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  • 1600 Campus Rd
    Los Angeles , CA 90041-3392
    (323) 259-2500
    http://www.oxy.edu

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    Setting
    Large City
    Enrollment
    2,132
    Full time
    2,119
    Part time
    13
    Men full time
    917
    Women full time
    1,215
    Mission Statement

    The mission of Occidental College is to provide a gifted and diverse group of students with a total educational experience of the highest quality -- one that prepares them for leadership in an increasingly complex, inter-dependent and pluralistic world. The distinctive interdisciplinary and multicultural focus of the College’s academic program seeks to foster both the fulfillment of individual aspirations and a deeply rooted commitment to the public good.

    This mission is anchored by four cornerstones: excellence, equity, community and service. These building blocks, in one form or another, have long been the basis for the College’s commitment to providing responsible leaders and citizens for our democratic society. Choosing them to support the future helps to ensure that the College remains true to its mission while adapting to a changing world.

    Occidental College More Information

    Type of School
    Four or more years , Private not-for-profit
    Religious affiliation
    None
    Highest degree offered
    Bachelor's degree
    Calendar
    Semester
    Distance learning opportunities
    No

  • Occidental College Admission Basics

    Admissions office phone number (323) 259-2700
    Open admission policy No
    Undergraduate Application fee $60
    Applied 6,135
    Admitted 2,409
    Enrolled 562
    Admitted % 39%

    Occidental College Admission factors

    Admission test scores Required
    Secondary school GPA Recommended
    Secondary school rank Recommended
    Secondary school record Required
    TOEFL Required. Waived for non-native speakers who score 600 on SAT CR
    Completion of college preparatory program Required
    Recommendations Required: 1 counselor + 2 academic subject area teachers
    Formal demonstration of competencies Neither required nor recommended

    Occidental College Admission statistics

    Students submitting SAT 68%
    SAT 1 Verbal 25th percentile score 600
    SAT 1 Verbal 75th percentile score 700
    SAT 1 Math 25th percentile score 610
    SAT 1 Math 75th percentile score 690
    Students submitting ACT 32%
    ACT Composite 25th percentile score 27
    ACT Composite 75th percentile score 31

    Occidental College Diversity

    American Indian/Alaskan Native 1%
    Asian/Pacific Islander 19%
    Black/Non-Hispanic 6%
    Hispanic 16%
    White/Non-Hispanic 53%
    Non-Resident Alien 3%
    Race/ethnicity unknown 2%
  • Occidental College Cost

    In-State Tuition, Full-time Undergraduates $43,490
    Out-of-state Tuition, Full-time Undergraduates $43,490
    Books and Supplies $1,213
    On-campus room and board $12,450
    Off-campus room and board -

    Occidental College Financial Aid

    Students Receiving Aid 79%
    Receiving Federal Grants 24% , $7,189 on average
    Receiving Institutional Aid 70% , $23,946 on average
    Receiving Student Loans 52% , $6,444 on average
  • Occidental College Programs & Majors

    Graduates in 2012/2013 academic year.

    AREA, ETHNIC, CULTURAL, GENDER, AND GROUP STUDIES Bachelor Master
    American/United States Studies/Civilization 4 0
    Asian Studies/Civilization 1 0
    East Asian Studies 1 0
    Ethnic, Cultural Minority, Gender, and Group Studies, Other 8 0
    BIOLOGICAL AND BIOMEDICAL SCIENCES Bachelor Master
    Biochemistry 16 0
    Biology/Biological Sciences, General 39 0
    COMPUTER AND INFORMATION SCIENCES AND SUPPORT SERVICES Bachelor Master
    Computer Science 0 0
    EDUCATION Bachelor Master
    Elementary Education and Teaching 0 2
    Secondary Education and Teaching 0 4
    ENGLISH LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE/LETTERS Bachelor Master
    English Language and Literature/Letters, Other 25 0
    FOREIGN LANGUAGES, LITERATURES, AND LINGUISTICS Bachelor Master
    Chinese Language and Literature 3 0
    Comparative Literature 1 0
    Foreign Languages and Literatures, General 5 0
    French Language and Literature 2 0
    Japanese Language and Literature 1 0
    Spanish Language and Literature 19 0
    HISTORY Bachelor Master
    History, General 26 0
    MATHEMATICS AND STATISTICS Bachelor Master
    Mathematics, General 10 0
    MULTI/INTERDISCIPLINARY STUDIES Bachelor Master
    Cognitive Science 9 0
    Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other 2 0
    NATURAL RESOURCES AND CONSERVATION Bachelor Master
    Environmental Studies 21 0
    PARKS, RECREATION, LEISURE, AND FITNESS STUDIES Bachelor Master
    Kinesiology and Exercise Science 23 0
    PHILOSOPHY AND RELIGIOUS STUDIES Bachelor Master
    Philosophy 7 0
    Religion/Religious Studies 9 0
    PHYSICAL SCIENCES Bachelor Master
    Chemistry, General 6 0
    Geology/Earth Science, General 4 0
    Physics, General 6 0
    PSYCHOLOGY Bachelor Master
    Physiological Psychology/Psychobiology 3 0
    Psychology, General 25 0
    SOCIAL SCIENCES Bachelor Master
    Economics, General 65 0
    International Relations and Affairs 44 0
    Political Science and Government, General 20 0
    Sociology 30 0
    VISUAL AND PERFORMING ARTS Bachelor Master
    Art/Art Studies, General 32 0
    Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General 9 0
    Music, General 4 0
  • Occidental College Deadlines

