University of the Ozarks

About University of the Ozarks

University of the Ozarks lies in the foothills of the Ozark Mountains. Founded in 1834, Ozarks was among the first coeducational schools west of the Mississippi River.

University of the Ozarks has seen many “firsts”. In 1971, the university was the first college in the nation to establish a program for students with learning disabilities. In 1963, the university, which had historically lacked diversity, graduated a person of color in 1959.

Since then, students, faculty, and staff have flocked to the Ozarks from different national and international locations, bringing with them diverse cultures, backgrounds, and beliefs.

Clarksville, Arkansas

Year Founded

In 2003, The Chronicle of Higher Education featured Ozarks in a front-page article about small colleges that revived themselves by building on the strengths of their highly personalized environments.

The University of the Ozarks was founded as the Cane Hill School, and eventually became Cane Hill College in 1852.