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Otis College's First Year Experience Program

Otis College's FYE Program - Take FLIGHT -  focuses on helping new students succeed academically and personally. Students will find support to thrive academically, engage positively with their peers, and create a healthy mindset in order to be their best creative selves by participating in the program's six sessions.

Take FLIGHT Sessions

All 6 sessions must be completed by first-year students by April 15, 2019 in order to receive the $500 first year scholarship.

  • Finding Friends - Helping students create community and a sense of belonging

    Students must attend a Peer Mentor Welcome Event that will occur on Sunday, September 16th from 2-4pm in the Commons and Forum

    In order to succesfully complete this, students must attend this one-time event. 

    More information will be emailed to all new foundation students.

  • Learn About Money - Improving your financial health

    This is a two-part session that must be completed in order to receive credit. Students must:

    1. Complete a 30-minute online course called “Creating a Budget (and sticking to it)” Go to your student dashboard at, click on “Finances” in the side menu, and click on the “iGrad” icon at the top of the page. You will then go to the “courses” tab, and find the appropriate course. Be sure to complete the entire course in order to get credit for this first part!
    2. Once you complete the online course you must make an appointment with a financial aid advisor at the One Stop. 

      In order to succesfully complete this, students must attend a one on one advising session.
  • Identity and Diversity - Developing awareness of yourself and others

    In order to receive credit, students must attend one of the Diversity workshop dates being offered this fall. Dr. Tiffany Davis, a faculty at the University of Houston and social justice educator will be providing an interactive session for our new first year students

    Students must attend and check in at the event in order to be counted.

    Fall Workshop Dates:

    • Thursday, October 4th, 7pm | The Forum
    • Friday, October 5th at 7pm The Forum

    Only have to go to one, dinner provided! RSVP for one of the workshops here

    Spring Workshop Dates: TBD

  • Goals & Values - Exploring your personal profile to expand your career development

    This is a two-part sessions that must be completed in this entirely in order to receive credit for completion of this session. Students must:

    1. Complete the online MBTI Assessment (Myers Briggs Type Indicator), and then attend one of the listed workshops below. Your assessment will be given to you at the workshop, so you MUST first complete the assessment online before attending the workshop.  Go to the link above to begin your Myers Briggs Type Assessment Profile. If you have trouble logging in or have any questions regarding this online assessment, contact
    2. Attend one of 2 sessions being offered in Fall semester which will focus on interpreting your results. Go to the Otis Owl Events App or website in order to find more details about the upcoming session.

    In order to succesfully complete this, students must complete the online assessment and attend one of the workshops

    Fall Workshop Dates: 

    • Thursday, November 1st at 11:15AM The Forum
    • Wednesday, November 14th at 11:15AM | The Forum

    Only have to go to one, lunch provided! RSVP for one of the workshops here

    Spring Workshop Dates: TBD

  • Health & Wellness - Developing a wellness mindset and strategies for self-care

    Students must attend one of the 4 workshops being offered in Fall and Spring by our Counseling Director, Dr. Rachel Brosamle.

    Go to the Otis Owl Events App or website in order to find more details about the upcoming session.

    Fall Workshop Dates: 

    • Wednesday, September 19th at 11:15AM The Forum 
    • Thursday, September 27th  at 11:15AM The Forum

    Only have to go to one, lunch provided! RSVP for one of the workshops here

    Spring Workshop Dates: TBD

  • Time & Project Management - A holistic approach to setting priorities

    This is a two-part session that must be completed in its entirely in order to receive credit for completion of this session. Students must:

    1. Go to this link to attend one of the 45-minute workshops being offered in Fall and Spring. Be sure to navigate to the following dates on the calendar to sign up for a workshop: September 13, 14, 15, 20, 21, 22; and November 8, 9, 10, 15, 16,17.
    2. Complete a Directed Learning Activity (DLA) to be submitted to the Student Learning Center or engage in an educational board game--more instructions given at the workshop!

    Students will not get credit for this if they do not complete a DLA or board game

    Fall Workshop Dates: 

    • September 13-15 and 20-22 | Student Learning Center, Library  (must sign up online)
    • November 8-10 and 15-17 Student Learning Center, Library (must sign up online)

    View dates to sign up for a workshop

Other Information

  • $500 First Year Scholarship

    In order to receive your $500 scholarship in full, new first year students MUST attend and complete all 6 sessions as outlined. Students have until April 15, 2019, to complete all six sessions successfully. Once students have completed their six sessions, a $500 Scholarship will be posted to their student account toward their Fall 2019 account balance.

    Scholarship Disclosure: The FYE scholarship is offered only to new foundation and new foundation transfer students for the Fall 2019 semester and cannot be transferred to any prior or future semesters. The FYE award is non-refundable and is applied to tuition charges only. You are required to have minimum of 2.00 GPA. The full award will be rescinded if your enrollment drops below full time (12 credit hours), you withdraw from all classes or found guilty of an ethics violation any time during the Fall 2019 semester. Your eligibility for the scholarship award may be reduced if you receive other tuition specific financial assistance (external scholarships, grants, VA or employer education benefits). The total amount of all tuition specific aid cannot exceed the Fall 2019 tuition charges. This scholarship award will be included in your billing statements and/ or individually prepared invoices. All federal aid (loans, grants, Yellow Ribbon, GI Bill, etc.), state, and institutional aid will be coordinated to not exceed the total cost of attendance.

  • Soar Higher

    There are many other activities and events that could help you soar even higher and make the most out of your first year at Otis College. We suggest exploring the following:

    • Attend Life Drawing and Building Form workshops after class; this will help you fine tune your skills.
    • Explore additional online financial management courses on iGrad
    • Explore TAO self-help, which is a completely free and private online library of behavioral health resources that includes interactive educational modules and practice tools to help you manage how you feel, think, and act. Click on this link to sign up with your email and create a private account.
    • Attend Mindfulness Wednesdays! A weekly drop-in mindfulness meeting every Wednesday from 11:10AM to 11:40AM in Ahmanson 315.  Find all dates and times at Owl Events online.
    • Attend workshops and guest lectures on campus—there are so many great speakers we bring to campus to help inspire your own creativity
    • Meet with your Academic Mentor regularly—they are an amazing resource!
    • Visit an Academic Advisor at the One Stop--go to your Dashboard to make an appointment!
    • Join a club or organization. Find out more information on Otis Owl Events online
    • Visit the Ben Maltz Gallery exhibit on campus
    • Attend at least 2 student activities events—you can find information on Otis Owl Events online
    • Go to residential programs put on by our RA (if living on campus)
    • Consider submitting to the Excellence E-Portfolio Competition
  • Program Learning Outcomes

    Take FLIGHT and learn how to:

    1. Improve time and project management.
    2. Locate and use both on campus (One Stop) and web platforms (Dashboard) as resources for course engagement, advising, registration, and financial questions.
    3. Access campus resources such as peer mentors, academic mentors and advisors, tutors, and other offices and individuals who support their success at Otis College.
    4. Develop interpersonal relationships with a diverse community at Otis College and in the Greater Los Angeles area that further enhances their sense of identity.
    5. Determine the habits and practices that support self-care and encourage independent problem solving.
    6. Participate in co-curricular experiences such as joining a club/organization, attending campus and residential programs, and/or initiate their career development plan.