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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

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.

3 College Freshman

Diversity: You can meet tons of new people here!

4 College Freshman

Diversity: The campus is fairly diverse, whether it comes to ethnicity/race, economic background, and sexual orientation. However, you will most likely encounter people who are politically liberal.

4 College Sophomore

Diversity: Oxy prides itself on its diversity, and is a major factor for many students deciding to come to Occidental. However, when it comes to diversity of political beliefs, Oxy is pretty much liberal dominant, with a few closet conservatives. (They have to hide, lest be destroyed.)

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  • 59th
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  • 614th
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  • 1337th
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Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Especially after looking at other colleges, Occidental is a truly diverse school. The numbers that are given out by the admissions staff can be verified just by walking through the quad at lunch and seeing a multitude of people that one would have a very hard time finding at another school. However, many people do complain that while there are a lot of "diverse people" at Oxy, the level of multiculturalism is nowhere near what it could be. Unfortunately, as is the same at many other schools, some complain about a lack of interaction between different groups of people, that there is no real diversity because people of different minorities tend to stick with others of the same ethnic background.

Oxy does have diversity and makes serious efforts to both promote it to the students and increase it in curriculum and student life. It is not as perfect as it is made out to be, though, as many students have complained of a dropping number of minority students being admitted, and a lack of diversity in the upper levels of the administration that seriously challenges the values the school preaches. Some students are satisfied with the amount of diversity at Occidental, whereas others want to see a vast improvement.

Facts & Statistics

African American
Native American
Historically Black College/University?
Tribal College?
Out-of-State Students
Common States of Residence
  • Foreign countries
  • Illinois
  • Massachusetts
  • New York
  • Washington
Student Age Breakdown
Under 18: 2%
18-19: 46%
20-21: 47%
22-24: 5%
25+: 1%
Female Faculty
Male Faculty
Faculty Diversity
African American: 7%
Asian American: 12%
Hispanic: 11%
International: 0%
Native American: 0%
White: 67%
Unknown: 3%
Gay Pride
There are many clubs and activities on campus that show an active and openly gay community that is a cornerstone to the rest of the school.
Political Activity
There are two main political clubs, the College Democrats and College Republicans, of which the Republicans are the most active, despite the rest of the school's very strong leaning to the left.
Economic Status
Since Oxy is a private institution, most students are upper-class or upper-middle-class, but there is a very large number of less privileged students as well.
Most Common Religions
The Oxy Office for Religious and Spiritual Life lists several popular religion-based clubs, including Hillel Jewish Campus Comminuty, the InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, Progressive Christians Uniting, the Muslim Student Association, and the Buddhist Meditation Group, among many others.
Minority Clubs on Campus
There are several minority clubs that are very active on campus, in particular the Asian-Pacific Islander Alliance that hosts many large events throughout the year, the Black Students Alliance, which is well known by all students, and other smaller clubs such as the Persian Students Club, the Chinese Culture Club, and Hillel that are all very active on campus.
Did You Know?
  • The school has an impressive array of highly established cultural clubs that carry on the multicultural tradition year after year.
  • Cultural events occur throughout the year from many different clubs with a large degree of faculty support.

Student Polls

How would you best describe your personal political beliefs?    Based on 19 responses

  • 5% Libertarian
  • 5% Not sure
  • 0% Very conservative
  • 11% Conservative
  • 16% Moderate
  • 37% Liberal
  • 26% Progressive/very liberal

How would you best describe the political beliefs of campus as a whole?    Based on 21 responses

  • 0% Libertarian
  • 0% Very conservative
  • 0% Conservative
  • 5% Moderate
  • 5% Not sure
  • 57% Liberal
  • 33% Progressive/very liberal

How diverse is the student body in the following areas?    Based on 16 responses

Totally homogenous
Extremely diverse
  • Economic status
  • Ethnic heritage
  • National origin (international students)
  • Political affiliation
  • Religious background
  • Sexual orientation

How diverse is your personal circle of friends in the following areas?    Based on 15 responses

Totally homogenous
Extremely diverse
  • Economic status
  • Ethnic heritage
  • National origin (international students)
  • Political affiliation
  • Religious background
  • Sexual orientation

How accepting is the campus community as a whole toward someone who falls into the minority (ethnic, sexual, or religious)?    Based on 19 responses

  • 0% It's hard to be a minority here.
  • 11% The campus is split on its acceptance-not all minority groups are as accepted as others.
  • 21% Most students are accepting, except for a few rare cases of intolerance.
  • 68% Very accepting.
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