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Oxy Admission Chances


Acceptance Rate

44.9%
Admission Difficulty for Occidental College
Measure Difficulty
Admission StandardsExceptional
Applicant CompetitionAverage

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.

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SAT Requirements

SAT Range
1290-1450
Applicants Submitting SAT
62%
SAT Scores for Occidental College
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th 650
SAT Math 25th 620
SAT Composite 25th 1290
SAT Scores for Occidental College
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 75th 730
SAT Math 75th 720
SAT Composite 75th 1450
SAT Scores you need to get in

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.

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

Occidental College admission chances by SAT score
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 Requirements

ACT Range
28-31 
Applicants Submitting ACT
51%
ACT Scores for Occidental College
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 25th 28
ACT Math 25th 26
ACT Composite 25th 28
ACT Scores for Occidental College
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 75th 33
ACT Math 75th 31
ACT Composite 75th 31
ACT Scores needed to get accepted

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.

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

Occidental College admission chances by ACT score
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%

Estimated GPA Requirements

Avg. High School GPA
3.6
Typical High School Grades
B+

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.

 What do these ratings mean?

High School GPA's for admitted Occidental College students
High School GPA Freshmen Within Range Admission Chances
3.75+ 37% Good
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

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Admission Statistics

Occidental College admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 3,487 2,424 5,911
Accepted 1,594 1,058 2,652
Acceptance Rate 46% 44% 45%
Enrolled 306 212 518
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 19% 20% 20%

Fall 2018 Application Deadline

Applications were Due
Jan 10, 2018
Days left to Apply
None

The application deadline for Fall 2018 has passed. Applications were due on Jan 10, 2018.

Admission Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to Occidental College and what considerations affect admission decisions?

Occidental College Admission Requirements
Test Scores Required
High School GPA Recommended
High School Class Rank Recommended
Completion of College Preparatory Program Required
Recommendations Required
Demonstration of Competencies Neither required nor recommended

Credits Accepted

High School Credits Accepted at Occidental College
AP Credit Yes
Dual Credit No
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.