#9 Best Private Colleges in California

Occidental College

Los Angeles, California

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Occidental College overview
Location Los Angeles, California
Online oxy.edu
School Type Private 4 Year
Setting Large City
Occidental College overview
Size Small
Status Non-profit
On Campus Housing Yes
Level of Study Undergrad/Graduate
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Occidental College, a private liberal arts institution founded in 1887, is located in Los Angeles, California, offering students a suburban college setting within close proximity to the urban amenities of a major city. Known for its rigorous academic profile, Occidental provides a diverse range of majors, with a particular emphasis on the social sciences, followed by biological and biomedical sciences and visual and performing arts. The campus features a distinctive blend of Mediterranean Revival architecture and houses approximately two-thirds of the student body in residential complexes, fostering an inclusive on-campus living experience. Occidental's admission process is highly selective, seeking students who demonstrate a strong academic foundation and individual initiative. While the college does not specifically focus on athletics for its national reputation, it does offer a variety of sports programs and competes as the Tigers within the NCAA Division III Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.

In the most recent statistical year 6,305 prospective students applied, and 2,484 were granted admission.  Of those admitted 531 enrolled in the school.  1,913 students are enrolled on a full time basis, and 29 attend part time. In-state tuition for 2022/2023, excluding room and board, is $59,970 plus fees of $596. Oxy is ranked 72 nationally in the CollegeSimply.com 2024 U.S. Colleges Ranking.












Oxy is rated within the top 17% of four-year colleges nationally and earns a CollegeSimply grade of 9 out of 10. Learn how ratings are calculated


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Admission Standards

Occidental College overview
SAT 1370/1510
ACT 31/34
GPA 3.63

Applications Accepted

Occidental College overview
Applications Due Jan 10, 2024
Applicant Competition High
Application Fee $70

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Annual Cost to Attend


Costs for Occidental College
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$1,240
Other Fees$596
Room and Board $17,330
Budget for Other Expenses$1,500
Total One Year Cost$80,636

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Average Salary After 10 Years

$56,600 per year

Bachelor's Degree Graduation Rate

83% within 6 years

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Popular Areas of Study

Popular subjects studied by Occidental College students
Subject Percent of Class
Social Sciences 32%
Visual and Performing Arts 10%
Psychology 9%
Biology 7%
Foreign Languages 6%

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Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=120254 IPEDS survey data for Occidental College.

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