Otis College of Art and Design: Narrative Description

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9045 Lincoln Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90045-9785
Tel: (310)665-6800
Free: 800-527-OTIS
Admissions: (310)665-6820
Fax: (310)665-6805
E-mail: [email protected]
Web Site: http://www.otis.edu/


Independent, comprehensive, coed. Awards bachelor's and master's degrees. Founded 1918. Setting: 5-acre urban campus. Total enrollment: 1,043. Faculty: 235 (43 full-time, 192 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 8:1. 695 applied, 58% were admitted. Full-time: 988 students, 66% women, 34% men. Part-time: 9 students, 67% women, 33% men. 26% from out-of-state, 1% Native American, 12% Hispanic, 3% black, 29% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 12% international, 18% 25 or older, 17% transferred in. Retention: 69% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic area with the most degrees conferred: visual/performing arts. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, ESL program, advanced placement, freshman honors college, honors program, independent study, summer session for credit, adult/continuing education programs, co-op programs and internships. Off campus study at The Consortium of East Coast Art Schools. Study abroad program.

Entrance Requirements:

Options: Peterson's Universal Application, early admission. Required: essay, high school transcript, minimum 2.5 high school GPA, portfolio, SAT or ACT. Recommended: 1 recommendation, interview. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadline: Rolling. Notification: continuous.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $50. Tuition: $24,500 full-time, $817 per credit part-time. Mandatory fees: $600 full-time.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Student-run newspaper. Social organizations: 5 open to all. Most popular organizations: Student Government Association, international students organization, Otis Students in Service (OASIS), Literary Magazine Club, Campus Crusade. Major annual events: Otis Scholarship Benefit Fashion Show, senior exhibitions, Orientation. Student services: personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour patrols. Milliard Sheets Library with 42,000 books, 150 serials, 2,500 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. 220 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed. Staffed computer lab on campus.

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