It is all about community and support
Whether coming for the first two years of their Bachelor's Degree program or a one-year certificate program, Otero provides students a supportive environment where they are more than just a face or number. Located on the plains of southeast Colorado, La Junta is a small city of about 8,000 people who provide great support for Otero international students.
Diverse Academic Programs
- Associate in Arts and Sciences degrees designed for easy transfer to 4-year universities
- Professional & Technical degrees
- A variety of community activities & cultural opportunities designed to make your experience at Otero memorable, fulfilling, and fun
Otero is the Right Choice for You!
The cost of attendance makes Otero an affordable and attractive choice for students with a variety of goals in different career fields.
It can provide the opportunity you need to strengthen your language skills and build the confidence you need to successfully continue your education in the U.S.
Articulation agreements are in place that allow students successfully completing either an Associate of Arts or Associate of Science degree program to transfer 60 hours of credit at Otero to most public and private institutions in Colorado and program curriculum in specific areas designed for ease to transfer to a four year institution. (Institutions outside of Colorado will often accept our credits for transfer, but there is not an articulation agreement in place to facilitate the transfer.)
Otero is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association and the National League of Nursing.
Over 97 percent of Otero students are employed upon graduation or choose to continue their education at four-year colleges or universities.
Otero is a small place where students have the opportunity to get involved on campus in a variety of clubs, special programs and events depending on their interest.
Otero offers students the opportunity to live in the on-campus Residence Hall giving the students an avenue to Meet other students and easy access to on-campus activities and events.
Through the Academic English Program, international students can improve their English language skills, focusing on the academic reading, writing, listening, speaking and critical thinking skills that they will employ in the classroom at Otero College or other institutions throughout Colorado and the U.S. Otero College offers conditional acceptance to students completing the BridgeEnglish program.
IELTS testing administrated by BridgeEnglish is available at Otero College as need dictates.
Global Leadership Program
The purpose of the Global Leadership Program is to provide opportunities for dedicated Mongolian students who desire to study at a progressive, student-centered American college. The vision of the program is to develop leaders who are prepared to compete in the rapidly globalizing world and are committed to devote their professional lives towards the future development of Mongolia. The selection process is highly competitive and selected candidates will be granted scholarships from U.S. institutions like Otero College where students will begin their U.S. educational journey.
Activities & Excursions
The International Programs Office offers a variety of activities such as fall and spring excursions to Denver, shopping trips, and transfer trips to area university and colleges. We also work hand in hand with the International Relations Organization to sponsor the International Talent Contest in the fall and International Foods Night in the spring.
Quick Otero Facts
Founded in 1941, Otero College is located on an attractive 40-acre campus on the southern edge of La Junta, Colorado. Students can earn degrees in Associate of Arts, Associate of Science, Associate of Applied Science, Associate General Studies or an Associate Degree in Nursing. Over a dozen one– and two-year vocational certificate programs are available.
Otero is proud that it is an open-door admissions institution that allows all students the opportunity to reach their academic and personal goals. Over 97 percent of Otero students are employed upon graduation or choose to continue their education at four-year colleges or universities.
Otero is affordable.
Otero maintains one of the lowest rates for fees and room and board in Colorado. Students find the affordability, modern facilities and state-of-the-art technology an excellent value for their education dollars.
Transfer of credits.
Students successfully completing either an Associate of Arts of Associate of Science degree program will be able to transfer to a Colorado four-year college or university. Otero College’s academic programs have an excellent transfer record with all Colorado colleges and universities.
Otero College is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association. Otero is also accredited by The National League of Nursing.