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Reviews 551 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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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.

4 College Senior

Campus Housing: I'm a big fan of the residence halls but it also depends on your roommate and which hall you live in. The facilities are solid and most RAs are pretty lax unless your safety is in jeopardy. It's really easy to get to know people and make friends in the first year halls too.

4 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: I love my off-campus house. They can get a little pricey living in Los Angeles, but there are cheaper options (as well as guaranteed on-campus housing which 3/4 of students take advantage of).

4 College Senior

Health & Safety: We do not live in an especially dangerous area, but we still have LAPD trained campus safety officers patrolling the campus 24/7. They are also readily available to drive any student to and from a location near campus.

College Senior

Majors: Admission is not at all dependent on prospective major. Incoming students do not have to declare a major until their sophomore year. Overall, I think admissions just likes to see active students that can contribute something unique to the campus.

4 College Senior

Majors: The economics department is really strong. The professors have a diverse set of experiences in the field and are easily accessible. I have never felt like I am lacking any resources, especially when I am in a class that engages with our Los Angeles location.

5 College Senior

Local Area: Eagle Rock is terrific. There are a ton of great dining options and fun things to do within walking distance (karaoke, art walk, farmers market). Even better, we have the entirety of Los Angeles to engage with if immediate options become stale.

4 College Senior

Scholarships: Just give fin aid a call, they're really accessible and happy to help prospective/current students.

5 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: Really good off campus dining options, especially the food trucks. There are 10 different food trucks that come every Tuesday night on York and Fig. Other student favorites can be found at www.oxy.edu/los-angeles/good-eats

3 College Senior

Campus Housing: On campus housing has become a little more crowded, so typically ResEd has started to place first years in triples. The dorms are mostly livable, but some lack amenities that the others have, such as air conditioning. The most luxurious dorm is Rangeview (now called Berkus Hall). Some people say it's like living in a hotel, especially since you get your own bathroom and the building comes with its own small gym and an eatery that is open Monday through Thursday at night. However, others complain that it's a farther walk from lower campus (where most classes are held) compared to other dorms, and since each room is so nice, it lacks a sense of community as most residents will stay indoors. The dorm with the worst reputation is Stearns, which consists mostly of small singles and doubles. Aside from the layout of the building being confusing to navigate, the furniture is totally outdated and residents tend to have a lot of bug and plumbing-related issues.

3 College Senior

Party Scene: Oxy is not much of a party school. Off campus houses will host big parties, but they often get shut down by around 12 or 1 AM. Dances have also been indefinitely banned by the administration, so those aren't really an option anymore either. So it's not uncommon for students to have parties within their own friend groups, or take advantage of the night life in the greater Los Angeles area.

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3 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: As a residential college, Oxy encourages students to live on campus for up to three years during their undergraduate career. It is mandatory for both first-years and sophomores to live on campus, but during your third year, you are allowed to apply to live off campus. However, the process can be quite difficult. Not many students get admitted to live off campus.

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4 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: Off-campus dining in Eagle Rock is great! There are definitely student favorites: Oinkster, Auntie Em's, Thai Eagle Rox, Cafe de Leche, and chili cheese fries at Troy's. You can even findThai and Filipino food in the surrounding area. A couple dessert places that have become more popular as well, such as Donut Friend and Scoops. And of course, there's always taco trucks.

3 College Senior

Scholarships: Make sure to get familiar with the deadlines and the process on your own. That way it will be less of hassle when the time comes.

4 College Senior

Local Area: The Eagle Rock/Highland Park neighborhood has gradually become even more "hip" (you could also replace that with "gentrified") over the past couple years. It seems that there's new, trendy eateries, cafes, and boutiques having their grand openings every year. In terms of shopping, the Glendale Galleria/Americana and Old Town Pasadena are not far at all. And despite how urban it is, I was surprised at the number of hiking opportunities L.A. has. I most recently tried out Chantry Flats in Pasadena, and Griffith Park is only a 5-10 minute drive away.

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5 College Junior

Campus Food: Food is wonderful! Very delicious and you can always count on there being something you'll like. Many vegan and vegetarian and gluten-free options. Ranked #8 in nation for food on college campus. Can get repetitive, however.

3 College Junior

Diversity: We work toward being diverse but, as most schools, we could use improvement. Although I think we're going in the right direction, there are always instances of intolerance that need to be addressed.

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5 College Junior

Guys & Girls: Everyone here presents themselves very well.

5 College Junior

Campus Quality: I love being on campus. Every spot is beautiful and can be transformed into the perfect study spot. The quad is the best place on campus - you can get work done or sit and talk to friends or professors. There are always events to attend, whether small professionalization panels or large dances.

5 College Junior

Academics: The workload is more reflective of the work we do - rather than writing tons of papers, our work tends toward creating films, writing screenplays, etc. As a film major we have a selection of equipment (cameras, sound, lighting, etc.) for students to check out for free when they are enrolled in production courses. There is a computer lab specifically for film students with editing software. As a Media Arts & Culture major, you either choose a Production path or Critical Theory, or you can minor in Interdisciplinary Writing if you would like to do more screenwriting and things like that.

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5 College Junior

Academics: 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.

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4 College Junior

Majors: As a film major, we get individual emails from our department about entertainment internships. Some are paid, some are not. I typically do my own research when looking for internships because I know exactly what I want. I had an internship the summer between my sophomore and junior year, and the Career Development Center helped me with my resume, cover letter, etc. I plan on getting an internship for the spring of my junior year, as well.

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5 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: SO many options! Colorado Blvd, Eagle Rock Blvd, and York Blvd alone have tons of dining options of all varieties, and if you venture out into Glendale, Pasadena, or Downtown then you have hundreds of other options, as well.

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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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