Admissions Resources

This page includes video presentations, helpful links, and other resources for assisting students as they start their journey as an OTC Eagle.

In this short overview video, Admissions Representative Mackenzie Steelman-Wilson discusses reasons to love OTC, programs of study, financial aid, and the admissions process.

OTC Overview

Download the PowerPoint presentation used in the video: OTC Overview Presentation

OTC offers in-person campus tours Monday through Friday at 9 a.m. and 2 p.m.

To get signed up, fill out the online Tour Request form.

Although OTC is not currently hosting group tours, we are more than happy to provide a live virtual tour for groups of students. To sign up for a virtual group tour, email tour@otc.edu.

OTC offers free workshops and assessments that help students discover more about their values, interests, skills, personality, and strengths. This will enable them to make better informed decisions when choosing an academic major or a career.

Career Coach is an online resource designed to help students find the right career through a short assessment and career options database that matches careers with degrees and certificates available at OTC.

Career Coach allows students to browse careers and provides them with relevant data on wages, employment, and training they need. Completion of the Career Coach assessment is highly recommended prior to completing STAR/orientation.

Take the Career Coach assessment

Students are encouraged to connect with the Career Services department for help career exploration, planning, and advice on how to get the job they want. Set up an appointment by emailing careerservices@otc.edu or calling (417) 447-6964.

Visit the Career Services webpage for more information.

In this video, Director of Student Recruitment Jordan Schreiber provides a walkthrough tutorial for account creation and the OTC application for admission.

How to Apply to OTC

*New for the 2020-2021 school year*

OTC now assigns every applicant a personal admissions representative. Two days after a student applies, they will hear from their admissions representative who will walk them through the entire admissions process. Students will no longer have to wonder to who to call or email for assistance. Their representative will be proactively checking in on them to make sure they have all the tools they need to succeed and get connected to the right resources.

Due to COVID-19, we are offering two different options for incoming students to complete their required orientation.  Students are encouraged to select the option they are most comfortable completing.  Incoming students do not need to complete both options.

OPTION #1: 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, 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.

Ready to get started?  Enroll in Distance Advising

Need distance advising support, email distanceadvising@otc.edu

OPTION #2:  On-Campus Student Advising and Registration (STAR):

This is our traditional, in-person summer advising program with a COVID-19 Twist.  Students will complete STAR in small groups with social distancing and masks required.  Advisors will walk each group through all the steps in the enrollment process for the upcoming term.  More detailed information on our STAR seminars can be found on the STAR website.

This summer, all STAR scheduling is being done by phone.  To schedule an In-Person STAR, please contact the appropriate location:

Springfield Campus:  417-447-6907

Springfield – Veteran Students:  417-447-7840

Richwood Valley Campus:  417-447-7727

Table Rock Campus:  417-447-8921

Lebanon Center:  417-532-5044

Waynesville Center:  417-774-5061

Republic Center:  Contact the Springfield Campus

Students who have completed STAR or an orientation with their Admissions Representative may still find themselves needing assistance with semester planning.

Students can schedule an appointment to meet with an Academic Advisor or their assigned Navigator via Zoom, phone, email, or in-person.

Registration for summer and fall 2021 will begin at midnight on Tuesday, April 20th.

For assistance with registration, students can visit any OTC location or reach out to their assigned Admissions Representative.

Registration is not complete until the student has completed a payment plan. Payment plans are required of all students, even if the student expects that their entire balance will be covered by financial aid.

Payment plans must be completed by midnight of the same day that a student registers for classes. Students who do not complete the payment plan the same day they register will be dis-enrolled from their courses.

To sign up for a payment plan, click on the Students Accounts section in the myOTC homepage.