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Report Card

grade A
Overall Niche Grade
  1. Academics
    grade A+
  2. Value
    grade A
  3. Diversity
    grade A+
  4. Campus
    grade B+
  5. Athletics
    grade C+
  6. Party Scene
    grade B minus
  7. Professors
    grade A
  8. Location
    grade A minus
  9. Dorms
    grade B minus
  10. Campus Food
    grade A
  11. Student Life
    grade B+
  12. Safety
    grade C+

About

1600 Campus Rd
Los Angeles, CA 90041
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.

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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
37%
SAT Range
1300-1480
ACT Range
28-32
Application Fee
$65
SAT/ACT
Considered but not required
High School GPA
Considered but not required
Accepts Common App
Yes

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Cost

Net Price
$35,362 / 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
$38,770 / year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
75%

Scholarship

Academics

Professors
grade 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

Online

Online Programs Offered
0
Offers Online Courses
Yes
Online Certificate Programs
0
Online Associates Programs
0
Online Bachelor's Programs
0
How Students Learn
  • All
    0%
  • None
    100%
  • Some
    0%

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
1,962 Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
23
Undergrads Over 25
0%
Pell Grant
20%
Varsity Athletes
23%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 16 responses
  • 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
  • Liberal
    35%
  • Academic
    18%
  • A community of people who become family
    18%
  • Integrity
    18%
  • Demanding
    6%
  • There for you
    6%

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After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$50,600 / year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
86%
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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