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Reviews 450 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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4 College Student

Guys & Girls: People here are good looking.

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3 College Student

Diversity: It is an OK school when it comes to this. they are trying to make it better though.

3 College Freshman

Athletics: Many people don't attend games

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: I wish they offered more, but they seem pretty generous

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4 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: OXY IS A BUBBLE but being in Los Angeles is great

2 College Freshman

Campus Housing: I don't understand why not all of the buildings and residence halls don't have air conditioning. We are in forced triples as well and the cost is unreasonable

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3 College Freshman

Diversity: It's interesting because half of the student body is filthy rich and the other half is relying heavily on financial aid. There are tensions but people are generally accepting, in fact I hear more reverse racism than anything else. Oxy is incredibly liberal and other political parties are afraid to show their true colors. However, students are taking measures to diversify the campus, which the administration is failing to do, and is extremely accepting of all sexual orientations.

2 College Freshman

Transportation: Difficult to get around without a car, most people use Uber, I generally stick to using public transportation which isn't very reliable

4 College Freshman

Weather: Super hot at the beginning of the year, warm weather throughout the year

4 College Freshman

Academics: The professors are amazing, very knowledgeable and supportive. I love my liberal arts education here, I think I'm very lucky to be able to read Harry Potter for class and choose what I want to write for my papers.

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3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Drinking and smoking marijuana is kept sort of low, but it seems like the majority of people take part in it.

3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: There were many thefts of laptops and personal belongings from dorm rooms, which made me paranoid about leaving my computer out and the door open. Oxy has been gaining a reputation for the sexual assault cases, but we are making strides to improve the situation. Our dances have been banned because of the number of alcohol poisoning/sending students to the hospital, and everyone is upset about it.

3 College Freshman

Computers: There are computer labs in each residence hall and they are decent. The better computers are in the Mac lab in the library, many of the other computers are a bit old. Printing on campus is free and there is no quota, which is nice. However there is only one free color printer available and the printers often break down.

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: Not very prevalent, but many people rushed this year, and now there are tensions between Greeks and non-Greeks, with popular opinion that Greeks are too exclusive with their parties.

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: They make sure to keep students safe.

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3 College Freshman

Diversity: You can meet tons of new people here!

3 College Freshman

Facilities: Oxy hosts many student events!

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3 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Hard to get around and enjoy LA without a car.

4 College Freshman

Computers: Wifi can be a problem, but most people have their own computers even though many dorms and the library have accessible computers.

4 College Freshman

Weather: Sun sun sun! It's LA.

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5 College Freshman

Campus Dining: Oxy tries their best to offer us healthy options! Love the creative meals at the marketplace and the comfort food at the cooler.

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College Freshman

Academics: Haven't been able to specifically focus on my major yet.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Never tried, but tons of students live off-campus. Most have cars

4 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: There are definitely some "groups" of friends that form immediately but for the most part everyone is friendly, you just become closer to some people more than others.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Love it here so far, still have many new experiences and people to meet!


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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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