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College of the Ozarks

Find out about the unusual work policy at this religious educational facility and admire the pleasant views around Point Lookout.

The College of the Ozarks is a Christian university with a scenic position overlooking sparkling Table Rock Lake. The college, whose nickname is “Hard Work U,” has a 1,000-acre (400-hectare) campus spread across Point Lookout. Learn about the university’s work program that enables free tuition in this ecclesiastical university. 

Stroll through the stunning grounds of the campus and enjoy the vista of picturesque natural scenery. Stroll along the banks of the Cooper Creek and put together a picnic to enjoy in these serene surroundings. 

Encounter some of the intriguing buildings and exhibits on campus. The Gaetz Tractor Museum explores the history of farming techniques through its array of restored old tractors. Inspect the displays about barbed wire, as well as a shrunken head and a two-headed calf. 

Enter the nearby Ralph Foster Museum for its fascinating and diverse collections relating to the Ozarks region. These include a gun assembly, an array of antiques and a group of dolls. Spot the original vehicle used in the famous television series The Beverly Hillbillies.

Chat with students on the campus to learn about the university’s fierce work ethic. The college is famous for discouraging students to take out loans, instead preferring they work at the university in exchange for free tuition. It stresses the importance of worthiness, patriotism and Christ-like characteristics for its prospective alumni. 

Note that the main diplomas here are in liberal arts, with more than 30 Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees and majors. The university also has almost 100 work stations, including the Fruitcake and Jelly Kitchen and the gift shop near the entrance. 

The College of the Ozarks is in the western outskirts of Hollister in southwestern Missouri. Fly to M. Graham Clark Downtown Airport and walk or drive southwest for 1 mile (1.6 kilometers) to get here. Stop off at other highlights, including the Faith Center Church, Moonshine Beach Park and the Showboat Branson Belle.


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Grand Plaza Hotel Branson $69
Grand Plaza Hotel Branson

Grand Plaza Hotel Branson

245 N Wildwood Dr, Branson, MO
     
    3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in Branson Theater District, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Highway 76 Strip and Hollywood Wax Museum. Titanic Museum and Dolly Parton's Stampede Dinner Attraction are also within 2 mi (3 km).

    La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham Branson - Hollister $85
    La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham Branson - Hollister

    La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham Branson - Hollister

    291 Financial Drive, Hollister, MO
       
      2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

      Situated near the airport, this hotel is 1.2 mi (2 km) from College of the Ozarks and within 6 mi (10 km) of Branson Landing and Lakeside Forest Wilderness Area. Dolly Parton's Stampede Dinner Attraction and Silver Dollar City are also within 20 mi (32 km).

      Welk Resorts Branson Hotel $69
      Welk Resorts Branson Hotel

      Welk Resorts Branson Hotel

      1984 State Highway 165, Branson, MO
         
        3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

        This family-friendly Branson hotel is located in the mountains, within 1 mi (2 km) of Welk Resort Theatre and Shepherd of the Hills Fish Hatchery. Branson Craft Mall and Titanic Museum are also within 3 mi (5 km).

        The Keeter Center at College of the Ozarks
        The Keeter Center at College of the Ozarks

        The Keeter Center at College of the Ozarks

        1 Opportunity Avenue, Hollister, MO
           
          3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

          Situated in Hollister, this lodge is within 6 mi (10 km) of Branson Landing, Branson Convention Center, and Dolly Parton's Stampede Dinner Attraction. Tanger Outlets and Titanic Museum are also within 9 mi (15 km).

          Radisson Hotel Branson $79
          Radisson Hotel Branson

          Radisson Hotel Branson

          120 S Wildwood Dr, Branson, MO
             
            3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in the heart of Branson, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Highway 76 Strip, Titanic Museum, and Hollywood Wax Museum. White Water and Dolly Parton's Stampede Dinner Attraction are also within 2 mi (3 km).

            Lodges at Timber Ridge By Welk Resorts $109
            Lodges at Timber Ridge By Welk Resorts

            Lodges at Timber Ridge By Welk Resorts

            1984 State Hwy 165, Building B, Branson, MO
               
              4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              This family-friendly Branson condo resort is located in the entertainment district, within 2 mi (3 km) of Welk Resort Theatre, Shepherd of the Hills Fish Hatchery, and Branson Craft Mall. Table Rock Lake and Titanic Museum are also within 3 mi (5 km).

              Branson Nightly Condos $104
              Branson Nightly Condos

              Branson Nightly Condos

              388 S. Wildwood Dr, Branson, MO
                 
                4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in the heart of Branson, this golf condo building is within 2 mi (3 km) of Highway 76 Strip, Titanic Museum, and Dolly Parton's Stampede Dinner Attraction. Hollywood Wax Museum and White Water are also within 3 mi (5 km).

                Private, Romantic Cabin Very Close to Branson Landing and the 76 Strip!
                Private, Romantic Cabin Very Close to Branson Landing and the 76 Strip!

                Private, Romantic Cabin Very Close to Branson Landing and the 76 Strip!

                Hollister, MO
                   
                  0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Situated in Hollister, this historic cabin is within 3 mi (5 km) of Skaggs Family Health Clinic: Afshar David H DO, Branson Landing, and Branson Convention Center. Hot Hits Theater and Branson's Scenic Railway are also within 3 mi (5 km).