Resources › For Students and Parents Occidental College: Acceptance Rate and Admissions Statistics Share Flipboard Email Print Jeffrey Beall / Flickr / CC BY-SA 2.0 For Students and Parents College Admissions College Profiles College Admissions Process College Rankings Choosing A College Application Tips Essay Samples & Tips Testing Graphs College Financial Aid Extracurricular Activities Advanced Placement Homework Help Private School Test Prep College Life Graduate School Business School Law School Distance Learning View More By Allen Grove College Admissions Expert Ph.D., English, University of Pennsylvania M.A., English, University of Pennsylvania B.S., Materials Science & Engineering and Literature, MIT Dr. Allen Grove is an Alfred University English professor and a college admissions expert with 20 years of experience helping students transition to college. our editorial process Facebook Facebook Twitter Twitter Allen Grove Updated April 05, 2020 Occidental College is a private liberal arts college with an acceptance rate of 37%. Located on a 120-acre campus in the Eagle Rock neighborhood of Los Angeles, Occidental has a suburban feel surrounded by coffee shops, restaurants, galleries, and shops. For its strengths in the liberal arts and sciences, Occidental College was awarded a chapter of the prestigious Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society. It's one of the top colleges on the west coast. Popular majors include biology, economics, diplomacy and world affairs, and sociology. Academics are supported by a 10-to-1 student/faculty ratio and an average class size of 19. In athletics, the Occidental Tigers compete in the NCAA Division III Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. Considering applying to Occidental College? Here are the admissions statistics you should know, including average SAT/ACT scores and GPAs of admitted students. Acceptance Rate During the 2018-19 admissions cycle, Occidental College had an acceptance rate of 37%. This means that for every 100 students who applied, 37 students were admitted, making Occidental's admissions process competitive. Admissions Statistics (2018-19) Number of Applicants 7,501 Percent Admitted 37% Percent Admitted Who Enrolled (Yield) 20% SAT Scores and Requirements Occidental College requires that all applicants submit either SAT or ACT scores. During the 2018-19 admissions cycle, 68% of admitted students submitted SAT scores. SAT Range (Admitted Students) Section 25th Percentile 75th Percentile ERW 650 730 Math 650 750 ERW=Evidence-Based Reading and Writing This admissions data tells us that most of Occidental College's admitted students fall within the top 20% nationally on the SAT. For the evidence-based reading and writing section, 50% of students admitted to Occidental scored between 650 and 730, while 25% scored below 650 and 25% scored above 730. On the math section, 50% of admitted students scored between 650 and 750, while 25% scored below 650 and 25% scored above 750. Applicants with a composite SAT score of 1480 or higher will have particularly competitive chances at Occidental College. Requirements Occidental College does not require the optional SAT essay section. Note that Occidental participates in the scorechoice program, which means that the admissions office will consider your highest score from each individual section across all SAT test dates. Occidental does not require SAT Subject tests, but will review the scores if submitted. ACT Scores and Requirements Occidental requires that all applicants submit either SAT or ACT scores. During the 2018-19 admissions cycle, 45% of admitted students submitted ACT scores. ACT Range (Admitted Students) Section 25th Percentile 75th Percentile English 30 35 Math 26 31 Composite 28 32 This admissions data tells us that most of Occidental College's admitted students fall within the top 12% nationally on the ACT. The middle 50% of students admitted to Occidental received a composite ACT score between 28 and 32, while 25% scored above 32 and 25% scored below 28. Requirements Occidental College does not require the optional ACT writing section. Unlike many universities, Occidental superscores ACT results; your highest subscores from multiple ACT sittings will be considered. GPA In 2019, the average high school GPA of Occidental College's incoming freshmen class was 3.61, and 43% of incoming students had average GPAs of 3.75 and above. This information suggests that most successful applicants to Occidental have primarily A grades. Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph Occidental College Applicants' Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph. Data courtesy of Cappex. The admissions data in the graph is self-reported by applicants to Occidental College. GPAs are unweighted. Find out how you compare to accepted students, see the real-time graph, and calculate your chances of getting in with a free Cappex account. Admissions Chances Occidental College has a competitive admissions pool with a low acceptance rate and high average SAT/ACT scores. However, Occidental has a holistic admissions process involving other factors beyond your grades and test scores. Strong application essays, supplemental essays, and glowing letters of recommendation can strengthen your application, as can participation in meaningful extracurricular activities and a rigorous course schedule. Students with particularly compelling stories or achievements can still receive serious consideration even if their grades and test scores are outside Occidental's average range. In the graph above, you can see that the majority of successful applicants had high school grades in the "A" range, combined SAT scores of 1250 or higher, and ACT composite scores of 26 or better. If You Like Occidental College, You May Also Like These Schools Pepperdine UniversityStanford UniversityUniversity of California - DavisNew York UniversityBrown UniversityUniversity of California - Santa BarbaraSanta Clara University All admissions data has been sourced from the National Center for Education Statistics and Occidental College Undergraduate Admissions Office. How Competitive Is Oberlin College's Admissions Process? How Competitive Is Davidson College's Admissions Process? How Competitive Is Baruch College's Admissions Process? How Competitive Is Boston College's Admissions Process? How Competitive Is Pomona College's Admissions Process? How Competitive Is Kenyon College's Admissions Process? How Competitive Is University of Richmond's Admissions Process? 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