OTC Honors Program
The OTC Honors Program is designed for high achieving students who want more out of their college experience. Through the program, students are encouraged to embrace a lifestyle of learning and investigation, expand their experiences and opportunities, and seek out excellence and success both inside and outside of the classroom. The OTC Honors Program is more than just taking great honors courses; it is about connection with other honors students and faculty, opportunities to explore and create, and elevating your appetite for learning and personal growth. To complete the OTC Honors Program students must sucessfully complete a minimum of 5 honors designated courses, dedicate 50 hours to service (community service, campus involvement, cultural experience, leadership) and maintain a 3.5 cumulative GPA.
The Honors Program is a dedicated academic program of study designed to promote academic excellence in OTC students. The program offers degree tracks in General Education, Allied Health and Technical Education allowing students to complete their desired Associates Degree with distinction from the Honors Program.
Benefits of the OTC Honors Program:
- Receive Associate's Degree with Honors Program Distinction, shown on transcript and diploma.
- Transfer of Honors Credits into many University Honors Colleges.
- Scholarship opportunities, dedicated academic advising and priority class registration.
- Smaller class sizes for Honors Courses and an engaging learning community of high achieving students and selected faculty.
- Commencement acknowledgement of Honors Program completion.
- Unique workshop, conference, special event and travel opportunities.
Goals of the OTC Honors Program:
- Encourage critical thinking through curriculum that requires analysis, interpretation, synthesis, and problem solving.
- Provide an enriched and innovative program of study to students who demonstrate a motivated and inquiring attitude toward education.
- Foster team building, collaboration, and leadership through the skillful use of communication.
- Promote responsible and challenging actions for the common good as active, engaged citizens.
- Build a network of academic and community resources.
The OTC Honors Program is a selective admissions academic program. Meeting the guidelines below does not guarantee admission.
- New OTC Students (less than 12 college hours) - Must meet one (1) of the following criteria: ACT of 27 or above, or HS GPA of 3.75 or above on 4.0 scale, or COMPASS Reading score of 95 or above and Writing 98 or above, or GED score of 3100 or above. Applicants must fill out and submit the 'Honors Program' application found on this webpage. Applicants must also provide a letter of recommendation. Students must be taking all 100 level or above courses to be accepted into the program (students in 040 or 050 courses must complete them prior to entrance into the program).
- Current OTC Students (12 or more college hours) - Must have a 3.5 or above cumulative GPA on a minimum of 12 college credit hours. Applicants must fill out and submit the 'Honors Program' application found on this webpage. Applicants must also provide a letter of recommendation. Students must be taking all 100 level or above courses to be accepted into the program (students in 040 or 050 courses must complete them prior to entrance into the program).
Early Application Deadline:
The Honors Program accepts up to 32 students per semester into the program. Applicants meeting the early application deadline receive preference for the open spots within the program based upon qualifications. Late applications for the program n any given semester will be accepted until the open spots are filled or the first day of the semester.
- November 1, 2011 for Spring 2012 admission.
- April 1, 2012 for Summer 2012 admission.
- July 1, 2012 for Fall 2012 admission.
Honors Program Important Links
Honors Program Documents
Contact Honors Program
Honors Program Director
1001 E. Chestnut Expressway
Springfield, MO 65802
Main Campus ♦ Norman K. Myers (NKM) 101
417-447-8229 ♦ office
417-447-8249 ♦ fax