Occidental College
Los Angeles, CA, USA

Admissions

Key Admission Stats

Institution Type
Private
  • Coed

Need Aware

This school may consider an applicant’s financial situation when deciding admission

Level of Institution
4 Year
Campus Setting
Major city
0
100
42%
Acceptance Rate
6,775
Students Applied
19%
Transfer Acceptance Rate
82
Transfer Students Admitted

Admissions Requirements

SAT
No
ACT
No
SAT Subject Tests
No
AP Course Credit
Yes
Dual Enrollment
Yes
Transcript
Yes

Important Deadlines

Application Type Application Deadline Reply Deadline
Early Decision Acceptance is binding so student must attend college if accepted. November 15, 2019
Fall Regular Decision January 10, 2020 May 1, 2020
Other
Early decision II
January 1, 2020
Test Optional
Yes
Application Fee
$65
Fee waivers available
Applications Accepted
Rolling Admissions
No

Admitted Student Stats

In-State Students
39%
Out-Of-State Students
51%
US States Represented
47
Countries Represented
58
56%
Submitting ACT
55%
Submitting SAT
Average ACT Composite: 32
0
36
Average SAT Composite: 1370
0
1600
SAT Percentiles

Math
25th
630
75th
720
Reading
25th
650
75th
720
3.60
Average GPA
Students Enrolled By GPA

3.75+
43%
3.50 - 3.74
31%
3.25 - 3.49
18%
3.00 - 3.24
6%
2.50 - 2.99
2%
Students Enrolled By Class Rank

Top 10%
62
Top 25%
86
Top 50%
99

Admissions Resources

Admissions: visit page
Admissions Email: [email protected]
Admissions Telephone: 800-825-5262
For International Student Services: visit page
For Students with Disabilities: visit page
For Veteran Services: visit page

What Students Are Saying

4.01 Average Rating
Speak up! Don't be afraid to introduce yourself to someone, or speak your mind in a class. The whole point of the Oxy experience is to improve yourself and further your education.
Zoë from Simi Valley, CA
Be proactive! Take multiple classes that interest you to start finding a major you would like to focus on. Join clubs and local organizations to become involved in the community and causes that inspire you. Do research, study abroad, and above all, make connections! There are so many wonderful professors and students at Occidental that you can make long-lasting friendships with.
Keep on track! Don't forget that college will get harder every year. Multiple people told me that too, but I didn't realize what they really meant until coming here. Don't be scared, but just make sure you are on top of your classes. If you ever need assistance there are staff members and professors that can help. Start to think ahead about career options and definitely visit the Career Development Center as they are extremely helpful and kind!
Beverly from Canyon Country, CA
They mentioned they loved diversity in extra-circulars, and I imagine that they also look for good test scores as well as a good GPA & recommendations.
Clarice from Portland, OR
Come visit Oxy before you decide to come here. The campus is gorgeous, and you won't regret getting to see the campus and talking to some of the current students before you come.
Emma from Shoreline, WA
I honestly did not think I would attend Occidental, I applied the day the application was due. Please apply, even if you aren't completely sure!
Stephanie
Apply early decision and talk about what makes you unique in your application. Oxy especially values well-rounded individuals who will take advantage of the liberal arts atmosphere-someone who will study hard, play on a sports team, and remain passionate about a cause.
Janet from Glendale, CA
Really go into detail for every aspect of a school. Don't immediately write off a school because it doesn't have the name recognition as some of the larger schools. Decide what kind of school is right for you, for me that was a liberal arts school. Work hard throughout high school so you can be competitive and have no regrets.
Alex from Stevenson Ranch, CA
Visit the campus if you can! That is what made my decision. I felt as if I belonged there after only a few hours of being there and talking to the students and faculty. If I had not visited the campus I believe that I might have made a different decision. Also, make sure that Oxy offers majors that will serve your interests!
Kathleen from Chino, CA
Prospective students will thrive on this campus if they are engaged with their community. They should be open to discussion, and free from bias if they truly want the Occidental College experience. If learning leadership skills is a priority, then prospective students will find no better place than this institution.
Masha
Stay focused and become involved. Get out and keep busy!
Chad from Los Angeles, CA

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