Located in Point Lookout, MO (near Branson) The College of the Ozarks has been in the news for putting its principles front and center. The small private liberal arts school first received coverage for requiring all incoming freshmen take “Patriotic Education and Fitness.”
The school made further headlines for sticking to a “No Pledge, No Play” policy for its athletes and visiting teams during the playing of the National Anthem. Upon the school’s clear intention to enforce this standard, the NAIA announced on Friday that the College of the Ozarks will no longer host Division II Men’s Basketball Tournament (after doing so for 18 seasons).
The college prides itself on none of its students graduating with debt, calling themselves “Hard Work U.” Students are required to work part time during the school term and to put in at least a 40 hour week during their breaks.