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Diversity @ Otis College

Otis College is committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive campus environment where all students can thrive in their personal and academic endeavors. We take pride in Our Commitment to Diversity which offers services and resources focused on supporting students from diverse backgrounds.

View of Fashion Design buildingFirst Generation Students

30% of Otis students are First Generation College students. Our holistic advising approach allows our staff and faculty to offer support and resources that promote success among our students. Students who need assistance navigating their first year experience as a first generation college student are encouraged to reach out to their Peer Mentor or TISO (all new students are automatically assigned one), their Academic Mentor, and/or the Advising Center. If you are a first-generation colllege student applying to Otis College, please reveiw our Admissions First Generation webpage. For more information on services and support, please contact our dedicated and supportive One Stop Staff. We are here to help you succeed through graduation!

International Students at a deskInternational Students

At Otis College of Art and Design, international students make up approximately 24% of our overall student population. As an art school located in Los Angeles, we feel that our diversity defines us and we firmly believe that engaging with other people and experiencing new cultures and ideas enriches your educational experience. As a result, our international students are important to our community and we strive to ensure that you have a smooth application and enrollment process. Contact our Designated School Official (DSO), Alia Saeed, if you need support or have any questions. View More on our International Students site.


Colored markers on a tableLGBTQ+

Otis College offers support and resources for any students who may identify as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and/or Questioning (LGBTQ+).  Otis has a 4 star ranking out of 5 from the Campus Pride Index which measures colleges/universities comimtment and suport to LGBTQ+ student life. Such resources include our student organization Identity Gay/Straight Alliance, as well as annual programs such as National Coming Out Week (NCOW), and LGBTQ+ Awareness Month in April, and our Student Health and Wellness Center which provides supportive and inclusive gender care. Otis College is committed to helping students explore their own personal identity development in ways that supports their creative passions. In addition to our programs and services, we are proud to have a Pronoun Policy to further support gender identity and expression across campus. Otis College also has Gender Inclusive Restrooms across campus, with at least one in every building on campus. Contact the the Office Student Affairs if you have questions.


Colored markers on a tableStudents of Color

Students of Color at Otis College make up nearly 62% of the student body. According to the Chronicle of Higher Education, Otis College is ranked in the top 1% of Colleges and Universities committed to diversity. Each of our academic programs is committed to infusing topics surrounding diversity and inclusion in order to prepare our students for a rapidly evolving global society. Our student organizations, Under the Baobab Tree, Black Student Union, and Familia de Otis provide affinity spaces for students of color to connect and support each other. Each fall semester the Office of Student Activities offers affinity socials for students of color to connect with staff, faculty, and other students who support their success. Contact Student Affairs about how to connect with this community.


Pattern artwork in a studioUndocumented Students

California has the largest number of undocumented people living and working in the state (roughly 25%). Otis College is committed to supporting undocumented students who are interested in pursuing an art and design education at Otis College. If you are undocumented, you are welcome to apply for admission. Once admitted and enrolled, our staff is committed to connecting with you to be sure you are supported and understand your rights as a college student. For more information on services and support, please contact our One Stop Staff. View More on our Undocumented Students page.


Veteran Students with Bruce FergusonVeteran Students

Otis College is a veteran friendly college campus where we honor and celebrate our students, staff, and faculty who have served our country. If you need assistance or support, contact our One Stop Staff or the Assistant Dean, Dr. Carol Branch, who works to provide social support for Veterans on campus. View More on our Veteran Students page.