New & Returning Student Checklist

1. Apply for admission or re-admission

Complete the online OCC Application for Admissions. The admissions process is different for guest and international students.

  • Returning students - If you last attended OCC as a regular student and have registered for classes within the last three years, you may skip this first step, for your student record should still be active. If it has been more than three years or if you are uncertain, complete the online OCC Application for Admissions.


2. Submit your transcripts

In order for credits from previous colleges to be included on your OCC transcript, you must request all official transcripts be sent to:

Oakland Community College

Transcript Evaluations
2480 Opdyke Rd
Bloomfield Hills, MI 48304


3. Get help paying for college

It's important to know how you will be paying for college. Financial help is available, but you have to start early.

  • Financial Aid: The first step is to complete the FAFSA and include OCC school codes at least six months before you plan to start classes. Then visit Cost & Financial aid to see the rest of the steps you will need to take
  • School Codes are as follows;
    • 002304 - Auburn Hills
    • 002305 - Highland Lakes
    • 002306 - Orchard Ridge
    • 010442 - Royal Oak
    • E01502 - Southfield
  • Veteran Benefits: First, apply for benefits with Veterans Affairs at least six weeks before you plan to start classes. Then visit Veterans Affairs to see how to use your  veterans educational benefits at OCC.
  • Scholarships: You can apply for OCC Foundation scholarships or private scholarships. Visit scholarships for more information.

4. Take placement tests

OCC uses placement testing and transfer-course evaluation to determine a student's academic skill level.

  • New students - Most new OCC students are required to take placement tests to assess their academic skill levels in reading, writing and mathematics for appropriate course placement. ACT or SAT scores may also be submitted for assessment and course-placement purposes. New students who have attended another college or university often do not need to complete placement testing by having their official transcripts sent to OCC directly from their previous institution (see Step 2) or by bringing in unofficial copies of their transcripts for an OCC counselor to review.


  • Returning students - It is recommended that you meet with a counselor to discuss whether placement testing will be necessary. This will be determined by a review of your current educational plans, your previous OCC coursework, and courses you may have completed at another college or university.

5. Attend an orientation (optional)

It is recommended that all new students planning to earn a certificate, associate degree, or transfer to another college attend an orientation session. Based on English placement scores, a student may be required to attend an orientation.

Online orientation coming soon.

6. Meet with an OCC counselor

An OCC counselor will help you maximize your college experience by working with you to create an academic plan. If you have attended another college or university, it is a good idea to bring a copy of your unofficial transcript from each school to this meeting.

For additional information about counseling and a list of campus locations visit:


7. Register for classes

Register for classes online through MyOCC.

Detailed information about how to register is available in Admissions. Your MyOCC username is set-up when you are admitted. Your default password is the lowercase first letter of your first name, the uppercase first letter of your last name, and your 6-digit birth date (fLmmddyy).

If you have forgotten your username or password, use the links on the login page to get help.

8. Pay your bill

You must pay for your classes in full or have a college-approved financial arrangement in place by the designated payment due date noted in the Schedule of Classes. Students who do not meet the payment due date are subject to being deleted from their course registration.

You can pay your bill online or at your campus business office.

9. Get your Raider One Card

Student services (such as checking out materials in the libraries, printing and copying, and iROC Cash purchases in the Raiders’ Stores or Cafés) require an OCC Student ID Card.  After registering for credit classes, go to any Raiders’ Store to have your photo taken for your new ID card. 

Be sure to have with you a valid photo ID, such as a passport, driver's license, military identification, alien registration receipt card (with photograph) or photo ID card issued by a state or government agency. 

Or, you can upload your photo here

Guidelines and instructions are available on the Raider One Card site.

10. Buy your books

Go to your campus Raiders bookstore  or order online to purchase books. Remember to have your class schedule in order to purchase the correct books!


11. Go to class!

You are expected to attend all classes in which you are enrolled. If you don't attend or stop attending and fail to drop the class before its refund deadline, you will be responsible for all tuition and fees.
Check MyOCC to manage your course enrollment.