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Welcome to Admissions 

Let's Get Started! We'll help you through the steps and get you going!  

Choose which type of student you are from the options below.

link to new student page
"I've never attended OCtech or any other college."

link to returning student page
"I used to attend OCtech. Now I'm ready to finish what I started!"
"I was a student at OCtech and I am back to further my education!"

 link to transient and summer students page

"I attend another college,
but I want to take classes
at OCtech and transfer them
to my home college"

 link to nursing and health science page

"I am very interested
in becoming part
of the Health Care Profession."

link to transfer student page

"I want to go to OCtech and transfer my credits to another college."
"I want to transfer credits from another college to OCtech."


link to middle college page.

"I  am a high school student and want to get a head start on my college career."


Admissions Hours

The Office of Admissions wants all prospective students to receive the time and attention they need in order to begin a successful journey here at OCtech. So you can meet with an Admissions Counselor without the hassle of a long line and crowded waiting room, we ask you to please call 803.535.1234 to schedule an appointment.   

We still welcome walk-ins during the following times:

Monday – Thursday:  8:00 am – 6:00 pm

Friday : 8:00 am - 1:30 pm

 Admission Policies

Open Admissions
Orangeburg-Calhoun Technical College operates as an open admissions college as required by the 1976 Code of Laws of South Carolina, as amended. Consistent with statutory requirements and existing policies, OCtech makes every effort to minimize geographic, financial and scholastic barriers to post-secondary curricula and services offered by the College. A high school diploma (or GED certificate), though desirable, is not a prerequisite for admission to the College, but may be required for specific curriculum admission and federal financial aid.

Entrance Requirements
Orangeburg-Calhoun Technical College has an “open door” admissions policy which allows students who meet the following requirements to enroll:
1. Graduates holding diplomas from secondary schools upon presentation of certified credentials.
2. Students 18 years of age or older, not possessing a high school diploma, but who can present evidence of being able to successfully pursue, and to profit from, the proposed course of study. Placement tests will be used as a counseling tool to help the student determine the course of study in which he or she has the greatest possibility of experiencing success.
3. Under certain circumstances approved by the College President, an applicant under the age of 18, who has not graduated from high school, may be considered for enrollment through a special agreement between the College and the principal of the school where the applicant is attending or last attended.
4. Applicants must meet an established minimum reading score to be admitted to Associate Degree and Diploma programs, as well as to Certificate programs that require general education competencies. Applicants who do not possess minimum reading competencies for selected programs may require further assessment or referral to other community agencies prior to enrollment at OCtech.

General Admissions Procedures
To be accepted as a student at OCtech, an applicant must complete the following requirements:
1. Complete a free application, which can be obtained from the Office of Admissions, or apply online at
2. Take the college placement test designed to aid counselors and advisors in determining the best course of study for each student. Qualifying ACT or SAT scores may also be presented in lieu of the college placement test. Please contact the Office of Admissions for details on the required scores.
3. Request official high school or GED transcript. Request official college transcripts from all colleges attended.
4. Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at
5. Meet with the Advising Center Staff to register for classes during the scheduled registration period.

Each curriculum has established admissions criteria. The applicant should apprise him/herself of these through contact with a member of the Admissions staff.  Students will receive notification of acceptance by the Office of Admissions.

Alternative Admissions Criteria
Orangeburg-Calhoun Technical College shall provide an alternative admissions criteria for students interested in taking individual courses or pursuing a certificate, diploma, or degree. As an open admissions institution, OCtech has a commitment to serving potential students who come from diverse backgrounds, have had different learning experiences, and whose abilities may not be reflected using the current assessment instruments. Based upon this assumption, the college will use the following criteria which will allow students who do not meet COMPASS score requirements to enroll in college level classes:
1. Minimum score of 4 on the Math and Reading for Information section of the Workkeys Assessment.
2. Cumulative high school grade point average of 3.0 or an attained GED.
3. Recommendation from the High School principal, guidance counselor, or Adult Education Director stating that they are confident the student is capable of being successful.

The requirements apply to students who are currently enrolled in high school/adult education or have been out of school no more than two years.