5.01 – Admissions Policy

A. Purpose
The administration shall establish an organizational structure to provide appropriate access for members of the community to be admitted to the College.

The Board recognizes that members of the community need a process to be admitted to the College. The administration shall provide adequate services to process student admission, within its administrative resource capacities.

B. Policy

  1. Admission to Ozarks Technical Community College is open to all individuals who can benefit from its educational programs. A focus of the College mission is on the academic, career and personal goals of the student.
  2. Ozarks Technical Community College prohibits discrimination and harassment and provides equal opportunities in its admissions, educational programs, activities, and employment regardless of race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, marital status, sexual orientation, political affiliation, veteran status, and disabilities that include HIV and AIDS, and medical conditions. Bona fide occupational qualifications will be allowed in those instances where age, gender, or physical requirements apply to the appropriate and efficient administration of the position.
  3. The Ozarks Technical Community College district is open to students if they fall within one of the recognized admissions categories/classifications, provided that the established College criteria, guidelines and procedures have been met. The College’s open enrollment policy does not apply to selective admissions programs of study, such as Allied Health programs, which have specific deadlines, prerequisites and other admissions criteria.
  4. Students should not regard enrollment out of reach because of financial need. The College is committed to assist students with College expenses to the fullest extent consistent with Federal, State, and College financial assistance regulations.

C. Procedures

  1. Admission of All Students
    All students are required to complete an admissions application.
    Students who are not currently enrolled in high school or have not earned a high school equivalency must have exceeded the age of compulsory high school attendance in the state of Missouri, to be admitted.
    Students with previous college credit are responsible for ensuring they are not taking duplicate classes. Students are encouraged to submit official transcripts to be transcribed prior to registration.
  2. Admission of First-Time and Transfer Students
    Students who have attended other colleges or universities are responsible for having an official transcript from all prior institutions submitted to the Admissions Office prior to registration for their second semester of classes.
    Students participate in the College’s established admission and enrollment process.
  3. Readmission of Former Students
    Readmission of former OTC students who have not registered for classes at the College for at least one year must complete a new admissions application.
    Former students are encouraged to participate in the College’s established admission and enrollment process.Students applying for readmission will be required to meet the curriculum requirements in effect at the time of readmission unless waived by the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs or his or her designee.Official transcripts from each institution attended since last attending the College must be submitted prior to registration for the subsequent semester of classes.
  4. Admission of High School Students
    Admission to the College is open to high school students who are at least 16 years of age and who can benefit from the instruction. Ability to benefit from the instruction may be established through an evaluation of previous education and appropriate testing. High school students may have a specialized admission process determined by the program in which they plan to participate. The number of credit hours a high school student is allowed to enroll in each semester may be restricted by the program in which they plan to participate.
    Application of college credit towards completion of a high school diploma is at the discretion of the high school.
  5. Admission of Visiting Students
    Visiting students are non-degree seeking at the College. Classes are taken while concurrently enrolled at another college or university or for personal growth and development.
    Visiting students act as their own academic advisor and are responsible for ensuring courses completed at OTC transfer to their home institution. Visiting students self-certify they meet all prerequisites for the courses in which they are enrolled.
  6. Admission of F-1 Visa Students
    International F-1 visa students may be admitted to the College. For the College to issue the I-20 the student must attend full-time (at least 12 credit hours in fall and spring semesters) and successfully complete coursework to comply with federal requirements. F-1 visa students admitted and enrolled at other United States colleges or universities may take courses at OTC on a part-time basis. All F-1 visa students must meet special admission requirements in addition to the general OTC admissions criteria.
  7. Admission of Other Non-United States Citizens
    The College is authorized to admit non-immigrant students. Certain restrictions may apply depending on which status students hold in the United States. International students may be required to submit documentation of current status with completed application for admissions.
  8. VIP Program
    Individuals who are at least 60 years of age prior to the term of enrollment and who reside within the College tax district may participate in one credit class each term, tuition-free, on a space available basis, after open registration has ended. These students must follow the general admission criteria and pay all fees and other costs (books, supplies, and lab fees, if applicable).
  9. Right to Deny Admission
    The College reserves the right to deny admission to applicants whose admission is judged to be potentially detrimental to instruction, to the safety of the College community or who in the sole judgment of the institution cannot benefit from the programs available.The College reserves the right to deny admission to a former student who has unsettled financial obligations with OTC or who has been suspended or expelled under the OTC Code of Student Conduct.All applications for admission to the College shall include questions regarding an applicant’s prior disciplinary and criminal history. If an applicant responds affirmatively, the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs or designee will review information provided by the applicant and may request additional information and a personal interview with the applicant prior to reaching a final admissions decision. The College reserves the right to deny admission or admit with restrictions based on criminal history or dismissal/suspension from another college or university for disciplinary reasons.

    Students denied admission for any reason will be provided appropriate information regarding appeal procedures.

  10. Programs with Prerequisites and/or Admission Requirements
    Some OTC programs of study have prerequisite coursework and/or admission requirements that must be completed prior to program enrollment. In most instances, these programs of study require a secondary admission process. Admission to the College does not guarantee admission to these programs of study.

D. Responsibilities

E. Definitions

F. Authority
This policy is maintained under the authority of the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs.

G. Related Policies

H. Implementation
1. Policy approved and adopted by the Board of Trustees. Revised 12/10/01, 2/22/11.
2. Purpose, procedures, responsibilities and definitions approved and adopted by the Cabinet on 1/25/11. Reviewed 10/06/15.