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First-time Students

Ready for Christian service? Training starts here! Turn in each of the items listed below to be considered for acceptance to Ozark Christian College.

  • Application and Code of Honor: Apply online
  • $30 Application Fee: Option to pay at the end of the application via debit/credit card. 
  • Official High School Transcript: Mailed in a sealed school envelope or electronically sent straight from high school guidance office. Transcripts will be accepted for consideration after the completion of a student's junior year.  
    • Homeschool: An original of the student's transcript of grades must be signed and dated by a parent. A GED certificate is also acceptable. Homeschooled students must also submit a Homeschool Self-certification Form.
  • SAT or ACT scores: Students must have a minimum composite ACT score of 20 or higher (1390 SAT) to be considered for admission. If the minimum of 20 is not met, applicants will then be considered based on the sliding scale below.
    • Ozark's ACT number is 2279, and SAT number is 6542.

  • References: Complete the top portion of the reference form and give it to an employer/teacher and minister/church leader. Form must be completed by someone not related to you. 
    • Employer/Teacher reference (Online or PDF)
    • Minister/Church Leader reference (Online or PDF)

If desiring college credit from the following:

  • Dual-Credit Transcripts: Students must submit an official transcript from the college awarding the credit. Courses require a "C" or higher grade to be considered for transfer.  
  • AP Credit: Students must request the official test score transcript from AP College Board to be sent to OCC. 
  • CLEP CreditStudents seeking credit through a CLEP test, must have the official scores sent from College Board.  Test must be taken before student matriculates and receive a score of 50 or higher.  Each test is worth 3 credit hours with a maiximum of 12 credits hours allowed.  

Federal Application for Student Aid (FAFSA) if applying for federal aid. OCC's school code for the FAFSA is 015569.

Acceptance: Students are able to track their admissions requirements through our my.occ.edu student portal. Once all requirements have been submitted, you will receive an email confirmation. You will receive notification of our acceptance decision within 3-4 weeks via mail.  

Once accepted, students are required to submit a $100 enrollment deposit and attend a summer Ozark Welcome Orientation. For details of the 2016 summer orientation, click here.

Contact the Admissions Office with any questions: admissions@occ.edu or 417.626.1234 ext. 2022.

Student Portal

Stay updated with your application status on the my.occ.edu student portal.

Transfer Students

We're so glad you've chosen to join us at OCC! Please turn in each of the items listed below in order to be considered for full acceptance at Ozark Christian College.

  • Application and Code of Honor: Apply online
  • $30 Application Fee: Option to pay at the end of the application via debit/credit card. 
  • Official High School Transcript: Mailed in a sealed school envelope or electronically sent straight from high school guidance office. High school transcript must show graduation date. (High school transcript is waived with a completed associate's or bachelor's degree).
    • Homeschool: An original of the student's transcript of grades must be signed and dated by a parent. A GED certificate is also acceptable. Homeschooled students must also submit a Homeschool Self-certification Form.
  • Official College Transcript (from every college previously attended): College transcripts are required from each college and university attended, regardless of whether credit was earned. This includes colleges where you registered but did not earn any credit (e.g., incompletes, withdrawals, failures, audits, etc.).
    • College transcripts are official in 2 ways:
      • Mailed directly from the college or university's registrar's office with a stamp or seal on the back. Opened transcripts will be not be accepted.  
      • Sent electronically from your previous institutions through an electronic service to admissions@occ.edu. 
  • Transfer of Credit policies
  • SAT or ACT scores: Students must have a minimum composite ACT score of 20 or higher (1390 SAT) to be considered for admission. If the minimum of 20 is not met, applicants will then be considered based on the sliding scale below.

    Ozark's ACT number is 2279, and SAT number is 6542.

  • References: Complete the top portion of the reference form and give it to an employer/teacher and minister/church leader. Form must be completed by someone not related to you.
    • Employer/Teacher reference (Online or PDF)
    • Minister/Church Leader reference (Online or PDF)

Federal Application for Student Aid (FAFSA) if applying for federal aid. OCC's school code for the FAFSA is 015569.

Acceptance: Students are able to track their admissions requirements through our my.occ.edu student portal. Once all requirements have been submitted, you will receive an email confirmation. You will receive notification of our acceptance decision within 3-4 weeks via mail.  

Once accepted, students are required to submit a $100 enrollment deposit and attend a summer Ozark Welcome Orientation. For details of the 2016 summer orientation, click here.

Contact the Admissions Office with any questions: admissions@occ.edu or 417.626.1234 ext. 2022.

Returning Students

Welcome back to OCC! Here's what you'll need to submit for readmittance:

  • Reactivation Application: Apply Online
  • $10 Application Fee: Option to pay at the end of the application via debit/credit card 
  • Reference forms: (if gone for 2 or more semesters)
    • ​Employer/Teacher reference  (Online or PDF)
    • Minister/Church Leader reference (Online or PDF)
  • Official College Transcripts: if attended any college while away from Ozark.
  • $100 non-refundable enrollment deposit

The deadline for acceptance is August 1 (fall semester) and January 5 (spring semester). Any reactivation received after the deadline must automatically late enroll and pay the late enrollment fee of $120.

