About Occidental College

Founded in 1887, Occidental College. is a Private college. Located in California, which is a city setting in California, the campus itself is Urban. The campus is home to 1,969 full time undergraduate students, and 0 full time graduate students.

The Occidental College Academic calendar runs on a Semester basis. In the school year the student to faculty ratio was 10:1. There are 180 full time instructional teachers. Degrees awarded at Occidental College include: Bachelor's Degree, Masters Degree, Post-master's certificate, Doctor's degree.

Quick Facts

Acceptance Rate45%
Application Deadline15-Nov
Application Fee65
SAT Range1200-1420
ACT Range28-31

Admissions at OXY are considered More Selective, with ,12% of all applicants being admitted.

In the school year, of the students who applied to the school, only 8 of those who were admitted eventually ended up enrolling.

100% of incoming freshmen are in the top half of their high school class. 93% were in the top quarter, and 62% were in the top tenth. You can apply online.

STUDENT LIFE Reviews

We asked, and students answered these important questions about student life at Occidental College.

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  • How would you rate on-campus housing?

    53 Students rated on-campus housing 3.7 stars. 15 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate off-campus housing?

    42 Students rated off-campus housing 3.2 stars. 0 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate campus food?

    54 Students rated campus food 3.8 stars. 33 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate campus facilities?

    55 Students rated campus facilities 3.7 stars. 22 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate class size?

    55 Students rated class size 4.4 stars. 58 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate school activities?

    55 Students rated school activities 3.6 stars. 22 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate local services?

    55 Students rated local services 4 stars. 42 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate academics?

    55 Students rated academics 3.8 stars. 25 % gave the school a 5.0.

Occidental College REVIEWS

What's your overall opinion of Occidental College?

13 Students rated Occidental College

Spartans - 04/29/2021

for kids that want a college experience this is more like an elite high school. the kids that I knew at Oxy appeared wealthy and below the advertised prep scholar achievement level, class difficulty wasn't there in my opinion and at a big price tag roughly 700% over a state school. if the fun or job prospect was there maybe it could make sense, did not see the value. some arts kids like it for its proximity to Los Angeles and the film industry, for them a good fit.

Madeleine - 03/04/2020

Occidental College and the students that attend it aren't interested in having hard conversations. They don't want to feel uncomfortable, they don't want their viewpoint challenged, and they're fairly certain that what they believe is the only "right" thing to believe. It provided me with a quality education, but I wish I could have had more discussions that could broaden all of horizons and points of view, and taught us how to be citizens in a world that fosters such intense feelings of hate, without letting that feeling overtake us. I wanted an environment that helped me learn how we could get both sides of the table sitting down and talking to each other, and this wasn't the environment I found at Occidental.

Oxy - 12/08/2019

Choosing a college is a big deal, that said in my opinion Oxy is extremely liberal (UCB has nothing on us). We support protests, marches, have a huge LGBT community. With that said, we are not a school for athletes (our sports are HS level) or possibly hetero guys as we've had a big problem with sexual misconduct accusations, guys can be nervous coming here as many have been written up and suspended over consensual stuff - scary. Its a good school otherwise. A nearby school that is less liberal but with a great student life that I would visit a lot is Chapman, should check that out.

Alannah - 05/09/2019

I think that Occidental is a great college where someone could easily continue to learn in a great environment. Everyone there seems to be super helpful and there is a positive atmosphere of people who actually want to learn. the class sizes are pretty small which I think is better because it provides you with a more interactive learning experience. Therefore, I think Occidental is a great place for someone to continue their education.

Occidental College FAQS

  1. What is the Acceptance Rate at Occidental College?

    The fall 2020 acceptance rate for Occidental College is 45%. 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. Describe the students at your school.

    achievement-oriented

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  3. What are the academics like at your school?

    Classes are small and it's great. Lectures are personal and you will participate in discussion a lot. Students are competitive in that they care about succeeding but like to work together, cooperate on stuff, and are willing to help each other out. Students spend a lot of time studying and doing school work

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  4. What is your overall opinion of this school?

    People are friendly, the weather is perfect, you are in a major city but in a small community

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

    Try to make a list of what is most important to you about your school: extra-curriculars, size, diversity, politcal atmosphere, dedication to studies, etc. and try to stick to those goals. Research the facilities and professors of several majors instead of just one, in case you change your mind (which you likely will).

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  6. What are the most popular student activities/groups?

