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Fall 2018 O-Week Schedule

We are excited to welcome you to Otis College during O-Week starting on August 17th!

While we hope you participate in all events, there are certain sessions which are required for you to attend based on the type of student you are. You will see these sessions noted below. Please pre-register so we can collect your guest information and preferences.

  • Friday, August 17
    9:00AM — 3:00PM

    International Student Orientation

    The college is excited to welcome all newly admitted International students! The Orientation program is your first chance to experience all that Otis College has to offer you. You'll receive valuable information to ease your transition to campus and life in the USA, as well as federal requirements to maintain your student visa status. All newly admitted International students are required to attend. Lunch will be provided!

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    Schedule At-A-Glance

    Time Description Location
    8:30AM Student check-In/Student ID Cards Forum
    9:00AM Welcome Forum
    9:15AM Visa Information Forum
    10:30AM Ice Breaker Forum
    11:00AM Into Technology Forum
    11:30AM Safety & Security at Otis College Forum
    12:00PM Lunch n/a
    1:05PM Culture Shock Forum
    1:45PM Student Rights and Responsibilities Forum
    2:05PM Academic Rights and Responsibilities Forum
    2:25PM Student Health and Wellness Center Forum
    2:35PM Student Learning Center Forum
    2:50PM Meet the Team International Student Outreach Leaders (TISOs) Forum
    3:25PM Group Photo n/a
    3:30PM Move into Housing (for residential students) n/a
  • Saturday, August 18
    8:00AM — 5:00PM

    New Student Housing Move-In

    Your assigned move-in time will be provided to you by the Office of Residence Life and Housing by August 1st. For questions, please contact Residence Life and Housing.

  • Sunday, August 19
    8:00AM — 5:00PM

    Family and Friends Day: Foundation and Foundation Transfer Student Orientation

    Family and Friends Day is a full-day experience specifically for students entering college for the first time or coming from another college and starting at Otis College as a Foundation student.

    Students and families will gain a basic understanding of the college and the Foundation year. There will be an opportunity for students to meet upper level students who serve as Orientation Week Leaders and speak with various staff and faculty representing different resources at the college. You will also take your student ID picture, visit vendors on campus, and participate in afternoon activities that will ease your transition. All newly admitted Foundation and Foundation transfer students are expected to attend. Lunch will be provided!

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    Schedule At-A-Glance

    Description Location
    Student Check-In/Student ID Cards Galef Center/Student Life Center
    Writing Placement Assessment Library
    New Student Orientation Welcome Forum
    Pathways to Student Success Forum
    Academic Expectations Forum
    Orientation Week Leader Small Groups (students) Forum
    "Letting Go—How to Support your student" (parents and families) Forum
    Lunch/Vendor Fair Commons

    Breakout Sessions

    Description Location
    Campus Resource Panel Galef Center 105
    Syncing into Technology Academic Bldg. 350 A-C
    Connecting as a Commuter Ahmanson Hall 604
    Student Leadership and Getting Involved Ahmanson 301

    Students and families will have to ability to go to 2 sessions total from the choices above. Please note students MUST go to “Syncing into Technology” as one of their session choices.

    Honor's Program Reception - Students who have been advised and registered in the Honor’s Program and their families are invited to attend a meet and greet with some of the Honors Program faculty and Otis Community.

  • Monday, August 20
    9:00AM — 4:00PM

    Late Registration Day

    You're one step closer to being a student at Otis College! If you have not yet participated in an online registration advisement session during the summer 2018, plan to be on campus to register for your fall semester classes. You will also learn more about campus resources, meet new students, and meet one-on-one with a financial aid staff member.

    The Admissions Office will notify all students that will need to attend this event.

  • Tuesday, August 21
    8:00AM — 2:30PM

    Family and Friends Day: Upper Division Transfer Student, and Exchange Student Orientation

    The college recognizes that Transfer and Exchange students have already been to college and are a unique population with specific needs. This orientation day is for those students who have previously attended either a two-year or four-year institution, and have been admitted to Otis College as a transfer or exchange student. You will learn about expectations, opportunities for involvement, and meet your academic department chairs. You will also take your student ID picture, and visit tables represented by campus departments. All newly admitted sophomore and junior transfer and exchange students are required and expected to attend. Lunch will be provided!

