APPLICATION FAQ's (Frequently Asked Questions)
HOW DO I BEGIN THE APPLICATION PROCESS?
Visit the Future Students webpage and chose your student type for a complete list of steps.
WHAT SHOULD I HAVE AVAILABLE WHEN I COMPLETE THE APPLICATION?
While the Future Students webpage can provide more specific information for you student type, below is a general list
of items that might be helpful.
- Documentation of your SAT/ACT scores, if results are fewer than two years old
- High school transcripts, if you haven't completed any college coursework previously
- Social Security number, if you intend to apply for Financial Aid
- OCC's completed high school authorization form, if applying as a high school dual-enrolled student
- Your Admissions Profile e-mail user ID and password, if you need to login to complete
an application or reapply as high school dual-enrolled student
- Unofficial college transcripts from all college and/or universities you've previously
- Documentation of your residency or VISA status, if applying as an international student
WHEN SHOULD I FILL OUT THE APPLICATION?
The best time to complete your application will depend on your student type. Please
use the Future Student webpage for specific information on each of the nine types.
As a general recommendation, students should allow between two and six weeks to complete
the admissions process prior to registration. Starting early is important as things
like English placement testing, counseling and/or transcripts may be required.
WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE HIGH SCHOOL DUAL-ENROLLED?
High school students who are also taking college classes are considered High School Dual-enrolled. Many of these students are attending for free because their high schools pay for
I AM A HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT. WHY DO I NEED TO UPDATE AND RESUBMIT AN APPLICATION EACH
SEMESTER I AM DUAL-ENROLLED AT OCC?
As a high school student, all your records remain at your school and are not kept
on file at OCC.
WHY DO I KEEP GETTING AN ERROR MESSAGE ABOUT MY HIGH SCHOOL WHEN I TRY TO SUBMIT MY
If you've received an error message, follow these steps:
- Select the Academics tab in the top left corner.
- Clear any information that you've typed and reset all of the dropdowns.
- Enter in the first three letters of your high school's name.
- Select the appropriate country from the dropdown menu.
- Select the appropriate state/region from the next dropdown menu.
- Select Search and a selection of schools will appear.
- Select your high school from the dropdown menu and then use the Select button.
- If you're school does not appear still, clear any information that you've typed and
reset all dropdowns again.
- Type in the name and address manually in the space provided.
I PREVIOUSLY ATTENDED OCC AS A HIGH SCHOOL DUAL-ENROLLED STUDENT. DO I NEED TO REAPPLY
IF I WANT TO CONTINUE TAKING COLLEGE CLASSES AFTER I GRADUATE HIGH SCHOOL?
Yes, log-in with your OCC Admissions Profile user ID and password to change your student status from Dual-enrolled to Degree Seeking
Student and resubmit as you’ve done in the past.
CAN I TAKE THE ENGLISH PLACEMENT TEST WHILE MY APPLICATION IS BEING PROCESSED?
No, you must have an OCC student ID available to take the College's English placement
test. It takes two business days to process your completed application and receive
the OCC student ID. We encourage you to APPLY EARLY so you have the time necessary
to prepare for college.
I ALREADY HAVE A DEGREE OR PARTIAL DEGREE. DO I HAVE TO COMPLETE AN ENGLISH PLACEMENT
TEST AND MEET WITH A COUNSELOR?
You are considered a Transfer Student. If your transcripts indicate having met English placement requirements, you may
receive a waiver for both English placement and mandatory Counseling requirements.
NOTE: For coursework transfer evaluation, an official transcript is required.
WHOM DO I CONTACT FOR ASSISTANCE/HELP?
Contact the Student Services, or Phone 248.341.2280.
HOW CAN I TAKE CLASSES AT OCC?
If you’ve never taken college level courses, complete the steps list for Students New to OCC.
If you have completed college level courses, complete the steps list for Transfer Students.
WHAT’S THE BEST WEB BROWSER TO USE?
For best results, use Google Chrome or Firefox. Safari has known issues.
WHAT PERSONAL INFORMATION DO I NEED TO COMPLETE THE ONLINE APPLICATION?
- Unofficial college transcripts
- Social Security number, if you intend to apply for Financial Aid or scholarships
I ALREADY ATTENDED OCC. DO I NEED TO REAPPLY?
If your student record has been INACTIVE for three (3) years or more, you must complete
a new online application.
If your student record has been ACTIVE within the last three (3) years, you do not
need to reapply. Log-in to MyOCC from oaklandcc.edu.
In either case, it is required you see a counselor to discuss your program of study
and class selection.
WHAT’S A CREDIT?
A credit refers to the number of hours you will spend per week in class during a single
semester. A semester is usually a 15 week period.
WILL MY CREDITS FROM A PREVIOUS INSTITUTION TRANSFER TO OCC?
If your classes were taken at an accredited institution, there is a strong likelihood
that OCC will accept them. Age is not necessarily a factor.
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN CREDIT, NON-CREDIT AND CONTINUING EDUCATION OPTIONS?
Classes that are noncredit or Continuing Education (CE) cannot earn a degree, but
you may be able to earn CE units, a certification or other completion to meet professional
Classes that earn credit will enable you to complete a degree and possibly transfer
to a four (4) year institution.
HOW DO I UPLOAD TRANSCRIPTS, HIGH SCHOOL DUAL-ENROLLED AUTHORIZATIONS OR OTHER DOCUMENTS
TO COMPLETE MY APPLICATION?