    Doors are almost always open in the dorm, people are very friendly and social. Oxy is not know for being a party school but it is not hard to find one on the weekend. Most athletic teams are very successful, so games are popular especially football and basketball. There are great guest speakers and performers all the time. Amazing programs put on by different clubs happen weekly. Dance production is a popular event that happens yearly. Oxy has a few frats and sororities but they are not a large part of the social scene and they are not your stereotypical Greek life.

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  7. Is the stereotype of students at your school accurate?

    Though there are truths to both of these stereotypes, what it boils down to is that Oxy is caught between having the power to make tremendous social change on its campus and being forced into one formula for doing so. This formula, what is touted as a "dialogue" but is really a shouting match of opinions and dogmas, doesn't let people really listen to each other. Despite its problems, Oxy actually does have a fairly like-minded student body, and many of the arguments over discrimination of any kind stem from the formulaic channel of dealing with hard issues. People use the formula both to really talk about issues, but also to attract attention to themselves. There is potential here, but it has not not been achieved yet.

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  8. What is the stereotype of students at your school?

    Occidental students tend to be some of the best and brightest this country has to offer. Over the years, Oxy has become more and more competitive. In addition the school prides itself on diversity among its student body, both in terms of race, religion, sexuality, and hometown.

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

    There are many things about my school that make it wonderful. It is beautiful, in a great location, and holds many vibrant and exciting opportunities. The teachers are passionate about their knowledge and want to share it with their students. But the most unique thing about my school is the ambience of friendliness and genuine care on campus. There are so many nice people that it seems to be part of the admission process to be accepted--on how friendly you are. The school is very diverse and having so many open-hearted people make people feel welcome.

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

    The admin/staff/faculty are not on the same page as far as school policies and as far as knowing what's going on; too many cliques, people aren't that friendly; professorsare stuck up and often are too busy to help or advise students

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

    Friendly, the typical California school, but more intellectual.

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  12. What kind of person should attend this school?

    Occidental welcome people from all walks of life and diverse backgrounds. I can't see a person that wouldn't fit in here, however to be specific, an intellgent, but down-to-earth person with compassion for others would be best suited for this school.

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

    People who are not serious about attaining a superior education and do not want to commit a large portion of their time to learning and studying.

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  14. What's unique about your campus?

    It is close enought to a lot of outdoor recreational spots, to a big city, small classes and the professors are for the most part glad to speak to studentes. There are also great study abroad oportunities offered or available for students to apply for. It is prestigious but not academically unfriendly or hostile like other big name schools, but still could be intimidating if you do not come from an academia oriented family.

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

    It feels like summer all the way into November, and the small class size really allows you to get to know your peers and teachers--its easy to make friends and ask questions in class.

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

    lack of gender studies and anthropology departments.

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

    There are a few things that I wish I knew coming to this school. In terms of academics, to try and do your requirements (for example lab sciences, pre-1800) done in your first year, so you have time later to take classes you are really interested in. Also, in terms of acadmics, understand that you don't have to choose your major until the end of your second year, so take some time before that sampling different majors, and especially different classes that sound interesting to you.

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  18. Describe your favorite campus traditions.

    It's best known for its gorgeous campus, its small size, its diversity (social, cultural, economic, etc.) and its fantastic liberal arts education.

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  19. What is the stereotype of students at your school? Is this stereotype accurate?

    White and Privileged. While this is true about a lot of the students here, you will definitely meet some people that come from very different backgrounds.

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Student Body

Students

56%

female

44%

male

1,969

Total Undergrad Enrollment

N/A

Total Grad Students

52%

Out-Of-State

39%

In-State

9%

International

Organizations

112

Student Organizations

4

Fraternities

4

Sororities

Housing

Yes

On-Campus Housing

78%

of students living on campus

Student Diversity

% American Indian/Alaskan Native
N/A
% Asian/Pacific Islander
14%
% Black or African-American
5%
% Hispanic/Latino
15%
% White or Caucasian
49%

TUITION & AID

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.

72% of students attending Occidental College receive some sort of financial aid. 21% were awarded federal grants. While 46% received federal loans. Many students do also need to apply for additional private student loans.

Cost Out of State

$51,070

Tuition and fees(Out of state)

$1,250

Books and Supplies

$14,460

Room and Board

66,780

Total On Campus

Actual Cost By Income Level(W/Financial Aid)

Family Income
Cost
$0 - $30K
$11,547
$30 - $48K
$15,258
$48 - $75K
$17,877
$75 - $110K
$25,494
$110K & UP
$44,977

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