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Academics

“One of the best design schools in the country,” Otis College has been a mainstay of the Los Angeles education scene since 1918. This “artist’s boot camp” is considered “one of the top art schools in the US for digital media” thanks in part to being located “in the epicenter of the industry.” Professors here “are all passionate about the subjects they teach,” passion that springs from real-world working experience. Students feel confident knowing “many of our instructors (and alumni) have their names in the credits of movies and video games the world is familiar with.” In turn, those instructors nurture a group of “creative thinkers, problem solvers, and designers,” helping them to be “successful in whatever field they choose to pursue.” Some students feel the instructors are “very old school” and that what is taught “isn’t to industry standards,” but others say they “are very up-to-date” and provide students with a challenge which “prepares us for our jobs.” It is best to come here prepared to work hard. “There’s never really a time for rest,” students note, “because of the level of professionalism that needs to be reached and all the competition in the industry.”

Student Body

It should come as no surprise that “everyone here is very creative.” The “self-directed and motivated” students at Otis “all can relate to art.” They walk a delicate balance between fitting in – the school has “such an array of personalities that it isn’t so hard to find people we can connect with” – and trying to be unique. “Hey, they’re art students,” one student quipped, noting that “a lot of them will dye their hair or dress in out-of-the-ordinary ways.” But that doesn’t mean students alienate themselves from one another. This “unique, friendly, and supportive” group are “always helping each other out.” Attendees say the offbeat, open-minded nature of Otis students mean they “seem to be more accepting than the average university or college.” After all, most are focused on the same thing. Success in their field. Otis students “are dedicated and are willing to do what it takes to not merely meet the standards of the school but to achieve their own personal goals they have set for themselves.”

Campus Life

Forget about sleeping. At Otis, “it’s common to forget about eating or sleeping because so much of what we do is extremely attention-consuming.” Indeed, “most students here don’t have that large of a social life because school is the top priority” and “sleepless nights are all too common.” Students get free time, but often they will “spend their weekends and free time doing projects rather than going out.” Not that there is a lack of things to do for those who need an escape. The Los Angeles location means there are museums, music, theater, clubs, restaurants, the beach, and more. One thing not on the agenda at Otis, however, is partying. “There are parties but not the typical college parties. It’s mellow people (who) have a few beers, talk and mingle.” Students here are focused on creativity and design, and that is reflected in the way they entertain themselves. If the choice is between chugging beers or watching films, Otis students choose the latter.

Overview

Applicants
2,442
Acceptance Rate
78%
Average HS GPA
3.16

GPA Breakdown

13%
Over 3.75
16%
3.50 - 3.74
12%
3.25 - 3.49
24%
3.00 - 3.24
16%
2.50 - 2.99
12%
2.00 - 2.49
2%
1.00 - 1.99

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ACT Test Scores

ACT Composite Scores
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
23 - 29

Testing Policies


ACT Writing Policy
ACT with or without Writing accepted

SAT Essay Policy
SAT with or without Writing accepted

Other Admission Factors

Academic

Rigor of Secondary School Record
Academic GPA
Non-Academic

Talent / Ability

Selectivity Rating


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Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
9:1
Total Faculty
311
with Terminal Degree
14

159
Men
152
Women
67
Minority

Most frequent class size
10 - 19
Most frequent lab / sub section size
2 - 9

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
0%
Graduate in 5 years
0%
Graduate in 6 years
1%

Majors

  • ARCHITECTURE AND RELATED SERVICES.

  • Architecture.

  • COMMUNICATION, JOURNALISM, AND RELATED PROGRAMS.

  • Digital Communication and Media/Multimedia.

  • VISUAL AND PERFORMING ARTS.

  • Design and Visual Communications, General.
  • Fashion/Apparel Design.
  • Fine and Studio Arts.
  • Fine Arts and Art Studies, Other.
  • Graphic Design.
  • Industrial and Product Design.


Degrees

Bachelor's
Master's

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School

Experiential
Internship

Notable Faculty


Prominent Alumni


Kerry James Marshall
Fine Artist, Mac Arthur Fellow

Alison Saar
Fine Artist

Dorothea Jeakins
Costume Designer, Oscar Winning

David Hammonds
Fine Artist, MAC Arthur Fellow

Judithe Hernandez
Fine Artist

Kim Gordon, Bassist
Fashion Designer, Fine Artist

Erica Gibson
Graphic Designer

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
0%
Graduate in 5 years
0%
Graduate in 6 years
1%

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School

Experiential
Internship

ROI & Outcomes

Dates

Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Nov 15

Required Forms

FAFSA
Forms CSSProfile
School

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$20,610

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$31,378

Average Need-Based Loan
$4,702

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
81%

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$18,141

Financial aid provided to international students
No

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
$45,200
Required Fees
$3,180
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$840

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
Transportation for Commuters
$1,448

On-Campus Room and Board
$14,180
Comprehensive Fee

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodology
Federal and Institutional

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based
 

Need-Based College/University Scholarship or Grant Aid from Institutional Funds
Need-Based Federal Pell
Need-Based Private Scholarships
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Scholarships

Non-Need-Based
Institutional non-need-based scholarship or grant aid is available

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs
Direct PLUS Loans
Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)
Yes

Direct Lender
No

Overall


Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
1,125

Demographics

21.24%
Asian
4.71%
African-American
16.36%
Hispanic
22.76%
Caucasian
3.47%
Unknown
25.16%
International

69% female
31% male
37% are out of state
99% are full time
1% are part time

Overview


Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
37%
Help finding off-campus housing
Yes

First-Year Students living on campus
78%

Campus Environment
Large Urban

Housing Options

Apartment Married
Apartment Single
Disabled Student
Dorms Coed
Theme Housing

Special Needs Admissions

Program / Service Name
Disability Services

Director
Carol D. Branch, Ph.D.

College Entrance Tests Required
No

Interview Required
No

Special Need Services Offered


Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
18
Number of Honor Societies

Number of Social Sororities
Number of Religious Organizations
1

Sports

Athletic Division
Other



Sustainability

61/99

Campus Security Report

Campus Security Report

The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.

Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources: http://www.princetonreview.com/safety

The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education: http://ope.ed.gov/security


Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

Fee for Network Use
No

Partnerships with Technology Companies
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
Apple Hardware Multiple software vendors

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
Admissons Office

Address
9045 Lincoln Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90045

Phone
310-665-6820

Email
admissions@Otis.edu

Experience College Life

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Close proximity to the beach, and to many cultural attractions such as galleries and museums.

Campus Tours

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: No
Dates: Year-round
Times: Varies
Average Length: 1 hour

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
No

Information Sessions
Not Available

Times

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Varies

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Available

Arrangements
Other

Transportation



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