Los Angeles, CA
Occidental College


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Recent Reviews

Selah
What is your overall opinion of this school?

I really like my school. I had other college options, but Occidental College was the best pick for me! I recommend the school...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

I really like my school. I had other college options, but Occidental College was the best pick for me! I recommend the school. I really like the campus feel, the many clubs and activities you can get involved in. There is also little to no drama on campus. I have been able to make friends easily, too.

Kristine
What is your overall opinion of this school?

It is a good school, but it is very expensive. I really enjoy the theater program and the accessibility to the greater Los An...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

It is a good school, but it is very expensive. I really enjoy the theater program and the accessibility to the greater Los Angeles area. The food is great too. There is always something to do in the area or at school as there are lots of events for a small school. Classes are small enough that you get personal attention.

Molly
What is your overall opinion of this school?

A great school for those who want a small learning environment and easy access to professors. With small class sizes, discuss...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

A great school for those who want a small learning environment and easy access to professors. With small class sizes, discussions are easier to manage and gear towards different topics within the subjects. There are various clubs and activities for people to participate in among the arts, social sciences, and STEM subjects. The food is better than those at most schools. The garden grown on-campus provides fresh vegetables used for various meals served and overall variety in daily meals allows students to eat something new everyday. The various places to study and do work allow for changes of scene for students who do not wish to be stuck in their dorms such as the library and quad. There are different programs and events which help students prepare for future jobs and careers after college. Being close to a variety of places California is known for, students are able to spend time outside of school at iconic places such as Universal Studios Hollywood. Overall, Occidental College is an excellent school for those who want a tight-knit community with easy access to other students, professors, and staff.

Masamu
What is your overall opinion of this school?

It is a great school that has small classes that benefit individual students. Since Professors are always available outside o...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

It is a great school that has small classes that benefit individual students. Since Professors are always available outside of class, I regularly meet with them to discuss class work or research opportunities. I recently was accepted to work in an organic chemistry research which is truly exciting.

Selasi
What is your overall opinion of this school?

This is a pretty typical liberal arts college. Not too much of a heavy greek or sports culture, but there is still the active...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

This is a pretty typical liberal arts college. Not too much of a heavy greek or sports culture, but there is still the active presence on campus. Certain sports are more heavily represented than others - football, track. The academic atmosphere is pretty standard, no emotional breakdowns every night, but not something you just glide through. Finally, there are plenty of extracurriculars, ways to start your own clubs, and opportunities you can take advantage of in the neighborhood and the city.

Hope
What is your overall opinion of this school?

Occidental College as an educational institution strives to establish an environment where individuals learn from each other ...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

Occidental College as an educational institution strives to establish an environment where individuals learn from each other with regard to race, political identification, sexuality, gender identification, class background, and cultural heritage. Further, it strives for and exceeds this goal. Occidental College is a place full of bright, kind, hard working individuals that work to make the world a more accepting and better place.

Ashley
What is your overall opinion of this school?

This college would greatly benefit from a larger applicant pool; the student body would be more diverse not merely in terms o...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

This college would greatly benefit from a larger applicant pool; the student body would be more diverse not merely in terms of race but also in political ideology and overall academic achievement. I feel that this campus has a very liberal slant; in many instances, politically correct language is held to the utmost importance. As a result, discussions about political issues tend to be one-sided both inside and outside of the classroom. I feel that this stifles dissenting voices which are important to fostering diverse viewpoints which is one of the important things this college wanted to promote. (the irony...). Even the clubs in this campus have a liberal slant (take a look at the list of clus; you will see a trend or repetition). However, this campus does have a Republican club (albeit a small one) which I hope will help to serve as a haven for students with dissenting views. The professors, in my experience, are generally very knowledgeable and helpful both inside and outside of the classroom. If you make an appointment with them outside of their regular office hours, they will meet you, help you with study strategies, and get to know you personally. The classes are generally small and the level of participation varies among classes. I find that there is always that one student who is always enthusiastically participating which can be intimidating. It is very important to make some acquaintances in your classes; you will need them for notes. The CAE is helpful but has its limits; it needs to have more student tutors for each subject. The students in the writing center are generally able to help you polish your essay's grammar and flow but are often unable to provide feedback for thesis statements and the content of the essay. The social scene tends to be sluggish on fridays and the weekends. It is important to have a friend that can drive and transportation since pasadena is a short drive away. In my experience, it is very easy to become isolated in your dorm or the library if you are not careful but I suppose it is partially my fault for not joining enough clubs. The food here is generally very good; the portions are gigantic and it is easy to overeat even with Meal Plan C. If you want to watch your weight, avoid the cooler unless you are trying to get fruit, yogurt, and coffee. After a late night study session, the pizzas and candy will be tempting. This school is very expensive even for a private. Generous financial aid is required for most students to attend.

Rich
Protect your child...

So may kids are depressed, or afraid to go to social events because of the rape culture. This school puts on a great show bef...

Protect your child...

So may kids are depressed, or afraid to go to social events because of the rape culture. This school puts on a great show before you arrive, but they are completely unsupportive of students, the professors are generally unavailable outside of class, and the fees are endless.

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

I would have told myself as a high school senior to always go with your gut and it is okay to be alone sometimes. Your gut is...

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

I would have told myself as a high school senior to always go with your gut and it is okay to be alone sometimes. Your gut is there to protect you. If I went with my gut, I would have never second guessed myself and I would have never been betrayed by the group of people who I thought were my close friends. Resulting in this, I ended up alone and with very little confidence in myself. However, I learned that it is okay to be alone. When you are by yourself read a book, it builds character, or simply take time to learn more about yourself. You do not have to be with a group of friends to be happy. If you go with your gut you will protect yourself from betrayal and you will realize that not everyone is meant to be a trustworthy friend. You will find those few friends that you can count on. Until then it is okay to be alone. It gives you time to mature and grow as a person to make a decision on who deserves to be in your life.

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

I wish I would have known how to use all the free time I had and handle betrayal.

What kind of person should attend this school?

A person who is enjoys the small classrooms and close interactions with their classmates and professors.

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

Small liberal arts college with amazing faculty and endless opportunities in the wonderful city of Los Angeles.

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

Small liberal arts college with amazing faculty and endless opportunities in the wonderful city of Los Angeles.

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

Don't be afraid. Make the right decision and hold onto your aspirations no matter how hard it gets. Do everything you can to make this easier on your parents, I know it seems like they are stubborn and unfair, but this is justified. Everyone is telling you you will regret this, but everything is possible! Just don't be afraid to put yourself out there and take advantage of everything. It isn't about the grades and scores and even the major, it's who you are. And you have everything you need to be everything you want to be. So be fearless.

What kind of person should attend this school?

Someone looking to challenge themselves and is ready to find and take advantage of opportunities.

Details

  • Enrollment
  • 1,969
  • Tuition & Fees
  • $51,070
  • Acceptance rate
  • 46%

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