New Student Orientation

Welcome to O-Week

We are thrilled to welcome you to O-Week, our New Student Orientation! This exciting program is your gateway to discovering everything Otis College has to offer. You'll get to know the campus community, explore various college resources, and start building connections within the Otis family.

During O-Week, you'll immerse yourself in Orientation Sessions, navigate our self-guided Online Orientation Hub, and interact with our friendly Orientation Leaders. It's a fantastic opportunity to get acquainted with your new home and set the stage for your success. We can't wait to meet you soon!

Fall 2024 O-Week

The New Student Orientation (O-Week) for Fall 2024 will take place Wednesday, August 21 - Saturday, August 24. International students will have an additional orientation on Tuesday, August 20. The registration link for the required New Student Orientation will be sent to all new incoming students via email in July. 

Checklist and Schedule

  1. Review and complete all steps in the Student Enrollment Guide.

    Admissions has created a list of steps for undergraduate and graduate students to enroll at Otis College. These steps are important to complete to prepare for a successful transition into the College.

  2. Review software and hardware requirements based on your year or major.

    Otis requires that incoming students own a laptop that meets the minimum system specifications for software used in the classroom. The requirements are broken down by foundation year or academic major.

  3. Sign up for your Orientation Session(s). Registration for Fall O-Week will go live in July.

    Making the transition to college can be exciting, eye-opening, and perhaps a bit overwhelming at times. Through our Orientation Sessions, we will provide you with important information and tools to help you become the most successful Otis Owl that you can be. Through these sessions, you will learn about strategies and resources you can utilize to strive academically, creatively, and personally during your time at Otis College. Lastly, you will have the chance to ask any questions you have and connect with our Otis College community

  4. Complete the self-guided Orientation Course.

    The online orientation course will help you learn about all the resources that you can access as an Otis Owl. Through the course, you will be able to navigate through informational modules that serve as essential introductions to the Otis College student experience. 

    All new students will be able to access the Orientation course through the Nest by August 1, 2024. All new students must complete the online Orientation Course by August 26, 2024. Your orientation course can be accessed by logging on to your MyOtis portal (my.otis.edu), and clicking on “the Nest” below "Campus Applications."

International Student Orientation

We invite all incoming International Students to join us for an opportunity to learn about life at Otis College, review VISA requirements, and connect with other students, staff, and faculty!

This is required for all new incoming international students.

All listed times are in Pacific Time. 

Time Session Location
12:30 pm - 1:00 pm Check-In Outside of Galef
1:00 pm - 1:40 pm Welcome Lunch Forum
1:40 pm - 2:25 pm International Student Experience Conversation Forum
2:30 pm - 3:00 pm Adjusting to the Academics Forum
3:05 pm - 3:30 pm Campus Resources Forum
3:30 pm - 4:00 pm Living in Los Angeles Forum

 

Welcome Ceremony

Otis College officially celebrates all newly admitted students at the beginning of their academic year with the annual Welcome Ceremony. You will be officially welcomed during a Convocation-style Welcome Ceremony, taking place in the Commons on campus. President Charles Hirschhorn will formally welcome all new students, along with Otis College faculty and staff. We will be providing one of LA’s iconic donut shops, Randy’s Donuts! 

We encourage students to register for this event. ALL new students should arrive at the Forum, which is located in the Anne Cole Building next to Elaine's Dining, to check-in, get your commemorative T-shirt, and join the pre-ceremony activities! 

All new students are strongly encouraged to attend. 

Time Session Location
9:00 am - 11:00 am Welcome Ceremony Forum

Kick-Off O-Week Programming! 

After the Welcome Ceremony, new incoming students are invited to join our Orientation Leaders at Bowlero for bowling, food, and fun! Registration for this event is required and will be part of the Orientation registration sent to your email in July.

Additionally, Foundation & Foundation Transfer students are invited to join the Owl Chats led by our Orientation Leaders. Owl Chats are an opportunity to meet with your assigned O-Week small group to connect and build community! You’ll have the chance to meet other new students throughout the various Owl Chats. We strongly encourage all Foundation & Foundation Transfer students to join the Owl Chats throughout O-Week.

Time Session Location
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm Bowling at Bowlero! Bowlero, 8731 Lincoln Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90045
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Owl Chat #1: 

*Foundation & Foundation Transfer Students Only

Various Locations
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm BINGO! Commons

Foundation & Foundation Transfer Student Orientation

The college is excited to welcome all newly admitted Foundation and Foundation Transfer students! This in-person orientation is designed to give you the information you need to begin your first-year at Otis College. You will have the opportunity to connect with peers, staff, and faculty, and learn about academic expectations, campus resources, and opportunities for involvement. 

All newly admitted Foundation and Foundation Transfer students are expected to attend. Students only need to attend one session. Registration is required. Registration will go live in July.

Session A 

Time Session Location
8:30 am - 9:00 am Check-In Front of Galef
9:00 am - 9:05 am Welcome Forum
9:05 am - 9:20 am Faculty Keynote: Creating your Future! Forum
9:20 am - 10:00 am First-Year Overview: Foundation Studio & Liberal Arts and Sciences Forum
10:00 am - 10:05 am Break  
10:05 am - 10:30 am Student Life at Otis Forum
10:30 am - 10:55 am Campus Resources Forum
10:55 am - 11:00 am Break  
11:00 am - 11:30 am Title IX & Bystander Intervention Forum
11:30 am - 12:00 pm Tech Essentials: Academic Tools for the Classroom Forum
12:05 pm - 12:30 pm Owl Chat #2 Various Locations
12:15 pm - 1:30 pm
Lunch with Campus Resources and Vendor Fair Commons

Lunch with Campus Resources and Vendor Fair (12:15 pm - 1:30 pm)

Join us for lunch and check out our fair with different campus resources and vendors from the local area. Those attending Session A should plan to participate in lunch at 12:30pm. Those attending Session B should plan to participate in lunch before their session at 1:00pm. The fair will take place in  The Commons.

