Student Advising and Registration (STAR)
STAR is a required, classroom style seminar for all new students attending OTC. It is strongly recommended for students transferring to OTC to attend as well.
You will learn:
- What Program of Studies OTC Offers
- What Classes are Needed for Your Program of Study and the Order to Take Them in
- How to Access Resources for Self-placement
- How to Create Your Education Plan
- How to Schedule and Register for Your Classes
- How to Set-up Payment for Your Classes
You will also have an opportunity to get your picture taken for your OTC SmartCard at the OTC Bookstore following the seminar.
What should I do to prepare for my STAR seminar?
Complete the Pre-STAR Assignment, which consists of five important questions you should consider the answers to before attending your STAR seminar.
What if I am undecided on a college major or unsure of a career path?
When you arrive at your STAR seminar, you will be asked which program of study you will be pursuing at OTC and then advised accordingly. If you are an undecided student, you should complete an online career assessment before scheduling your STAR seminar.
What if I'm a transfer student or high school student taking dual credit classes and my final grades are not posted? Do I still have to provide an official college transcript with "in progress" grades in order to register for STAR?
Transfer students may register for classes without all official transcripts on file their first semester at OTC. However, all official transcripts must be received prior to registering for 2nd semester classes at OTC.
Once final grades are posted, you will submit the updated official college transcript(s) for final evaluation by the Office of the Registrar.
Do I have to schedule an appointment for my STAR seminar?
Yes, appointments must be scheduled in advanced.
When can I schedule my STAR seminar?
You can schedule your STAR seminar after the following admission steps have been completed:
- You have submitted an admission application to OTC.
- You have completed orientation.
- It’s strongly suggested we receive all official college transcripts before hand; however, transcripts are not required.
How do I schedule my STAR seminar?
Call the corresponding number to the campus you plan on attending in order to schedule your STAR seminar.
Springfield Campus: 417-447-6944
Richwood Valley Campus: 417-447-7727
Table Rock Campus: 417-447-8920
Where will my STAR seminar take place?
STAR seminars are held in computer classrooms. After you schedule your appointment, you will receive an email confirmation with a campus map indicating the room location.
Where can I park on campus?
Parking is open at OTC, and 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. Latecomers will be asked to reschedule.
What should I bring to my STAR seminar?
Bring your photo ID (driver’s license, etc), and we’ll provide everything else.
How long will my STAR seminar last?
STAR seminars last approximately 2 hours and 30 minutes, so please make arrangements accordingly.
Can my friends and family accompany me to my STAR seminar?
Due to limited seating in computer classrooms, your family, friends and children will not be able to attend the STAR seminar with you. We apologize for an 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.”
Questions? Feel free to contact us at 417-447-6944 for Springfield, 417-447-7727 for Richwood Valley or 417-447-8920 for Table Rock.