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College of the Ozarks

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Address: One Opportunity Ave, Point Lookout, Branson, MO 65616
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College of the Ozarks, known as "Hard Work U," is more than a...

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 visit to "Hard Work U".

Walking around campus: the milk barn--seeing the cows come in & be milked, the plants raised for fruits and vegetables to be served at meals, cows on campus, beautiful chapel... read more

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Topeka, Kansas
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Topeka, Kansas
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Reviewed yesterday NEW

Walking around campus: the milk barn--seeing the cows come in & be milked, the plants raised for fruits and vegetables to be served at meals, cows on campus, beautiful chapel, small museum, etc. Not to be missed--the restaurant in the Keefer Center - wonderful dinner and service. You can even stay at the Keefer Conference Center/Lodge.

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Reviewed yesterday NEW

Just wasnt what we thought it would be not must to see or do. Had our 8 years old Granddaughter and she was bored.

Thank Debra K
Britt, Iowa
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I took 3 teenagers and their grandmother for a college visit to College of the Ozarks. It is a really neat campus, with lots of activity (even though we were there just on the brink of a break). The concept of working on campus to pay your tuition and graduate without that debt is most incredible. We were disappointed in... More 

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Student learn by studying and performance. They work for their tuition while leaning by doing. We were introduced to this unique college by friends who treated us to a fine dining lunch experience. The food delicious and service excellent.

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Beebe, Arkansas
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The campus has beautiful landscaping. It is also interesting to see the gardens and dairy barns run by the student. Just a nice short drive if you are visiting.

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Sonora, CA, United States
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Amazing campus and exhibits. If you're hungry, the Keeter Center Lodge restaurant is must. Reservations hiIghly recommended, as they get very busy. The food is excellent and everything is made on campus. Stop by the gift shop. A lot of the items are made there on campus. We love the Edwards Mill stone ground pancake and waffle mix, a student... More 

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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Of all the campus's i have been too this is one of the most beautiful and scenic.. you got to visit it at least once and they have a great restaurant here too..

Thank GARY C
Perryville, Arkansas
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Great food and you won't mind waiting for a few minutes.Museum and gift shops in a beautiful setting. Loved it.

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Columbus, Ohio
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Enjoyed lunch at the Ketter Center dining hall, purchased that famous ice cream. Toured the campus! This college should be toured by all that is considering a liberal arts education for thier child. Everyone must see this unique college experience!

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Hockley, Texas
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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Had dinner with family at the center. Great food and great service. There is also a very nice museum at the center worth seeing.

Thank Everett K

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