Session B 

Time Session Location
12:30 pm - 1:00 pm Check-In

Front of Galef

1:00 pm - 1:05 pm Welcome Forum
1:05 pm - 1:20 pm Faculty Keynote: Creating your Future! Forum
1:20 pm - 2:00 pm First-Year Overview: Foundation Studio & Liberal Arts and Sciences Forum
2:00 pm - 2:05 pm Break  
2:05 pm - 2:30 pm
Student Life @ Otis Presentation Forum
2:30 pm - 2:55 pm
Campus Resources Forum
3:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Title IX & Bystander Intervention Forum
3:30 pm - 4:00 pm
Tech Essentials: Academic Tools for the Classroom Forum
4:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Owl Chat #2 Various Locations

Campus Activities Board Program

Are you ready to make some new Owl Friends!? Join our student programming board, Campus Activities Board in making new connections and friends over community building activities and fun programming in the Commons! 

Time Session Location
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm Campus Activities Board Program Commons

Upper Division Transfer, Exchange, and Graduate Student Orientation

The college is excited to welcome all newly admitted Graduate and Upper Division Transfer and Exchange students! Through this orientation, you will learn about academic expectations, campus resources, and opportunities for involvement.

All newly admitted Graduate and Upper Division Transfer students and Exchange Students are expected to attend. Registration is required. Registration will go live in July.

Time Session Place
8:30 am - 9:00 am Check-In Front of Galef
9:00 am - 9:05 am Welcome Forum
9:05 am - 9:30 am Connecting with Peers! Forum
9:30 am - 10:00 am Student Life at Otis Forum
10:00 am - 10:25 am
Title IX & Bystander Intervention Forum
10:25 am - 10:30 am Break  
10:30 am - 11:00 am Tech Essentials: Academic Tools for the Classroom Forum
11:05 am - 11:30 am
Campus Facilities & Labs Overview Forum
11:30 am - 12:00 pm

Breakout Session:

Upper Division Transfer & Exchange Students: Liberal Arts & Sciences Overview 

Graduate Students: MFA: Meet & Greet

 

Forum

 

 

Galef

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Lunch with Campus Resources and Vendor Fair

Commons

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Campus Resources Tour (Optional)

Meet in Forum

Additional O-Week Programs

All new students are invited to join additional programming opportunities on campus. These sessions are led by various campus departments or O-Leaders. These are optional programs but are ways to get connected, learn more about resources, or help you prepare for your transition to Otis!

 Programs will be updated in late July. 

Come get groovy with us at our 70s themed Jazz in the Commons program! There will be live jazz music, lawn games, interactive activities, and food! This event is hosted by the Office of Student Engagement & Leadership and Residence Life & Housing. 

The first 50 attendees will receive an Otis College picnic blanket! We encourage folks to bring a picnic blanket and a friend to enjoy the closing of O-Week! 

Time Session Location
11:00 am - 2:00 pm Jazz in the Commons: 70s Day Party! Commons

 

Parent & Family Orientation (In-Person)

Tuesday, August 20

We welcome all parents, families, and guardians of Otis students to join us in our in-person Parent & Family Orientation. Attendees will learn more about our campus resources such as Campus Safety, Student Health & Wellness Center, Counseling Services, Residence Life, Student Engagement and Leadership, and Student Affairs. Registration is required and will be available in July.  This session is intended for parents, families, and guardians ONLY.

Time Session Location
4:00 pm - 5:30 pm Elaine's Dining Commons open for Dinner  Elaine's Dining Commons
5:30 pm - 6:45 pm Student Success at Otis Forum
6:45 pm - 7:30 pm Parent & Family Social Hour Galef

Parent & Family Orientation (Virtual)

Wednesday, August 21

We welcome all parents, families, and guardians of Otis students to join us in our virtual Parent & Family Orientation. This session is intended for those who were unable to attend the in-person session. This session will review general information about campus life and provide an opportunity for parents and families to ask any questions. Registration is required and will be available in July.

Time Session Location
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm Parent & Family Orientation Overview (Virtual) https://otis.zoom.us/my/oweek 

How do I get access to a student ID as a new student?

  • Read and sign the OneCard Agreement form

  • Once you have completed the agreement, you will be directed with instructions and a link on how to upload your ID Photo. 

  • Once the photo ID is approved, you will receive an email. When you receive that email, you can go to the Campus Safety office to get your ID printed (see below for further instructions).

    • Make sure to have a photo ID and your student ID (XID) number ready.

    • New incoming students living on-campus in Fall 2024 will pick up their ID during move-in. 

    • New incoming students not living on-campus in Fall 2024 can get their ID printed during O-Week. 

New Incoming Residential Students: The deadline to have your photo ID uploaded before your arrival is Friday, August 2. All submissions after Friday, August 2 will not be guaranteed to have their ID photo approved and will have to take a photo for an ID at the Campus Safety office. 

For more information on OneCards, click here

2. Will my preferred name show up on my student ID?

Your student ID will list the name you have identified on Student Self Service. If you wish to have your preferred name listed on your student ID, please update your information on the Student Self Service portal. For more information about the Preferred Name Policy click here

Contact Us

If you have questions on how to get involved or how to get engaged with the Otis Community, reach out to us via email below.

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