U of O Ranked 7th by U.S. News

U of O Ranked 7th by U.S. News

University of the Ozarks has once again been featured in multiple categories in U.S. News & World Report’s annual college rankings.

In its 2020 edition of Best Colleges, released this week, U of O ranked 7th overall among more than 80 regional colleges in the South — the 21st consecutive year Ozarks has been ranked in the “top tier” among regional colleges in the South.

Ozarks has been ranked among the top 10 in the 12-state South Region in each of the past nine seasons. The overall rankings examine such criteria as academic reputation, graduation and retention rates, faculty resources, student selectivity, financial resources and alumni giving.

In addition, Ozarks ranked 19th among the “Best Value Schools” in the South. The value rankings evaluate the cost of attending a university relative to the quality of the institution and takes into account such things as the percentage of students receiving need-based financial aid and the average institutional aid those students receive.

“These rankings continue to confirm that University of the Ozarks is providing a high-quality, personalized and innovative education at a great price,” said President Richard Dunsworth. “We remain committed to controlling costs and limiting student debt while fulfilling the mission of the University.”

The magazine’s annual late summer publication that analyzes institutions of higher education also had U of O ranked No. 1 in the South Region in the category of “Most International Students,” with 21% percent. The University was also ranked 25th in the South in the category of “Campus Ethnic Diversity.”

The publication’s 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.