    Regular Admissions

    Regular application deadline January 10
    Priority application deadline -
    Fall application deadline January 10
    SAT Reasoning / ACT scores due January 10
    SAT Subject score report due January 10
    College will notify student by April 1
    Student must reply to acceptance by May 1
    Deadline for housing deposit -

    Financial Aid

    Financial aid priority deadline February 1
    Financial aid deadline February 1
    College will notify student of financial aid decisions on or about April 1
    Student must reply to financial aid decision by May 1

    Early Decision/Action

    Early decision deadline January 2
    College will notify student of early decision by February 1
    Early action deadline -
    College will notify student of early action by -

    Transfer Students

    Transfer priority application deadline -
    Transfer priority financial aid deadline March 15
    Transfer application closing date March 15
    Transfer deadline for filing financial aid forms March 15
    College will notify student of transfer decision by May 1
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    http://www.facebook.com/oxyadmission
    Twitter Username
    oxynews
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    Next Connect Link Url
    http://www.oxy.edu/admission-aid
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    http://www.oxy.edu/admission-aid/applying/application-requirements
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    Occidental CollegeNames and Abbreviations

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    Occidental
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Student Reviews of Occidental College

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based on 24 reviews
  • Zoë from Simi Valley, CA

    The small size of the campus leads to a close-knit community of students who really enjoy learning and each other's company. Shyer students may be forced to open up more to new people, but it is all for the best. Clubs are very active on campus,… more read full review

    The small size of the campus leads to a close-knit community of students who really enjoy learning and each other's company. Shyer students may be forced to open up more to new people, but it is all for the best. Clubs are very active on campus, and hall spreads lead to much bonding. read full review

  • Beverly from Canyon Country, CA

    I am a Biology major and I am entering my last year at Occidental, or Oxy, as many call it. The knowledgeable professors and small class size really make the difference. I have gained hands-on experience in laboratories and undergraduate research,… more read full review

    I am a Biology major and I am entering my last year at Occidental, or Oxy, as many call it. The knowledgeable professors and small class size really make the difference. I have gained hands-on experience in laboratories and undergraduate research, which is possible here because of the size of the student body. There is always someone available if you have a question or just want to get to know a professor more. Occidental has several programs to help students build and expand their learning. The Summer Research Program lasts 8 weeks and sponsors students with research proposals from all majors. There are weekly seminars and meetings that introduce students to potential careers and global events. Each major usually has department-specific talks that cater to students and possible careers that they may be interested in. Oxy has academic support, including tutoring in many subjects, student-led study groups, and professional staff that can help you with essay organization and improvement. Be aware of all these resources as a student as they are very beneficial! read full review

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Occidental College Scholarships

Merit Aid

Merit Scholarships Available Amount freshman returning transfer graduate
$15,000 - $60,000 Y N N N
- Y N N N
$10,000 - $40,000 Y N Y N
$5,000 - $20,000 Y
$20,000 - $80,000 Y
$500 - $2,000 Y
$15,000 - $60,000 Y
$2,000 - $4,000 Y
$15,000 - $60,000 Y
$10,000 - $40,000 Y