Welcome to Ozarks!

Rich Dunsworth, PresidentHello and welcome to the University of the Ozarks. I hope you will take a few minutes to explore our site.

As you do, you will find that Ozarks is a place of firsts…the first University in the state to admit women (1871), the first University in the state to confer a degree on an African American (1959), the first University in the state to racially integrate athletics (1963), and the first University in the nation to create a program specifically designed for students with learning disabilities (1971) – now named the Jones Learning Center. Ozarks has indeed been a trendsetter in higher education. As a matter of fact, Ozarks can trace its roots back to 1834, making the University the oldest institution of higher education in Arkansas and one of the oldest west of the Mississippi River.

The University of the Ozarks continues to push boundaries, whether culturally (more than 10 percent of our students are from outside of the United States) or in leadership (Ozarks Outdoors offers students the opportunity to obtain leadership skills and personal confidence while experiencing the picturesque nature of Northwest Arkansas) or athletically (nearly 45 percent of the incoming freshman class plans to participate in intercollegiate athletics).

Your intellectual boundaries will be pushed, prodded, challenged and expanded by an amazing faculty from 33 academic disciplines who have been educated around the world, but choose to call Ozarks home. I hope you check us out. Visit campus and explore what it is like to be part of a University with 180 years of history.

Richard L. Dunsworth, JD

Rich Dunsworth and family