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“Impressive with great food” 5 of 5 stars
Review of College of the Ozarks

College of the Ozarks
One Opportunity Ave, PO Box 17, Point Lookout, Branson, MO 65616
+1 417-334-6411
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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.
Overland, Missouri
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“Impressive with great food”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2014

What a way to go to college. Very interesting, great atmosphere, a wonderful tribute to our Veterans. Walking the campus, visiting the stops on their map...WOW! And a great lunch.

Visited June 2014
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“This is how higher education should be run!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2014

Instead of students sliding by on grants and loans and partying instead of studying, this school brilliantly gives students not only an education, but teaches responsibility and the value of hard work... And they have NO mega loans to pay back.

This is truly one if the most brilliant and truly remarkable colleges on earth and the campus is beautiful and the students have values and they get an education and value that education, I guarantee you that!

It's worth a visit to see what this place is all about!

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MOUNT CARMEL
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“Fantastic school!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2014

I love the focus of this college and the way the are helping young people develop not only skills for the workplace, but habits and behaviors that will make them good citizens of the world.

Visited June 2014
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Beebe, Arkansas
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“Great Place To Visit”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2014

The museum here was awesome! It was a blast! It was just my husband and I this time but I plan on taking my daughter very soon! I think she's old enough now to enjoy some of it!

Visited September 2013
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South Bend, IN
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“Worth touring if you're in the Branson area”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2014

It was the Ralph Foster Museum that got me interested in going to the College of the Ozarks, but that is by no means all that is there. We stopped at the Keeter Center to pick up a map, and quite enjoyed the little park with waterfalls in front of that (I'd love a better place to photograph the big waterfall out on the highway, though). Then we did the Gaetz Tractor Museum, which had no docents but it's pretty much self-explanatory, and the greenhouses, which are dead basic in terms of buildings but the orchids are spectacular. And we did the mill, which has a museum-y display downstairs, a shop and the working mill on the main level (not going while we were there), and students doing weaving upstairs -- we talked to a number of students in the greenhouse and mill, and they were all helpful and interesting.

We stopped at the chapel, which has stunner stained glass windows that we enjoyed very much, then our chillins were ready to go, so we headed back to Keeter Center and got them some ice cream, which is made onsite and was excellent. Keeter Center itself is very beautiful -- we didn't stop at the restaurant, which gets good reviews, but we did go out back and see the great view, plus there was a display that I believe was done by US Veterans that we enjoyed.

After hubby and I ran the kids back to the resort, we came back and did the Ralph Foster Museum, which was a bit dark here and there, but we enjoyed it considerable. The gun display is incredible, with some of the earliest guns I've seen, true "hand cannons" and other old European guns, and including displays on two different guns that had exploded due to poorly made ammo. One of the guys had purchased the gun with homemade cartridges thrown in, and the note on that display strongly recommended NOT using cartridges made by someone you don't know. Heh.

We stayed too long in the museum to go to the one room schoolhouse, and we didn't get to the fruitcake or jelly kitchen either (however there were fruitcakes and jellies for purchase at the Keeter Center shop and, I believe, at the mill as well), but we did get out to Point Lookout, which was a bit more of a challenge than some people wanted to take on. There's a sidewalk down to a flatish rock point, and the view from there isn't bad, but if you really want to get out to the best view, you have to work down through the rocks and negotiate a drop of two feet or so.

All of it was free except the Ralph Foster museum and, of course, the ice cream and books we bought.

Visited June 2014
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