Students Say

An “intellectual, accepting, beautiful” liberal arts college in northeast Los Angeles, Occidental is “perfect for hard-working and involved students who not only want to be challenged academically, but also want to be pushed to learn more about the world around them.” At this small school, classes are “intellectually stimulating,” spearheaded by professors who “encourage critical analysis, ask interesting questions, and allow students to create informed opinions about the subject.” The faculty and staff “really encourage students to take a proactive role in their education,” giving them the freedom to “experiment with a wide range of courses.”

Overview

Applicants
6,072
Acceptance Rate
42%
Average HS GPA
3.60

GPA Breakdown

37%
Over 3.75
30%
3.50 - 3.74
18%
3.25 - 3.49
12%
3.00 - 3.24
3%
2.50 - 2.99

Test Scores

SAT Reading
600 - 700
SAT Math
610 - 700
ACT Composite
27 - 31

Deadlines

Early Decision
November 15

Early Decision II
January 2

Regular
January 10

Other Admission Factors

Academic

Rigor of Secondary School Record
Non-Academic

Extracurricular Activities
Volunteer Work
Work Experience

Overall

Students Say

An “intellectual, accepting, beautiful” liberal arts college in northeast Los Angeles, Occidental is “perfect for hard-working and involved students who not only want to be challenged academically, but also want to be pushed to learn more about the world around them.” At this small school, classes are “intellectually stimulating,” spearheaded by professors who “encourage critical analysis, ask interesting questions, and allow students to create informed opinions about the subject.” The faculty and staff “really encourage students to take a proactive role in their education,” giving them the freedom to “experiment with a wide range of courses.” A current undergrad enthuses, “I love the interdisciplinary aspect of academics. I can really tailor my coursework to what I am interested in.” In the classroom, Oxy professors “find ways to connect the lectures to the real world,” and many are “very willing to have students help them with their research,” providing valuable hands-on experience to undergraduates. Students further augment their coursework through numerous extracurricular and offcampus opportunities, including study abroad, academic conferences, and the school’s popular “UN internship program.” “Courses are challenging,” but Oxy “professors want to see you succeed,” and the favorably low student-to-faculty ratio means “there are plenty of opportunities to get extra help on the tough material.” In fact, most professors “go the extra mile to make themselves available” and “are invested in cultivating real relationships with students.”

Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
10:1
Total Faculty
274
with Terminal Degree
227

137
Women
137
Men
77
Minority

Most frequent class size
10 - 19
Most frequent lab / sub section size
10 - 19

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
94%
Graduate in 5 years
99%
Graduate in 6 years
100%


Degrees

Bachelor's
Master's

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Internships
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School

Experiential
Internship

Prominent Alumni


Andrea Elliott '96
Pultizer-winning NY Times reporter

Terry Gilliam '62
Film director and producer

Jack Kemp '57
Congressman, HUD secretary, athlete

Barack Obama '83
U.S. President

Janette Sadik-Khan '82
NY City Transportation Commissioner

Robinson Jeffers '05
Poet

Sammy Lee '43
Two-time Olympic gold medalist, diving

Dates

Financial Aid Rating
96
Application Deadlines
Feb 1
Notification Date
Apr 1

Required Forms

FAFSA
Forms CSSProfile
Forms Divorced Parent
State Aid

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$36,205

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$33,569

Average Need-Based Loan
$6,758

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$32,254

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
54%

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$36,205

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
Required Fees
$570
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$1,252

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
$0
Transportation for Commuters
$990

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodoloy
Institutional

Scholarships and Grants
Need-Based College Aid Gift
Need-Based Federal Pell Grant
Need-Based Private Sch Grant
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Sch Grant

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs
Direct PLUS Loans
Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
College/university loans from institutional funds
Federal Perkins Loans

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)
Yes

Direct Lender
Yes

Overall

Students Say

Oxy students are “well rounded,” “socially and politically conscious,” and “excited to be at Occidental.” Though they take academics seriously, “people at Oxy are concerned with much, much more than their education. They are focused on academically succeeding, sure, but they are also concerned with social issues, identity, meeting new people, having fun, and gathering a variety of other skills to help them succeed in life outside of Oxy.” Many note the “overwhelmingly left-wing atmosphere” on campus, admitting that the people and their viewpoints can feel a little “homogeneous” at times. However, “every student at Oxy treats all persons equally, regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity, or religious views,” and most are readily “accepting of different opinions.” With such a tiny enrollment, it’s easy to find “a good niche of close friends at Oxy,” and “if you’re involved on campus, expect your friend group to continually grow.” Despite the rigors of the academic program, “there is a communal desire to help each other succeed.”

Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
2,128
Out of State
49%

International
5%
Foreign Countries Represented
28

Demographics

13.40%
Asian
4.65%
African-American
16.36%
Hispanic
53.44%
Caucasian
2.22%
Unknown
5.04%
International

56% female
44% male
49% are out of state
99% are full time
1% are part time

Overview

Students Say

“People are really passionate about their extracurricular activities and internships” at Occidental, where most students are “busy from dawn to dusk, and loving it.” Clubs and intramural sports, “from quidditch to women’s rugby,” are popular across campus, and “Greek life is getting bigger and bigger every year.” On campus, “there are frequently guest speakers, dialogues, and workshops,” and on the weekends, the school organizes “dances, trivia nights, movie screenings, fashion shows, concerts, food tastings, beer gardens, and many other events.” When it comes to parties, the alcohol policy is “strict” (even students of legal age are “forbidden from drinking in their dorms”), so most campus gettogethers are small and subdued. Off campus, “house parties are a huge source of fun on the weekends,” as are “music shows, bars, and clubs” in surrounding L.A. When they don’t have anything planned, students “listen to and make music, watch movies, have impromptu dance parties, and do wacky things.” You can’t beat having the “intimacy of a small college with Los Angeles as your backyard,” and students love the fact that Oxy is “not isolated from the surrounding community like many other college campuses.” In their free time, many take advantage of the Southern California setting to “go to the beach, go shopping in L.A., go out to eat in Eagle Rock, [and] go hiking.” “Having a car definitely helps” if you want to explore the surrounding city, though “the school has a ‘Bengal Bus’ system that provides free rides to areas close to campus.”

Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
80%
Help finding off-campus housing
Yes

Quality of life rating
89
First-Year Students living on campus
100%

Campus Environment
Large Urban
Fire safety rating
67

Housing Options

Dorms Coed
Dorms Female
Frat Sorority
Theme Housing
Wellness Housing

Special Needs Admissions


Director
Raul Villa

College Entrance Tests Required
Yes

Interview Required
No

Documentation Requred for LD
psychoeducational evaluation

Documentation Requred for ADHD
psychoeducational evaluation

Special Need Services Offered

Calculator allowed in exams
Yes

Dictionary allowed in exams
Yes

Computer allowed in exams
Yes

Spellchecker allowed in exams
Yes

Extended test time
Yes

Scribes
Yes

Proctors
Yes

Oral exams
No

Notetakers
No

Distraction-free environment
Yes

Accommodation for students with ADHD
No

Reading machine
Yes

Other assistive technology
Yes

Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
118
Number of Honor Societies
8

Number of Social Sororities
4
Number of Religious Organizations
10

12% join a fraternity
21% join a sorority

Sports

Athletic Division
Division III

Men's Sports (Tigers)
11 Sports

Baseball
Basketball
Cross Country
Diving
Football
Golf
Soccer
Swimming
Tennis
Track Field Outdoor
Water Polo
Women's Sports (Tigers)
12 Sports

Basketball
Cross Country
Diving
Golf
Lacrosse
Soccer
Softball
Swimming
Tennis
Track Field Outdoor
Volleyball
Water Polo

Student Services

Health
Womens Center
LGBT Support Groups
Minority Support Groups
Army ROTC Offered at cooperating institutions: USC, UCLA
Air Force ROTC Offered at cooperating institutions: USC, UCLA

Campus Security Report

Campus Security Report

The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.

Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources: http://www.princetonreview.com/safety

The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education: http://ope.ed.gov/security


Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

Email and Web Access Available
Yes

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
100

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms
78

Average Number of PC's per Lab
10

Network Access in Dorm Rooms
Yes

Network Access in Dorm Lounges
Yes

Fee for Network Use
No

Student Web Pages Permitted
Yes

Student Web Pages Provided
No

Partnerships with Technology Companies
No

Online Class Registration Available
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers
No

Undergraduates that Own Computers
100%

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
IBM, Dell, Apple, Gateway

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses
No

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Campus Radio / TV Stations
Yes

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
Vince Cuseo
Vice Pres., Admission and Financial Aid

Address
Admission Office
1600 Campus Road
Los Angeles, CA 90041-3314

Phone
800-825-5262

Email
admission@oxy.edu

Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Green Bean Coffee Lounge
Student Quad
Samuelson Pavilion
Clapp Library
Alumni Gymnasium Fitness Center

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Old Pasadena
Venice Beach
Taco Trucks
York Boulevard
Little Tokyo

Campus Tours

Campus Visiting Center
Mon-Fri & Sat (9/1-12/7, month of April)
8am-5pm M-F and 9am-1pm Sat.
800-825-5262

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Varies
Times: M-F 10:15a & 1:30p, Sat 10:45a & 12:15p
Average Length: 1 hour

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
Yes

Information Sessions
Available

Times
Immediately following campus tour

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Athletic Department

Advance Notice
2 weeks

Contact Email Address for Visit
http://www.oxyathletics.com/Recruiting/R

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Available

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Limitations
Mon-Thurs, but not during exam periods

Transportation

Types of Transportation Available to Campus
Burbank Airport is 10 miles from campus. Super Shuttle and taxi service is available from the airport to campus. Los Angeles International Airport is farther from campus, but close enough that buses run from the airport to hotels in the Pasadena area not too far from campus. Amtrak trains and Greyhound/Trailways buses serve Los Angeles. Rapid Transit District bus service (public transportation) to campus is available from downtown L.A.: take either line 83 (on York Blvd.) or line 84 (on Eagle Rock Blvd.). Call 213-626-4455 for bus information and schedules.

Driving Instructions to Campus
From downtown L.A., take I-110 N. (Harbor Freeway). Follow signs for Pasadena. Take I-5 N. (Golden State Freeway) toward Bakersfield. Then take Rte. 2 (Glendale Freeway) going toward Glendale. Exit at Verdugo Rd.; turn left at the end of the off ramp onto Eagle Rock Blvd. Continue on Eagle Rock Blvd. for 5 traffic lights to Westdale Ave. Turn right onto Westdale and follow it until it ends at Campus Rd. From the Ventura Freeway (Rte. 134) heading east, go through Glendale to the Harvey Dr. exit. Turn right at the end of the off ramp and then left at the light onto Broadway. When Broadway merges with Colorado Blvd., continue on Colorado Blvd. to Eagle Rock Blvd. Turn right and continue for 4 traffic lights to Westdale Ave. Turn left onto Westdale and follow it to Campus Rd. From the Ventura Freeway (Rte. 134) heading west, exit at Colorado Blvd. Take Colorado Blvd. to Eagle Rock Blvd. (approximately one mile). Turn left onto Eagle Rock Blvd. and continue 4 traffic lights to Westdale Ave. Turn left onto Westdale and proceed to Campus Rd.

Local Accommodations
In the moderate range, about 15 minutes away, is Sheraton Pasadena (303 East Cordova Street, 626-449-4000. Ask for Occidental College's special rate). This property has a pool and exercise room. Also available, Westin Hotel (191 North Los Robles, Pasadena, 626-792-2727). This hotel has a full health club, exercise room, pool and jacuzzi. The least expensive place we suggest is also the closest to campus: Welcome Inn (1840 West Colorado Blvd., 323-256-1673). The California Institute of Technology entry also has suggestions for accommodations in Pasadena.
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Key Stats

6,072
Applicants
2,128
Size
42%
Acceptance Rate
1300
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