Occidental College Admissions

SAT Scores, Acceptance Rate, Financial Aid, and More

Administration building at Occidental College
Administration building at Occidental College. Jeffrey Beall / Flickr

Occidental College has an acceptance rate of 46 percent. The admission process is fairly selective, and applicants will generally need grades and standardized test scores that are above average to be admitted. Students can apply through the Common Application, which can save time and energy when applying to multiple schools. Applicants will also need to send in transcripts, SAT or ACT scores, and a letter of recommendation. 

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Admissions Data (2016)

Occidental College Description

Occidental College is a private liberal arts college located on a 120-acre campus in the Eagle Rock neighborhood of Los Angeles, about eight miles from downtown. The location has a suburban feel with lots of coffee houses, restaurants, galleries and stores. Occidental College is highly selective with about 90% of students coming from the top 25 percent of their high school class. The college prides itself on the diversity of it student body and its academic excellence.

For its strengths in the liberal arts and sciences, Occidental College was awarded a chapter of the prestigious Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society. Popular majors include biology, economics, psychology and English; academics are supported by a 10 to 1 student/faculty ratio and an average class size of 16. In athletics, the Occidental Tigers compete in the NCAA Division III Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. The college fields ten men's and eleven women's varsity sports teams.

Enrollment (2016)

  • Total Enrollment: 1,969 (all undergraduates)
  • Gender Breakdown: 44% Male / 56% Female
  • 99% Full-time

Costs (2016 - 17)

  • Tuition and Fees: $51,070
  • Books: $1,250 (why so much?)
  • Room and Board: $14,460
  • Other Expenses: $2,662
  • Total Cost: $69,442

Occidental College Financial Aid (2015 - 16)

  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Aid: 72%
  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 68%
    • Loans: 51%
  • Average Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $35,056
    • Loans: $7,240

Academic Programs

  • Most Popular Majors: Art, Biology, Drama, Economics, English, Environmental Studies, History, International Relations, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology

Transfer, Graduation and Retention Rates

  • First Year Student Retention (full-time students): 91%
  • Transfer Out Rate: 13%
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 76%
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 81%

Intercollegiate Athletic Programs

  • Men's Sports: Water Polo, Soccer, Football, Cross Country, Basketball, Golf
  • Women's Sports: Soccer, Swimming, Lacrosse, Golf, Basketball, Tennis, Volleyball

Data Source

National Center for Educational Statistics

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