America's Top College Hotels

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Jim Lersch

College towns make great weekend getaways, and these hotels near campus get our top scores.

The Keeter Center at College of the Ozarks, Branson, MO

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Every student at this 1,500-student Christian college, nicknamed “Hard Work U,” graduates debt-free by working 15 hours a week. Those at the Keeter Center run a 15-room lodge in a 99,000-square-foot timber building of vaulted ceilings and towering stonework—which students also built. Culinary arts trainees serve you breakfast in bed, while outside your window, agriculture students milk the college’s mooing herd. And when you come downstairs, kids will scoop you ice cream churned in the campus dairy or sell fruitcake from the campus bakery. Besides experiencing life on a virtual academic commune, here’s another reason to stay here: it’s 10 minutes from the concert halls of Branson. keetercenter.edu

—Jason Cochran

America's Top College Hotels

The Keeter Center at College of the Ozarks, Branson, MO

Every student at this 1,500-student Christian college, nicknamed “Hard Work U,” graduates debt-free by working 15 hours a week. Those at the Keeter Center run a 15-room lodge in a 99,000-square-foot timber building of vaulted ceilings and towering stonework—which students also built. Culinary arts trainees serve you breakfast in bed, while outside your window, agriculture students milk the college’s mooing herd. And when you come downstairs, kids will scoop you ice cream churned in the campus dairy or sell fruitcake from the campus bakery. Besides experiencing life on a virtual academic commune, here’s another reason to stay here: it’s 10 minutes from the concert halls of Branson. keetercenter.edu

—Jason Cochran

Jim Lersch
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