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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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Great Campus

Nice Campus. Very Beautiful. Toured on ride the ducks tour. Great history of how it originated. A must see and learn the history of Branson/Ozarks

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 10, 2013
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Buffalo, Kansas, United States
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2013

Not only is it a great school but have so much more. Our favorite was the museum. So much to see and learn. Everybody is friendly and helpful.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2013

Nice Campus. Very Beautiful. Toured on ride the ducks tour. Great history of how it originated. A must see and learn the history of Branson/Ozarks

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Bartlesville, Oklahoma
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2013 via mobile

College of the Ozarks is also known as Hard Work U. The reason being is that all students graduate debt free due to a required work study program. The students work at everything from lawn care to hotel to dairy farm. Everyone I met was incredibly nice and helpful. The campus is beautiful and there is lots to see. The... More 

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Tulsa, Oklahoma
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2013

What a wonderful idea that the College of the Ozarks is doing. Not only are the students getting a college education but they are getting real world experience in the process.

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Lonoke, Arkansas
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4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2013

Husband liked looking at the old pistols and rifles. We were there three hours and didn't see everything. He wants to go again.

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Cumberland, Indiana
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84 reviews 84 reviews
47 attraction reviews
93 helpful votes 93 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2013

We liked the grounds and concept behind this university and the traditional values similar to what i'd like to teach my own kids. I think it would be a great environment for kids to go to school in. The restaurant was beautiful and my kids enjoyed the cows and mill house. I like the hard work of the students, but... More 

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Houston, Texas
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2013

This College is the poster child for sweat equity and academics; it is pristine with a Norman Rockwell vibe. The young lady that gave us a tour of the Keeter Center was the epitome of brains, beauty, and professionalism. Also, the Fruitcake and Jelly Kitchen has an amazing history and exceptional fruitcakes.

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Covington, Louisiana
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2013

Great to meet the outstanding students that work in this unique environment. Everyone should stop by and visit Hardwork U. Must have a meal at the Keeter Center restaurant.

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Ramsey, Minnesota
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3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2013

The Keeter Center is a beautiful lodge that made lunch an event. The food was very good, but small portions. Ask your server about their delicious rolls if he forgets to bring them to your table (ours did).

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Nixa, Missouri
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2013

We love visiting C of O, walking around the beautiful grounds, and watching the ducks, swans, and geese in Honor Lake. In the summer, Honor America is a must do event. The fruitcake tour is fun, as is the Ralph Foster Museum.

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