Monica Frizzell has been named the new registrar at University of the Ozarks, effective Jan. 2. A 2002 graduate of Ozarks, Frizzell has served in the Registrar’s Office for more than 15 years, including 11 years as assistant registrar. “I am very excited about Monica stepping into the role of registrar,” said Jeff Scaccia, vice president for finance and administration. “She brings considerable experience working in the Registrar’s Office and is very familiar with the requirements and responsibilities of the position.  Her background will also give her insight into where improvements may be made to better the student experience and to continue improving operational efficiency for the office and how it interacts with the rest of the campus.” Frizzell worked in the Registrar’s Office from 2001 to 2005 and served as assistant registrar from 2005 to 2014 before leaving the University in 2014. She returned in 2017 as assistant registrar. She also previously worked as the office manager in the Division of Humanities and Fine Arts from 2000 to 2001. She replaces Wilma Harris, who retired in December. “I have had the pleasure of serving students, faculty and staff at Ozarks for many years in the Registrar’s Office and I’m excited for the opportunity to continue to serve the campus as registrar,” Frizzell said. “I look forward to continuing to help students achieve their degrees and to see them succeed.” The Registrar’s Office maintains the official repository of student enrollment, registration and academic records of current and formerly enrolled students. It is responsible for registering U of O students, reporting grade information and maintaining academic records. The office is responsible for maintaining an accurate schedule of courses and provides assistance to students with name and address changes, enrollment certifications, registration, schedule adjustments after the drop/add period and graduation. Frizzell and her husband, Jeff, live in Clarksville and have one daughter, Abby. University of the Ozarks has announced its academic honor lists for the 2018 Fall Semester. To be included on the President’s List, a student must carry at least 12 hours and maintain a 4.00 grade point average. To be included on the Dean’s List, a student must carry at least 12 hours and achieve between a 3.5 and 3.9 GPA. President’s List Ingrid Alonzo, Guatemala Alma Arredondo, Paris, AR Emily Autry, Hot Springs, AR Mason Badour, Richardson, TX Katherine Barnwell, Van Buren, AR Lamara Bazashvili, Russia David Beck, Conway, AR Caitlyn Bell, Hensley, AR Kerigan Bradshaw, Harrison, AR Petron Brown, Bahamas Shelby Carlton, Clarksville, AR Katherinn Chamale, Guatemala Meline Clerisier, Bahamas Maria Corea, Honduras Ashton Davis, Clarksville, AR Kelsey Dixson, Hector, AR Carly Dougan, Clarksville, AR Stacey Ettiene, Bahamas Monica Flores, Clarksville, AR Laura Gochez, El Salvador Ralph Sebastien Goldman, Matthews, NC Erika Henderson, Highland Village, TX Zane Henderson, Piggott, AR Mary Hoiland, Clarksville, AR Jacob Holland, Meadows Place, TX Elodie Jabouin, Haiti Carsyn Jones, Alma, AR Isaac Julio, Panama Cole Lankford, Knob Noster, MO Twanesha Lightbourn, Bahamas Megan Madden, Flower Mound, TX Jenna Mandel, Collinsville, OK Maria Marcia, Nicaragua Henry Marin, El Salvador Max Mathis, Cabot, AR Allyson Melton, North Little Rock, AR Alec Mertin, New Blaine, AR Fred Milord, Haiti Julio Molina, Tegucigalpa, Ana Ojeda, Honduras Rosa Ordonez, Mexico Brilliant Pasipanodya, Zimbabwe Stephanie Payton, Honduras AR Jeffrey Proctor, London, AR Janna Rhinehart, Danville, AR Jada Rhodes, Dickinson, TX Edwin Rodriguez, Mayaguez, PR Yeimy Rodriguez, Panama Candace Rogers, Batesville, AR Rebecca Rogers, Claremore, OK Ohany Roman, Nicaragua Thomas Ross, Rockwall, TX Brenda Sandoval, Guatemala Jacob Sawyer, Mena, AR Alec Severe, Haiti Sade Seymour, Bahamas Emma Sisson, Clarksville, AR Manuel Tambriz, Guatemala Cassandra Valdez, Plano, TX Jordan Vilma, Bahamas Holly Vire, Clarksville, AR Winston Wheeler, Combs, AR Cory Wilhelm, Ratcliff, AR Madeleine Windel, Ozone, AR Angela Wyatt,  Coal Hill, AR Bahar Yapal, Germany Isaias Zapata, Panama Dean’s List Christie Alexandre, Boynton Beach, FL Laura Allcon, Benbrook, TX Gustavo Almaraz, Clarksville, AR Katerin Alvarado, Honduras Gladis Alvarez, Guatemala Jill Armstrong, Fayetteville, AR Abby Asencio, Gentry, AR Spence Jean Baptiste, Haiti Vincent Barber, Clarksville, AR Skyler Barnes, Farmington, AR Paul Bien-Aime, Haiti Shayanah Bien-Aime, Orlando, FL Sarah Birchfield, Huntsville, AR Yailin Blackman, Panama David Bondy, Dallas, TX Donna Bouzi, Waltham, MA Connor Boyle, Oppelo, AR Zackary