Can I get into Oxy? The school has a 45% acceptance rate. Last year, 2,652 out of 5,911 applicants were admitted making Oxy a more competitive school to get into with a good 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 20% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school.
|SAT Test||25th Percentile Score|
|SAT Reading 25th||650|
|SAT Math 25th||620|
|SAT Composite 25th||1290|
|SAT Test||25th Percentile Score|
|SAT Reading 75th||730|
|SAT Math 75th||720|
|SAT Composite 75th||1450|
What are the SAT requirements for students to be admitted to Occidental College?
Reporting indicates the school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 1290 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 1210. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1370 out of 1600. A competitive SAT score is critical as 62 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.
|SAT Score (1600 scale)||Competitiveness||Admission Chances|
|1450 and Above||Good||>58%|
|1370 to 1450||Avg +||45%-58%|
|1290 to 1370||Avg -||32%-45%|
|1210 to 1290||Reach||22%-32%|
|Less than 1210||Low||<22%|
|ACT Test||25th Percentile Score|
|ACT Reading 25th||28|
|ACT Math 25th||26|
|ACT Composite 25th||28|
|ACT Test||75th Percentile Score|
|ACT Reading 75th||33|
|ACT Math 75th||31|
|ACT Composite 75th||31|
What are the ACT requirements for prospective students to get into Oxy?
Admission data indicates that Oxy regularly accepts students with ACT's of 28 and above. We estimate the school accepting minimum ACT composite scores around 26 in some instances. Prospective students submitting an ACT composite of 30 or higher should be in the upper half of applicants - and students with a 31 and above have very competitive chances. 51 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to Occidental College.
|ACT Score||Competitiveness||Admission Chances|
|31 and Above||Good||>62%|
|29 to 31||Avg +||45%-62%|
|28 to 29||Avg -||36%-45%|
|27 to 28||Reach||29%-36%|
|Less than 27||Low||<29%|
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|
|Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield)||19%||20%||20%|
The application deadline for Fall 2018 has passed. Applications were due on Jan 10, 2018.
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|
|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.