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OTC Is The Top Community College Destination For ACT Test Takers In 2017

OTC is the top community college destination for ACT test takers in 2017

SPRINGFIELD, MO — More than 2,200 students in the Missouri graduating class of 2017 sent their ACT test scores to Ozarks Technical Community College according to a report released by the American College Testing Program (ACT).  In total, 2,288 students who graduated from Missouri high schools in 2017 sent their scores to OTC, which makes OTC the top-ranked community college for the 2017 Missouri graduating class.

“These results are extremely encouraging because it means our story is resonating with young people,” said Dr. Hal Higdon, chancellor of Ozarks Technical Community College. “Students and parents understand that attending a community college can lead to great career outcomes without the debt burden of attending expensive universities.”

Overall, OTC ranked thirteenth among all higher education institutions, which put the college just behind St. Louis University and just ahead of Missouri Western University. In fact, more Missouri students in the graduating class of 2017 sent their ACT scores to OTC than to the University of Kansas, the University of Arkansas or Washington University in St. Louis.

Among the 2017 ACT test takers in Missouri, the top-ranked planned educational major was health sciences and technology with 15 percent of students selecting that program. OTC has 13 allied health programs including nursing, occupational therapy and dental hygiene.

Overall, Missouri State was the top destination for ACT test scores from the 2017 graduating class. To read the full report from the American College Testing Program, visit the ACT website.


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The Ozarks Technical Community College system offers associate degrees and certificates in a variety of technical, allied health and two-year transfer degree programs, as well as workforce development opportunities. Classes are available at six locations throughout southwest Missouri, including the option to earn a complete associate degree online. Find additional resources and information about OTC (including official wordmarks and images) at

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