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Newly admitted students can find a list of next steps below to enroll at Otis College. 

Undergraduate Student Enrollment Guide

Step 1: Secure your Spot at Otis College!

You’re in! Now secure your spot in the incoming class by paying the $250 nonrefundable tuition deposit at www.otis.edu/deposit. Please also submit the Reply Form from your student portal

It is recommended that you secure your spot by May 1st for the fall or December 1st for the spring to ensure sufficient time to enroll by the start of the semester.

Step 2: Financial Aid – Apply and Accept Awards

Admitted students who want to be considered for need-based financial aid, should apply by submitting the FAFSA. Once you have applied and been awarded, you can view your financial aid and accept your awards on Dashboard at my.otis.edu by clicking on "Go to My Financial Aid Awards." Visit the Financial Aid page for more information. Dashboard is a custom portal which allows you to view and accept your financial aid, pay your tuition bill and see your course registration. You can log in using your Otis ID number and pin, which was provided to you on your acceptance letter.

Step 3: Apply for On-Campus Housing

On-campus housing in our Residence Hall is available for full-time students beginning in the fall. Housing is available to students admitted in spring, as long as there is availability. To apply for housing, you will need to submit the $150 application fee at www.otis.edu/deposit. Once the application fee has been submitted, Residence Life and Housing will contact you with directions on how to complete the online application. For more information regarding the Residence Hall and required meal plans, visit the Residence Life and Housing page.

Step 4: Obtain Your I-20 and F-1 Visa (International Students Only)

All international students who require an F-1 visa must submit an International Student Verification Form and provide a bank statement documenting sufficient liquid assets of $66,310 or one year's estimated cost of attendance in order to be issued the I-20.  This documentation should be uploaded to the student portal or submitted via email to Admissions at admissions@otis.edu. Upon check-in to the College at International Student Orientation, you will need to provide a copy of your visa and signed I-20. All international students are required to check-in and attend the International Student Orientation during Orientation week. The International Student Verification Form can be downloaded here. The instructions for completing the International Verification Form can be downloaded here

Step 5: Take the Writing Placement Assessment (WPA)

Incoming students must take the Writing Placement Assessment (WPA) through an online platform called Examity. The WPA can be waived if a student has a prior Bachelor's degree from an accredited institution where English was the language of instruction or has received either a score of 590 on the SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing test or 24 on the ACT ELA section. Transfer students who receive transfer credit for Writing in the Digital Age and received a grade of "B" or better will also be waived from taking the WPA. Find out more about the WPA here.

You will receive your log in credentials for Examity by email. The WPA is a one-hour timed essay designed to assess your English reading and writing proficiency. The assessment is used to place you in the level-appropriate English course. In addition to the online version, the WPA will also be offered on campus. You can register for one of these dates online here. The WPA is now OPEN for students starting in the spring semester. You will not be able to register for classes until you have taken the WPA.

Step 6: Course Registration

For Fall admits, students admitted to Foundation will be contacted about setting up an advising session before being registered for classes once they have taken the WPA and it has been evaluated. An email will be sent once you are ready to schedule your appointment. Upper Division transfer students will be advised virtually this summer by Academic Advising and the studio department advisor. You will also receive an email to sign-up for a virtual advising session. Academic Advising Coordinator, Carrie Malcom can assist you with questions about your Liberal Arts and Sciences classes. Your department studio advisor can assist you with questions about studio requirements and electives.

For Spring admits, students will be invited to register on campus during Orientation. You should plan to take the WPA online before this date. 

Step 7: Student Health Insurance Waiver Process

You are automatically enrolled in the College's health insurance plan and the cost is included in your tuition. The student health insurance plan is a PPO plan with full benefits, low co-pays, low deductible and free/unlimited access to the Student Health and Wellness Center on campus. Before you waive, read up on the school’s plan here as it comes with some great benefits and is a low cost for what you are paying. You may want to keep it even if you already have insurance. However, if you already have health insurance that meets specific requirements, you can waive the College's plan by completing an online waiver by the deadline. Please find waiver requirements and instructions here.

Step 8: Clear your Registration Holds

Before being officially registered in your classes, you will need to clear two holds in your Dashboard. Please go to the Dashboard at: my.otis.edu and login with your Otis College credentials. Under Quick Links > Student Self Service> (Personal Information tab) Choose: Emergency Notification Phone Number and insert your cell phone number.

