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Early Start Admission Process

Apply for Admission

Complete the free application online. Remember to select Early Start.

If you are a returning student with an OTC username and password, use your OTC email to contact and request your account is changed to Early Start.

Request Official Transcripts

College Transcripts
If you previously completed college credit (including dual credit), contact all previously attended colleges to have official transcripts sent to OTC:

Admissions Office
Ozarks Technical Community College
1001 E. Chestnut Expressway
Springfield, MO 65802

Click here to see how college credits from another institution transfer to OTC.

High School Transcripts
If you are currently in high school, send your transcript after graduation.

Guided Self-Placement

Guided Self-Placement is an alternative to timed placement tests like the ACT; it may be a more effective mechanism for placement in English, math and reading courses related to student experiences, interests, and goals.

With the help of our Self-Placement Guidelines, it is the student’s responsibility to decide which English, math and reading courses are best.  It is important that you make an informed and wise choice about placement.

Complete the process  via the button below prior to registering in classes.

Complete Orientation – Academic Advising

Before registering for classes, students participate in Orientation. Students can choose from one of the following options to complete this step.

To assist with your college and/or career-choice decisions, we recommend exploring the free Academic and Career Exploration (ACE) services before participating in one of the options below.

If you have difficulty registering either option, use your OTC email to contact and request your account is updated to Early Start.

Option 1: On-Campus Advising

Students complete Orientation on campus in small groups with support from our trained professional staff Academic Advisors.  Our Advisors will walk each group through all the steps in the enrollment process for the upcoming term.  This is the way the majority of our students complete their initial registration and is required for first-time college students.  More detailed information on OTC Orientation can be found on the Orientation website. To schedule an in-person Orientation,  call 417-447-6907.

Option 2: Distance Advising

Distance Advising is the online alternative to the in-person Orientation. Distance Advising is delivered through OTC’s online learning system called Canvas, is self-paced, and requires students to work through seven steps and have their course plans reviewed by an Academic Advisor before being released to register for their first semester at OTC.  Distance advising is designed for students who live out of state and are attending online or cannot attend our in-person Orientation due to distance or other reasons.

Ready to get started?  Enroll in Distance Advising

Need distance advising support, email

Register for a Payment Plan

Now that you know how to view and select class(es) after participating in Academic Advising, the next step is to let us know how you will pay for class(es) through My Payment Plan.

Successful completion of this step finalizes enrollment in the class(es) selected. Remember, students who do not complete the My Payment Plan step after selection of class(es) are not enrolled and class options are subject to change until this steps is complete. 

Note: Early Start students are not eligible for Financial Aid. Payment arrangements must be made each semester.

Purchase Textbooks

For required textbooks and materials information, log in to myOTC, select the graduation hat on the left-hand menu, Bookstore Materials, select correct semester, and then View Books. Course materials for some courses may list “AutoAccess,” use the button below to learn more.  Students who set up a MyPay Monthly Payment Plan may charge textbooks and materials to their student account.

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