About Otis College of Art and Design

Founded in 1918, Otis College of Art and Design. is a Private college. Located in California, which is a city setting in California, the campus itself is Urban. The campus is home to 1,023 full time undergraduate students, and 55 full time graduate students.

The Otis College of Art and Design Academic calendar runs on a Semester basis. In the school year the student to faculty ratio was 5:1. There are 57 full time instructional teachers. Degrees awarded at Otis College of Art and Design include: Bachelor's Degree, Masters Degree, Post-master's certificate, Doctor's degree.

Quick Facts

Acceptance Rate92%
Application Deadline
Application Fee60
SAT Range
ACT Range

Admissions at Otis are considered Less Selective, with ,11% of all applicants being admitted.

In the school year, of the students who applied to the school, only 24 of those who were admitted eventually ended up enrolling.

0% of incoming freshmen are in the top half of their high school class. 0% were in the top quarter, and 0% were in the top tenth. You can apply online.


We asked, and students answered these important questions about student life at Otis College of Art and Design.

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  • How would you rate on-campus housing?

    86 Students rated on-campus housing 2.7 stars. 7 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate off-campus housing?

    116 Students rated off-campus housing 2.5 stars. 0 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate campus food?

    159 Students rated campus food 2.5 stars. 8 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate campus facilities?

    164 Students rated campus facilities 4 stars. 35 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate class size?

    164 Students rated class size 4.5 stars. 66 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate school activities?

    164 Students rated school activities 2.4 stars. 7 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate local services?

    166 Students rated local services 4.1 stars. 45 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate academics?

    164 Students rated academics 3.7 stars. 31 % gave the school a 5.0.

Otis College of Art and Design REVIEWS

What's your overall opinion of Otis College of Art and Design?

19 Students rated Otis College of Art and Design

Gabriel - 12/30/2021

Otis is a great place to learn about art and design, mainly if you are into fashion, toys or modern art. The teachers are specialized in their class and most of them are currently working in the industry. For example, a teacher working in 3D design currently works at a video game company at some level.

Stacia - 07/29/2020

Otis is a private school and it feels specialized. The classes are small, with a personal touch so I get a lot out of the interaction. We are well-known within the local community so we are involved in local events. Otis has a reputation for being elite with highly skilled artists which is a good bonus to have on your resume. We all have to go through a foundation year that teaches us the entire spectrum of art which I believes builds character and adds to the uniqueness of our own development as an artist. The instructors are highly accomplished artists themselves which makes it an honor to learn from them. The facility itself is creative, beautiful, modern and inspiring. There is a gallery where our art is displayed so it's motivating to be immersed in art. It's a great atmosphere for learning the arts.

Raymond - 06/14/2019

I believe that Otis College of Art and Design is a good school for those who are wishing to simply learn art theory and history. However, if you wanted to go to this school to hone your craft as an artist, I would highly recommend you be prepared for just how much extra work that they pile onto you. They overload the typical student with classes such as math and Creative Action Integrated Learning, which are simply there to give academic credits and not help you grow as an artist aspiring to make it in the industry.

Alana - 05/30/2019

I think it’s a great school although it wasn’t my first choice I’m glad I ended up there. I love the class sizes because they’re very small and I like how small the campus is as well. It allows me to get a more personal and hands on approach to doing what I love. The teachers are also great and they are in the industry so the networking system at otis is amazing.

Otis College of Art and Design FAQS

  1. What is the Acceptance Rate at Otis College of Art and Design?

    The fall 2020 acceptance rate for Otis College of Art and Design is 92%. That means, out of _____ applications received in 2020 , _____ students were offered admission. The number of males who applied was _____ vs the number of females which was _____.

  2. What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

    Fist make sure they can afford the college or the university they want to attend. Research about the college and make sure the college or university they want to attend provides every needs they are looking for. Also visit the campus, take a tour and talk to the students that are attending that college or univesity about the school. Another thing that is important, is to visit different colleges and pick the one that is the best for them.

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  3. What do you consider the worst thing about your school? Why?

    The administration at the school seems to be disorganized much of the time. Although teachers and classes are assigned prior to the beginning of the semester, teachers and classes always seem to change during the first week without any notice. Mandatory field trips are presented the day of.

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  4. What's unique about your campus?

    The best thing about my school is the vibrance of thinking and creating that goes on. When you walk down the halls, artwork of all types is hung on display, whether they be rough sketches or final works. The rooms are bustling with people creating something new and interesting. It is mind blowing to walk through so much creativity.

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  5. Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

    Otis is a school for creative, out-of-the-box thinkers.

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  6. What kind of person should not attend this school?

    A student who is unmotivated and does not want to give her/his all into their work should not attend this school. Students who will give up easily will not succeed. Students who do not appreciate the arts will not enjoy his/her studies.

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  7. What's the most frustrating thing about your school?

    Campus is too small, elevators are too old, not a lot of places to eat healthy food, don't have a chance to meet new people because of the way the students are divided into sections and they end up staying with the same people for a year.

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  8. What's the one thing you wish someone had told you about freshman year?

    I wish i had a lot more money. This school requires to buy a massive load of supplies. Sophomore year in fashion , the kit you start out with is $1,024 . I'm in debt and have been taking out loans. : /

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  9. Describe the students at your school.

    They are focused and great sources for inspiration.

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  10. What kind of person should attend this school?

    Artistic, dedicated and outgoing.

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  11. Describe your favorite campus traditions.

    My school is best known for being an art school.

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  12. Here's your chance: Say anything about your college!

    my school is a small college and easy for students to see their proferssors and get help. there are workshops on compus to help students on class works. also my school has a good acadamic focus. it's a great school for art majors.

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  13. What do you brag about most when you tell your friends about your school?

    that our school focuses more on money making and business

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All students must apply yearly for financial aid. This process starts with the FAFSA. Though financial aid deadlines vary by school, it is a good idea to apply as soon as possible. For the upcoming school year, you can apply as early as October 1 for the FAFSA. Additional school aid will be dependent on the FAFSA results.

76% of students attending Otis College of Art and Design receive some sort of financial aid. 30% were awarded federal grants. While 39% received federal loans. Many students do also need to apply for additional private student loans.

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