In addition, prior to being registered for classes, you will need to electronically sign the Enrollment Agreement. Also in your Dashboard, under Quick Links> Student Self Service> Student Records Tab> Choose your term click submit read through and sign the agreement with your Otis ID Number.

Step 9: Submit your Student Immunization Form

All incoming students, both undergraduate and graduate students, are required to turn in their immunization records, complete a TB screen and provide documentation of immunity to certain infectious diseases by the deadline. If you do not complete required forms and turn in required documentation by the first day of classes, you will not be able to attend classes and will have a hold placed on your account. Please find forms and submission instructions here

Step 10: Make your Tuition Payments

From Dashboard, click "View my Tuition Statement" to see your bill, which is due by August 1st (*updated deadline*) for the fall, June 1st for the summer and January 7th for the spring. This statement calculates tuition and fees, and subtracts financial aid or payments you have made to tell you how much you owe, or if you are owed a refund. To make a payment, you can click "Pay my Bill" from Dashboard. You will automatically be billed for Student Health Insurance and can waive it by completing the waiver process under Step 4. You will be dropped from any classes you have been registered for if you do not pay by the deadline.

Step 11: Submit Final Official Transcripts

All students are required to submit final, official transcripts or graduation certificates/diplomas from all institutions attended confirming graduation to the Admissions office. Transfer students with courses in progress must submit official final transcripts. Students who do not submit required documents by the start of classes will have holds placed on their accounts. .

Orientation

Orientation Week (O-Week) for the Spring 2019 semester will be held January 9-11th before the start of classes. Orientation is required for all new students.  The schedule will be posted online in the spring at www.otis.edu/orientation. Pre-registration is requested for Orientation events.

Defer or Cancel Admission

Admitted students can request a deferral of admission for up to one year. To request to defer, please complete the Reply Form from the student portal.  Admissions may request additional information including a new portfolio or updated transcripts. You can also use the Reply Form to cancel your admission if you will not be attending the College.

Graduate Student Enrollment Guide

Step 1: Secure your Spot at Otis College!

You’re in! Now secure your spot in the incoming class by paying the $250 nonrefundable tuition deposit at www.otis.edu/deposit. Please also submit the Reply Form from your student portal

It is recommended that you secure your spot by the date listed on your acceptance letter to ensure sufficient time to enroll by the start of the semester.

Step 2: Financial Aid – Apply and Accept Awards

Admitted students who want to be considered for need-based financial aid, should apply by submitting the FAFSA. Once you have applied and been awarded, you can view your financial aid and accept your awards on Dashboard at my.otis.edu by clicking on "Go to My Financial Aid Awards." Visit the Financial Aid page for more information. Dashboard is a custom portal which allows you to view and accept your financial aid, pay your tuition bill and see your course registration. You can log in using your Otis ID number and pin, which was provided to you on your acceptance letter.

Step 3: Apply for On-Campus Housing

On-campus housing in our Residence Hall is available for full-time students beginning in the fall. Housing is available to students admitted in spring, as long as there is availability. To apply for housing, you will need to submit the $150 application fee at www.otis.edu/deposit. Once the application fee has been submitted, Residence Life and Housing will contact you with directions on how to complete the online application. For more information regarding the Residence Hall and required meal plans, visit the Residence Life and Housing page.

Step 4: Student Health Insurance Waiver Process

You are automatically enrolled in the College's health insurance plan and the cost is included in your tuition. The student health insurance plan is a PPO plan with full benefits, low co-pays, low deductible and free/unlimited access to the Student Health and Wellness Center on campus. Before you waive, read up on the school’s plan here as it comes with some great benefits and is a low cost for what you are paying. You may want to keep it even if you already have insurance. However, if you already have health insurance that meets specific requirements, you can waive the College's plan by completing an online waiver by the deadline. Please find waiver requirements and instructions here.

Step 5: Make your Tuition Payments

From Dashboard, click "View my Tuition Statement" to see your bill, which is due by June 1st for summer, August 1st for the fall and January 7th for the spring. This statement calculates tuition and fees, and subtracts financial aid or payments you have made to tell you how much you owe, or if you are owed a refund. To make a payment, you can click "Pay my Bill" from Dashboard. You will automatically be billed for Student Health Insurance and can waive it by completing the waiver process under Step 4. You will not be permitted to register for classes until your tuition has been paid.

