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OTC requires all new students attend the Student Advising & Registration (STAR) seminar. We strongly recommend students transferring to OTC attend as well.

During your STAR seminar you will learn:

  • What programs of study OTC offers
  • What classes are needed for your program of study and the order to take them
  • How to access resources for self-placement
  • How to create your education plan
  • How to schedule and register for classes
  • How to set-up payment for your classes

You will also have an opportunity to get your picture taken for your OTC SmartCard before or after the seminar.

Looking for an online alternative to STAR? Click here to learn more about Distance Advising.

Schedule Your STAR

Springfield: 417-447-6907
Springfield – Veteran Students: 417-447-7840
Richwood Valley: 417-447-7727
Table Rock: 417-447-8921
For Individual Advising at:

Republic: 417-447-7800
Waynesville: 417-447-6617
Ft. Leonard Wood: 417-447-7431


How do I schedule my STAR seminar?

To schedule your STAR seminar in myOTC:

  1. Login to myOTC
  2. Select ‘Getting Started’ from the left-hand menu
  3. Select ‘STAR Registration’

To schedule your STAR seminar by phone:

  • Springfield: 417-447-6907
  • Springfield – Veteran Students: 417-447-7840
  • Richwood Valley: 417-447-7727
  • Table Rock: 417-447-8921

For individual advising at:

  • Republic: 417-447-7800
  • Lebanon: 417-532-5044
  • Waynesville: 417-447-6617
  • Ft. Leonard Wood: 417-447-7431

What if I am unable to visit an OTC location in person?

What is Distance Advising?

Distance Advising is the online alternative to the Student Advising and Registration (STAR) seminar. Distance Advising is delivered through OTC’s online learning system called Canvas. Distance Advising is self-paced and students are required 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.

How Do I begin Distance Advising?

To self-enroll in Distance Advising, visit the Distance Advising webpage. If you are unable to self-enroll, please email from your OTC student email for assistance.

Do I have to schedule an appointment for my STAR seminar?

Yes. You must schedule appointments in advance.

What should I do to prepare for my STAR seminar?

Complete the Pre-STAR Assignment, which consists of five important questions you should consider before attending your STAR seminar.

What should I bring to my STAR seminar?

Bring your photo ID (driver’s license, etc), self-placement results, and myOTC login information. We’ll provide everything else.

Where will my STAR seminar take place?

OTC holds STAR seminars in computer classrooms. After you schedule your appointment, you will receive an email confirmation with a campus map indicating your check-in location.

What if I am undecided on a college major or unsure of a career path?

When you arrive at your STAR seminar, an advisor will ask you which program of study you will pursue at OTC.  If you are an undecided student, we suggest completing an online career assessment before scheduling your STAR seminar.

Where can I park on campus?

Parking is open at OTC. Therefore, you are welcome to park in any of our lots.

Should I arrive early to my STAR seminar for check-in?

Yes. We ask that you arrive 15 minutes before the start of your STAR seminar to get checked in. Please allow extra time for parking and to locate the computer classroom. Your STAR seminar will begin promptly. Advisors will ask latecomers to reschedule.

How long will my STAR seminar last?

STAR seminars last approximately two hours and 30 minutes.

Can my friends and family accompany me to my STAR seminar?

STAR seminars have limited seating for students only. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

What are other students saying about their STAR experiences?

  • “Today’s session was a great way to secure myself in the environment. Coming to OTC today made me feel less insecure. The session made me more confident in my choice to attend OTC. The advisors were all nice, friendly and helpful. I look forward to attending OTC in the upcoming fall.”
  • “Anytime I had a question, I never felt like I was interrupting. I didn’t feel like any question was stupid. They were very friendly and helpful.”
  • “As a former student, I honestly didn’t understand everything provided in AccessOTC. So, the seminar helped open resources to me this time around.”
  • “I didn’t realize going to college was this in depth to get started. I would have been really lost if it wasn’t for the STAR session.”
  • “In my opinion, the whole session was very very helpful. The presenters were extremely clear about how to navigate MyOTC. I feel confident that now I have a solid grasp of how OTC works and I am excited about the experience.”
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