Brizendine, Roanoke, TX Lakota Brewer, Rudy, AR Hailey Bromley, Hensley, AR Kevvin Brown, Bahamas Whitney Brown, Maumelle, AR Neyssa Cadet, Roselle, NJ Ana Camargo, Panama Aaron Capehart, Siloam Springs, AR Andrea Carias, Honduras Andrea Casco, Honduras Angie Castro, El Salvador Meghan Cave, Clarksville, AR Lidia Caz, Guatemala Xin Yi Chen, Malaysia Gloria Cizungu, Congo Democratic Republic Haley Clark, Tulsa, OK Daniel Cloud, Russellville, AR Mason Clough, Arlington, TX James Coffey, Sevierville, TN Douglas Coggin, Bartlett, TN Joshua Collins, Pottsville, AR Cristin Connor, Gunter, TX Joel Coppernoll, Bryan TX Fabrice Cotin, Haiti Cristina Cuevas, Clarksville, AR Juan De La Cruz, Mexico Michelle Delgado, Costa Rica Lauren Dotson, Harrison, AR Chase Edwards, Chandler, AZ Max-Guerlee Eloge, Haiti Sebastien Emile, Brockton, MA Diana Estrada, N Little Rock, AR Maria Fabian, Clarksville, AR Sierra Fields, Mulberry, AR Gabriel Figueroa, Puerto Rico Ronald Flores, El Salvador Jackson Foster, Tulsa, OK Sofia Franco, Lamar, AR Makara Frazier, Camden, AR Tyler Gale, Russellville, AR Pedro Gallaga, Willis, TX Devis Garces, Panama Daicza Garcia, Clarksville, AR Janie Garcia, Clarksville, AR Sean Garcia, Fort Worth, TX Jacquelyn Gearhart, Clarksville, AR Chania Gibson, Bahamas Hailey Godfrey, Salem, AR Sara Gonzales, Bryant, AR Victoria Gonzalez, Clarksville, AR Shanice Guzman, Belize Bailey Hall, Grady, AR Haley Hanks, Carthage, TX Falon Hanson, Fayetteville, AR Logan Harderson, Oark, AR Michael Harris, Elkins, AR Karlee  Hart, Eureka Springs, AR Lily Harvey, Huntsville, AR Jordon Henley, Eureka Springs, AR Fernanda Hernandez, Mexico Nathan Hodge, Olive Branch, MS Alexis Holt, Sallisaw, OK Brittany Holt, Alvarado, TX Blake Hornsby, Flower Mound, TX Breanna Hudson, Clarksville, AR Aspen Jasna, Sallisaw, OK Megan Johnson, Oologah, OK Christian Johnston, Crossett, AR Annael Julien, Haiti Nadine Karabaranga, Kingsville, TX Brooklyn Keeling, Farmington, AR Koya Kimura, Japan Chanelle Lasater, Clarksville, AR Kimika Lawson, Tampa, FL Braxton Leding, Altus, AR Geoshan Lee, Malaysia Jerhett Lee, Lewisville, TX McKenzie Lewis, Hermitage, AR Sarah Lewis, Mulberry, AR Rocky Liveoak, Neosho, MO Nicole Lopez, Belize Alain Louissaint, Brooklyn, NY Ethan Lubera, Siloam Springs, AR James Malin, Lexington, KY Abigail Mansur, Little Rock, AR Isabella Matute, Honduras Daniel Martinez, Honduras Jonah Martinez, Fort Worth, TX Rebecca McCarron, Covington, LA Whitney McCrary, Conway, AR Nicholas McDaniel, Derby, IA Derrick McKee, Hartman, AR Ariel McKinney, Malaysia Kamryn McKinney, Alma, AR Kade McMahon, Rockwall, TX Pierre Lorfils Milord, Haiti Cheyanna Miller, West Plains, MO Emily Miller, Gravette, AR Gracie Millar, Larue, TX Jaeden Miller, Canton, TX Keyrstan-Danelle Miller, Elkins, AR Maggie Miller, Pittsburg, KS Rebekah Moore, Alma, AR Shelby Morales, England, AR Walker Murray, West Helena, AR Dominique Musgrove, Bahamas Paige Myers, Harrison, AR Kayla Newman, Clarksville, AR Nicholas Nonez, Haiti Hendrick Octavius, Haiti Sarhitza Octavius, Haiti Isabella Olarte, Miramar, FL Olaide Olawoyin, Bahamas Edith Olivas, Mexico Riley Oliver, Bowie, TX Daniel Olvera, Garland, TX Carlos Orozco, Nicaragua Perla Osorio, Mexico Taelor Parish, Alexander, AR Ralph Jean-Pierre, Orlando, FL Daniela Picado, Costa Rica Fernanda Pichardo, Nicaragua Marcelina Pop, Belize Regan Puryear, Gravette, AR La'Shadae-Anise Rahming, Bahamas Jehanne Rameau, Haiti April Ramirez, Lamar, AR Daniela Ramos, Little Rock, AR Hannah Randt, Lamar, AR Amada Reeve, Arlington, TN Maria Reyes, Destrehan, LA Bradley Rice, Fort Smith, AR Maria Rivas, El Salvador Joshua Robinson, Conway, AR Richard Rodriguez, Nicaragua Oscar Roldan, Mexico Vashti Rolle, Bahamas Jasmine Rosales, Berryville, AR Anna Ryan, Woodville, MS Sami Saati, Miami, FL Brittney Sain, Lake City, AR Fernanda Salinas, El Salvador Dan Salvant, Haiti Danitra Sargent, Bahamas Rhett Sells, Wagoner, OK Hannah Smith, Blue Eye, MO Renner Smith, Mabelvale, AR Dalton  Spurgeon, Greenwood, MO Delanei Stephens, Coal Hill, AR William Stewart, Siloam Springs, AR Austin Tautenhahn, Georgetown, TX Nelcica Therassens, Flushing,  NY Farahdjeen Thomas, Haiti Bradley Thompson, Keota, OK Catherine Thompson, Clarksville, AR Logan Valestin, Bryant, AR Jacobus Van, Longview, TX Melle Van, New Zealand Mario Varela-Pecina, Lamar, AR Sarah Vardal, Hot Springs, AR Vicente Vasquez, Panama Emilio Vega, Mckinney, TX Norlin Vicente, Guatemala Clayton Villines, Harrison, AR Lara Wadle, Grapevine, TX Zackary Walker, Clarksville, AR Georgia Warren, Ireland Hannah Warren, Lamar, AR Brandon Watkins, Brentwood, TN Hailey Weathers, Coal