University of the Ozarks is consistently ranked in U.S. News & World Report’s yearly edition of America’s Best Colleges. Rankings are not our goal; however, they are a fruit of the hard work being done. Thusly, we are proud of our accomplishments.

Ozarks Rankings

U of O President Richard Dunsworth’s thoughts on the acknowledgments:

“The university is committed to its mission, ‘True to our Christian heritage, we prepare students from diverse religious, cultural, educational and economic backgrounds to live life fully. Receiving the No 1 ranking of ‘Great Schools, Great Prices’ is wonderful recognition of the work being done to deliver on the mission and to prepare students to live life fully. Our graduates will live and work in an ever increasingly diverse, multicultural and multinational world. We believe creating a multinational campus in the Natural State is not only a great extension of our mission, but it’s also preparing our students to be able to compete in a global economy.”

The publication’s 12 -state South Region consists of primarily undergraduate colleges and universities in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Georgia, Alabama, Florida, Tennessee, Kentucky, North Carolina, South Carolina, West Virginia and Virginia.



Accredited institutions must maintain compliance with the standards established by the accrediting organization in regard to institutional operations, institutional mission and purpose, governance, and academic quality, for example. Accredited institutions must participate in periodic self-assessments and review by the accrediting group to be sure high quality is maintained over time.


University of the Ozarks is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, www.hlcommission.org


The Division of Education at University of the Ozarks is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), www.ncate.org and is pending accreditation by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP), www.caepnet.org.  This accreditation covers initial teacher preparation programs at the University of the Ozarks.  However, the accreditation does not include individual education courses that the institution offers to P-12 educators for professional development, re-licensure, or other purposes.

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For nearly 200 years

The University of the Ozarks has been providing students the courage to be who they are and the freedom to be something more, assisting them on their journey to live a full life.