Los Angeles is one of the most dynamic metropolitan environments in the world, where environmental, cultural, economic, political, scientific and social issues remain at the forefront of progress and prosperity.

The immense creativity, diversity, and complexity of Los Angeles allows students and faculty to engage with endless opportunities and become agents of change in the world by bridging classroom learning with lived experiences. Occidental College (Oxy) is a nationally recognized, private residential college of the liberal arts and sciences, and one of the few located in a major city.

Our curriculum is centered on an interdisciplinary, intercultural education that integrates the classroom with community-based learning, emphasizing social justice and global connectedness across all disciplines. By conventional measures, Occidental is one of the most diverse colleges in the USA, and Los Angeles offers countless opportunities for students to engage in cross-cultural dialogue.

Our students pursue internships, research, and community service opportunities throughout their time at the College and study abroad opportunities are strongly encouraged -- nearly 75% of our student body will have an experience abroad. Occidental also welcomes students from around the globe; approximately 10% of the first-year class attended high school outside of the US and roughly 15% of students hold a non-US passport. Occidental offers 33 majors and the most popular are Economics, Diplomacy & World Affairs, Biology, Urban & Environmental Politics, Psychology, and Media Arts & Culture (Film).

Basic details

  • Region: West
  • Location: Los Angeles, California
  • Campus setting: Urban
  • Type of institution: Private; Liberal Arts College

Admissions information and areas of study offered

  • Percentage of students admitted: 37%
  • Average ACT range: 29-33
  • Average SAT range: 1320-1440
  • Test optional? No
  • Common Application accepted? Yes
  • Areas of study offered include: Area Studies; Art History; Arts; Biology; Business; Chemistry; Creative Writing; Drama/Theatre Arts; Economics; Education; Ethnic/Cultural Studies; English; Environmental Sciences; Film/Cinema Studies; Gender Studies; Geography; Geology; History; Humanities; International Relations; Languages; Law; Liberal Arts; Linguistics; Literature; Mathematics; Medical Sciences; Music; Neuroscience; Philosophy; Political Science; Psychology; Public Health; Public Policy; Social Work; Sociology; Theology/Religion; Urban Studies; Zoology 
  • Full list of majors availablehttp://www.oxy.edu/academics/programs-majors


  • International students are eligible for: Merit-based scholarship; need-based aid
  • Estimated yearly cost (including tuition, board, room and student fees): $70,182


  • Athletic association for the majority of sports: NCAA - Division III
  • Varsity sports: Men's American Football; Men's Athletics / Track and Field; Women's Athletics / Track and Field; Women's Softball; Men's Baseball; Women's Basketball; Men's Basketball; Men's Cross Country; Women's Cross Country; Men's Football / Soccer; Women's Football / Soccer; Men's Golf; Women's Golf; Women's Lacrosse; Women's Swimming and Diving; Men's Swimming and Diving; Men's Tennis; Women's Tennis; Women's Volleyball

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