The University of the Ozarks was established in 1834 by Cumberland Presbyterians as Cane Hill College in Cane Hill, Arkansas. A successor college, Arkansas Cumberland College was opened in Clarksville in 1891. The institute was given its present name in 1987. Today, it is a private four year university in Clarksville, Arkansas. The 30 acre campus is located at the foot of the Ozark Mountains, on College Hill, 100 miles west of Little Rock. The university, popularly known as Ozarks, recently celebrated its 175th anniversary.
Ozarks has been ranked as a top tier college in the south region by U.S News and World Report for the past 10 years. It is the oldest university in Arkansas and one of the oldest institutions of higher education west of the Mississippi River. It is the first college in Arkansas to graduate a woman and also the first white college to admit an African-American. The University of the Ozarks' athletic teams, which are called the Eagles, compete in the NCAA Division III.
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