Contact the Admissions Office with any questions: admissions@occ.edu or 417.626.1234 ext. 2022.

International Students

We’re excited to have you study with us at Ozark Christian College! Please complete these steps to apply:

  • Familiarize yourself with the application process and financial requirements of an education at Ozark Christian College by reading the International Student Guide.
  • Complete the Student Information Form. If any part of the form is not completed, the applicant will not be considered.
  • Provide in writing official evidence (sponsorship letter and sponsor's bank statements) of complete financial support for the applicant's annual educational costs at OCC, as shown on the Cost of Education Sheet.
  • If English is not the official language of the applicant's country of origin, the applicant must take and pass the Test Of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) with a minimum score of 550 on the written exam, 213 on the computer-based exam, or 79-80 on the internet-based test. Please have the score sent to OCC. Our TOEFL registration number is 6542.
  • Complete the OCC online application and pay the $30 (U.S.) application fee. The following items must accompany the enrollment application:
    • Essay for admission. Please write a one-page response (approximately 500 words)explaining your reasons for selecting Ozark Christian College and your personal goals after college. You may email your essay to admissions@occ.edu.
    • A letter of recommendation from a minister or missionary in the applicant's country.
    • A letter of recommendation from one other church leader in the applicant's country.
    • A letter of recommendation from the applicant's employer.
    • A letter of recommendation from a school teacher in the applicant's country.
    • (None of the above letters of recommendation may be from any of the applicant's relatives. Each recommendation must be from a different person and must be written in English.)
  • Official transcripts in English of all educational credits received by the applicant since the eighth-grade level.
  • OCC Application for I-20

Mail all completed forms and correspondence to:

Ozark Christian College
Attn: Troy Nelson
1111 N Main
Joplin, MO 64801

This school is authorized under federal law to enroll non-immigrant students.

International Admissions Information:

Residency Requirements

OCC's residency requirements apply to all first-time, transfer and international students. 

In general, single students enrolled in 8 or more credit hours are required to live in the residence halls. Exceptions to this policy are usually granted to students:

  • when a student will be living with his/her immediate family that provides a guardian relationship.
  • who are 23 or older.
  • who are getting married shortly and securing housing.
  • who have already lived in the residence halls for seven semesters.
  • who have completed 90 hours (senior status).

Permission must be granted by the Student Life Office.

Students enrolled in fewer than 8 credit hours must live off campus unless they are in the co-op program between Missouri Southern State University and OCC (4 hours).

Students with Disabilities

Our Commitment

Ozark Christian College is committed to full compliance with all laws regarding equal opportunity for students with disabilities. Students, the faculty and the academic dean all play a role in ensuring that reasonable and appropriate accommodations are provided in a timely and effective manner. The following is an outline of the process followed at OCC when a student requests services or accommodations in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.

Requesting Accomodation

  • It is only through a student’s voluntary disclosure of disability and request for accommodation that OCC can support disability needs.
  • Students with disabilities who wish to receive accommodations or services must disclose the disability and make a personal request to the OCC Admissions Office. The student meets with an OCC Admissions Office adviser, submits required disability documentation, and formally requests services, including accommodations, a minimum of eight (8) weeks before the start of a semester. Depending on the nature of the disability more time may be necessary to satisfy the reasonable accomodation.
  • A disclosure of disability or request for an accommodation made to a faculty or staff member other than the staff of OCC Admissions Office will not be treated as a request for an accommodation.
  • Requests for services or accommodation should be made prior to the start of each semester to allow time to review requests and documentation and make proper arrangements. Accommodation arrangements may be compromised or denied if a request is not made in a timely manner. Requests must be renewed each semester.

Documentation Requirements

  • All disabilities require documentation. Disability documentation must be current and include a written evaluation from a physician, psychologist or other qualified specialist that establishes the nature and extent of the disability, and includes the basis for the diagnosis and the dates of testing. The documentation must establish the need for an accommodation and contain suggestions for offsetting the effects of the disability.
  • The type of documentation will vary according to the disability, e.g., a psycho-educational or neuropsychological assessment for learning and other cognitive disabilities, a psychiatrist’s report for psychological disabilities, a letter from a doctor or other specialist for physical and most other disabilities.  Whether or not documentation is current will depend on the nature of the disability.

Confidentiality

  • Documentation of a student’s disability is maintained in a confidential file in the OCC Admissions Office. This documentation is not a part of the student’s academic record.
  • All information related to a disability is confidential and may be disclosed only with the permission of the student or otherwise as permitted by the college’s student records policy and federal laws.

Student Guidelines

  • A student who wishes an accommodation is responsible for obtaining a letter from the OCC Admissions Office that states that he/she is a qualified individual with a disability. That letter also advises the faculty or staff member of the action required to provide an accommodation for the student.
  • Students are not required to divulge the nature of their disabilities or provide copies of their disability documentation to other faculty or staff.
  • Students are responsible for working directly with the faculty or staff member involved in the provision of an accommodation. 
  • Assistance with test administration is available if a faculty member is unable to monitor the administration of an accommodated test, or if computer access is required. The student initiates the alternate arrangements using the Test Administration Request form available through the OCC Admissions Office.
  • Students need to provide feedback to the OCC Admissions Office on the effectiveness of accommodations. The student should notify the OCC Admissions Office if an accommodation is not provided.

