Los Angeles, CA
Occidental College


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Recent Reviews

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

I think that the best way to find a college that you will like is to visit, and see which college you feel like you "fit" at....

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

I think that the best way to find a college that you will like is to visit, and see which college you feel like you "fit" at. Othere than that is important to take into account your learning style, and decide whether you will do best in a smaller college with a low student to teacher ratio, and more discussion based classes, where teachers are more likely to help you. Or if you learn well from the textbook and are more interested in a wide variety of classes and extracurriculars. Once you get to college the main way to make the most of your experience is not to come in with very specific, set expectations, but to be adaptable, and be willing to try new things and maybe even change your ideas and goals when you find things that you are good at, or really enjoy.

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

I have made a really great group of friends, as I think that most people probably have, and they are very supportive.

What's the most frustrating thing about your school?

Because it's small it's often hard to find classes in specific areas that you really enjoy, so you have to be very flexible about what classes you want to take.

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

Follow your gut instinct when you visit a college. How you physically feel on campus is a big part of how you'll feel as a st...

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

Follow your gut instinct when you visit a college. How you physically feel on campus is a big part of how you'll feel as a student there, living on or near campus for four years. Don't be surprised if nothing feels perfect- you'll either grow into it, or you'll transfer, and both are perfectly acceptable options.

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

political activism, radical liberal politics, connections to internships in los angeles. proximity to a big city.

What's the most frustrating thing about your school?

lack of gender studies and anthropology departments.

Laura
Describe your favorite campus traditions.

Lots of passionate students with drive, but also enjoy having a good time and letting loose. Very creative.

Describe your favorite campus traditions.

Lots of passionate students with drive, but also enjoy having a good time and letting loose. Very creative.

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

Be true to yourself but also push yourself beyond your comfort zone- you will find something new that you love !

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

I want to take advantage of the city surrounding the school more.

Alex
Describe the students at your school.

They are diverse, helpful, fun and lasting.

Describe the students at your school.

They are diverse, helpful, fun and lasting.

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

Make sure that you read up on the specs of your school. Always visit the campus, see if you can do an overnight staye with someone in your major to get a good feel of what the school is actually like. When attending make sure you participate in something, you will regret it if you don't. It is the best time of your life. Enjoy!

What kind of person should not attend this school?

People who are unwilling to open their minds to new ideas, cultures and points of view.

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

Liberal to the point of being conservative with a huge emphasis on diversity.

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

Liberal to the point of being conservative with a huge emphasis on diversity.

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).

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

Oxy is a liberal, New England style small college smack in the middle of LA, squeezed between the Ocean, the Mohave, and the ...

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

Oxy is a liberal, New England style small college smack in the middle of LA, squeezed between the Ocean, the Mohave, and the mountains.

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

Most schools can provide a solid education, but only a few can provide the right living environment for you. Think about whether you would like to be in a competitive school or not, and whether it will be important to be able to leave campus and join a larger community within the next four years.

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

Occidental takes the sort of student that is self-motivated. There are tons of resources available on campus, and in the nation's 2nd largest city, Los Angeles. Nobody is pushing you to take advantage of these resources, so a student must be active in finding, and using these resources. I say this is the worst thing about Occidental because most 18-22 year olds are not self-motivated, and it is easy to fall into the trap of taking the easy route at Oxy, in what is called the "Oxy Bubble" (the tendency to never leave campus).

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

I would advise that parents and students should have the student?s education and future in mind and try carefully to pick out...

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

I would advise that parents and students should have the student?s education and future in mind and try carefully to pick out the school that fits the student?s best interests. Largely populated schools are adequate, however smaller schools allow students to engage with professors more and have a more intimate relationship to their school and education, simply because the school is smaller. I would also advise for student athletes to consider their education first instead of their sport. Because of the high risk acquired when an individual participates in a sport, one should consider the possibilities of injury and loss of scholarship, loss of love and passion for their sport, and the reality of attaining a good education versus a shot at the pros. Being a previous student-athlete, who decided to leave sports and venture into the Occidental student government, residence halls representation, and cultural organizations, I simply say that sports do come to an end for the majority of athletes. Another piece of advice I would give to a student about finding the right college is keep your best interest first and your satisfaction at hand as it will make your college experience an enjoyable experience.

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

Too small and socially too similar to the high school setting.

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.

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

Friendly, the typical California school, but more intellectual.

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

Friendly, the typical California school, but more intellectual.

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

Visit all the college's you applied to, and during college learn how to manage your time very well.

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

Although I like that it's small, sometimes it's TOO small.

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

One of the most important things to remember when looking for a college is that academics is not the only important thing. Yo...

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

One of the most important things to remember when looking for a college is that academics is not the only important thing. You should not choose to go to the best college you get into. Instead, you need to look for a setting that fits your personality in many aspects of life. You will be much happier and thus much more apt to get the best grades and have the best college experience possible. That being said, it is impossible to find the perfect campus, so no place should be held up to those impossible standards. There are cool people everywhere you go, no matter what. Most likely, the coolest ones will be the ones you never expected to be friends with in the first place. So dont attempt to 'know yourself' too much. Be open to things, and in that way you will be able to form the perfect campus for yourself. You pick your classes, meet your friends, sign up for clubs, get out into the city, volunteer. If you remember to smile put your energy out into the community, you can't go wrong no matter where you are.

What kind of person should not attend this school?

conservative people, racist people, people who are too preppy/fashionable

What's the most frustrating thing about your school?

registration is often very difficult (sophomores register before seniors!) and it gets small sometimes

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  • 1,969
  • Tuition & Fees
  • $51,070
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