Provost Search: About University of the Ozarks

University of the Ozarks was founded in 1834 and is a fully accredited, private, undergraduate university directly connected with the Presbyterian Church (USA).

With an enrollment nearing 600 students and an endowment of $97 million, the University proudly provides access to an economically and academically diverse student base from 20 states and 10 countries. Its picturesque 30-acre campus lies in a vibrant natural setting at the foot of the scenic Ozark Mountains in Clarksville, Arkansas, approximately 100 miles west of Little Rock and 60 miles east of Fort Smith.

University of the Ozarks has consistently been rated among the top institutions of higher education in the region by publications and surveys such as U.S. News & World Report, National Survey of Student Engagement, and The Chronicle of Higher Education's Great Colleges to Work For. The University's comprehensive academic program includes more than 60 majors, minors and pre-professional programs, and its small class sizes and faculty-to-student ratio allow us to deliver on our primary focus, the education of our students and their post graduate success.

Our uniquely supportive, academically successful and challenging environment attract a freshman cohort with an average high school core GPA of 3.4 and an average ACT composite of 23. Full and part-time faculty are dedicated to the mission of learning, service, and empowering students for their unique callings with seventy-six percent of full-time faculty holding terminal degrees. Faculty and staff actively engage students to both learn and practice Christian values, while respecting individual beliefs, to prepare those who seek to live life fully.