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Overall Niche Grade
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  1. Academics
    A
  2. Value
    A
  3. Diversity
    A+
  4. Campus
    B+
  5. Athletics
    C+
  6. Party Scene
    B
  7. Professors
    A
  8. Location
    A-
  9. Dorms
    B-
  10. Campus Food
    A+
  11. Student Life
    B+
  12. Safety
    C
1600 Campus Rd
Los Angeles, CA 90041
About Occidental College...
Athletic Division
NCAA Division III (with football)
Athletic Conference
Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
From Occidental College

Occidental College fully integrates the liberal arts and sciences with the cultural and intellectual resources of a global city. Situated on a 120-acre residential campus in the heart of Los Angeles, our location serves as a springboard for putting theory into practice and ideas into action.

Oxy is a place for talented, hard-working, curious students to explore their current passions—and discover new ones. They benefit from our small-classroom environment and demanding yet supportive faculty, who are dedicated to teaching and mentorship. Our distinctive interdisciplinary and global approach gives students the chance to explore new ideas and perspectives, and connect with the world.

With more than 40 majors and minors, Oxy lays the groundwork for a compelling intellectual adventure. Our graduates are strategic thinkers and effective communicators. Occidental is reinventing the liberal arts and sciences for a new generation of problem solvers, creators and thinkers.

Occidental College Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

Admissions

Application Deadline
January 10
Acceptance Rate
42%
SAT Range
1280-1440
ACT Range
27-32
Application Fee
$65
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Considered but not required
Accepts Common App
Yes

Cost

Net Price
$33,738/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Average Total Aid Awarded
$35,704/ year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
71%

Academics

Professors
A
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
9:1
Evening Degree Programs
No
89%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.27 responses
71%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.34 responses
53%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.34 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
1,952Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
20
Undergrads Over 25
1%
Pell Grant
20%
Varsity Athletes
21%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 16 responses
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  • Passionate, with a lot of commitments
    38%
  • Involved
    25%
  • Always wants to be doing more
    13%
  • Homogenous
    6%
  • Liberal
    6%
  • Not very outgoing; smart in one particular field
    6%
  • Smart, passionate, drive, but shallow
    6%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
100%
Poll
49%
of students say that Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.35 responses
Poll
61%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.41 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 17 responses
Report
  • Liberal
    35%
  • Academic
    18%
  • A community of people who become family
    18%
  • Integrity
    18%
  • Demanding
    6%
  • There for you
    6%

    After College

    Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
    $50,600/ year
    National
    $33,028
    Graduation Rate
    84%
    National
    49%
    Employed 2 Years After Graduation
    89%
    National
    83%
    56%
    of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.18 responses
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    Occidental College Reviews

    445 reviews
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    OXY is my dream school! The campus is beautiful, the students are smart and hard-working, and the community is super diverse - racially and socio-economically. The kids are so open minded and kind and welcoming and I made friends immediately. My classes are challenging and engaging and my professors are amazing! I love being in LA - the opportunities are endless for culture, food, arts, etc. Great research opportunities and internships available. Athletics are also great and our rankings are improving with each season. Facilities are quite nice and the food is top notch. Thank you, Oxy!
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    Oxy is my home away from home, even after just one semester. The small class sizes are incredible, as is the faculty. I met with every one of my professors personally several times throughout the semester and each was happy to speak to me, even if just to chat. The campus is stunning, too. Some days I wake up and almost have to pinch myself to believe I'm really there. Higher education has never looked or felt so good!
    Occidental College, while being a very small campus, is packed with activity. The students are energetic and they help run the many clubs and services that the school provides. The professors are very supportive and dedicate much of their time to helping students with their office hours. On top of that, the campus is beautiful and well-maintained. The food is delicious but also healthy. I would say the residence halls could use some improvement, as my dorm for my first year lacked air conditioning. Overall, I think Occidental College is a great school, and you get what you pay for with your tuition.