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Reviews 573 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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4 College Freshman

Campus Food: I think the quality of food is really good, however, generally the food tends to lack in huge amounts of flavor. But pasta to order is always very delicious!

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I've been to a lot of off campus houses, and it's usually a hassle to get there because of how far away the houses are. They're also not nice houses from what I've seen, and prices are fairly high.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Eagle Rock has some great off campus dining options. Lots of taco trucks and cheap restaurants to go to when you're not feeling the MP or Cooler within walking distance.

3 College Freshman

Administration: Getting written up isn't the end of the world. Usually it means a reflection of what you did, and it's a very good way to deal with things. They're strict about the right things, because they're supposed to be in order to get endowments. Like most places, some RAs are strict, some aren't.

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: I got scholarships and loans, and chose not to take the loans and just take the scholarships and am doing fine. Lots of people are on financial aid though, and they all are doing great money wise.

2 College Freshman

Party Scene: There are parties. They're not great parties, but they exist.

4 College Freshman

Campus Food: They have great organic options, and are fairly good about dodging allergens. The food can get a bit repetitive though, and sometimes you just have to settle for grilled chicken and brown rice for a while.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: I was housed in possibly the worst hall on campus, and next year I will be choosing my dorm after seniors and juniors 482nd in my class. So the housing is assigned pretty randomly, and I ended up with probably the worst luck. The dorms themselves are just rooms, nothing that special. A total of two freshman dorms have air conditioning which is pretty terrible in the beginning of the year and during springtime. The social atmosphere is very cliquey, almost like high school. I found a niche in the track and field team. This is a very expensive school as well, so make sure you get the most out of all of it.

5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Everyone wants to live off campus. It's a super great option and generally affordable.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Lots of great restaurants especially now that York Blvd is coming up/becoming gentrified.

2 College Freshman

Administration: Most people don't like the president of the college and feel disconnected from the administration, but the RAs are usually very nice and not too strict.

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: I got a merit scholarship and that just happened naturally, I didn't have to do anything extra, which was super nice.

3 College Freshman

Party Scene: It's pretty low key, and no one will judge you for not going out. You have to wander and try to find a party and sometimes it seems like everyone's on the hunt for the next best thing, so people move between houses and things stay pretty small. Campus safety breaks up off-campus parties that get big a little too frequently.

5 College Freshman

Campus Food: It's a little repetitive after awhile and its still not homemade, but they really try to make it customizable which is awesome, and they have a great variety and typically lots of different options. Some days are better than others!

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: It kind of depends which dorm you're in! Everything's pretty livable, and the best option is Rangeview. As a freshman, you don't get a preference for where you live, as there are several freshman only dorms. There are several forced triples and not having the space kinda sucks, but you also know it gets much better sophomore and junior year, and living off campus junior/senior year is pretty affordable and the surrounding neighborhood is nice.

2 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: The school is pretty tough about students living off campus if you're not a senior but I know some people who have gotten off in junior year. Because it's LA finding housing that's affordable is difficult.

5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: This is Los Angeles. You can really get any type of food you want if you're willing to venture off campus and nearby there are some pretty good places too.

3 College Freshman

Administration: I don't think the school is overly strict and our alcohol policies are definitely very lenient but in other ways the administration is not great.

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: The process is pretty basic but I think everyone I know could use more than the school gave them

2 College Freshman

Party Scene: Let's be real, if you are looking for a party school it's not oxy. The majority of parties that happen are small groups of individuals in dorm rooms, or people who live off campus. The only way to get into parties is to know people. While the greek organizations do throw some great parties they are also exclusive so theres really no large party scene.

3 College Freshman

Campus Food: Oxy has two dining halls which means the food gets very repetitive very very fast. That said the food is generally good and there are a lot of options, including lots of options if you have dietary restrictions.

2 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Since everyone is forced to live on campus the dorms should at least be nice and while they're not horrific they're really not great. Very few have air conditioning and if you are a first year expect to live in a forced triple. I know the bathrooms in many of the dorms are awful as well and the housing process is rather difficult unless you're an upperclassman.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Food: While not spectacular, it doesn't taste bad at all.

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3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: The dorms are not that new--while they are indeed spacious

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4 College Freshman

Administration: Over the past few years, the administration has worked very hard to hear students' voices and improve their Oxy experiences.

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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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