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For students in Newark, Ohio and its surrounding areas, Central Ohio Technical College provides quality academic and career programs intended to help students get a head start on success in post-secondary education or the workforce.

The curriculum places a heavy emphasis on technology and practical skills, and the college has an excellent success rate in providing students with the know-how needed to succeed in an increasingly competitive job market. Nearly 80 percent of graduates find employment within six months of graduation, most working in their area of study.


COTC had its start as a branch of Ohio State University. The branch was established in 1957 and offered evening classes at Newark’s old high school on West Main Street. In 1965, the branch became Ohio State University-Newark and moved to Wright Street in Newark.

In 1968, facilities and offerings had expanded and Ohio State University-Newark obtained a 155-acre campus. In 1971, the school took on its current name and worked to be an institution designed to provide associate’s degree programs and workforce development for the central Ohio area. Since then, the school has been adding satellite campuses and programs to better serve this mission.


The school’s offerings are heavily slated toward career preparation programs in technology-related fields. Altogether, the college offers more than 40 associate and career technical programs.

Popular Majors

The most popular majors include:

  • Health: 55 percent of enrollment
  • Business: 11 percent of enrollment
  • Engineering: 10 percent of enrollment
  • Social and Behavioral Sciences: 8 percent of enrollment
  • Natural Science and Mathematics: 4 percent of enrollment

Online Classes and High School Programs

Students can take distance learning courses via online and hybrid courses. The college also offers an online business degree program that lets students take all courses necessary for the degree online.

The college also has programs that allow high school students to take courses for both high school and college credit, helping them get a head start on their post-secondary education.

Dual Admissions

The school also has dual admission agreements with three Ohio universities that allow students to complete bachelor’s degree coursework on campus. The program is great for placebound students who would otherwise have difficulty in completing a four-year degree because of work or family responsibilities.


The college is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, which accredits schools for the Navajo Nation.

Most Popular Fields of Study


Admissions are open, meaning that any student with a high school diploma or GED will be accepted. Some programs in the college may have selective admission policies and students may be asked to take a COMPASS placement test to determine whether they will need to take remedial courses.

The school has a rolling admissions deadline, but students applying for financial aid should turn in their documentation by Feb. 15. Students should complete the FAFSA and turn in high school transcripts as well as test score and other relevant information.

Financial Aid

Students are eligible for federal grants and student loans. There are also a number of grants and scholarships offered by the state of Ohio, the college itself, and other outside organizations that students may be eligible to receive. For example, students may be eligible for scholarships from the Coshocton Foundation, which provide scholarships for local graduating high school students.

The college’s office of financial aid stands ready to help students find other grants and scholarships they may be eligible for. About 81 percent of students receive financial aid of some type.

Student Financial Aid Details

Ranks 4544th for the average student loan amount.
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The college enrolls more than 3,000 students. The average student age is 27, and nearly half of students are over the age of 25. The college has satellite campuses in Pataskala, Knox, and Coshocton.

Student Clubs and Activities

The college has about 30 student organizations and clubs, including academic, professional, political, arts and recreational activities. The Adena Hall Athletic Complex provides fitness and recreational sports opportunites for students while the recently-opened Warner Center provides a number of arts and cultural events throughout the year for students to enjoy.

Student Services

The college also provides a number of tutoring and student support services intended to help foster student academic and career success. Lifelong learners can take advantage of continuing education classes and other programs offered at the college throughout the year.

Student Housing

Some student housing is available. Contact Residental Life for more details.

Student Enrollment Demographics


The athletic department is a member of the NJCCA and participates in the Ohio Community College Athletic Conference. The college offers men’s baseball, basketball and golf; and women’s softball, volleyball and basketball as well as a number of intramural sports.

Teams are known as the Titans. School colors are blue and white.

Information Summary

Ranks 134th in Ohio and 3348th overall
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Campus Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault N/A N/A
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape N/A N/A
Robbery N/A N/A
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary N/A N/A
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft 1 0.02
Arrest N/A N/A

Local Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 People
Aggravated assault 26 0.05
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Forcible Rape 20 0.04
Robbery 38 0.08
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 467 0.98
Larceny 1,554 3.26
Vehicle theft 45 0.09

Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near Newark, OH 43055-1767
Surrounding communitySmall suburb (inside urban area but outside city, pop. under 100,000)
Total Population58,275 (50,369 urban / 7,906 rural)
Households23,731 (2.42 people per house)
Median Household Income$36,315
Families15,663 (2.96 people per family)

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Associate's — Public Suburban-serving Single Campus
Undergraduate PopulationMixed part/full-time two-year
EnrollmentExclusively undergraduate two-year
Size & SettingMedium two-year

General Characteristics

Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Highest offeringAssociate's degree
Calendar SystemSemester
Years of college work requiredN/A
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationN/A
Congressional District3912

Special Learning Opportunities

Distance LearningN/A
ROTC — Army / Navy / Air Force  —   /   / 
Study Abroad
Weekend College
Teacher Certification

Student Tuition Costs and Fees

Ranks 4030th for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $4,296 $4,296 $7,056
FT Undergraduate Required Fees N/A N/A N/A
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $179 $179 $294
FT Graduate Tuition N/A N/A N/A
FT Graduate Required Fees N/A N/A N/A
PT Graduate per Credit Hour N/A N/A N/A
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $6,096 $6,096 $8,856
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $20,512 $20,512 $23,272
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $11,560 $11,560 $14,320

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $3,978 $4,200 $3,978 $4,200 $6,678 $6,960
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $1,650 $1,800
On-Campus – Room & Board N/A(N/C)
On-Campus – Other Expenses N/A(N/C)
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $7,071 $6,224
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $4,380 $4,056
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $4,380 $4,056

Admission Criteria

 = Required,   = Recommended,   = Neither required nor recommended
Open Admissions
Secondary School GPA / Rank / Record N/A /  N/A /  N/A
College Prep. CompletionN/A
Formal competency demoN/A
Admission test scoresN/A
Other testsN/A

Admission Credits Accepted

Dual Credit
Life Experience
Advanced Placement (AP)

Student Services

Remedial Services
Academic / Career Counseling
PT Cost-defraying Employment
Career Placement
On-Campus Day Care
Library Facility

Student Living

First-time Room / Board Required
Dorm CapacityN/A
Meals per WeekN/A
Room FeeN/A
Board FeeN/A

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 2079th for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $61,940 ($60,654 male / $52,079 female)
Number of FT Faculty 59 (22 male / 37 female)
Number of PT Faculty 252
FT Faculty Ratio 0.2 : 1
Total Benefits $1,820,547

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