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
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
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.
  • College Sophomore
  • July 27 2014
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.
  • College Freshman
  • Mar 6 2015