Christian values. Character. Hard work. Financial responsibility. These comprise the fundamental building blocks of the "Hard Work U." experience. C of O is committed to its founding mission of providing quality, Christian education to those who are found worthy, but lack resources to obtain such training. Instead of paying tuition, students work campus jobs in exchange for a tuition scholarship. Upon complete participation in the Work Education Program, the College guarantees to meet the entire tuition cost of for students, allowing them the opportunity to graduate debt-free. The College openly discourages debt and does not participate in loan programs. Students with the highest levels of financial need may work during the summer when class is not in session to pay for room and board.
There is no evidence the College of the Ozarks advocates anti-racism or critical race theory or that students are subject to any required diversity training. The College does not post resources supporting these practices or ideas.