Hill, AR Catherine Wellborn, Metairie, LA Justice White, Bahamas Anicka Wilcox, Ola, AR Brian Wilken, Claremore, OK Austin Williams, Conway, MO Emilie Williams, Keller, TX Rhett Williamson, Green Forest, AR Casie Zapf, Cabot, AR Christopher Zapf, Friendswood, TX Lauren Zavala, Clarksville, AR University of the Ozarks will welcome approximately 330 new students to campus on Aug. 16 for the start of First Week 2018, the official kickoff for the 2018-19 academic year. Classes for the Fall 2018 Semester will begin on Tuesday, Aug. 21. The new class is expected to include approximately 280 freshmen and 50 transfer students. First Week, which runs from Aug. 16-20, is an on-campus orientation program to help new students become acclimated to the University. First Week begins on the morning of Aug. 16 with faculty, staff and upperclass students helping the new students move into the residence halls. The residence halls will open at 8 a.m. for the new students to move in. First Week 2018 will include a mix of developmental, academic, social and engagement orientation opportunities. One of the highlights of First Week is the Matriculation Ceremony, where the University officially welcomes the new class to campus. The Matriculation Ceremony is scheduled for 3 p.m., Aug. 16, in Munger-Wilson Chapel. Highlights of First Week:
  • Aug 16 – A welcoming program at 1 p.m.; an information session for parents at 1:30 p.m.; Matriculation Ceremony at 3 p.m.; a President’s Welcome Picnic at 5 p.m.;
  • Aug 17 – Introduction to First Week at 9 a.m.; Resource fair at 2:15 p.m.; pool party at Clarksville Aquatic Center at 8 p.m.
  • Aug 18 – Game of Ozarks Life at 10 a.m.; Provost Picnic at 5:30 p.m.; Beach Bash on Campus Mall at 7 p.m.
  • Aug 20 – Transfer orientation at 1 p.m.; Opening Convocation for all students at 4 p.m.; Welcome Picnic at 5 p.m.; Music on the Mall at 8 p.m.
Important dates for the Fall 2018 Semester:
  • Labor Day Holiday: Sept. 3
  • Family Weekend: Sept. 21-22
  • Homecoming: Oct. 25-28
  • Fall Break: Oct. 18-19
  • Thanksgiving Holiday: Nov. 21-23
  • Last Day of Classes: Dec. 5
  • Final Exams: Dec. 7-12
  • Fall Commencement: Dec. 15
University of the Ozarks has named Luke Morrill as its new dean of students and director of residential life. He will begin his duties at Ozarks on June 18, 2018. Morrill has served as associate dean of students at Jacksonville University in Florida since 2014 and previously served as director of residential life and assistant dean of students at the private, liberal arts university. He has also worked in student affair positions at Texas Christian University. “I am excited about the education, experience, and overall demeanor that Mr. Morrill brings to the dean of students and director of residential life role,” said Dr. Caleb J. Keith, assistant provost for institutional effectiveness and strategic priorities. “He has a proven track record of leadership in student affairs and residential life that will serve to advance the student affairs division at University of the Ozarks.” A graduate of Harrison (Ark.) High school, Morrill earned a bachelor’s degree in broadcast journalism at Arkansas Tech University in Russellville. “It's a beautiful part of the country, and the River Valley is an incredible part of the state,” Morrill said. “I couldn't be more excited to return to an area that has had such a large impact on my life.” Morrill earned his master’s degree in student affairs counseling from University of Nebraska at Kearney and is scheduled to complete a doctorate in higher education administration from the University of North Florida in the fall. He said U of O’s mission piqued his interest in the position. “University of the Ozarks' commitment to providing students from all backgrounds and identities access to the highest quality education speaks directly to my core values,” he said. “It's clear that the University is passionate and dedicated about positively impacting student's lives.” As a first-generation college student himself, Morrill said helping and working with college students is a calling for him. “The experience I had as an undergraduate opened my eyes to different ways of engaging with the world and the people in it,” he said. “Challenging students in that same way is one of the most rewarding parts of what I do. I'm excited to be joining the student affairs team at University of the Ozarks and supporting students in that same way.” Morrill said outside of work he enjoys running, swimming and hiking. “I know first-hand what outstanding parks and rivers Arkansas has and I'm looking forward to experiencing all of them again,” he said.