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Early Start Admission Process

Apply for Admission

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.


Otherwise, apply via the process below and remember to select Early Start within the application.

We’ve made applying to OTC a fast and easy process requiring only two steps:

  • Create your OTC account
  • Complete the OTC Application for Admission

You will need to have access to a non-OTC email account (Gmail, Yahoo, etc.) that you can use until your first semester starts, so we don’t recommend using a parent’s email or your high school email account.

If you have any problems with the application process, you can contact our Student Services staff for support during business hours.  Here is their contact information:


Phone: 417-447-6900

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

Unlike most colleges, OTC does not require you to take a placement test to determine which entry-level English and math courses you should take.  Instead, you are allowed to choose which courses are right for you.

We know this is a big decision, and we are here to help!  Check out our Guided Self Placement website to find the right courses for you.  This site will ask you some basic questions, and will then give you specific course recommendations based on your goals, skills, and motivation.

Completion of Guided Self Placement is required prior to completing Orientation – Academic Advising to help you get enrolled in the right courses.

Complete Orientation – Academic Advising

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


OPTION #1:  On-Campus Orientation:

This is our traditional, in-person orientation and advising program.  Students will complete OTC Orientation 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, including how to schedule your orientation can be found on the Orientation website.

OPTION #2: Online Orientation: 

This is the online alternative to the in-person Orientation. The Online Orientation 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.  The Online Orientation is designed for students who live out of state and are attending classes online or cannot attend our in-person Orientation due to distance or other reasons.

Ready to get started?  Start the Online Orientation

Need support during your Online Orientation? Email

Register for a Payment Plan

Early Start students are not eligible for Financial Aid.

All OTC students, regardless of how they plan to pay for their classes, must sign up for a payment plan the same day they register for classes by midnight.

Need more information?  Visit our Student Account Services Website.  This website will explain the process, provide instructions to complete your payment plan, show you payment due dates, and provide contact information if you need assistance.

Bottom line – if you don’t sign up for your payment plan the same day you register for your classes, we will cancel your registration and you will need to register again.

Purchase Textbooks

Every class begins with a good book.  OTC is providing books in two ways – AutoAccess and traditional textbooks.  Our AutoAccess program has saved OTC students over 3.4 million dollars in its first year!

If your class provides course materials through the AutoAccess program, you will see that on the course description when you register for the class.  Those materials will automatically be loaded into your course canvas site before the course sites, and the charges will automatically be added to your OTC student account.

Course materials can be viewed through your personalized Booklist.  Supplies and printed course materials can be purchased In-Store OR ordered online for Campus Pick-Up or Ship to Home.

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