Location
Los Angeles, CA
Undergrads
2,154
Tuition
$44,570
Admission Difficulty
Hard
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Reviews 483 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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5 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: I loved living in the dorms! I lived in Braun Hall, which is on upper campus. I actually liked living on upper campus because it allows a separation between school and home. Also, Oxy is super small so it makes the campus seem larger. It would take me about 5 minutes to get to my classes from my dorm. Braun had a great community! I loved my R.A's who weren't strict at all, they only enforced rules that were in place to keep us and the people around us safe. There are also computer labs in all the dorms and printing is free!

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: There has been a lot in the news recently about sexual assault at Oxy. It is frustration because I don't feel like the administration is taking real action to help the victims of sexual assault, I feel as if they are simply trying to appear as if they are taking action. However, I am not the only student that feels that way and there is lots of student involvement in attempting to improve this issue. I also can say that I have never felt in danger of being sexually assaulted on campus and I feel as though Oxy is one of the safest campuses I have ever been to. Students look after each other and care about their peers. I have never seen someone who has had to much to drink left alone on campus without someone taking care of them. I also have never had anything stolen from me. If my roommate left her key I wouldn't think twice about leaving my door wide open. People also leave there laptops/ phones unattended in the library all the time.

5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: L.A. has tones of great restaurants!! Don't be afraid to explore! If you don't have a car, then walk around eagle rock, there are more good restaurants than you think.

4 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: The Guys on Campus are great! There is someone for everyone :)

4 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: Oxy is a small school and only has two dinning facilities. The Market Place (which is the main dinning hall) can sometimes be repetitive but generally has a variety of good, healthy options. One thing the Market Place always does well is weekend brunch. The Cooler is generally has less healthy foods ( Like Hamburgers and Grilled Cheese Sandwiches) and there menu generally stays the same (The Market Place changes everyday). The Market Place closes at 7:30 but the Cooler stays open until around 11 on weekdays. Another option is the Coffee Cart which has delicious sandwiches and mac and cheese. The Coffee Cart opens when the Market Place closes. For Coffee on campus there is the Green Bean which is great! They have great original drinks as well as classic coffee.

4 College Sophomore

Facilities: Student life on campus is great! The quad is a great place to hangout on sunny days (Which is basically everyday).

5 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: When I toured Oxy I wasn't super impressed with Eagle Rock, but once I moved in and explored I learned that I really like it! I is kind of hipster and there are a lot of cool restaurants and cute stores on Colorado. There are two Starbucks' and lots of other local coffee shops within walking distance if you want a break from campus. I also recommend going to the Eagle Rock farmers market for fresh fruit and the Taco Trucks for late night snacks. There is also a target about 20 minutes away walking. I didn't have a car my first year and although L.A. is not known for its public transportation I found it easy enough to get around. I really liked going to the Americana in Glendale to see movies and shop. Old Town Pasadena is also close by which has lots of stores and restaurants. Students also often go to the beach on weekends which is a great break! Overall the Local Atmosphere is great!

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: haven't had to do that but I heard it's good

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: I think it is convenient and cheaper

4 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Always something to do outside of Oxy

3 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: Campo likes to shut down every party

4 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: Very friendly people, lots of smart people

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Some orgs have a bad rap

3 College Sophomore

Nightlife: Parties are fun but are usually shut down

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Some dorms are nicer than others. chilcott is bad

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Thai Eagle Rox is great ethnic food and convinent

4 College Sophomore

Academics: great profs, registration options could be better

5 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: good food, needs better hours

2 College Sophomore

Scholarships: They are not very generous with their money

4 College Senior

Scholarships: Occidental is very expensive and I could not afford to go here without the generous aid. I am very grateful for that. But, every year they continuously raise the tuition, but have not been raising the aid to go with it. So, while my Freshman year, everything was covered, every year after I am left with a bill that I can either not afford or can just barely afford. Last year it was $400 uncovered. I'm afraid to see what it will be this year.

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4 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: Occidental is surrounded by all kinds of different restaurants: there is sushi, barbecue, Mexican, Chinese, Thai, taco trucks, fast food, etc. Almost everything is within reach, and, even better, if you can walk to it from campus, chances are they offer an Oxy student discount!

1 College Senior

Campus Strictness: Oxy has canceled all school hosted parties and dances and have begun to crack down on student thrown parties because a few students have gotten alcohol poisonings in the past. Campus if often boring and quiet on the weekends, so if you are a big partier and you are not in Greek life, you will be very upset.

Fortunately, once you are 18+, there are a lot of great clubs in LA to party at. Even better once you're 21 and can hit the bars.

4 College Senior

Local Atmosphere: Well, Oxy is in Los Angeles. It's a big city, so if that's not something you like, this isn't the place for you. Traffic sucks, parking sucks, and yet you can't get anywhere without a car, so those are things you just have to suck up and deal with. But there is lots to do all the time and great places to eat and party, so I think it balances.

5 College Senior

Majors: You have to select a major your Sophomore year at Oxy. All you need is to pick an adviser and get the head of your department's approval. Very smooth. Just try to decide early. I know it's hard, but if you want to be able to study abroad (Oxy has fantastic packages), you're going to want to get as much of your major done as possible.

5 College Senior

Majors: The Psychology major it great, but it is no where near easy. Not to scare any one off, but I know Psych is sometimes called the easy major, but do not come to Oxy with that mindset. Last semester, I took a Practicum class (a class with an internship attached) and I had to write a 50 page paper (worth half my grade) to accompany it. While 50 pages isn't typical, 10-15 is and you need to be writing at a high caliber level to satisfy your Prof.

It isn't easy, but I don't mind because I know graduate school will be a breeze after all of this.

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For a small liberal arts college, Occidental does very well. The academic programs are strong, the support network for students is huge, there is a lot to do both on and off campus, and the diverse community really brings people together. Most students who go to Oxy love the school and are incredibly glad that they came. There are some who did not like it because of the kind of school it is, and others who disliked the way certain programs are treated at the school. It is a highly diverse school in terms of those who attend as well as the multitude of academic and extracurricular options available to all students. It also has a very tight community, both between the students amongst themselves as well as students and the administration. Many students have received direct assistance from their professors in ways that could never occur at a larger institution where there are 300 people in one class.

There is a plethora of things to do on and off campus as well, and for those looking for a change or looking for a variety in culture or entertainment, there is nothing lacking in Los Angeles. There are some problems, though, and overall, Occidental is a good school that, if it fixes some of the more major problems it currently has, could be even greater. The administration is working to rebuild the endowment and balance the budget, which will hopefully, in turn, lead to even better facilities than are already available and more money for academic and student life programs. As for right now, take a look at the school and see if the programs it currently excels in may be right for you. If they are, definitely take a chance and visit the campus. It's certainly not for everyone, but you'll know if it will be a good home for you as soon as you finish your tour.

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