College of the Ozarks, a Christian liberal-arts college located in Missouri, has a $A543 million endowment.
But unlike other private liberal arts colleges with large endowments, C of O, as it’s often called, has accumulated its endowment all while offering four-year degrees to students tuition free.
The roughly 1,500 person school made news recently for its requirement that students take a class on military customs and respect for the American flag. The class, called Patriotic Education and Fitness, also reviews flag protocol and map reading and marksmanship.
Read on below to see what it’s like to attend College of the Ozarks.
C of O says that their courses are 'taught from the perspective of a biblical worldview, which provides a broad and robust understanding of the world that a secular worldview cannot provide.'
C of O accepts 14% of applicants and has small class sizes with a 14:1 student teacher ratio. A total of 1,512 students attend the school.
The college keeps costs down by employing students around campus. Students must work 15 hours a week as teaching assistants, grounds keepers, or farm workers.
That work covers the full cost of tuition for students, who can choose to work additional hours to pay off the cost of their room and board. Students cannot earn additional wages from their campus jobs.
On the schools' farm, for example, students cultivate produce and raise farm animals to sustain their cafeteria. When there's a surplus, the students sell items at a farmers market to the surrounding community.
The Fruitcake and Jelly Kitchen has produced its famous fruitcake since 1934, and students bake more than 25,000 cakes a year, according to the school.
Students must maintain their campus jobs in addition to staying on top of their school work to remain enrolled at the college.
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