Founded in 1834 by Cumberland Presbyterians in the frontier territory of Northwest Arkansas, University of the Ozarks has a long and proud history as a Presbyterian-affiliated institution of higher education.
Today Ozarks is affiliated by choice and covenant to the Synod of the Sun, Presbyterian Church (USA). Ozarks maintains a Covenant with the Synod of the Sun that is periodically reviewed, renewed and affirmed.
Although it is affiliated with the Presbyterian Church (USA), the University does not make religious affiliation or doctrinal uniformity a condition for admission or employment and there are, in fact, several recognized religious groups who meet regularly on campus, including Baptist, Methodist, Catholic, Presbyterian, Alpha & Omega and Fellowship of Christian Athletes. These groups sponsor a wide variety of activities and service projects that includes Bible studies, prayer groups, retreats, mission trips and fellowship activities.
In addition, the campus has a weekly Chapel Service in historic Munger Chapel that is coordinated by the University Chaplain and is often led by students groups or individuals. The full-time campus chaplain teaches, counsels and works with students of all faiths or no faith.
The University has a director of church relations, Dawn Dvoracek, who acts as a liaison between the University and area churches as well as Presbyterian clergy and churches throughout the Synod of the Sun (Arkansas, Oklahoma, Texas and Louisiana).