave tribute to so many veterans that had been connected with the college. All in all,... More 

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Godley
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15 reviews 15 reviews
8 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015 NEW

Great food prepared at the college, some of the food grown and raised there. Students wait on tables for tuition.

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The Woodlands, Texas
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67 reviews 67 reviews
39 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015 NEW via mobile

Did our first unofficial college tour for our 13 (almost 14) year old son. The college is very pretty and the students seem nice and polite. The student worker at the bookstore was very informed of the campus. Son wants to go into Culinary Arts, so we got to see some of the books he would be using for his... More 

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