First-Year Students

First-Year Students

enroll steps  

​​​First year studentHere are the steps to getting started:

  • Complete your FREE application on line 
    • No essays
    • No application fee
    • 10-15 minutes to complete
  • Submit your official high school transcript or GED.
    • Your high school transcript can be used to place you out of certain coursework or in to higher coursework*
  • For students transferring, submit all previous college t​ranscripts.
    • In order for students to receive credit for prior coursework, we need official transcripts on file.
  • Meet with an Academic Advisor in The Gateway to help answer any questions y ou may have.
    • Your Academic Advisor will be your guide throughout your collegiate career with COTC
  • Take  the ACCUPLACER assessment to identify which courses you should take.  ACT/SAT scores or college credit may waive this requirement.
    • We encourage students to prepare for the ACCUPLACER assessment. Visit to access resources to ensure you put your best foot forward when taking the ACCUPLACER assessment.
  • Attend a New Student Orientation and register for your classes! 
    • During orientation, you will learn about the resources your campus offers you to be successful and register for your COTC classes.
    • See upcoming orientation dates here .

Have questions? Please contact us at one of our four campus locatio ns (see interactive map below) or email us at:

Upcoming Semester Starts:

Summer Semester - May 14, 2018

Autumn Semester - August 21, 2018

Spring Semester - January 7, 2019