Campus News

  • 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 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.

  • TRiO Student Support Services will be hosting a luncheon for our participants, Wednesday, February 12th, from 12pm. – 1p.m., in the Great Room at College of the Ouachitas.  If you are a TRiO participant, please reserve your seat with Ms. Lori at 501-332-0288. For more information, click here.

  • The last day to charge books to your Financial Aid is Friday, January 31st.
    Financial Aid refunds will be disbursed on Friday, February 14th.  Refund checks will be available after 9am at the Business Office windows. Students must have Student ID and Driver's License.

  • On Thursday, January 16, around 10:00 a.m., Malvern Police Department informed the college that they were responding to a call regarding a threat of a firearm at College of the Ouachitas by an individual visiting the campus.  A search of the suspected individual and their vehicle determined that no weapons were present.  MPD removed the individual from the campus without further incident. 

    College of the Ouachitas takes situations of this nature seriously, as we place paramount importance on the safety of our students, faculty, staff and campus visitors. Situations of this nature allow college officials to evaluate and strengthen existing emergency protocols in order to assure the highest level of security for the College community.