Steps to Enroll

Overview

Whether it is your first time in college or you are a transfer or returning student, follow our enrollment steps and before you know it, you’ll be a COTC student.

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First Step

Complete Free Application Online

Create an Application Account

Future students who have never  applied to COTC will need to create an account before they can complete an application.

First-time applicants should click on: “Not registered yet? Create an account!” (screenshot below).

Sign In Screenshot

Students who have previously applied and/or attended COTC may not need to create an account. Those students can simply sign in with their email and password.

Verify Account Creation Email

When students create an account to apply to COTC, they will be asked to verify the email they used to create the account before they can begin and complete their application.

Account Verify Email Screenshot

When the link is selected from the applicant email, the prompt below will appear. Students need to select the sign in button at the top of this form and enter the email address and password created.

Verify Email Final Step

Complete the COTC Application

Students can complete their application by signing in with their email and password. 

The COTC application is not the same as a selective healthcare application.

Students interested in healthcare programs that require selection have an additional application and steps to complete.

  • Sonography
  • Nursing
  • Radiologic Science Technology
  • Surgical Technology
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Second Step

Submit Official Transcripts

Request High School Transcripts

Students should contact their high school to request their official transcripts be sent to COTC.

Transcripts can be submitted as follows:

  • Mailed to COTC, The Gateway – Student Records, 1179 University Drive, Newark, OH 43055. 
  • Emailed directly from high school personnel to cotcrecords@mail.cotc.edu.

High school transcripts can be used to allow students to place out of certain coursework or into higher-level coursework.

Request GED and Adult Diploma Transcripts

Students who obtained a GED should request their GED transcript directly from the GED Transcript Request Service

Students who earned an Adult Diploma should reach out to the institution where they completed their Adult Diploma to determine how to obtain their transcript. 

Transcripts can be submitted as follows:

  • Mailed to COTC, The Gateway – Student Records, 1179 University Drive, Newark, OH 43055. 
  • Emailed directly from GED or the institution where the student obtained their Adult Diploma to cotcrecords@mail.cotc.edu.

Adult Diploma transcripts can be used to allow students to place out of certain coursework or into higher-level coursework.

Request College/University Transcripts From a School Other Than COTC 

Your college/university transcript can be used to place you out of certain coursework or into higher coursework. Transcripts can be submitted as follows:

  • Mailed to COTC, The Gateway – Student Records, 1179 University Drive, Newark, OH 43055. 
  • Emailed directly from college/university to cotcrecords@mail.cotc.edu.
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Third Step

Paying for College - FAFSA

Student Financial Services

The Office of Student Financial Services helps students with everything from questions about Financial Aid, the FAFSA, accessing Military or Veteran benefits, and finding scholarships, to setting up a payment plan and paying your bill. 

Contact the office of Student Financial Services at: 

Phone: 740.366.9435

Email: NWK-studentfinancialservices@mail.cotc.edu

Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

We encourage all students to complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to be considered for grants, scholarships, and loans. Our COTC school code is: 011046.

Students can review the eligibility requirements for federal student aid as well. 

Scholarships

The office of Student Financial Services uses information provided on the FAFSA to determine if students qualify for many of the scholarships offered at COTC. However, Some scholarships may require a FAFSA and separate scholarship application. Students can view all COTC additional scholarships in the Scholarship Directory. 

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Fourth Step

Set Up Your COTC Email and Student Account

Retrieve Username and Password

Students are assigned a username and provided instructions for retrieving their username and password after they apply. Students are also provided a temporary password via email after they apply and will be prompted to reset their own unique password during the username and password retrieval process. 

Access the My COTC Student Portal

You will use My COTC to access your Student Portal and your COTC email account. My COTC contains a lot of very important information specific to current students including financial aid information, email, class schedule, and student support services. 

IT Helpdesk

If you have trouble retrieving your username, resetting your password, or accessing your My COTC Student Portal, please reach out to our IT Helpdesk

Phone: 740-366-9244

Email: NWK-helpdesk@mail.cotc.edu

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Fifth Step

Complete Orientation

Complete Steps 1-4

It is important for students to complete Steps 1-4 before they can register for orientation. 

A link will be sent to a student’s personal email (the email used to apply to COTC) to register for orientation.  All future communication will be sent to a student’s COTC email.

Register for Orientation

When students have registered for orientation, Gateway Enrollment Center staff will review and confirm students have completed steps 1-4. 

If the necessary steps have been completed, students will be sent orientation information to their COTC email and can complete orientation. 

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Sixth Step

Register for Classes

Browse Our Courses

Browse our Course Catalog to see course offerings that are related to your Plan of Study.

Students can view a brief course catalog tutorial video to learn more about how to navigate and understand the course catalog and classes offered at COTC. 

Connect With an Academic Advisor

After students complete the orientation, or for students who do not need to complete orientation (current students who are already attending), they will work with a Gateway Academic Advisor to plan and register for classes. 

Each COTC student is assigned a Gateway Academic Advisor and will work with that advisor throughout their time at COTC to stay on track to graduate. 

Students must be registered for classes before the first day of the semester or term. Please review our registration dates and deadlines, along with our academic calendar for semester and term start dates.