Occidental College

412 reviews
  1. Los Angeles, CA
  2. 4 Year
A
Overall Niche Grade
  1. Academics
    A
  2. Value
    A
  3. Diversity
    A+
  4. Campus
    B-
  5. Athletics
    C+
  6. Party Scene
    B
  7. Professors
    A-
  8. Location
    A-
  9. Dorms
    C+
  10. Campus Food
    A
  11. Student Life
    B+
  12. Safety
    C+
Occidental College is ...
Private not-for-profit
Athletic Division
NCAA Division III (with football)
Athletic Conference
Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
Address
1600 Campus Rd
Los Angeles, CA 90041
Website

Occidental College Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

Admissions

Acceptance Rate
42%
SAT Range
1210-1390
ACT Range
27-31
Application Fee
$60
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Recommended

Cost

Net Price
$32,746/ year
National
$15,431

Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.

Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $13,554/ year
  • $30-48k
    $16,157/ year
  • $49-75k
    $18,396/ year
  • $76-110k
    $28,448/ year
  • $110k+
    $44,130/ year

Academics

Professors
A-
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
10:1
Evening Degree Programs
No
89%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.27 responses
68%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.31 responses
48%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.31 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
2,024Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
0%
Pell Grant
20%
Varsity Athletes
19%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 13 responses
Report
  • Passionate, with a lot of commitments
    38%
  • Always wants to be doing more
    15%
  • Involved
    15%
  • Homogenous
    8%
  • Liberal
    8%
  • Not very outgoing; smart in one particular field
    8%
  • Smart, passionate, drive, but shallow
    8%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
100%
Poll
50%
of students say that Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.32 responses
Poll
63%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.38 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 14 responses
Report
  • Liberal
    36%
  • Integrity
    21%
  • Academic
    14%
  • A community of people who become family
    14%
  • Demanding
    7%
  • There for you
    7%

After Occidental College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$50,100/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
85%
National
47%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
86%
National
83%
56%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.18 responses

Reviews

412 reviews
  • Excellent
    68
  • Very Good
    152
  • Average
    150
  • Poor
    31
  • Terrible
    11
There are a fair amount of good points for Oxy, most of which you'd have already heard or seen in other reviews repeatedly. I can't deny most of them. But then again, the disadvantages have stood out more to me over the past two years. Small and tight-knit is good, but not when it's small and cliquey, with people rarely leaving the vicinity of the campus, the neighborhood, or their social comfort zones. Diversity is just a statistic; people have passive-aggressive attitudes towards dissenting ideologies. Overall, Oxy is academically outstanding, but can be very socially demoralizing for a minority of students.
  • College Sophomore
  • 8 months ago
I enjoyed my experience. I loved the location of the campus, however there was a lot of traffic around the campus making it hard to get to. I loved how it was close enough to Universal City/Hollywood, downtown Los Angeles, and basically anything possible that you would like to do. The dorms did not have air conditioning which made the rooms very hot but I loved how they had the concept of the multicultural dorm. I thought that was very unique and a great idea for students. Overall I loved the campus and the food was very good and this college is a definite consideration for me to attend. My biggest setback is the cost.
  • Niche User
  • 3 months ago
Professors are awesome. Small class sizes (10:1 student to faculty ratio, average class size of 19) and very accessible professors. No TA's teaching classes! Classes are discussion-based, rather than lecture halls. Workload is tough but manageable. Plenty of room for extracurricular activities. The most popular majors are Economics, Diplomacy & World Affairs, Biology, Sociology, and Art History. Professors hold office hours and students are welcome to make appointments or just show up to chat, which professors are always open to and excited about.
  • College Junior
  • Dec 5 2014