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.
First Generation Students
27% of our incoming students self-identify as First Generation College students. Our holistic
approach allows our staff and faculty to offer support and resources that promote success among our students.
who need assistance navigating their first year experience as a first generation college student are encouraged
out to their Peer Mentor or TISO (all new students are automatically assigned one), their Academic Mentor,
Advising Center. For more information on services and support, please contact
our dedicated and supportive One Stop Staff. We are here to help you succeed through
At Otis College of Art and Design, international students make up approximately 26% of our
student population. As an art school located in Los Angeles, we feel that our diversity defines us and we firmly
that engaging with other people and experiencing new cultures and ideas enriches your educational experience. As
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
(DSO), Alia Saeed, if you need support or have any questions.
View More on our International Students site.
Otis College offers support and resources for any students who may identify as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual,
Queer and/or Questioning (LGBTQ+). Such resources include our student organization Identity gay/Straight
well as annual programs such as National Coming Out Week (NCOW), and LGBTQ+ Awareness Month in April.
Otis College is committed to helping students explore their own personal identity development in ways that
their creative passions. In addition to our programs and services, we are proud to have a Preferred Pronoun Policy to further
gender identity and expression across campus. Contact the the
Student Affairs if you have questions.
Students of Color
Students of Color at Otis College make up approximately 60% of the student body. According to
Chronicle of Higher Education, Otis College is ranked in the top 1% of Colleges and Universities committed to
Each of our academic programs is committed to infusing topics surrounding diversity and inclusion in order to
our students for a rapidly evolving global society.
Our student organization, Under the Baobab Tree, provides affinity space for students of color to
support each other. Each fall semester the Office of Student Activities offers affinity socials for students of
connect with staff, faculty, and other students who support their success. Contact Student Affairs about how to connect with
California has the largest number of undocumented people living and working in the state (roughly 25%). Otis
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
committed to connecting with you to be sure you are supported and understand your rights as a college student.
information on services and support, please contact our One
View More on our Undocumented Students page.