Mission and Vision

Mission and Vision

True to our Christian heritage, we prepare students from diverse religious, cultural, educational and economic backgrounds to live life fully.

Plan, Promise, Dream

We call this the 70/80/90 goal. We believe in it. We actively strive to achieve it.

The plan is to graduate in four years with the promise that you will be prepared to live out your dreams. We invite you to make your dreams a reality and we take great pride in helping you.

You bring the dreams and together, and we promise to develop the plan….

At University of the Ozarks we provide you with more than a degree. We help you find your passion and give you the foundation you need to move forward – confident and prepared, endowed with the tools and perspective you need to make a difference wherever you go.

*According to the National Center for Education Statistics, the national 6-year graduation rate is 60%.

Our Values

As an institution and as individuals we are called to follow the core values of our shared Christian heritage:


At University of the Ozarks, we call one another to offer sustainable, life-affirming service to all we contact. We strive, as well, to offer our service with generosity and joy so that it can be received as a gift. We strive to ensure that our energies are spent wisely in the service of all of creation.


Members of the University of the Ozarks community are called to right injustice. We are committed to engaging with the diversity in our local areas and in the larger world and speaking out when we find mistreatment of any living individual or group. To this end, we seek the courage to look around ourselves, ahead of where we are, and beyond our nearest horizons.


We are committed to the personal development of all members of the University of the Ozarks community, as well as the communal development of our University and its spirit. We seek to assist one another in identifying our academic, spiritual, personal, and institutional vocations and pathways.


Having been blessed with a beautiful campus, surrounded by ample opportunities to experience the natural environment, we are called to welcome all who visit us, especially those who one might consider an outsider. Our campus and our lives are enriched by guests who enrich our community with new life and new possibilities.


University of the Ozarks is a place of communal living – we learn as a community in our academics, we live together in the residence halls, we work together in our offices and conference rooms. In order for our community to flourish, we are called to participate in truth-telling. Owning up to our own mistakes and gently reminding others of ways in which they can do better are essential to building and maintaining our community.


At the heart of the week, members of the University of the Ozarks community stop in a spirit of worship, of jubilee, and of rest and discernment. The importance of this Sabbath is to replenish our souls so that we can finish the race ahead of us mindful of our callings to service, justice, growth, hospitality, and honesty.

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