Greystone Prep School is now affiliated with University of the Ozarks

Frequently Asked Questions

Why is University of the Ozarks affiliated with the Greystone program?

In keeping with its high standard established for the Ozarks student body, the addition of highly motivated and highly qualified students aspiring to qualify for an appointment to a service academy is a perfect match. Greystone students excel in the academic environment created by Ozarks- small class size, courses taught by a professor, high level of academic expectation and access to additional help beyond the classroom. Ozarks and Greystone believe that a liberal arts foundation provides a strong grounding for those considering a military profession. By providing a year of intense academic experience, Greystone students are better prepared to undertake the similar scholastic rigors they will encounter once they arrive at the academy. This endeavor with Greystone is one that is well within the boundaries of Ozarks’s mission.

How does Greystone fit into University of the Ozarks?

University of the Ozarks is an accredited four-year university with an established history and reputation for academic excellence. Since Greystone students enrolled in Army ROTC and wear a uniform, they represent the military history of this institution and assimilate directly into the campus community. Greystone students attend classes with Ozarks students and are encouraged to participate in all campus organizations and activities. Greystone students are full-time Ozarks students and have access to all Ozarks facilities.

Who should apply to Greystone?

The structure, organization and oversight Greystone provides is designed for students who applied to an academy but were not accepted. Greystone also accepts students who have not applied but are willing to put forth the significant effort required to compete for an academy nomination and appointment. Students accepted into the Greystone program must first meet Schreiner’s admission requirements and be accepted to Schreiner.

What classes will Greystone students take?

To fulfill the academic requirements established by the academies, Greystone students enroll in up to 19 credit hours per semester for a total of 38 credit hours for the academic year. Greystone students complete their freshman year of college and those courses are then included into their official University transcript. Depending on the students’ previous studies, the Greystone core curriculum may include Calculus I and II, Chemistry I and II with lab, English composition I and II, American History I and II, International Political Science I and II, Economics I and II, Physics I and II, Military Science and Freshman Seminar. In the Spring Semester, students can take an elective course beyond the core curriculum. Outside of academics, Greystone students are also required to participate in daily Physical Training program, weekly Character Development and Leadership Training, Effective Communication, Ziglar Time Management Training, Schreiner intramural sports and participate in approximately 200 hours of community service. They also participate in a mandatory four-hour study hall six nights per week (Sunday through Friday). The Greystone program focuses on the three characteristics that the academies seek in outstanding candidates: academics, leadership and physical excellence. Similar to the academies, Greystone rooms are inspected daily, students live according to an Honor Code and Standards of Conduct that they write and take every SAT/ACT examination offered from August through January. The academic objective is to keep each student challenged and fully engaged while providing them with the means to excel as a Schreiner student and eventually as a cadet or midshipman at the academies. The Greystone program meets and exceeds the academy recommendation for post high school candidate who wish to reapply for their appointment.

Will Greystone students stand out from the other Ozarks students?

Greystone students enjoy the full spectrum of academic and athletic participation as well as social interaction. Greystone students not enrolled in Army ROTC do not wear uniforms, yet they are required to maintain the dress code and grooming standard while on campus. Greystone students enrolled in Army ROTC wear OCP uniforms on Tuesday and Thursday for their ROTC classes and labs. Greystone students share academic classes with non-Greystone students but attend Greystone-specific Character Development, Leadership Training and Effective Communications meetings, as well as a more rigorous physical training program on weekday mornings. All Greystone students, however, live on campus in one of the University’s apartment-style residence halls

Is it very expensive to attend Greystone at University of the Ozarks?

For academy-bound candidates, the cost of preparatory education is an investment in their future academy experience. Selecting the appropriate academy prep program results in an advantage in preparedness should the candidate earn his or her academy appointment. University of the Ozarks has made the one-year program more affordable by providing each student with a $10,000 Ozarks Merit scholarship which reduces the cost of room, board, tuition, and fees. Greystone students also pay for supplies, transportation, and other personal or miscellaneous fees and expenses. Students sponsored by the Naval Academy Foundation or the West Point Association of Graduates receive an additional scholarship to further reduce their Ozarks costs. Even though costs are reduced for Greystone students, they will enjoy complete access to all campus facilities and activities.

What happens if a Greystone student is unsuccessful after the first year at Ozarks?

The year invested in Greystone is valuable in terms of educational options. While at University of the Ozarks, Greystone students earn up to 38 college credits, which is unique to an academy prep program. Any Greystone student who does not receive an appointment has several academic options: continue at Greystone for another year in pursuit of their academy appointment; continue their college education as an Ozarks sophomore; or take their earned credit hours and transfer to another college or university as a sophomore. The bottom line is that time invested in Greystone/University of the Ozarks is not wasted – each student completes their freshman year and earns up to 38 college credits that are fully transferable toward their degree.

What are the benefits for a candidate who attends Greystone at University of the Ozarks?

A Greystone student who earns their academy appointment can elect to use their Ozarks experience to give them an advantage in one of two ways: they can choose to validate academy courses which will free their first-year academic matrix and allow it to be populated with sophomore year courses. The advantage of this option is to afford the student with the opportunity to work on special programs during their senior year (Rhodes Scholars, Owens Scholars, Trident Scholars, or a civilian master’s degree program). For those who desire to pursue a competitive career field like aviation, special forces, etc., a high-class standing is essential to the success of this venture. The majority of the class standing is determined by GPA and therefore Greystone students utilize their Ozarks academic experience when they retake those same courses at the academy for a better grade. The better grade equates to a higher GPA which translates to a higher class standing making those competitive career fields obtainable.

Can earned Ozarks credits be transferred to an academy?

Depending on the academy, some Ozarks credits are fully transferable. If credits are not transferable, the Ozarks courses Greystone students enroll in as part of the core curriculum are in-sync with the academy first year courses and therefore they provide students a significant academic advantage in terms of college-level experience which promotes improved academic success. If a student is not allowed to receive credit for their Ozarks courses, they will be allowed to validate or “test out” of courses upon arrival at the academy.

Is a Greystone student guaranteed an academy appointment after the year at Ozarks?

No academy prep school can guarantee a student an appointment – not even the prep schools supported by the academies. All students must compete for their appointments. The Greystone program, however, maximizes a student’s competitiveness and options.

How do I apply to the Greystone Program?

Students must complete an Ozarks/Greystone application. The completed application and all required documents must be forwarded to University of the Ozarks for an admission determination. Questions about admission and/or financial aid should be addressed to Mrs. Brenda Bailey at 830-896-6530.

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