Los Angeles, CA
Occidental College


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Recent Reviews

Lisa
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

What kind of person should attend this school?

Someone who is motivated to seek out what they want, who upon visiting, feels that the campus is a fit, who likes school/studying just for the sake of it, who sees themselves going to graduate school

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

The addage that every student ends up at the right school regardless of his or her preference has been proven beyond doubt in my collegiate experience: I enrolled in a school I intended to transfer from, and ended up in the perfect place, both academically and socially.

Sarah
Describe the students at your school.

Friendly, intelligent, creative

Describe the students at your school.

Friendly, intelligent, creative

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

Visit the college you plan to attend. Any college may look perfect for you on paper, however youre never gona know if its a true fit until you step foot on campus

What kind of person should not attend this school?

Conservative people with closed minds. Someone thats looking for a huge party school where its easy to skate by and not do any work.

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

When deciding on a which school to attend, students and parents should visit always visit the campus and sit in a class or tw...

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

When deciding on a which school to attend, students and parents should visit always visit the campus and sit in a class or two. If possible, arrange for an overnight stay. This will give the student an opportunity to see what campus life is really like. Reading surveys and rankings only give a partial story and are no substitute for personal experience. Although a degree from a prestigious university is something almost everyone wants, remember that the experiences you'll have over the next for years will also stay with you forever. Be sure to enjoy those, where ever you have them. The right college is different for everyone and is a combination of a campus life you feel will fit you best and an academic life which will challenge you just enough, pushing you to excellence. However, no matter how much research you put into the college you choose, surprises are always around the corner. Not everything will be exactly how you dreamed. To make the most of your experience, learn to take things as they come. Focus on what qualities you enjoy most about your college or university, and be open to ones you do not expect.

What's unique about your campus?

Professors are intelligent and promote critical thinking.

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

There is very little support for practical learning and job placement after graduation.

Noel
Describe the students at your school.

Very acdemically capable, friendy, socially/ politically active, and driven.

Describe the students at your school.

Very acdemically capable, friendy, socially/ politically active, and driven.

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

The advice I would give to parents/ students looking for a college, would be to ask them what they are looking for in a college and if they do not know, I would asked, what experience they are looking forward to, examples include smaller classes, well known alumnus, great academic record, etc. From there I would give them the advice to look up different colleges, with those personal requirements. Than to visit as many colleges in advance, even try to stay the night, and see if it is the right fit, taking note surroundings and the kind of students attending the college. This not only shows the college that you are serious about attending; it also gives you a lot of ammo for writing a great essay. Also to do a little research on the different majors offered, former graduates, average cost, and academic expectations. That is how I picked the college I wanted and ninety-five percent of beforehand research has come true because I knew what I wanted out of my college experience and I knew where to go to get it. You can get a good education at any college, but what experience you get always varies.

What's the most frustrating thing about your school?

Is having ways to get off campus. Being able to buy things, like food, and making our own meals. Also having other ways to meet people besides parties and clubs.

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

Occidental College is very liberal and the student body reflects it.

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

Occidental College is very liberal and the student body reflects it.

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

The emphasis on the prestige of a school can influence finding a right college. There are many criteria that are not encompassed by the prestige of a school: the campus atmosphere, friendliness of the student population, and opportunities the school provides. Visiting schools and possibly staying overnight might be the best advice I could give. One could get a sense of what the school is really like and experience intangibles aspects that has nothing to do with prestige. I have been fortunate enough to attend Occidental College regardless of the prestige factor. Although it is a small liberal arts college that not many people know about, there are many unexplainable factors that make this a great place to learn. The closest word I could think to describe this factor is: spirit. The students here make Occidental College a great place to be. They seize every opportunity the school provides and are not afraid to initiate projects the school has yet to develop. Students who understand this concept will thrive in school and the school will be fortunate to have such driven individuals.

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

Occidental College is a small school so it can have a "high school feel" to it sometimes.

Harper
What are the most popular student activities/groups?

Occidental College "Hard to Get" dance production.

What are the most popular student activities/groups?

Occidental College "Hard to Get" dance production.

What are the most popular student activities/groups?

Four students perform in an Occidental dance production.

What are the most popular student activities/groups?

