UNIVERSITY OF THE OZARKS PROVIDES THE RIGHT FIT FOR YOUR PROSPECTIVE COLLEGE STUDENTS

10/21/2016
PROFILES

The University of the Ozarks is a small liberal arts university that allows students the opportunity to receive a world class education while being nurtured by both staff and the student body. First generation college students, aspiring athletes and those with learning disabilities all thrive in this remarkable institution tucked away in beautiful Clarkesville, Arkansas -  located in the shadow of the Ozark and Ouachita Mountains with the Ozark National Forest, the Arkansas River and Lake Dardanelle providing a setting of breathtaking scenery

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Student Success Center

Students can discover the freedom to be who they are, and the courage to be something more.

The Student Success Center provides academic support for all Ozark students including individual and group tutoring, individualized support, and academic advising. All those services have no additional cost. The Student Success Center can help students:

  • Succeed in difficult courses
  • Write research papers/critical reviews
  • Complete math assignments successfully
  • Create a plan for study skills and time management
  • Get accommodations for special testing needs and other disability services
  • Build self-confidence

Academic Excellence

The LENS Program (Learning Environment for New Synthesis) is the University of the Ozark’s highly distinctive curriculum that allows students to graduate with an academic major and two minors. The LENS program challenges students to attain excellence in each of three academic areas or “lenses” - the humanities, social sciences, and the natural sciences. The university combines a liberal arts education with specialization in multiple fields. The university believes students who concentrate studies in one area alone limit their adaptability in an ever-changing global environment. With the LENS program, students will explore, discover, and develop many areas of interest. LENS expands academic opportunities for students and frees them from the academic restrictions presented at other colleges and universities. At University of the Ozarks, they feel empowered to make their own choices about which courses to take, but within a structure that encourages excellence in a particular field.

The Jones Learning Center

The Jones Learning Center is a comprehensive support program for students who learn differently.

The JLC is designed to serve students with documented learning differences, Attention Deficit/ Hyperactive Disorder, or Autism Spectrum Disorder with average or above average intellectual abilities. Students who will benefit from the services of the JLC and be successful at Ozarks are able to think critically but need additional support to demonstrate their knowledge in a traditional academic environment. University of the Ozarks has been ranked as one of the “50 Best Disability Friendly Colleges and Universities” in the country by the online publication College Choice. The publication praised U of O’s Jones Learning Center, which was established in 1971 as one of the first programs in the country to assist college students with learning disabilities. The comprehensive fee-based program helps students with learning disabilities, AD/HD, and ASD.

Athletics

Nearly 45 percent of incoming freshman participate in intercollegiate athletics. Incoming freshman can choose from Baseball, Basketball, Cheer/STUNT, Clay Target Shooting , Cross Country, Soccer, Softball, Swimming, Tennis, Track and Men’s Wrestling.

A Top Value

For the second consecutive year, US News and World Report has named University of the Ozarks as the top college value in the South. The University of the Ozarks continues to push boundaries, whether culturally (more than 10 percent of its students are from outside the United States) or in leadership (Ozarks Outdoors offers students the opportunity to obtain leadership skills and personal confidence while experiencing the picturesque nature of Northwest Arkansas). Students’ intellectual boundaries will be pushed, prodded, challenged and expanded by an amazing faculty from 33 academic disciplines who have been educated around the world, but choose to call Ozarks home.

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