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    Schedule At-A-Glance

    Time Description Location
    8:00AM Writing Placement Assessment Check-In In the Commons
    8:30AM Writing Placement Assessment Library
    9:00AM All Student Check-In In the Commons
    9:45AM Transfer Student Welcome Academic Building 130
    10:00AM Pathways to Student Success Academic Building 130
    11:00AM Syncing into Technology Academic Building 130
    12:00PM Lunch/Vendor Fair Academic Building 130
    1:30PM Meet and Greet with Department Chairs Respective Academic Departments
    2:30PM Student ID Photos & Parking Permits Student Life Center – Academic Building 130
  • Wednesday, August 22
    9:00AM — 10:45AM

    Welcome Ceremony

    Otis College will celebrate all newly admitted students to mark the beginning of their Otis College journey. You will be officially acknowledged into the college community with a convocation style welcome ceremony taking place in the commons area on campus. The college president Bruce W. Ferguson will provide welcome remarks and you will meet a number of college faculty and staff. A light breakfast will be provided!

    There is no registration required for this event. ALL new students should arrive to the Forum located in the Academic Building (next door to Elaine's Dining) at 9:00am to check-in, get your Commemorative T-shirt, and join the pre-ceremony activities!

  • Wednesday, August 22
    11:00AM — 8:30PM


    O Beach is a unique program immediately following the Welcome Ceremony and offers the chance to get to know your peers even more. There will be keynote speakers to help you learn about what's ahead for your first-year experience. Also participate at the beach with swimming and games, and then culminate the entire experience with a bon-fire activity in the evening at Dockweiler Beach. By the end of the day we hope you have a clear sense of how your own creative talents and abilities can flourish and grow at Otis College.

    All newly admitted students are invited and strongly encouraged to attend. Lunch and Dinner will be provided!

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  • Thursday, August 23
    12:00PM — 4:00PM

    Graduate Student Orientation

    Graduate Student Orientation will provide all incoming MFA students with information intended to help navigate their academic program. As an incoming graduate student, you will be able to meet other MFA students, participate in a campus tour, and receive advising and registration of your classes. All newly admitted MFA Students are required to attend. Lunch will be provided!

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    Schedule At-A-Glance

    Time Description Location
    12:00PM Check In Academic Building 130
    12:30PM Lunch Academic Building 130
    1:00PM Welcome Session n/a
    2:00PM Campus Tour n/a
    3:00PM Advising and Registration Ahmanson Hall Room 404
    3:00PM Student ID Cards and Parking Permits Student Life Center Room 150
  • Thursday, August 23
    7:00PM — 9:00PM

    Bowl and Eat at Bowlero Westchester!

    Come knock down some pins and hang out with your fellow Otis Owls at the AMF Bowlero Westchester, across the street from Otis College. All bowlers will receive a free bowling shoe rental and a spot on the lane lineup during the games. Pizza and soft drinks will be provided. Don't forget to bring a pair of socks if you plan on bowling! All newly admitted students both graduate and undergraduate are invited and encouraged to attend. Space is limited so register now!

    Please note that due to Otis being a dry campus, no alcohol will be served despite the venue having a bar.

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  • Friday, August 24
    9:00AM — 8:00PM

    Knott's Berry Farm Day Outing

    All newly admitted students are invited to a discounted day out to Knott's Berry Farm. It's another opportunity for you to connect with your new Peers and enjoy a great Southern California day at a major theme park. Space for this activity will be limited to the first 120 new students who sign-up and pay their $25 ticket fee. The normal gate price for admission to the park is $82.00 so take advantage of this discount! All newly admitted students both undergraduate and graduate are invited and encouraged to attend.

    Sorry, no outside guests may receive this discount, and meals at the theme park are not included.

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