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3 College Junior

Athletics: About 25% of students play varsity sports and 50% do clubs/intramurals. Games are typically not widely attended unless it's homecoming or a playoff. School spirit could be much better, but those who play sports are dedicated and love it and still find time to thrive in academics.

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: Sports aren't big here but the facilities are great

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3 College Sophomore

Athletics: Nobody really pays attention to the sports at Oxy since we're D-3. But the people that do sports have a lot of fun

3 College Senior

Athletics: When I first came to Oxy, no one payed any attention to sports. It is, after all, a D-3 school. Oxy has tried to change that, however, and have begun admitting more students because of their athletic prowess (vs their academics), which has sparked an increase sports participation/support.

3 College Freshman

Athletics: Many people don't attend games

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Occidental athletics and its facilities are decent enough, and while they could benefit from some improvement, they are definitely nothing to scoff at. With recent remodeling and an effort to change the hours to be more accommodating, the situation appears to be improving.

The varsity sports teams are good as well. While football is the big draw, there are also many other sports to both play and watch at Oxy. Both men's and women's basketball are incredibly strong and well-performing teams every year. There is also a good variety of men's and women's sports, giving many options for those wanting to play, and each team is very well funded both from the school and from their own fundraising. Club sports are very strong, too, although they do suffer from funding troubles. The women's and men's lacrosse teams are gradually rebuilding themselves into competitive teams, only needing help to raise the money to pay for equipment and league dues. Women's rugby is also becoming a popular sport on campus as well. These teams all do fairly well during the season, but like most club sports on campus, they need more support in funding and spectators to rise up and secure themselves as strong teams.

Facts & Statistics

Athletic Association
  • NAA
  • NCAA
Athletic Division
NCAA Division III (with football)
Athletic Conferences
Football: Southern California Intercoll Ath Conf
Basketball: Southern California Intercoll Ath Conf
School Colors
Black and orange
School Nickname
Oswald the Tiger
Men Playing Varsity Sports
252 - 28%
Women Playing Varsity Sports
173 - 15%
Men's Varsity Sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Swimming and diving
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
  • Water polo
Women's Varsity Sports
  • Basketball
  • Golf
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming and diving
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
  • Volleyball
  • Water polo
Club Sports
  • Cheerleading
  • Dance
  • Lacrosse (men's and women's)
  • Rugby (men's and women's)
  • Tennis
  • Ultimate Frisbee (men's and women's)
Intramurals
  • 3 on 3 Basketball
  • Basketball
  • Doubles Volleyball
  • Flag Football
  • Soccer
Athletic Fields & Facilities
  • Alumni Gymnasium
  • Culley Fitness Center
  • Field Building featuring Taylor Pool
  • Rush Gymnasium
Most Popular Sports
Basketball, football
Most Overlooked Teams
Women's basketball, men's lacrosse, women's lacrosse
School Spirit
Most people at Oxy don't have a very strong sense of school spirit. Very little is done to foster it, and it mostly comes about when a sports team has a winning season. Most people at Oxy are pretty apathetic to situations that don't directly involve them. Very few attend political clubs or activist events, even though those that do are extremely dedicated.
Getting Tickets
Tickets for all events are easy to come by and are usually free or very inexpensive ($2-$6 for students).
Best Place to Take a Walk
Mt. Fiji (located behind campus)

Student Polls

How popular are varsity sports on campus?    Based on 28 responses

  • 0% Almost everything on campus revolves around them.
  • 14% Varsity sports are a big part of campus life.
  • 61% Varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.
  • 25% No one pays attention to varsity sports.

How popular are intramurals and club sports?    Based on 27 responses

  • 22% They are just as popular as varsity sports (or even more so).
  • 22% They are overshadowed by varsity sports, but still a big part of campus life.
  • 44% Some people participate in them, but they aren't a big part of campus life.
  • 11% Almost no one participates in them.

How would you describe the athletic facilities?    Based on 27 responses

  • 19% The athletic facilities are some of the best in the country.
  • 33% Sports are important, and the quality of facilities shows that-for both athletes and non-athletes.
  • 33% The athletic facilities are good for athletes, but only mediocre for the average students.
  • 15% The athletic facilities are relatively subpar for the demands.
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