Welcome to the University of the Ozarks. At Ozarks, students are our primary focus, and we never forget that. The Heart of Our Mission is, "To provide the best education possible for each student every time." We offer a wide variety of academic programs and student life opportunities, while also providing a wealth of personal attention. We care about our students and respect the dignity of each one. We sustain an amazing sense of community because we celebrate what we have in common.
At the same time, we acknowledge that there are distinct differences among us. Students, faculty, and staff come to Ozarks from different national and international geographic locations, bringing with them diverse cultures, family backgrounds, spiritual beliefs, political orientations, and academic preparedness. They come to Ozarks with different ideals, perspectives, and life goals. But those differences—the diversity that defines Ozarks—provide our starting point for learning and cornerstone for teaching. We take pride in our ability to include, to inquire, and to innovate. We are equally proud to teach students how to be inclusive, inquisitive, and innovative. These traits set Ozarks apart.
As students seek a campus, and as parents participate in that search, we are honored for you to consider Ozarks. We are the place where students are embraced, encouraged, empowered, and prepared for career success and life fulfillment. That is what we have done since 1834, and that is what we will do for you, I promise.
Dr. Rick Niece
University of the Ozarks