Video from Occidental College's Apollo Night.

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

First and foremost, students should figure out what they are interested in studying and find colleges that coincide with that...

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

First and foremost, students should figure out what they are interested in studying and find colleges that coincide with that interest. If you have no idea, then take a look at the course selections and see what looks appealing. The key to making the most of your college experience begins with your drive for success. Unlike high school, college is for YOU. If you blow off college you are wasting your own time and money, be sure to pay close attention to the programs that are available. Look into creating your own major. Whatever it takes to satisfy your own interests. Look closely at your basic expectations; population, class size, diversity, athletic programs, social life, demographics, abroad programs etc. "Finding the right college" is a common misconception. There are tons of colleges out there; its what you bring that will determine your own experience. If you go into college with a positive attitude and you are ready to work hard, take full advantage of your resources and grow as an individual, regardless of where you are your experience will reflect this. ItFirst and foremost, students should figure out what they are interested in studying and find colleges that coincide with that interest. If you have no idea, then take a look at the course selections and see what looks appealing. The key to making the most of your college experience begins with your drive for success. Unlike high school, college is for YOU. If you blow off college you are wasting your own time and money, be sure to pay close attention to the programs that are available. Look into creating your own major. Whatever it takes to satisfy your own interests. Look closely at your basic expectations; population, class size, diversity, athletic programs, social life, demographics, abroad programs etc. "Finding the right college" is a common misconception. There are tons of colleges out there; its what you bring that will determine your own experience. If you go into college with a positive attitude and you are ready to work hard, take full advantage of your resources and grow as an individual, regardless of where you are your experience will reflect this. It?s about being optimistic and ready for change. With the right approach, the right college will find you.

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

The worst thing about my school is the social scene on campus. Off campus, there are a million fun things to do however the social life on and around campus is really lame. unless you have a dope crew of friends, finding a fun party is rare. most parties play bad music if any at all and they are small and eclusive, not that interesting. the kick backs are good, that is where the drunken intelectually stimilating convorsations come out, however if you are looking for a good party school, this is not it.

What kind of person should attend this school?

A person that is driven academically, that likes small classes and personal relationships with professors. A person that is focused and eager to learn. Outspoken people tend to do very well at occidental, at the same time, people that just tend to sit back and listen can do very well also because there is so much being said in class, it is easy to listen and learn. A person that is active in the community and outspoken about politics. A person that enjoys and appreciate sintellectually stimulating convorsations.

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

Oxy is a place full of eccentric individuals who are unabashedly themselves and want to make an impact, scholastically and pr...

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

Oxy is a place full of eccentric individuals who are unabashedly themselves and want to make an impact, scholastically and professionally.

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

Upon completion of high school, students may think they know who they are, what they want, where they want to go, but in reality, they should approach the college experience with a fresh perspective, a desire to learn, to experience, to grow. Having a plan means knowing where you want to go, but being flexible enough to change directions as the discovery process unfolds. Students should spend some time self-reflecting their needs, academic and personal, when searching for potential colleges. Similarly, parents should encourage and support the students along the way, without biases or extra pressure on an already difficult decision. This is a decision that will affect not only the next four years, but also how it will impact the students' lives. Having fun, discovering oneself in the context of this world, and learning both inside and outside the classroom are all part of what makes the college experience unique, so make sure the right college reflects your needs, stimulates your mind, and challenges your human spirit to excel and achieve personal satisfaction.

Sarah
Describe the students at your school.

My classmates are vocal, active, and tolerant.

Describe the students at your school.

My classmates are vocal, active, and tolerant.

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

For a private, liberal arts college, my school is very diverse and close to an ubran center.

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

As a senior interviewer for the Office of Admission at Occidental College, I always tell prospective students and their parents that they need to follow their instinct when it comes to choosing the right college. The worst decision a student can make is to listen to others or succumb to the pressures put on by their parents. If a student knows exactly what they want to study, then I suggest they look at schools that specialize in that field of study. However, if they are like most young students starting college and have an open mind, I suggest a liberal arts school if they want the small school experience. What matters most is a studen't happiness because your first year of college is probably your most important. It marks the beginning of your career path but most importantly you start to find out who you really are.

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