VISITING STUDENT CHECKLISTS

If you are currently enrolled at another college or university and plan to take a limited number of courses at OTC without entering a specific academic program, you are a Visiting Student. Visiting Students are always non degree-seeking and are not eligible for Financial Aid. There are a few differences between the application and registration processes for Visiting Students and full-time students. For example, Visiting Students will need to mark themselves on their applications as non-degree seeking applicants. This checklist will help you navigate these processes to make your visit as easy as possible. It will also help you access resources you may not have thought to look for such as your OTC E-mail and emergency notifications. If you have any questions not answered here, please contact us. We hope your time at OTC is productive and enjoyable.

APPLY TO OTC

Your first step to becoming a visiting student is to apply for admission to OTC.  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

When the application asks for your Program of Study (Major), please select Non-Degree or NA.GED.  This allows you to attend OTC for a semester as a non-degree seeking, visiting student.  You can enroll in most classes without meeting prerequisites, but you won’t be eligible for any financial aid.  Check out our Student Types website for more information.

Are you ready?

Now that you have been admitted to OTC, we will be sending information regarding the steps on your admissions checklist to your non-OTC email address.  However, information about your classes and your academic record can only be sent to your OTC email address.

Like all colleges and universities, OTC considers e-mail the “official” form of communication with students.  We may also call or text you, but the most important information will be sent to your OTC email address.  Now is a great time to get access to your OTC email so you can start checking it daily and not miss any important messages!

REGISTERING FOR CLASSES

Some visiting students know exactly what course they need to take at OTC and know how to register.  However, other visiting students could use some help finding the right class, building their schedule, and registering.  Let’s face it, this stuff gets complicated!  Good news – you have options, and we are here to help!

Your Options:

  • Know what class you need and how to schedule? Move on to “Register for Classes”!
  • Know what class you need, but could use some instructions to register? Visit our online registration guides.  Click on “myOTC Guides”, then check out the step-by-step instructions.
  • Not sure where to start? Schedule an advising appointment with an Admissions Rep  One of our Admissions staff will be glad to walk you through how to find the class you need in the “student planning” area of myOTC, can help you determine if you are picking the right class, and can explain how to register and sign up for your payment plan.  They can even show you how to get to your OTC email and how to find your class in Canvas.  If you have access to a laptop or desktop computer, Zoom appointments are recommended so the Admissions Rep can see your screen and walk you through the process.  Phone and on-campus appointments are also available.

As a visiting student, you are allowed to register for classes as soon as you receive your admission email within minutes of applying to OTC.

Not sure how to register?  Check out our online registration guides.  Once you have built your schedule, you are ready to click that “REGISTER” button!

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 start the process over.

BEFORE CLASSES START

The first step after applying to OTC was to start using your OTC email.  Have you checked it lately?  We send first-time OTC students important emails regarding their financial aid, scholarships, payment plan, registration, and other campus information before classes start to their OTC email address.

If you haven’t done it yet, now is the time!!  Don’t miss out on important information.  Start checking your OTC email!

Do you have the technology you need to start classes?  A smart phone can definitely be helpful, but it is not the best educational tool!  All OTC campus locations have open computer labs, and we encourage you to use them.   Experienced students tell us it is difficult to complete assignments on time without easy access to a personal laptop or home computer connected to reliable, high speed internet access.  Be sure you have the technology tools you need to be successful.

Do you need the recommended computer specs before you buy?  Check out our Student Computer Recommendations website.

Looking for a good deal on technology?  Try the OTC Bookstore!  Starting in Fall 2020, the full price of a laptop can be charged to your OTC student account.

Driving to campus?  Unlike many colleges, OTC does not require students to purchase a parking permit, but please make sure to register your vehicle with OTC Safety and Security before the semester starts!  Registering your vehicle allows OTC Safety and Security to contact you in the event of an emergency, incident, or accident involving the vehicle.

OTC Safety and Security provide many services for students including escorting students to their vehicles in the evening, jumpstarting vehicles, responding to medical emergencies, and more.  For more information about OTC Safety and Security, visit our Safety and Security website.

Add Safety and Security to your Phone!

If you ever need to contact Safety and Security, it would be good to have it as a contact on your phone!  Here are the phone numbers for the Safety and Security office at each of our campus locations:

  • Springfield Campus:417-447-6911
  • Richwood Valley Campus: 417-447-7861
  • Table Rock Campus: 417-447-8943
  • Lebanon Center: 417-447-6689
  • Republic Center: 417-447-7418
  • Waynesville Center: 417-447-6640

Now that you have registered for classes, you may want to learn more about campus.  Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, we have moved to an online tour format.  Visit our Campus Tours Website to learn more about all the OTC campuses and centers.

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

If your class provides course materials through the Auto Access 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.

If your course requires printed course materials, you can purchase them online through the OTC bookstore.  We even offer a tool where you can compare prices with online retailers before making your purchase.  To get started, visit our OTC Bookstore Online.

Wouldn’t it be great if all the important academic, financial aid, and payment dates were all in one place?  We thought so too, so we built a Student Academic Calendar!   Want to know what’s happening this week at OTC?  Check out the College Calendar of Events!

If there is an emergency on campus, or we have a snow day, you will probably want to know!  The easiest way to be alerted regarding campus closings or emergencies is to sign up for emergency notifications.

You can sign up in myOTC on the OTC Emergency Notification page.

Let’s face it – college is hard!  You may run into roadblocks during your time at OTC, but we’ve got your back!  Check out our Student Support Services website.  You can schedule an appointment with various offices, call someone for immediate assistance, or explore all the different offices and services we offer OTC students.  We also have live chat operators on most of our websites, and OBot, our virtual assistant, can answer many of your questions.

Instructors at OTC use Canvas to post important class announcements, course materials, assignments, and grades. Online courses are run entirely through canvas.

Canvas sites for each course open 3-5 days prior to the start of that course so you can go in and look around.  Some students will read through the syllabus and get a feel for the course before it even starts!  Others wait until the first day of classes, which is ok too.  You can access your course canvas site in myOTC by clicking on the Canvas link at the top of the page, or by logging directly into canvas on the myOTC login page.

Need Canvas support?  We’ve got you covered!  Just visit our OTC Online Department.

AFTER MY CLASS IS OVER

If you have finished your OTC classes and want to transfer them to another college or university, or if you need to send your official transcript to an employer, you will need to request an Official OTC Transcript.  Official Transcripts can be ordered by following the instructions on our Transcript Requests website.

Just want an unofficial copy of your OTC transcript for your own records, or want to see what it looks like?  While other colleges and universities will NOT accept an unofficial transcript, you can view and print one in myOTC on your Unofficial Transcript page.

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