Ozarka College, located in Melbourne, Arkansas, is a two-year public community college that offers a range of associate degrees, certificates, and workforce development programs. Founded in 1975, the college has expanded its educational reach to include campuses in Ash Flat, Mountain View, and Mammoth Spring. The main campus in Melbourne provides a quaint, intimate setting in the rural Ozarks, with natural beauty and outdoor activities nearby. Ozarka College is known for its programs in Nursing, Culinary Arts, and Aviation Science, reflecting a vocational and technical emphasis tailored to regional employment needs. While the college maintains a comparatively open admissions policy, it places a strong emphasis on accessible post-secondary education for all members of the community. Ozarka does not offer on-campus housing, instead serving a largely commuter student body. Little Rock, the closest major city, is approximately 120 miles away, ensuring that students benefit from a serene learning environment away from the hustle of metropolitan distractions.
Ozarka College has an open admission policy which permits enrollment by any high school graduate or GED holding student. 460 students are enrolled on a full time basis, and 523 attend part time. In-state tuition for 2022/2023, excluding room and board, is $2,790 plus fees of $930.