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Can I get into Oxy? These admission statistics provide an indication how difficult it is to get in and what your chances are. 2,552 out of 6,071 applicants or 42% were admitted making Oxy a more competitive school to get into with a lesser chance of acceptance for average applicants. Academically, it has extremely high requirements for admission test scores. Occidental College typically accepts and attracts B+ average high school students. Only 21% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school.
|Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield)||20%||24%||21%|
What are the SAT and ACT requirements for students to be admitted to Occidental College and what score do you need to get in? The tables below describe the SAT and ACT test score percentile profile of the Fall 2015 starting class.
Admission data indicates that Oxy regularly accepts students with ACTs of 27 and above. We estimate the school accepting minimim ACT composite scores around 25 in some instances. Prospective students submitting an ACT composite of 29 or higher should be in the upper half of appliants - and students with a 31 and above have very competitive chances. 49 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to Occidental College.
Reporting indicates the school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 1300 on a 1600 scale, below which admission should be considered a reach. We estimate some students could be accepted with SAT's as low as 1220. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1380 out of 1600. A competitive SAT score is critical as 73 percent of applicants submit SAT scores to the school. Note: SAT scores presented on this page have been adjusted upwards per the College Board's concordance tables for test takers after March 2016.
|25th Percentile Score||75th Percentile Score|
|ACT Score||Competitiveness||Est. Admission Chances|
|31 and Above||Good||>52%|
|29 to 31||Avg +||39%-52%|
|27 to 29||Avg -||27%-39%|
|25 to 27||Reach||18%-27%|
|Less than 25||Low||<18%|
|SAT Score (NEW 1600 scale)||Competitiveness||Admission Chances|
|1460 and Above||Good||>52%|
|1380 to 1460||Avg +||39%-52%|
|1300 to 1380||Avg -||27%-39%|
|1220 to 1300||Reach||18%-27%|
|Less than 1220||Low||<18%|
You will need very good grades in high school to get into Occidental College. The average high school GPA of the admitted freshman class at Occidental College was 3.6 on the 4.0 scale indicating that primarily B+ students are accepted and ultimately attend. Even with a competitive GPA, admission to Oxy will be challenging as the school denies more applicants than it admits.
|High School GPA||Freshmen Within Range||Admission Chances|
|3.50 to 3.75||30%||Avg +|
|3.25 to 3.50||18%||Avg -|
|3.00 to 3.25||12%||Reach|
|2.75 to 3.00||3%||Reach|
|2.50 to 2.75||0%||Low|
|2.25 to 2.50||0%||Low|
|2.00 to 2.25||0%||Low|
The application deadline for Fall 2017 has passed. Applications were due on Jan 10, 2017.
What are the requirements for admission to Occidental College and what considerations affect admission decisions?
|High School GPA||Recommended|
|High School Class Rank||Recommended|
|Completion of College Preparatory Program||Required|
|Demonstration of Competencies||Neither required nor recommended|
Does accept high school AP credits or award dual credit towards both a college and high school degree?
|Credit for Life Experiences||No|
Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=120254 IPEDS survey data for Occidental College.