New to College
Steps to Getting Started

New to College

Welcome to the OCC community! We are so pleased you have chosen to make OCC the school where you will pursue your educational journey. We offer tremendous academic and social experiences, and we have a dedicated faculty and professional staff willing to help you maximize your time at any of our five campuses.

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Become a Student at OCC

The following steps will guide you through the process of becoming a student at OCC.

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Step 1: Complete online application

Go to apply. Complete the Profile and Application forms. Confirmation emails are sent when the application is received and again when processed. Please allow two (2) business days for processing.

NOTE: After submitting your application, refresh your Admission Profile. You will see a tab called Supplemental Items & Documents. This area will allow you to upload optional and/or required documents.

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Step 2: Set up your MyOCC account

When your application is processed you will receive two separate emails - One with your OCC Student ID number along with a link to retrieve your username from Admissions and a second email from Online Services with your Temporary Password

MyOCC is where you will access your student email account, pre-registration steps, register for classes, payment information, and more.

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Step 3: New student orientation - online

You must complete New Student Orientation before you register for classes. To access orientation, log into MyOCC and select New Student Orientation under the Pre-Registration Steps card. You ONLY have to complete the New Student Orientation and a brief Student Survey at the end. While there are also many Student Lingos that are informative, they are NOT required.

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Step 4: Online Learning Readiness Course

The Online Learning Readiness Course is required before you can register for any online or hybrid classes. Log into MyOCC and select Online Learning Readiness Course under the Pre-Registration Steps card.

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Step 5: Complete your FAFSA (if applicable)

Award letter and status of your application may be found in MyOCC under the Financial Aid card. Check for important deadlines.

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Step 6: Mandatory Placement for English, ESL and Math 

ENGLISH: You MUST take OCC’s English Placement unless you have a recent SAT/ACT score or qualify for one of the other exemptions.

ENGLISH SECOND LANGUAGE (ESL):  You are REQUIRED to complete Duolingo for placement.

MATH: Take the ALEKS Math Placement unless you have a recent SAT/ACT score or qualify for one of the exemptions.

NOTE: Do not take ALEKS unless you plan on registering for a math class within a year of testing as the results expire.

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Step 7: Meet with a counselor

Make the most of your counseling appointment. OCC now requires Mandatory Counseling for all incoming first-time college students. Complete your application and placement before coming in! Call for an appointment with a counselor at one of the campuses or set up a ZOOM meeting!


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Step 8: Register for classes via MyOCC

Log into MyOCC and select the Student Planning card. Click on the Plan your Degree & Register for Classes option to search and register for classes.

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Step 9: Pay your bill

You can pay via:

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Step 10: Get The One card

The One Card is your Official OCC Student ID. It serves as your Student ID, Library Card, and Copy/Print Card for Bookstore and Cafe purchases. Your first card is free, replacement cards cost $10. Your official OCC Student ID will be mailed to the address on file with the college.

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Step 11: Buy your books

You can order and have your books delivered from the OCC Booktore. The OCC Bookstore provides competitive comparisons to get your books!