Occidental College

Los Angeles, CA, USA
4.01 Average Rating

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.

Admissions

Key Admissions Stats

Institution Type
Private
  • Not for Profit
  • Coed
Level of Institution 4 Year
Campus Setting City
In-State Students
39%
Out-Of-State Students
52%
0
100
37%
Acceptance Rate
Average ACT Composite: 31
0
36
Average SAT Composite: 1304
0
1600

Key Deadlines

Application Type Application Deadline Reply Deadline
Early Decision Acceptance is binding so student must attend college if accepted. November 15, 2018
Fall Regular Decision January 15, 2019
Other January 1, 2019
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Academics

Key Academic Stats

Highest Degree Offered
Master's
Total Number of Students
2,036
Total Number of Undergrads
2,036
Academic Calendar

Semester

Non Traditional Learning
  • Summer Sessions
  • Combined Institution Double Degree Programs
Learning Options
  • ROTC Army
  • ROTC Air Force
  • Study Abroad
  • Honors Program
0
100
80%
Graduate in 4 Years US National: 28%
0
100
85%
Graduate in 6 Years US National: 52%
Student:Faculty Ratio
9:1
US National: 21:1
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Tuition, Cost & Aid

Key Financial Stats

Average Net Price
$33,738
Tuition
In-State Tuition
$56,576
Out-of-State Tuition
$56,576
0
100
100%
Need Met
Students Receiving Financial Aid
68%
Average Aid Per Year
$4,327
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Campus Life

Key Campus Stats

Gender
Male
Female
44%
56%
Student Organizations
169
Size of Town
City: Large
LGBTQIA Student Resource Groups
yes
On Campus Women's Center
yes
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After Graduation

Post Grad Stats

Top 5 Cities
Los Angeles
San Francisco
New York
Seattle
Orange
Average Salary
6 years after graduation
$49,700
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What Students Are Saying

4.01 Average Rating
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.
Masha
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.
Janet from Glendale, CA