University of the Ozarks

TRANSFORMING LIVES

03/03/2017
Profiles

At University of the Ozarks, degrees are handcrafted, in intimate classes that allow professors to get to know each student and help them find their passion.  Ozarks empowers students not just to imagine, but to fully inhabit their dreams.

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Located in Clarksville, Arkansas, amid breathtaking scenery in the shadows of the Ozark and Ouachita mountains, this liberal art institution provides students the tools to reach their full potential through a personalized and customized learning experience.

Student Support

First-generation college students, aspiring athletes, adventurous foreign students and students with learning disabilities all thrive in this remarkable university whose intimate learning environment empowers students to find the courage to be who they are.
And the freedom to be something more. The Student Success Center provides academic support for all Ozarks students and can include individual and group tutoring, individualized support, and academic advising, all at no additional costs.

The Student Success center can help students, succeed in difficult courses, write research papers, complete math assignments, create a plan for study skills and time management, gain accommodations for special testing needs, and build self-confidence. In addition, the Jones Learning Center is a comprehensive support program for students with documented learning disabilities, Attention Deficit/Hyperactive Disorder, or Autism Spectrum Disorder with average or above-average intellectual abilities.

Academic Excellence

In its goal of transforming lives, University of the Ozarks has implemented an innovative curriculum that allows students to easily complete their degree in four years while exploring a wide range of options. This new and distinctive approach to education is called the LENS Program (Learning Environment for new Synthesis), which 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. Ozarks 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 academic restrictions presented at other colleges and universities. At Ozarks, students are empowered to make their own choices about which courses to take, but within a structure that encourages excellence in a particular field.

A Top Value

For the second consecutive year, University of the Ozarks was named by U.S. News & World Report in 2017 as the top college value in the South.  Ozarks continues to push boundaries in higher education. In the area of opportunities, Ozarks offers exceptional scholarship packages for first-generation college students and those from low-income and middle class families.

Academically, students will be pushed, prodded, challenged and expanded by an amazing faculty from 33 academic disciplines. Culturally, Ozarks offers multiple opportunities for study abroad and internships in exciting places throughout the world. Ozarks also believes in developing leadership and personal confidence skills through such programs as Ozarks Outdoors, which takes advantage of the myriad of recreational opportunities within a short drive of campus. In addition, Ozarks believes in experiential learning with almost 100 percent of its students receiving hands-on experiences outside the classroom before they graduate. And, the results speak for themselves. Of the 107 graduates from the Class of 2015, 98 percent were employed or in graduate school within six months of graduation.  

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Issue 19.1 | Summer 2017

Southeast Education Network

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