Frequently Asked Questions
New students often have questions about the admissions process. Perhaps one can help you!
Q: I want to attend OFTC. How do I get started?
A: First, determine what type of student you are: first-time student, returning, transfer or transient. (The Admissions web page will walk you through the admissions process.) The process is slightly different for each type of student.
A general admission or first-time new student will submit a completed application with their $20.00 non-refundable application fee. The $20 application fee must be paid before application will be processed. Applications are available online or in the Admissions Office at any OFTC location. Applicants must also submit an official copy of their high school or GED transcript along with all official copies of college transcripts. Transcript request forms are available in the Admissions Office or online.
For North Campus students, the next step is to schedule an appointment to take the COMPASS placement test by calling the Admissions Office at (478) 553-2064.
For South Campus students, present your testing card to the Assessment Center on the South Campus between the hours of 8:30am and 3:00pm, Monday, Wednesday, or Thursday or between 4:00pm and 6:00pm on Tuesday. For more information call the Admissions Office at (478) 274-7837.
Additional information on admissions is available in the online OFTC Catalog.
Q: What is the COMPASS placement test?
A: COMPASS is a computerized, untimed test that measures basic skills in reading, writing, and math. You and your advisor will use the information to determine your readiness for college-level courses in these areas. If you meet the minimum required COMPASS scores for your program, you move immediately into program ready status in the core curriculum. Students who do not meet the minimum required section score will be required to complete remediation for help in the needed subject area(s).
Q: I've attended another school. Do I have to take the placement test again?
A: COMPASS scores from another college are transferrable to Oconee Fall Line Tech provided they are no more than 5 years old. Completion of equivalent, program-level English and Math courses with a grade of C or better may be used in lieu of taking the placement test. Official transcripts from the college must show course completion. High school graduates can submit their official scores from the SAT or ACT provided the scores are within the 5 years time period. If the scores do not meet program level requirements, the placement exam must be taken.
Q: What is the minimum educational requirement for the programs at Oconee Fall Line Technical College (OFTC)?
A: A high school diploma or a GED is required for all degree and diploma programs, and most certificate programs. Special Education diplomas and Certificates of Attendance are not recognized for admission purposes. Detailed admissions requirements for each program of study are also available online or by contacting the Admissions Office.
Q: What are "official" transcripts?
A: Official transcripts are issued directly to Oconee Fall Line Technical College from the high school or college(s) you attended. They are submitted in sealed envelopes and contain official signatures/seals of the high school or college(s). To request official transcripts, contact your high school and previous college(s). Transcript request forms are available in the Admissions Office or from OFTC's website. Faxed transcripts are not considered official. It can take several weeks to process official transcripts. Thus, it is recommended that you request official transcripts as soon as you start the admissions process. You must submit ALL college transcripts from ALL colleges attended.
Q: I was accepted for last semester, but I could not start then. What do I have to do to come this semester?
A: Students desiring to update their admission for another semester will need to complete the appropriate paperwork at the Admissions Office. A new application fee is not required.
Q: Can I apply for financial aid when I submit my application?
A: Yes, it is highly recommended that you complete your financial aid paperwork at the same time you complete the admissions application. Failure to submit financial aid documents in a timely manner may result in funds being unavailable on the first day of classes.
Q: How can I find out the status of my application?
A: You can find out your application status by visiting or calling the Admissions Office at:
- (North Campus) Sandersville - Admissions: (478) 553-2064
- (South Campus) Dublin - Admissions: (478) 274-7837
Q: What are the Admissions Office's hours?
A: OFTC Admissions Office Hours of Operation are Monday - Thursday: 7:30am - 6:00pm
and Friday: 7:30 am - 1:00pm.
(When classes are not in session, the office closes at 4:30pm Monday - Thursday.)
Q: When will I register for classes?
A: Newly admitted students will attend a New Student Registration and Orientation before the beginning of each term. Students will have the opportunity to tour the campus, meet their advisor, and registered for classes. You will receive these important dates and other reminders in your acceptance letter.
Q: What is Georgia House Bill 87 and does it apply to me?
A: HB87 requires that all applicants seeking in-state tuition provide proof of lawful presence in the United States. Appropriate documentation is required to verify lawful presence. HB 87 applies to students applying or reapplying after January 1, 2012.
Q: What if I cannot provide proof of lawful presence in the United States?
A: You will be not be eligible for in-state tuition and will be classified as out-of state. You may petition to have your residency changed to in-state; additional documentation must be submitted to meet verification requirement.