Step 6: Obtain Your I-20 and F-1 Visa (International Students Only)

All international students who require an F-1 visa must submit an International Student Verification Form and provide a bank statement documenting sufficient liquid assets of $66,310 USD for MFA Fine Arts and MFA Writing and $86,469 USD for MFA Graphic Design for one year's cost of attendance in order to be issued the I-20.  This documentation should be submitted via the Applicant Portal or via email to Admissions at admissions@otis.edu. Upon check-in to the College at International Student Orientation, you will need to provide a copy of your visa and signed I-20. All international students are required to check-in and attend the International Student Orientation during Orientation week. The International Student Verification Form for MFA Fine Arts and MFA Writing can be downloaded here. The International Student Verification Form for MFA Graphic Design can be downloaded here

Step 7:  Clear your Registration Holds

Before being officially registered in your classes, you will need to clear two holds in your Dashboard. Please go to the Dashboard at: my.otis.edu and login with your Otis College credentials. Under Quick Links > Student Self Service> (Personal Information tab) Choose: Emergency Notification Phone Number and insert your cell phone number.

In addition, prior to being registered for classes, you will need to electronically sign the Enrollment Agreement. Also in your Dashboard, under Quick Links> Student Self Service> Student Records Tab> Choose your term click submit read through and sign the agreement with your Name and Otis ID Number.

Step 8:  Submit your Student Immunization Form

All incoming students, both undergraduate and graduate students, are required to turn in their immunization records, complete a TB screen and provide documentation of immunity to certain infectious diseases by the deadline. If you do not complete required forms and turn in required documentation by the deadline, your account will be put on hold. Please find forms and submission instructions here.

Step 9: Course Registration and Orientation

For students starting in the MFA Graphic Design program for Summer 2019, Orientation and Registration will be held in early June. The MFA Fine Arts and MFA Writing programs starting in Spring 2019 will have their Orientation and Registration on January 9th. Orientation is required for all new students. 

Step 10: Submit Final Official Transcripts

All students are required to submit final, official transcripts confirming an undergraduate degree to the Admissions office.

Important Dates

Spring 2019

December 1, 2018
Tuition Deposit Deadline(for undergraduate students)

January 7, 2019
Tuition Due Date for Spring Semester

January 9-11, 2019
Orientation Week (O-Week)

January 14, 2019
First Day of Classes for Spring Semester

Summer 2019 - MFA Graphic Design

May 1, 2019
Tuition Deposit Deadline 

June 6, 2019
Orientation

June 13, 2019
First Day of Classes

Fall 2019 

May 1, 2019
Tuition Deposit Deadline 

August 1, 2019
Tuition Due Date

August 16-23, 2019
O-Week (Orientation) for Undergraduate Students

August 22, 2019
Graduate Student Orientation

August 26, 2019
First Day of Classes

Department Directory

ADMISSIONS
9045 Lincoln Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90045
(310) 665-6820 | (800) 527-OTIS (6847)
Fax (310) 665-6821
admissions@otis.edu

CAREER SERVICES
(424) 207-2490
careerservices@otis.edu

DISABILITY SERVICES
310) 846-2554
cbranch@otis.edu

INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS
Alia Saeed
International and Veteran Advisor PDSO/SCO
(310) 665-6800
asaeed@otis.edu

ONE STOP (FINANCIAL AID/REGISTRATION AND RECORDS/STUDENT ACCOUNTS)
(310) 665-6999
onestop@otis.edu

RESIDENCE LIFE AND HOUSING
(310) 846-2648
studenthousing@otis.edu

STUDENT ACTIVITIES
(310) 846-2595
studentactivities@otis.edu

STUDENT AFFAIRS
(310) 665-6960
student@otis.edu

STUDENT COUNSELING SERVICES
(310) 665-6968

STUDENT HEALTH AND WELLNESS CENTER
(310) 846 5738
studenthealth@otis.edu

TITLE IX
(310) 846-2554
cbranch@otis.edu

Log-In to Dashboard

Otis Dashboard is an online portal where students can view their financial aid awards/missing documentation, and accept or decline financial aid awards. You can also pay your tuition and review registration information from your Dashboard.

To log in, go to the Dashboard at: my.otis.edu and log in with your Otis College credentials. Your log in information was provided by Admissions on your acceptance letter.