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Rankings and Accreditations

Rankings and Accreditations

University of the Ozarks is consistently ranked in U.S. News & World Report’s yearly edition of America’s Best Colleges.

Rankings are not our goal; however, they are a fruit of the hard work being done. We are proud of our accomplishments.


“The university is committed to its mission, ‘True to our Christian heritage, we prepare students from diverse religious, cultural, educational and economic backgrounds to live life fully. Receiving the No 1 ranking of ‘Great Schools, Great Prices’ is wonderful recognition of the work being done to deliver on the mission and to prepare students to live life fully. Our graduates will live and work in an ever increasingly diverse, multicultural and multinational world. We believe creating a multinational campus in the Natural State is not only a great extension of our mission, but it’s also preparing our students to be able to compete in a global economy.”

U of O President Richard Dunsworth

The publication’s 12 -state South Region consists of primarily undergraduate colleges and universities in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Georgia, Alabama, Florida, Tennessee, Kentucky, North Carolina, South Carolina, West Virginia and Virginia.


Accredited institutions must maintain compliance with the standards established by the accrediting organization in regard to institutional operations, institutional mission and purpose, governance, and academic quality, for example. Accredited institutions must participate in periodic self-assessments and review by the accrediting group to be sure high quality is maintained over time.

University Accreditation

University of the Ozarks is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

Education Program Accreditation

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The Pat Walker Teacher Education Program at University of the Ozarks is accredited by Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP), This accreditation covers initial teacher preparation programs at the University of the Ozarks. However, the accreditation does not include individual education courses that the institution offers to P-12 educators for professional development, re-licensure, or other purposes.

Programs Approved:
Elementary Education K-6
Biology (Life Science) Education 7-12
English Education 7-12
Mathematics Education 7-12
Art Education K-12
Physical Education and Health K-12
Business Education 4-12

Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation

1140 19th St NW #400
Washington, DC 20036
(202) 223-0077

AR Department of Education EPPQR Statewide Reports

University of the Ozarks EPPQR Reports

Annual Reporting Measures

Impact Measures

Impact on P-12 Learning and Development

Indicators of Teaching Effectiveness

Satisfaction of Employers and Employment Milestones

Satisfaction of Completers

Outcome Measures

Graduation Rates

Ability of completers to meet licensing requirements

Ability of completers to be hired in education positions for which they are prepared

Student loan default rates and other consumer information

Student Achievement

Retention and Graduation Rates

Outcome Measures

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