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.
O Week/New Student Orientation takes place both on and off campus and is scheduled for August 24–29, 2015.
The components of O Week are as follows:
Day 1, Monday, August 24, 2015 - Goldsmith Campus
- Arrive 8:45 am if you are scheduled by the Office of Admissions to take the EPA exam.
- All other new students arrive to Otis at 11:00am (Exact meeting location will be publicized in July 2015)
All New Foundation Students are expected to attend:
Students meet the President and/or Provost of the college, the VP of Academic Success/Dean of Student Affairs, the entire Student Affairs Staff, and student leaders including Student Government members, the Campus Activities Board, and the student led New Student Orientation leader team. A full lunch is served and the opportunity for students to mix and mingle is provided. There will also be a host of local vendors present such as banks, restaraunts, and a host of student clubs and organizations present to introduce themslves and invite new students to participate in campus life programs. All foundation and first-year transfer students at Otis are expected to attend. Graduate level students are welcomed and also encouraged to participate.
Day 2, Tuesday, August 25, 2015 - 8:30 - 4:30pm -Goldsmith Campus
CLASS REGISTRATION DAY/STUDENT ID's
Academic Advisors and select faculty members involved in the First Year student experience are available to assist with preparing students first year class scheduling. New students are expected to attend registration day to not only create their class schedule, but to obtain information on how to create an E-Portfolio account and use O SPACE, a necessary tool to succeed in classes. New students will also take Student ID photos and can inquire about parking permits on campus. Student ID photos are taken on the lower level of Ahmanson Hall room B02. Please note that select students will attend an earlier registration day in July 2015, as directed by the Otis Office of Admissions.
Day 3, Wednesday August 26, 2015 - Goldsmith Campus
The Office of Student Activities hosts a full day outing in the greater Los Angeles area. Outings in the past have included a trip to the Aquarium of the Pacific or a Grand Hollywood tour providing students a sight-seeing extravaganza on a Hollywood double-decker bus. This activity has limited space and is offered on a first-come first served basis to 50-75 students depending on the location of the program. A link to a sign-up form will be made available in mid July 2015.
Day 3, (INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS) Goldsmith Campus - Day and Time to be determined
INTERNATIONAL STUDENT ORIENTATION
EXACT DATE AND TIME TO BE DETERMINED - For more information please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Otis College of Art & Design provides an International Student Orientation (ISO) for all incoming international students. This orientation will familiarize new students with U.S. immigration requirements, Otis programs and services, adjusting to life in the U.S. and Los Angeles, and learn about the culture at Otis from current students.
Attending ISO is required of all incoming international students.
Day 4, (Transfer Students) Goldsmith Campus
TRANSFER STUDENT ORIENTATION
The Office of Student Affairs in conjunction with the Office of Student Activities realizes the unique needs of the transfer student population. A special New Student Orientation Program will be held for ALL Transfer Students on Thursday, August 27, between 9:00am and 2:00pm. A light breakfast and full-lunch will be included. Please stay tuned for more complete details in mid to late June which will include a link to register for the event.
Day 5, O Beach Day - 9:00am-6:00pm
O Beach (formerly known as O CAMP) is an traditional event for ALL new first year students that is facilitated by the Office of Student Affairs and Student Activities. Current Otis students who serve as Orientation Leaders also assist with the planning and execution of O Beach. All new first year Otis Owls are encouraged to spend an afternoon on a Los Angeles Beach! More details will follow in mid to late June including an on-line registration form to sign-up. Please check back at that time.
Day 6 New Student Disneyland Outing
Field trip planning in the process. Check back in early July 2015 for more details and an official registration page.
MORE DETAILS REGARDING ALL O WEEK PROGRAMS AND ACTIVITIES WILL BE POSTED SOON. QUESTIONS? PLEASE CONTACT THE OFFICE OF STUDENT ACTIVITIES AT email@example.com, or call 310-846-2595 Monday through Friday from 9:30am to 6:00pm.