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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. An Admissions FAQ with answers to COVID-19 related questions is available here. You can also visit Otis Forward for more info on the fall semester.

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

Otis understands that this is a challenging time for students and families. To give students more time and flexibility, the Tuition Deposit Deadline has officially been moved to June 1st. In addition, tuition deposits made by May 1st will be refundable as long as the refund request is made by email by July 31st. After this date, our typical policy applies and the deposit will be nonrefundable, but can be deferred up to one year. After the deadline, deposits will be accepted as space remains available. Deposits that are not able to be accepted after the deadline may be placed on a deposit waitlist. 

Deferred students to fall 2020 are required to submit the reply form in the student portal and their tuition deposit by June 1st to secure their spot.

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

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 see your course registration. 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, 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. 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. Space is still available for Fall 2020 students to submit applications.  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. 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. Due to COVID-19, students studying online do not require a F-1 visa, but we recommend submitting all documents as soon as possible so your I-20 for the spring can be issued in September.

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. Find out more about the WPA and the Examity platform here. Watch a quick video on how to complete this process 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

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 starting in June. An email will be sent once you are ready to schedule your appointment. Upper Division transfer students will be advised virtually during the summer by Academic Advising and the studio department advisor. You will receive an email to sign-up for a required virtual advising session with Academic Advising. Once you complete this step and take the WPA, you will receive another email about signing up for Department advising to register for classes. Academic Advising 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.

Deferred students must be registered for classes by July 1st. All other students are encouraged to be registered for classes by the end of July to ensure a smooth start to the school year. 

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: 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 beginning classes. The Fall immunization requirement deadline for the Housing students is August 15th and the deadline for non-housing/commuter students is August 21st.  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 academic year beginning July 1st. 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 the deadline of August 15th. Please find waiver requirements and 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 for the Fall, June 1st for the Summer and January 6th for the Spring. 

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 Fall 2020 semester will be held August 21-28, 2020. 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

Otis understands that this is a challenging time for accepted students. To give students more time and flexibility, the Tuition Deposit Deadline has officially been moved to June 1st. In addition, tuition deposits made by May 1st will be refundable as long as the refund request is made by email by July 31st. After this date, our typical policy applies and the deposit will be nonrefundable, but can be deferred up to one year. After the deadline, deposits will be accepted as space remains available. Deposits that are not able to be accepted after the deadline may be placed on a deposit waitlist. 

Deferred students to fall 2020 are required to submit the reply form in the student portal and their tuition deposit by June 1st to secure their spot.

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.

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 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. Learn about Dashboard 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. Housing is available to students admitted in spring and summer, 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: 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 of 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. Please find forms and submission instructions here.

Step 5: Obtain Your I-20 and F-1 Visa (International Students Only)

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. 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. Due to COVID-19, we recommend submitting your documents as soon as possible so we can issue the form I-20 and you can apply for your visa as soon as embassies re-open. 

Step 6:  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,

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 7: 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 the deadline of August 15th. Please find waiver requirements and instructions here.

Step 8: Make your Tuition Payments

From Dashboard, click "View my Tuition Statement" to see your bill, which is due by August 1st for the Fall, May 15th for the Summer and January 6th for the Spring. 

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 7. 

Step 9: Course Registration and Orientation

Orientation for Fall 2020 will be held on August 27th. 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. Students who do not submit this documentation by the start of classes will have holds placed on their account.

Important Dates

Fall 2020 

June 1, 2020
Tuition Deposit Deadline (Refundable if paid by May 1)

August 1, 2020
Tuition Due Date

August 21-28, 2020
O-Week (Orientation) for Undergraduate Students

August 27, 2020
Graduate Student Orientation 

August 31, 2020
First Day of Classes for Fall

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.