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College of the Ozarks

1 Opportunity Ave, Point Lookout, Branson, MO 65726-9300
+1 417-334-6411
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College of the Ozarks, known as "Hard Work U," is more than a college. It's a destination with tons of family-friendly activities, including two museums, an old-fashioned grist mill, fruitcake and jelly kitchen, stained glass studio, and exquisite 4-star dining at Dobyns Dining Room in The Keeter Center. It's a great way to spend a day while you are in the Branson area. The only thing that requires admission is the Ralph Foster Museum ($6 Adults, $5 Seniors, and Free to all 18 and under). Dobyns Dining Room offers a farm to table experience without breaking the bank. Come learn why this unique college is nationally known.
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  • Average1%
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“hard work” (288 reviews)
“keeter center” (474 reviews)
“beautiful campus” (293 reviews)
LOCATION
1 Opportunity Ave, Point Lookout, Branson, MO 65726-9300
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+1 417-334-6411
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"hard work"
in 288 reviews
"keeter center"
in 474 reviews
"beautiful campus"
in 293 reviews
"ralph foster museum"
in 146 reviews
"tractor museum"
in 124 reviews
"grist mill"
in 82 reviews
"work ethic"
in 38 reviews
"homemade ice cream"
in 28 reviews
"farmers market"
in 26 reviews
"beverly hillbillies"
in 73 reviews
"food is excellent"
in 27 reviews
"great place to visit"
in 64 reviews
"young people"
in 65 reviews
"for sale"
in 30 reviews
"farm to table"
in 28 reviews
"branson area"
in 64 reviews
"gift shop"
in 81 reviews
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Reviewed yesterday

Beautiful, picturesque restaurant in upscale restaurant. This out of the way restaurant serviced by college students was definitely a stop worth making. Food was excellent, service quite good (although not perfect--after all, they're still learning about the restaurant business), but the setting was gorgeous. We...More

Thank gailderrow
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

This ended up being one of our most favorite places to visit in Branson. It was definitely one of the best meals we had, if not the best. We will be back! We bought lots of jams and funnel cake mix to bring home, too!

Thank Brandi R
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

The Center is a great place that is different than the music, theatres and food places on the Hwy. 76 district. Great venue for learning how the Ozark's was born and the history behind it. The brunch on Sunday is by far, the best in...More

Thank jbarton8296
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Reviewed 4 days ago

Excellent concept for other colleges to duplicate. College is free as long as kids WORK around the campus during the school year and keep up their grades. The campus is beautiful as well as the Keeter Restaurant & Hotel. They teach Values, Patriotism, Character education,...More

Thank mattinsonjr
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Reviewed 4 days ago

Even on the Duck we were intrigued with educational opportunities available on campus. The campus was beautiful but it also had many areas that we could come back to see another time. It is on our to do list for our next visit. Some of...More

Thank Debroia5233
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Reviewed 5 days ago

We went to the College of the Ozarks to enjoy some ice cream. It was delicious and reasonably priced. While we were there we explored the student-created gift area. Beautiful area!

Thank hilesLaBelle_Mo
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Reviewed 1 week ago

My friend and I toured the college starting at the church, saw students weaving placemats, went to the nursery where a lot of orchids were growing, saw the stained glass art and also the grist mill where they ground corn, etc. It is quite amazing...More

Thank Daryle G
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Reviewed 1 week ago

My husband and I stopped by for a visit while in Branson and were impressed with the campus, its mission, and its students. The campus church, lodge, restaurant, and gift shop were lovely and items made by the students were for sale. The greenhouses were...More

Thank loves2travel49
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This college is a working student campus where students milk cows, grind corn meal, make I ice cream, fruit cake, stained glass, milk, make and serve you meals that are gourmet, prepared by chefs and students. The meal at the Keeter Center was as good...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

The students work on the campus to earn their tuition. The Sunday lunch buffet features sample sized assortments of a lot of different salads, main dishes, sides, and desserts; and it's ALL YOU CAN EAT! Plan ahead; get a reservation; they fill quickly. Be sure...More

Thank DwightB
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mrjonesii
July 16, 2018|
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Response from Timothy S | Reviewed this property |
They close the campus at 6:00 pm. We did not have time the day we ate dinner. It was a good experience for us.
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Donna R
June 4, 2018|
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Response from Byron K | Reviewed this property |
I see someone already answered your question, so I wish you the best. They call it Hard Work U for a reason but you will reap the rewards every day of your life
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Jash V
April 23, 2018|
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Response from mountaingator44 | Reviewed this property |
The museum is like five bucks to enter. Best five bucks we ever spent.
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