Denial of Accomodation

  • The college reserves the right to deny services or accommodations in the event that documentation does not comply with its published guidelines for service eligibility, e.g., the student does not meet the criteria of ADA or Section 504, or documentation is out-of-date or incomplete.
  • If the documentation provided by a student does not support the existence of a disability or the need for an accommodation, the student will be so advised. Students will be given the opportunity to supplement the initial documentation with further information from a physician, psychologist, or other specialist.
  • The college is not required to provide an accommodation that compromises the essential requirements of a course or program, imposes an undue financial burden based on the college’s overall institutional budget, or poses a threat to the health or safety of the student or others.

Student Appeal

  • A student who disagrees with a determination of eligibility or accommodation is encouraged to meet with the director of the OCC Admissions Office to resolve the matter informally.
  • A student who disputes the determination by the OCC Admissions Office regarding the existence of a disability or denial of an accommodation may file a written complaint with the academic dean within 10 days of the date of the determination by the OCC Admissions Office. The decision of the academic dean shall be final.

Reasonable Modification

A reasonable accommodation in the student setting is a modification or adjustment to a class or program that will enable a qualified person with a disability to participate in the program or class or to enjoy the rights and privileges offered by the college. Modifications that impose an undue burden or pose a health or safely risk are not considered reasonable. The college is required to make modifications only to known and validated disabilities. The college requires the student to give reasonable notice of the request for modifications. The school or department must take whatever steps are necessary to ensure that qualified individuals with disabilities are not excluded, treated differently or segregated because of the absence of auxiliary aids or services. The school or department must coordinate the provision of modifications with the OCC Admissions Office. Medical records supporting the need for an accommodation are submitted to the OCC Admissions Office and not to the school in question. This arrangement is consistent with the confidentiality requirements of the law and with OCC policy.

Individual Analysis

The modification offered must be appropriate to the needs of the individual, thus, in each instance, an individualized analysis must occur. The OCC Admissions Office can devise a modification plan for the student.

Course Load Modifications

The college is not required to eliminate academic requirements essential to the program of instruction or related to licensing requirements. However, reasonable modifications must be provided for qualified students with verified disabilities. Modifications for completion of degree requirements may include the following:

  • changes in the length of time permitted for completion of degree requirements;
  • substitution of specific courses required for completion of degree requirements;
  • reduced course load; and/or
  • adaptation of the manner in which specific courses are conducted.

Examinations

Exam modifications may include the following:

  • changes in the length of time permitted for completion of an exam; or
  • adaptation of the manner in which the exam is given (for example, allowing a student to take the exam in a distraction-free testing room).

Auxiliary Aids and Services

This term refers to equipment or service providers that augment communication. Examples are sign language interpreters, note takers, readers, computer aided transcription devices, assistive listening devices, telecommunications devices for deaf persons (TDDs), and Braille materials. The college pays for the cost of the auxiliary aid or service. If provision of a particular auxiliary aid or service would result in a fundamental alteration of the program or in an undue burden, i.e., significant difficulty or expense, the college will attempt to provide an alternative auxiliary aid or service. The college does not need to provide attendants, individually prescribed devices, readers for personal use or study, or other devices or services of a personal nature. The college will give careful consideration to the requests of the affected disabled individuals, but is not required to give the disabled person the auxiliary aid of his or her choice. 

When Reasonable Modification is Not Required

Fundamental Program Alteration

A college is not required to provide any aid or service or make any modification that would result in a fundamental alteration in the nature of the program. For example, where a course requirement is essential to the program of instruction taken by the student, the college is not required to waive the requirement. In evaluating whether the requested program modifications would require substantial program alteration or would fundamentally alter academic standards or programs, the academic dean should consider the underlying academic reasons for the program components, the academic standards institutionalized in the program, how the challenged components are consistent with the program standards, and how the requested accommodations would be inconsistent with the academic goals and standards of the program.

Undue Burden

A college need not make modifications or provide auxiliary aids or services if it constitutes an undue burden. In determining whether or not an undue burden exists, the factors to be considered are the nature and cost of the action needed in the context of the overall financial resources of the college.

Direct Threat to Health or Safety

The college is not required to permit an individual to participate in or benefit from a college program or service when that individual poses a direct threat to health or safety. Direct threat means a significant risk to health or safety that cannot be eliminated by modification of policies, practices, or procedures, or by the provision of auxiliary aids or services. In determining whether an individual poses a direct threat to health or safety, the college must make an individualized assessment, based on reasonable judgment that relies on current medical knowledge or the best available objective evidence, to ascertain:

  • the nature, duration, and severity of the risk;
  • the probability that the potential injury will actually occur; and
  • whether reasonable modification of policies, practices, or procedures will mitigate the risk.

This standard applies to all individuals, not just disabled individuals.  

If further information is needed, please feel free to contact Vice President of Enrollment Management Troy Nelson at nelson.troy@occ.edu.

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