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The Basics

Making the decision to start college is a big step. But once you've made that decision, you will start the process of actually beginning school. The first step is to go through the Admissions process.

Admissions at Odessa College is simple and painless. Applications for Admission to the college are available from the Admissions Office and are also bound into the inside back cover of the Odessa College Bulletin, also known as the Catalog. You'll be asked to provide information about your residency status and about other schools you've attended. Admissions will require an official copy of transcripts - high school if you're a first-time student, college transcripts if you're transferring to Odessa College, or an official copy of your GED scores. That's all! No application fee, no SAT or ACT score, no application essays. We simply don't require them. A focus of the Odessa College philosophy is providing an opportunity for anyone to pursue college studies.

Making choices about classes to take is often the next step. An appointment with an OC counselor, or a visit to the Chairperson of your major department, can be arranged. Department chairs' office phone numbers and locations are printed in the Schedule of Classes each semester. Most likely, you'll be required by Texas law to take either the THEA or the COMPASS test BEFORE you may register, or enroll in, classes. Registration periods are scheduled throughout the year, before the beginning of each semester.

New student registration is designed to make this transition easier for first-time and transfer students. Once you have completed new student registration, you will know more about Odessa College and be registered for classes. Contact the Counseling Center office at 335-6433 for more information.

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