10月. 28, 1834, Cumberland Presbyterian officials meet to establish Cane Hill School in Cane Hill, 阿肯色州, 费耶特维尔西南20英里处. 课程在一间两室的木屋里开始. 1859年，牧师. 方丹·理查德.R.厄尔被命名为总统. The college closes in May of 1861 as President Earle and most of the all-male student body join the Confederate army. Cane Hill is the site of a Civil War skirmish prior to the Battle of Prairie Grove. In 1864, all but one building was burned down by occupying Union troops. In 1875, 允许女性入内, 创建了阿肯色州第一所男女同校的大学, and two years later the first 5 graduates were awarded degrees. 凯恩希尔学院于1891年关闭.
9月. 8, 1891, 阿肯色州 Cumberland College is opened in Clarksville as the direct successor of Cane Hill College with F. R. 厄尔担任总裁. 它最初只有一座庄严的建筑, 坎伯兰厅, which had been the site for the first deaf school in 阿肯色州. Substantial improvement and progress in the affairs of the College, 包括一笔相当可观的捐赠, 在1906年就很明显了. By 1917 a new women’s dormitory, Grove Hall, had been constructed. 在棒球中举行了体育比赛, 足球, and basketball with various colleges and high schools throughout the state.
In 1921, the college changes its name to The College of the Ozarks after Cumberland Presbyterians merge with main body of Presbyterian Church. In 1924-25 the College was admitted to the North Central Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools. 在25岁左右，总统博士. Wiley Hurie sets out to New York City on the first fundraising campaign. 他筹集了30万美元. The money was used to finish the men’s dormitory, MacLean Hall. The 30s brought the Great Depression, but in true Ozarks style, the College persisted. In 1933, the (then) Raymond Munger Memorial Chapel was completed with the help of 50 students. 他们通过从事建筑工作来赚取学费.
In the early 1940s, during World War II, the campus was turned over to the U.S. 海军, first in training pilots under the National Civil Aeronautics Program for the Army and 海军 and later as a training school in electrical engineering and radio mechanics for the 海军. 当时海军控制着校园, The College moved down the street to the Clarksville First Presbyterian Church. Veterans return home following the war and enrollment doubles from pre-war levels. The College also established the state’s first fully accredited, 就读于40年代末的四年制药学学校.
In 1957, Ozarks is the first traditionally white college in 阿肯色州 to admit African American students. 两年后, five students became the first African Americans to earn an undergraduate degree from a predominately white college in 阿肯色州. In 1963, Sylvester Benson becomes the first African-American to play intercollegiate sports at a traditionally white college. In 1971, two years before the Federal Rehabilitation Act was passed, Ozarks establishes the first program in the country designed specifically to help students with learning disabilities at the college level – The 琼斯学习中心.
In 1975, Helen Walton was elected to the 校董会 and served on the Board for more than 20 years. Sam and Helen Walton establish the Walton International Scholarship Program in 1985 to promote free enterprise and democracy. The first Walton class arrives on campus that fall and the first graduate in 1987. Name-sake buildings on campus include the Walton Fine Arts Center and the 罗布森图书馆. 夫人. 沃顿也帮助启动了骄傲 & 承诺活动，39美元.500万美元的礼物. In 2016, mgm美高梅手机登录 received a $10 million gift from the Walton Family Foundation establishing an endowed scholarship program to assist promising students from low and middle-income families.
1987年对欧扎克来说是重要的一年. 学院更名为mgm美高梅手机登录. We also changed mascots from the Mountaineers to the Eagles.
In 1996, campus sees major changes through the $19 million Bridging the Centuries Campaign: enclosed quad, 新泉, 罗布森图书馆, 和柏柏翰商业大厦. 几栋建筑也进行了翻新. 下一个活动，六千万Pride & 承诺, raised money for new apartment style housing and Walker Hall, 现在是教育和通讯学院. In 2011, $40 million 承诺 of Excellence Campaign secured the Rogers Conference Center, 玛比健身中心及理事宿舍. 在这些年里, 欧扎克看到了一个转型的建筑, 改造, 编程, 捐款增加了近四倍.
2014-15年期间, the Raymond Munger Memorial Chapel underwent a $2 Million 改造 thanks to a gift from 夫人. 弗朗西丝·E. 威尔逊. The chapel is now known as the Munger-威尔逊 Memorial Chapel. A new Food For Thought community garden was created on campus with most of the vegetables from the garden being donated to local food banks and programs. 增加了8个新的体育项目:竞技助威, 特技, 男子摔跤, 男子和女子室内距离径赛, 男子和女子户外长跑径赛, 还有泥塑靶射击.
In 2016, the University made the decision to go test-optional. Ozarks also completed a rebranding initiative, introducing a new logo and marketing messaging. Partnership agreements were signed with two universities in France, 允许本科和研究生双学位.
In 2017, the University announced tuition will stay flat for the 5th consecutive year. Ozarks announced its latest $55 million fundraising campaign, 爬得更高, which will emphasize student scholarships as well as science and athletic facilities.