Campus News

  • Beginning July 1, 2014, there will be a $5.00 charge for each College of the Ouachitas transcript.  Students may request official transcripts by submitting a written request to the Registrar’s Office and making payment in person or by phone to the Business Office.

    On June 25, 2014, there will be a press announcement regarding the strategic alliance that has been formed between College of the Ouachitas and Robohand.  You are invited to attend the press conference where you will have the opportunity to be the first media outlet to publish the story.

    The first venture of the Robohand and College alliance is the grand opening of the Robohand Print Farm at College of the Ouachitas, the biggest print farm in the world. The print farm, under the direction of Mr. Jody Callahan, College of the Ouachitas Division Chair for Applied Sciences, will prepare and distribute 3D printed Robohand components worldwide. The print farm will have “open time” where the public can pay to have 3D prints grown, which will ensure the sustainability of the Robohand Print Farm at College of the Ouachitas to provide 3D printed Robohand components worldwide.

    During this press conference you will get first hand exposure to a limb different individual receiving their Roboarm for the first time. This life changing event should not be missed!

    You will have the opportunity after the press conference to conduct interviews with representatives of College of the Ouachitas and Robohand.
    There will be further announcements regarding a 3D Printing curriculum that will be launched at the College.

    WHAT:         Joint Press Conference with College of the Ouachitas and Robohand

    WHO:           Dr. Stephen Schoonmaker, President of College of the Ouachitas; Jody Callahan, College of the Ouachitas Division Chair Applied Sciences and 3D Printing Specialist; Richard Van As, Creator of Robohand and Leonard Nel, Communications Director Robohand

    WHEN:         Wednesday, June 25th.  Three press conferences will be held throughout the day (U.S. Central Time)—9:00 a.m., Noon, and 3:00 p.m.  The college president and Robohand representatives will be available for live TV and radio interviews immediately following the press conference.

    WHERE:        The announcement will be made on College of the Ouachitas’ campus, located at One College Circle, Malvern, Arkansas. Those travelling on I-30 East or West, take the Malvern 98-A exit, merge onto Hwy 270 West/MLK Blvd., turn left at 3rd light onto W. Moline Street, take 2nd left onto Park Drive, take 1st right onto College of the Ouachitas campus. Follow parking signs for Media Parking.

    OTHER:         College of the Ouachitas will provide a media room, complete with charging stations and refreshments. If overnight accommodations are needed, suggested hotels in Malvern are:

    Holiday Inn Express
    2660 S. River Creek Drive, Malvern, Arkansas 72104
    1-888-HOLIDAY (1-888-465-4329)

    Comfort Inn
    2320 Leopard Lane, Malvern, AR, US, 72104
    (501) 467-3300

    CONTACT:    Please RSVP for the press conferences at pr [at] by COB Monday, June 23, in order to ensure space availability.
    Amber Childers, Executive Director of College Advancement
    College of the Ouachitas
    amber [at] 

  • Summer financial aid refund checks may be picked up through this Friday, June 20, at the Business Office, 8:00am – 4:30pm.  You MUST have your student I.D AND Drivers License in order to pick up your check. The second disbursement is schedule for Friday, July 11th.

  • Caps and Gowns have arrived!! 

    Students that ordered one may visit Student Affairs between 8am-4:30pm to pick them up.    

    Graduation Practice will be Friday, May 9, at 4:00pm, at the Malvern High School Auditorium.

    Graduation is Saturday, May 10, at 2:00pm.  Graduates need to arrive no later than 1:00pm.



    Students intending to receive federal financial aid for summer enrollment MUST register for all summer classes during the Summer I enrollment period. This includes all classes for Summer I, Summer II, and Summer III. Any classes added after this date will not be considered eligible for Financial Aid.

    Students enrolled in classes for Summer I and/or Summer II, will NOT be able to receive financial aid for any Summer III class added after June 2, 2014. Financial aid regulations require enrollment for all summer terms to be established by the census date (June 2, 2014) which is the date the Financial Aid office determines aid eligibility.



    Students pre-registered in Summer I, II, and III classes will have all summer charges paid with Summer I and II aid.

    Summer I / Summer II aid eligibility will be applied to students accounts on June 10, 2014. These funds will be applied to tuition, fee, and book charges on the student account for Summer I, Summer II, and/or Summer III charges. If there are excess funds available, they will be refunded on June 13, 2014.  

    Some students who are eligible for a Financial Aid refund check may not receive their refund until the Summer III refund date, as all summer charges will be paid out of Summer I and II aid. Most students should not expect a refund until July 11, 2014.

    Students should monitor their student account and the COTO web page for complete information on Payment/Refund Information.



    Student Pell Grant awards are based on remaining eligibility for the 2013-2014 award year. This award may be adjusted downward based on student enrollment.

    Only students who have not exhausted their annual eligibility limit between the Fall and Spring semesters will be eligible for Pell Grant during the Summer 2014 semester.



    In order to be eligible for loans, students must be enrolled in at least 6 credit hours.

    To receive loans, students must have a valid Master Promissory Note and Direct Loan Entrance Counseling on file with the Financial Aid Office

    If a student borrowed loans during the Fall 2013 and/or Spring 2014 semesters and did not receive his/her maximum annual loan limit amount, he/she may be eligible to receive Direct Student Loans during the Summer 2014 semester.

    Loan eligibility cannot be determined until a student has preregistered for all summer classes.  Summer only loans must be disbursed in two payments:  June 13 2014 and July 11, 2014.  All charges will be deducted from the first loan disbursement.



    If a student was awarded summer financial aid and did not meet the Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy standards after grades have been reported for the Spring 2014 semester, summer aid will be cancelled and the student will need to make alternative arrangements to pay for his/her 2014 Summer semester tuition and fees.

    Satisfactory Academic Progress will be reviewed after the Summer 2014 terms. The Satisfactory Academic Progress policy can be found on the financial aid web page located at


    Please refer to the COTO Financial Aid web page and COTO Catalog for additional information.

    *Visiting/summer transient students are not eligible for financial aid.

  • Want to learn something new?  Join one of these evening Community Education classes at College of the Ouachitas! For more information or to register, call 501-332-0210 or 501-337-5000 or email mharper [at] Most classes are held on Monday, Tuesday or Thursday nights. Click here for a list of Community Education classes offered at College of the Ouachitas.

  • COTO will host the Spring graduation and transfer fair on Tuesday, March 4th from 10-1 in the Great Room. 

    Come by to apply for graduation, order cap and gown, and get information about transferring to complete your bachelor’s degree!

  • College of the Ouachitas will host a grand opening on Friday, February 21st, for the 3D Printer Innovation Center.  Drop by between the times of 1:00pm - 2:30pm to see it for yourself!

  • If you are a Student, Faculty or Staff Member of College of the Ouachitas you are invited to enter the Art Show.

    Art must be delivered to the COTO Library during the last week of February – 24, 25, 26, 27. Ribbon winners will be announced at a reception on March 3 at 12:15 pm. Click here for details.

  • ACT Test Prep Course will be taught at College of the Ouachitas on Tuesdays, March 4th through April 8th, from 6 - 9 p.m.  There will not be a class on March 25th due to spring break.  Cost for the course is $125.   You must register and pay before class begins on March 4th.  Click here for more information.