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Occidental College
Los Angeles, CA
Occidental College, founded in 1887, is a private, liberal arts college, one of a few located in a major metropolitan area. The school is known for easy access to professors, research opportunities and the high level of diversity on campus, in the faculty and in the student body. Students with excellent writing skills graduate from Occidental, and the school attracts open-minded students, serious about themselves but concerned about their neighbor. Its 120-acre campus, including buildings of Italian Renaissance architectural style, is located in Los Angeles.
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Institution Type Private
Coeducational Yes
Undergraduate Students 2,062
   Women 1,180 (57.2%)
   Men 882 (42.8%)
Graduate Students Not reported
Entrance Difficulty Very difficult
Overall Admission Rate 46% of 6,409 applicants were admitted
Early Action Offered No
Early Decision Offered Yes
Regular Admission Deadline January 15
Qualifications of Enrolled Freshmen
Average GPA 3.64
SAT Math 645 average
600-720 range of middle 50%
SAT Critical Reading 645 average
600-700 range of middle 50%
SAT Writing
ACT Composite 29 average
28-31 range of middle 50%
Selection of Students
Factor Very Important Important Considered Not Considered
Academic GPA X      
Standardized Tests   X    
Essay X      
Extracurricular Activities   X    
Cost of Attendance $69,442
  Tuition and Fees $51,070
  Room and Board $14,460
Average Percent of Need Met 100%
Average Freshman Award $46,151
Average Indebtedness of
2016 Graduates
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Academic Calendar System Semester
General Education/Core Curriculum Required
Full-Time Faculty Teaching Undergraduates 172
Regular Class Size 2-9 students: 16% of classes
10-19 students: 48% of classes
20-29 students: 26% of classes
30-39 students: 9% of classes
40-49 students: 0% of classes
50-99 students: 0% of classes
Los Angeles Population 3,857,799
Nearest Metropolitan Area Los Angeles
Freshman Housing Guarantee Freshmen are guaranteed housing
Students in College Housing 100% of freshmen, 82% of all students
Athletic Conferences NCAA Division III
Mascot Tigers
Sororities 21% of women participate
Fraternities 12% of men participate
Ethnicity of Students from U.S. 0.0% American Indian/Alaskan Native
14.8% Asian
5.8% Black/African-American
15.6% Hispanic/Latino
8.8% Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
0.2% Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander
52.9% White
2.0% Unknown
International Students 6.9% from 31 countries
First-Year Students Returning 91.0%
Students Graduating Within 4 Years 76.1%
Graduates Offered Full-Time Employment Within 6 Months 53%
Graduates Pursuing Advanced Study Directly 22.0%