It’s easiest to submit all documents in PDF format while you are completing your Online
Application. You’ll be prompted to do so.
If you need to upload documents at a later date, email them to CES@oaklandcc.edu.
You may also mail them to the following address:
Oakland Community College
2480 Opdyke Road
Bloomfield Hills, MI 48304-2266
DO I HAVE TO TAKE THE ENGLISH PLACEMENT TEST CALLED ACCUPLACER?
It depends on your student type. Students can be exempt for eight reasons, including
high SAT/ACT scores and prior college level credit. The list of exemptions can be
found at the bottom of ACCUPLACER English Placement Webpage.
If you are not exempt, use the same link above to find a testing location and time
that’s convenient for you.
I AM EXEMPT FROM TAKING OCC'S ENGLISH PLACEMENT TEST CALLED ACCUPLACER. WHAT DO I
Schedule an appointment to meet with a counselor and bring documentation of your exemption.
DO I HAVE TO TAKE THE MATH PLACEMENT TEST CALLED ALEKS?
Math placement is not required for admission. You should not take the math placement
test, unless you are planning to take a math class within the next 12 months. The
results expired after one year.
Students can be exempt from math placement testing, if (1) you have already taken
math at a different college or university within the last two years and (2) earned
a passing grade. Schedule an appointment to meet with a counselor and remember to
bring unofficial transcripts to support your exemption.
DO I HAVE TO SEE A COUNSELOR
All students new to OCC are required to schedule an appointment to meet with a counselor
prior to registration. You can learn more at Mandatory Counseling.
DO I HAVE TO COMPLETE ONLINE ORIENTATION?
All students new to OCC must complete online orientation, but are not required to
complete the Student Lingos.
WHY CAN I REGISTER FOR SOME CLASSES BUT NOT OTHERS?
Most classes require you complete a prerequisite, defined as a course that you need
to take before you register for a higher level class so you are prepared.
Other classes are part of a program, like Nursing. You must have successfully applied
to the program to take any classes with an NUR designation.
Please schedule an appointment to meet with a counselor. They can assist you with
course selection and answer your questions.
WHY CAN'T I REGISTER?
If you are a new student, there are steps that must be completed prior to registration. Please schedule an appointment to meet with a counselor.
CAN I GET INTO A CLASS ONCE IT’S FULL? IS THERE A WAITING LIST?
No, you cannot registered for a class that is full and there are no exceptions. A
wait is available, but is no longer an option once final registration begins.
WHERE CAN I BUY BOOKS?
Textbooks can be purchased online using the Bookstore webpage listed under Student Services or at the bookstore where the class is being taught. If your class is at Royal Oak,
visit the Royal Oak Bookstore.
IS THERE HOUSING ON-CAMPUS?
No, OCC does not have housing on any of its campuses. However, most of the campuses
have adjacent apartments and other rental options on or near public transportation.
WHOM DO I CONTACT FOR ASSISTANCE/HELP?
Contact the Student Services at Phone 248.341.2280
DO I NEED TO BE AN OCC STUDENT TO TAKE CONTINUING EDUCATION CLASSES?
No, anyone can sign up for a class through OCC Continuing Education.
HOW DO I REGISTER FOR CONTINUING EDUCATION CLASSES?
Visit MyOCC. Select Continuing Education (Non-Credit). Explore the many options and register in a snap for these non-credit options.
WHAT CONTINUING EDUCATION CLASSES DO YOU OFFER?
We offer classes on a wide variety of topics, including Motorcycle Safety, Grant Writing,
Social Media, Microsoft Office 2016 and Concealed Weapons License.
WHERE ARE YOU LOCATED?
OCC has five campuses around Oakland County. Check out our website for addresses and
WHAT IF I STILL HAVE QUESTIONS?
You can contact Student Services at Phone 248.341.2280
We strive to be student ready! By supporting our area high schools with mobile Admissions,
high school seniors and those approved for dual-enrollment are being admitted to OCC
in record time!
WHAT IS LIVE ADMISSIONS?
With the mobile assistance of expert OCC Admissions staff - up to 30 participants
complete the entire application process and all account activations in a one hour
session at their high school.
WHY HAVE A LIVE ADMISSIONS EVENT?
The best answer is student and counselor satisfaction! Students who attend a LIVE
Admissions event leave with a confident path to registration and counselors get their
questions answered, too.
HOW DO YOU SCHEDULE A LIVE ADMISSIONS EVENT?
High school counselors or other school official representatives can email the Admissions Department to schedule a convenient time.
WHAT IF I HAVE MORE THAN 30 INTERESTED STUDENTS? OR WHAT IF I CAN'T SCHEDULE MY STUDENTS
FOR AN ENTIRE HOUR?
We simply schedule multiple sessions and/or multiple days. We’ve assisted entire senior
IS THERE A MINIMUM NUMBER OF STUDENTS THAT MUST ATTEND?
We prefer a minimum of 10 students. However, we’ve accommodated smaller groups staffing
IS THERE ANY COST OR OTHER OBLIGATION ASSOCIATED WITH LIVE ADMISSIONS?
The process is free and no student is obligated to attend OCC if he or she changes
his or her mind.
WHOM DO I CONTACT FOR ASSISTANCE/HELP?
Contact the Admissions Department or Student Services at Phone 248.341.2280