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  • Memorial Day

    May 30| Academic Dates
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    Closed for the Holiday.

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  • Campus Closed for the Holiday.

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  • Viet Thanh Nguyen’s bestselling novel The Sympathizer won the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, the First Novel Prize from the Center for Fiction, and a Carnegie Medal from the American Library Association. It was also a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award and the PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize for Debut Fiction. Nguyen is also the author of Race and Resistance: Literature and Politics in Asian America and Nothing Ever Dies: Vietnam and the Memory of War.

  • Tonya Foster

    Sep 21| Lectures
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    Poet Tonya Foster is the author of the collection A Swarm of Bees in High Court. Her work has appeared in nocturnes, Callaloo, Traffic, Gulf Coast, and other journals. Her essays have appeared in NY Arts Magazine, NYFA Quarterly and The Poetry Project Newsletter. A co-editor of Third Mind: Teaching Creative Writing Through Visual Art, Foster teaches at California College of the Arts and lives in the Bay Area.

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Orientation (O-week)

Student Orientation 2015

O Week/New Student Orientation is scheduled for August 22–27, 2016. Events take place both on and off campus.

O WEEK is a series of programs and events focused on the importance of welcoming new first year students to the Otis Community. Events take place at the start of the fall semester and a condensed version of the same activities is provided to students entering in the spring semester. The cost of events is included in the student’s tuition and registration fees. Students do not incur out-of pocket expenses.


Tentative Schedule FALL 2016

August 20 - Residence Hall Move-In

More details to come from the Office of Student Housing

August 21 - Residential Student Day
August 22 – Family Day and Orientation for New and Transfer Foundation Students Only / In-person Registration

Locations to be announced

8:00 a.m. Student Check-in
8:30 a.m. Writing Proficiency Assessment
9:45a.m. Foundation Students/Family Welcome
9:55a.m. Orientation Leader Welcome
10:00 a.m. Academic Expectations
11:00 a.m. Pathways to Student Success
12:00p.m. Lunch, Vendor Fair, ID photos, Parking permits
2:00p.m. In-Person Registration
Foundation and Foundation Transfer students
6:00p.m. End of the Day
 August 23 - Sophomore and Junior Transfer Student Orientation and In-person Registration

Locations to be announced

8:00 a.m. Student Check-in
8:30 a.m. Writing Proficiency Assessment
9:45a.m. Transfer Student Welcome
10:00 a.m. Pathways to Student Success
11:00 a.m. O Space – Tell Your Story
12:00p.m. Lunch, Vendor Fair, ID photos, Parking permits
1:30p.m. In-person Registration
Sophomore and Junior transfer students only
6:00p.m. End of the Day
August 24

Boat Cruise and Whale Watching Outing to Newport Beach
10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. - More details and online registration will be available in mid-summer 2016 - stay tuned!

August 25

International Student Orientation (BFA and MFA)
8:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Graduate Student Orientation Day (MFA)
1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Dinner and a Movie on Campus
6:30pm to 10:00pm
Movie title to be announced

August 26

O BEACH ( Off campus experience for all new BFA students)
8:15 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. - More details and online registration will be available in mid-summer 2016 - stay tuned!

August 27

Day out to a Los Angeles Theme Park (Park to be announced)
9:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. - More details and online registration will be available in mid-summer 2016 - stay tuned!


Questions? Contact the office of student activities at studentactivities@otis.edu or call 310–846–2595 Monday through Friday from 9:30 am to 6:00 pm