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COVID-19 Update: Admissions is working virtually and you can continue to call us at 310-665-6820, text us at 323-870-6820, email us at admissions@otis.edu or schedule a Zoom appointment with us. We have transitioned all tours, appointments and events to a virtual experience, which you can register for at www.otis.edu/visit

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

  • Spring 2021 Deposit Deadline: December 1
  • Fall 2021 Deposit Deadline: May 1

After these dates, deposits will continue to be accepted as space remains available. 

Step 2: Financial Aid – Apply and Accept Awards

  • Admitted students who want to be considered for financial aid should review the Financial Aid Application Guide
    • Submitting the FAFSA (U.S. Citizens/Permanent Residents) or the CSS Profile (International Students) is the first step to applying for aid.
  • Once you have applied and been awarded, you can view your financial aid and accept your awards on Dashboard at my.otis.edu.  
  • Dashboard is a custom portal which allows you to view and accept your financial aid, pay your tuition bill, clear holds and much more. You can log in using your Otis ID number and password, which was provided to you on your acceptance letter. Learn about Dashboard here.
  • If you have been impacted by COVID-19 and would like to appeal for additional financial aid or if you have a competing financial aid offer from another college, please submit the appeal form here.

 

Step 3: Apply for On-Campus Housing

  • On-campus housing in our Residence Hall is available for full-time students beginning in the fall and spring. To apply for housing, you will need to submit the $150 application fee at www.otis.edu/deposit along with your $250 tuition deposit. Housing can be limited, so it is recommended that you submit your housing application fee by the Deposit Deadlines listed above.
  • Once the application fee has been submitted, Residence Life and Housing will contact you via email with directions on how to complete the online Housing Application. Spring 2021 housing will continue to be single occupancy.  
  • For more information regarding the Residence Hall and required meal plans, visit the Residence Life and Housing page.

 

Step 4: International Student Documents

  • All international students who require an F-1 visa must submit an I-20 Request Form, Financial Guarantee form and provide a bank statement documenting sufficient liquid assets of one year's estimated cost of attendance in order to be issued the I-20. 
  • You will receive an email with specific instructions once you submit your $250 tuition deposit.  This documentation should be uploaded to the student portal or submitted via email to Admissions at admissions@otis.edu.
  • New international students studying online will not need to apply for an F-1 student visa.

 

Step 5: Take the Writing Placement Assessment (WPA)

  • Incoming students must take the Writing Placement Assessment (WPA) which is proctored by Examity over your webcam.
  • Register for an appointment by going to the Dashboard and clicking on the link to under WRITING PLACEMENT ASSESSMENT. This will take you to Examity to set-up your profile and schedule your appointment at a time convenient for you. Times are listed in the time zone that you select. Find out more about the WPA and the Examity platform here
  • 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, 24 on the ACT ELA section or a score of 4-5 on the AP English Language or English Literature test or certain IB or A-Level scores. 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. See a complete list of ways to waive the WPA here. Please contact Admissions if you think that you should be waived from this requirement. Find out more about the WPA here.
  • 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. You will not be able to register for classes until you have taken the WPA.

 

Step 6: Course Registration

  • In order to register for classes with an advisor over Zoom, all students must first complete the WPA online or be waived of the requirement. Once registration is open, deposited students will receive an email to set-up their Zoom advising appointment with an advisor. New students do not register themselves for classes online, but work with an advisor to discuss and select the appropriate courses for their first semester. 

 

Step 7: Submit your Student Immunization Form

  • All incoming students, both undergraduate and graduate students, are required to submit their immunization records, complete a TB screen and provide documentation of immunity to certain infectious diseases prior to January 31st for the Spring semester. If you do not complete required forms and turn in required documentation by the deadline, you will not be able to attend classes and will have a hold placed on your account. Incoming students are permitted to satisfy immunization requirements at the Student Health and Wellness Center prior to the start of the semester.
  • Students attending online only will not need to submit immunization requirements unless they are coming to campus. 
  • Find forms and additional submission instructions here. View the Student Health Checklist here.

 

Step 8: Clear your Registration Holds

You must fulfill the following requirements prior to registration (every semester): 

  • Update your Owlert number- this is your cell/mobile phone number. It’s used for emergency notifications and is your primary contact number for the college. 
  • Sign your Enrollment Agreement – this is the long legal document for attending college. Read it carefully or save as a PDF to read with your family later. Sign your agreement electronically by entering your name and Otis ID number. You will also need to sign the Enrollment Addendum which is linked on the Dashboard. 
  • Go to the Dashboard at: my.otis.edu and login with your Otis College credentials. You will see two buttons at the top "Update my Owlert” and "Complete Enrollment Agreement."

 

Step 9: Student Health Insurance

  • 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, dental and vision, low co-pays, low deductible and free/unlimited access to the Student Health and Wellness Center on campus and more. Read up on the school’s plan here as it comes with great benefits and is a low cost for what you are receiving. You may want to keep it even if you already have insurance. However, should you decide to keep your own health insurance that meets specific requirements, you can waive the College's plan by completing an online waiver by January 31st for the Spring semester. Please find waiver requirements and instructions here.

 

Step 10: Make your Tuition Payments

  • From Dashboard, click "View my Tuition Statement" to see your bill. 
    • Fall Deadline: August 1st
    • Summer Deadline: June 1st
    • Spring Deadline: January 8th 
  • View our quick video on how to pay online here. To make a payment, 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 9. 

 

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 date 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 2021 semester will be held January 13-15, 2021. Orientation is required for all new students. 

The schedule will be posted online 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.

