Founded by the Presbyterian Church in 1887, Occidental College is a 4-year liberal arts college in Los Angeles and one of the oldest institutions on the West Coast. Also known as “Oxy,” the college confers bachelor’s degrees in over 40 majors and minors. To provide a hands-on learning experience for science students, Oxy is home to a superconducting magnet, a fission track lab, and a world-class paleomagnetic laboratory. The college is also noteworthy for the Kahane Oxy-at-the-UN Program, a series of internships and seminars for Oxy students at the United Nations.
As a private liberal arts establishment, Occidental College's main focus is on undergraduate study and research. With a smaller student body of under 2,000 students, there are many opportunities to become leaders and participants in cultural clubs, abroad programs, independent studies, and other programming. However, diversity does not suffer from these numbers, but rather equally thrives and is nourished, since Occidental College values voices of different perspectives and encourages communication of all types.
A small liberal arts college in southern California, Oxy is great for anyone looking for a personal college experience. I loved knowing almost everyone on campus, from students to professors to facilities workers. Also the quality of instruction from professors in classrooms of 15 people or less is fabulous.