One of the oldest universities on the West Coast, Occidental College was founded by the Presbyterian Church in 1887. This private, liberal arts college is listed at #15 in the West by Forbes. Occidental College is home to a superconducting magnet, a fission track lab, and a world-class paleomagnetic laboratory. The most popular fields of study are economics, biology, and psychology.
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.