 

Selecting a Major after Foundation Year

  • All students entering the Foundation program are undeclared and will select their major (and possibly a minor) during their second semester. There are a series of events and opportunities to learn more about the various majors during the foundation year. Foundation Forward provides two events every year to help students finalize their major selection. In some cases, majors can become impacted due to high interest in a particular program of study. Based on space availability, enrollment in a specific academic major, area of emphasis, or minor is not guaranteed; students may be subject to academic review by GPA, additional portfolio or other entrance requirements.  Such requirements will be published on the Otis College website prior to open registration for the following semester.

 

Disability Services

  • Registering with the Disability Services office to receive accomodations will be done through OwlCare Online. Find out more information about this process here.

 

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

  • Spring 2021 Deposit Deadline: December 1
  • Fall / Summer 2021 Deposit Deadline: May 1

After these dates, deposits will continue to be accepted as space remains available. 

Step 2: Financial Aid – Apply and Accept Awards

  • Admitted students who want to be considered for financial aid should review the Financial Aid Application Guide
    • Submitting the FAFSA (U.S. Citizens/Permanent Residents) or the CSS Profile (International Students) is the first step to applying for aid.
  • Once you have applied and been awarded, you can view your financial aid and accept your awards on Dashboard at my.otis.edu.  
  • Dashboard is a custom portal which allows you to view and accept your financial aid, pay your tuition bill, clear holds and much more. You can log in using your Otis ID number and password, which was provided to you on your acceptance letter. Learn about Dashboard here.
  • If you have been impacted by COVID-19 and would like to appeal for additional financial aid or if you have a competing financial aid offer from another college, please submit the appeal form here.

 

Step 3: Apply for On-Campus Housing

  • On-campus housing in our Residence Hall is available for full-time students beginning in the fall and spring. To apply for housing, you will need to submit the $150 application fee at www.otis.edu/deposit along with your $250 tuition deposit. Housing can be limited, so it is recommended that you submit your housing application fee by the Deposit Deadlines listed above.
  • Once the application fee has been submitted, Residence Life and Housing will contact you via email with directions on how to complete the online Housing Application. Spring 2021 housing will continue to be single occupancy.  
  • For more information regarding the Residence Hall and required meal plans, visit the Residence Life and Housing page.

 

Step 4: International Student Documents

  • All international students who require an F-1 visa must submit an I-20 Request Form, Financial Guarantee form and provide a bank statement documenting sufficient liquid assets of one year's estimated cost of attendance in order to be issued the I-20. 
  • You will receive an email with specific instructions once you submit your $250 tuition deposit.  This documentation should be uploaded to the student portal or submitted via email to Admissions at admissions@otis.edu.
  • New international students studying online will not need to apply for an F-1 student visa.

 

Step 5: Course Registration

  • Once registration is open, deposited students will receive an email to set-up their Zoom advising appointment with an advisor. New students do not register themselves for classes online, but work with an advisor to discuss and select the appropriate courses for their first semester. 

 

Step 6: Submit your Student Immunization Form

  • All incoming students, both undergraduate and graduate students, are required to submit their immunization records, complete a TB screen and provide documentation of immunity to certain infectious diseases prior to January 31st for the Spring semester. If you do not complete required forms and turn in required documentation by the deadline, you will not be able to attend classes and will have a hold placed on your account. Incoming students are permitted to satisfy immunization requirements at the Student Health and Wellness Center prior to the start of the semester.
  • Students attending online only will not need to submit immunization requirements unless they are coming to campus. 
  • Find forms and additional submission instructions here. View the Student Health Checklist here.

 

Step 7: Clear your Registration Holds

You must fulfill the following requirements prior to registration (every semester): 

  • Update your Owlert number- this is your cell/mobile phone number. It’s used for emergency notifications and is your primary contact number for the college. 
  • Sign your Enrollment Agreement – this is the long legal document for attending college. Read it carefully or save as a PDF to read with your family later. Sign your agreement electronically by entering your name and Otis ID number. You will also need to sign the Enrollment Addendum which is linked on the Dashboard. 
  • Go to the Dashboard at: my.otis.edu and login with your Otis College credentials. You will see two buttons at the top "Update my Owlert” and "Complete Enrollment Agreement."

 

Step 8: Student Health Insurance

  • 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, dental and vision, low co-pays, low deductible and free/unlimited access to the Student Health and Wellness Center on campus and more. Read up on the school’s plan here as it comes with great benefits and is a low cost for what you are receiving. You may want to keep it even if you already have insurance. However, should you decide to keep your own health insurance that meets specific requirements, you can waive the College's plan by completing an online waiver by January 31st for the Spring semester. Please find waiver requirements and instructions here.

 

Step 9: Make your Tuition Payments

  • From Dashboard, click "View my Tuition Statement" to see your bill. 
    • Fall Deadline: August 1st
    • Summer Deadline: June 1st
    • Spring Deadline: January 8th 
  • View our quick video on how to pay online here. To make a payment, 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 9. 

 

Step 10: Submit Final Official Transcripts

  • All students are required to submit final, official transcripts or graduation certificates/diplomas from all institutions attended confirming graduation date 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. 

 

Important Dates

Spring 2021

December 1, 2020
Tuition Deposit Deadline 

January 8, 2021
Tuition Due Date

January 13-15, 2021
New Student Orientation for Spring 2021

Fall 2021

June 1, 2021
Tuition Deposit Deadline 

August 1, 2021
Tuition Due Date

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/VETERANS
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.

Hotel Accomodations

Discounted hotel stays can be booked at the Hotel June, which is located right next to the Otis campus. See this PDF for more info and discount rates.