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Chances of getting into Occidental College

Acceptance Rate

Acceptance Rate
41.8%
Admission Difficulty for Occidental College
Measure Difficulty
Admission StandardsExceptional
Applicant CompetitionAverage

How hard is it to get into Oxy and can I get accepted? The school has a 42% acceptance rate ranking it #0 in California for lowest rate of acceptance. Last year, 2,831 out of 6,775 applicants were admitted making Oxy a more competitive school to get into with a good chance of acceptance for qualifying applicants.  Academically, it has extremely high requirements for admission test scores, generally admitting students who score in the top 12 percent. Occidental College typically accepts and attracts "B+" average high school students. Only 20% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school. Most incoming freshmen graduated in the top ten percent of their high school class.

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Oxy SAT Scores

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range
1340-1480
Applicants Submitting SAT
55%
SAT Scores for Occidental College
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th 690
SAT Math 25th 650
SAT Composite 25th 1340
SAT Scores for Occidental College
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 75th 730
SAT Math 75th 750
SAT Composite 75th 1480
Average SAT Score 1410

SAT Scores you need to get in

What are the SAT requirements for students to be admitted to Occidental College?

Occidental College typically requires applicants to be in the top 9 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 1340 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 1270. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1410 out of 1600. The school ranks #9 in California for highest average SAT composite score. 55 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
1480 and Above Good >55%
1410 to 1480 Avg + 42%-55%
1340 to 1410 Avg - 30%-42%
1270 to 1340 Reach 20%-30%
Less than 1270 Low <20%
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Oxy ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range
27-32 
Applicants Submitting ACT
56%
ACT Scores for Occidental College
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 25th 29
ACT Math 25th 26
ACT Composite 25th 27
ACT Scores for Occidental College
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 75th 34
ACT Math 75th 31
ACT Composite 75th 32
Average ACT Score 29

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 27 and above. Successful applicants typically send ACT scores in the top 15 percent nationally. We estimate the school accepting minimum ACT composite scores around 24 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 32 and above have very competitive chances. The school ranks #0 in California for highest average ACT composite score. 56 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
32 and Above Good >58%
29 to 32 Avg + 42%-58%
27 to 29 Avg - 32%-42%
25 to 27 Reach 24%-32%
Less than 25 Low <24%
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Estimated GPA Requirements & Average GPA

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. The school ranks #0 in California for highest average GPA. 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 Competitiveness
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 N/A% Low
2.25 to 2.50 N/A% Low
2.00 to 2.25 N/A% Low

High School Class Rank

51% of Occidental College freshman were in the top ten percent of their high school graduating class.

High School Class Rank for admitted Occidental College students
High School Class Rank Freshmen Within Range
Top 10% of class 51%
Top 25% of class 83%
Top 50% of class 100%
Bottom 50% of class 0%
Bottom 25% of class 0%

Admission Statistics

Occidental College admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 4,089 2,686 6,775
Accepted 1,707 1,124 2,831
Acceptance Rate 42% 42% 42%
Enrolled 335 229 564
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 20% 20% 20%

Fall 2020 Application Deadline

Applications are Due
Jan 10, 2020
Days left to Apply
53

Applicants have 53 days left until the Fall 2020 term applications are due on Jan 10, 2020.

Seniors, these are the SAT and ACT test dates you can still sit for a test and send your results to Oxy before the Jan 10 application deadline.

SAT Test Date Scores Available
Dec 7 Dec 20
ACT Test Date Scores Available
Dec 14 Dec 24

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.