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Academic Policies

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A student’s vocational and academic educational objectives require careful planning. Students who change majors may take longer to graduate or may transfer with a loss of credit. Students successfully completing either a prescribed Associate of Arts or Associate of Science degree program at Otero Junior College will be able to transfer to a Colorado four-year college or university as a junior.

Degree Guidelines

Students who intend to earn a baccalaureate degree should plan their course work to meet the requirements of the Associate of Arts Degree and the Associate of Science Degree. Planning should include the general education requirements, courses in major and minor fields, and electives to best prepare the student for continued study at a selected 4-year college or university.


Under the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA), the information in student files may only be released under specific conditions. Current or former students of Otero Junior College have complete access to their records and may view them upon request at the Student Services Center. If records contain errors, appeals in writing must be submitted to the Vice President of Student Services.

Academic Renewal

Otero Junior College now offers Academic Renewal to students wishing to exclude old, unsuccessful grades from their current grade point average. This will allow a student with past below-average grades to meet graduation requirements for current coursework. Find out more about it.

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