What documentation is required for admission?
A non-U.S. citizen is required to submit one of the following
- Permanent Resident Card
- Asylee or Refugee documentation
- I-94 Form
- I-797 Notice of Deferred Action from USCIS (approval notice)
- Visa or Passport showing visa status.
- Visa status may impact whether a student can enroll
full-time or part-time and restrict enrollment in some
- Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA) – Employment
All documentation must be submitted to the Gateway – Student
Records office. Documentation must be submitted in person so a
copy from the original can be made. If you want to submit
documentation electronically, they must be notarized to verify
Does COTC accept any visa?
COTC is not approved by the U.S. Department of Justice,
Immigration and Naturalization Services to issue I-20s or accept
students seeking admission through an international student visa
Individuals with valid non-immigrant visa status in the United
States may be permitted to enroll. This includes, but is not
limited to, F-2, E-2, H1B, J-2, L-2, J-1, H2B, etc., as well as
individuals under the Temporary Protected Status (TPS).
For a complete list of visas and eligibility to enroll, review
the Immigration and Customs Enforcement document “Nonimmigrants:
Who Can Study.”
Do I need to submit my international high school and/or college
Yes, students need to submit their international high school
and/or college transcript for the following reasons:
- Consideration for admission into a selective health program.
- Potential transfer credit opportunities.
- Demonstrate completion of pre-requisites.
- Financial aid eligibility (if applicable).
Do I need to have my international high school and/or college
transcripts evaluated (and why)?
Yes, you will need to have your international high school and/or
college transcript evaluated.
- Students applying to a selective health program must submit
- Students who would like credit evaluated for potential
placement for Biology, Chemistry, English and Math must
- A course-by-course evaluation of high school
transcripts with GPA (for pre-college course waivers).
- Course-by-course evaluation of college transcripts
(for transfer credit).
- If the high school transcript includes college credit,
request the evaluator to provide separate evaluation of high
school and college courses.
- For all other programs, submit general evaluations of
- A general evaluation of high school transcript with GPA.
- A general evaluation of college transcripts with GPA; if
transfer credit is requested, a course-by-course evaluation
with GPA will be required.
- General evaluations are known as general reports or
- Course-by-course evaluations are known as Detail Report,
Course Analysis, or Detailed Evaluation.
- Transcript evaluations can take several weeks to be fully
processed. Start the process early.
- Most evaluators offer a rush delivery evaluation for an
- Before sending documents to an evaluator, visit their website
to learn more about the process, prices, and documents required.
Where do I have my international transcripts evaluated?
Any National Association of Credential Evaluation Services
(NACES) current member can be used for transcript evaluation.
COTC has partnered with SpanTran, a NACES member, to simplify the
request process for applicants. To request a transcript
evaluation through SpanTran, please submit the SpanTran
Application for COTC.
Visit www.naces.org/members to view
a list of current members eligible to evaluate transcripts.
Please review each agency for details on prices, timeline, and
documentation requirements. Some agencies will accept copies of
transcripts, but others will require official transcripts to be
sent directly from the school, college, or university you
What if I can’t get my transcript?
Students who are unable to get their transcripts due to
conditions within the country where the institution is located
are encouraged to contact the Embassy and request a statement
that transcripts are not obtainable.
Students also have the option to take the GED to establish high
school diploma equivalency.
Can I apply for financial aid?
Contact Student Financial Services at email@example.com
You can also visit
to learn about whether you might be eligible for federal
How do I apply to COTC?
Visit the Steps to Enroll to get
started for instructions on how to start your application for
admission. Please note that applications are due at least one
week prior to the start of the semester in which you plan to
enroll. If you need to have your international high school and/or
transcripts evaluated, please allow extra time for processing.
Who do I contact if I have any questions?
You are encouraged to schedule an appointment with an admission
representative. You can schedule online at go.cotc.edu/admissionsappointment.
Or if you have a quick question, you can call 740.366.9222 or
Where can I get support with English as a Second Language (ESL)?
COTC partners with the Career and Technology Education
Centers of Licking County (C-TEC) to provide ESL classes
at no cost. ESL classes are available at COTC’s Pataskala Campus
and at C-TEC in Newark.
For more information, visit c-tec.edu/page/esol