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Los Angeles, California

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Your chances of getting into Occidental College

Admission Rate & Difficulty

Percent Admitted 

Admission Difficulty for Occidental College
Measure Difficulty
Admission Standards Exceptional 
Applicant Competition High 

Acceptance Rate

The acceptance rate at Oxy is 38.2%.  Its admission rate is the 17th lowest in California and the 127th lowest the nation.

Admission Selectivity

How hard is it to get into Oxy and can you get accepted?

Oxy is a highly competitive school to get into. You have a moderate chance of acceptance if you meet the admission criteria. Last year, 2,484 out of the 6,495 who applied were admitted.

The school has extremely high admission requirements, generally admitting students who can score in the top 8 percent on standardized admission tests. Occidental College typically accepts and attracts "B+" average high school students with an average GPA around 3.63. Most incoming freshmen graduate in the top ten percent of their high school class or better. 22% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school.

Can you get into Oxy?

38% are accepted, can you get in? Use the admission calculator to see if you have the grades and test scores needed to get in. See your admission chances based on your extracurriculars, intended major, background, and more.

Admission Requirements in Brief

To have the best chance of getting into to Occidental College you should:

  • Have a high school GPA of 3.63 or better
  • Earn B+ grades in high school
  • Score 1420 on the SAT
  • Score 31 on the ACT
  • Graduate in the top 10% of your high school class
  • Submit letters of recommendation from your teachers


GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Avg. High School GPA 


Typical High School Grades 


What GPA do you need to get into Occidental College?

GPA Requirements

The GPA requirements for getting into Oxy are to have around a 3.63 high school GPA. You are required to have very good grades in high school.

Even with a competitive GPA, admission to Oxy will be challenging as the school denies more applicants than it admits.

Average GPA

The average unweighted GPA at Oxy is 3.63 on the 4.0 scale. To achieve the average GPA for admission, you need to earn B+ letter grades and regularly score around 87-89 percent on tests and assignments in high school.  The school ranks #36 in California for highest average GPA.

Importance of GPA

Since Oxy is a test optional college, extra focus will be placed on your GPA when the school considers your application. As a result, it is very important that you meet the GPA requirements.

See additional colleges accepting applicants in the 3.6 GPA range.

Competitiveness by GPA Ranges

The table below outlines the number of admitted freshmen by GPA range as well as how competitive your GPA will be as compared with other applicants.

High School GPA's for admitted Occidental College students
High School GPA Freshmen Within Range Competitiveness 
4.0 6.0% Good
3.75 to 3.99 36.0% Avg +
3.50 to 3.74 30.0% Avg -
3.25 to 3.49 18.0% Reach
3.00 to 3.24 8.0% Reach
2.50 to 2.99 2.0% Low
2.00 to 2.49 0% Low
1.00 to 1.99 0% Low
less than 1.00 0% Low

 What do these chances mean?

GPA Data Source, Peterson's Data 2022

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Oxy SAT Scores

Test Optional

Submission of SAT or ACT scores is not required for admission to Occidental College. If you submit test scores, they will be considered with your application, but they are not mandatory. 29% of students submitted SAT scores and 22% submitted ACT scores for admission for the most recent academic year..

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range 


Applicants Submitting SAT 

SAT Scores for Occidental College
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
Reading 25th Percentile 670
Math 25th Percentile 670
Composite 25th Percentile 1340
SAT Scores for Occidental College
SAT Test 75th Percentile Score
Reading 75th Percentile 740
Math 75th Percentile 750
Composite 75th Percentile 1490
Average SAT Score 1420

SAT Scores you need to get in

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

Average Score & Range

The average SAT score at Oxy is 1420 out of 1600 and the range for the middle 50% of accepted students is 1340-1490. Students who get into Occidental College score in the top 9 percent of all SAT test takers..  Oxy ranks #10 in the state of California and #65 in the nation for highest average SAT composite score.

Score for Acceptance

You should target scoring 1420 or above to be most competitive with other applicants. Oxy regularly admits students with SAT scores down to 1340 on a 1600 scale. However, three quarter of admitted students score higher. If you score below a 1340, admission should be considered a reach. Some students may be accepted with minimum SAT's as low as 1260, but scores this low are outside the normal range.

Score Submission Requirements

Occidental College is a test optional school meaning do not have to submit SAT scores with your application. The position on SAT scores from the college is "considered but not required".

View other colleges which accept students in the 1420 SAT score range.

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2021 starting class

Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

The table below outlines your predicted admission chances based on SAT score alone. If you are an average applicant with a score of 1415, you have around a 38% chance of being admitted. A 1490 places you well ahead of most other applicants and gives you about a 54% chance of getting in.

Occidental College admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness  Admission Chances 
1490 and Above Good >54%
1415 to 1490 Avg + 38%-54%
1340 to 1415 Avg - 24%-38%
1265 to 1340 Reach 15%-24%
Less than 1265 Low <15%
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Oxy ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range 


Applicants Submitting ACT 

ACT Scores for Occidental College
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
Reading 25th Percentile 31
Math 25th Percentile 27
Composite 25th Percentile 30
ACT Scores for Occidental College
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
Reading 75th Percentile 35
Math 75th Percentile 32
Composite 75th Percentile 33
Average ACT Score 31

ACT Scores needed to get accepted

What are the ACT requirements for students to get into Oxy?

Score Range

The average ACT score for admitted students to Oxy is 31, while the middle 50% of students (25th to 75th percentile) score between a 30 and 33.  The school ranks #12 in California and #72 in the U.S. for highest average ACT composite score.

Score for Acceptance

For the best chance of admission, you should have an ACT of 31. This will place you in solid competition against other applicants. At a minimum, you should aim for a 30 and score in the score in the top 7 percent nationally. The lowest ACT score likely to be admitted is a 28.

22 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to Occidental College.

Score Submission Requirements

You do not have to to submit ACT scores with your application as Occidental College is test optional. The policy from the school on ACT scores is "considered but not required".

Find other colleges with similar ACT score requirements

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2021 starting class

Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

Here are your predicted chances of getting into Oxy for different ACT score ranges. A typical applicant with a 31 score has around 38% chance of getting in. Your odds increase to about 59% with a 33 ACT score.

Occidental College admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness  Admission Chances 
33 and Above Good >59%
31 to 33 Avg + 38%-59%
30 to 31 Avg - 29%-38%
29 to 30 Reach 21%-29%
Less than 29 Low <21%
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High School Class Rank

54% of Occidental College freshman are in the top ten percent of their high school graduating class. For your application to be competitive, you need to graduate at the top of your class.

High School Class Rank for admitted Occidental College students
High School Class Rank Freshmen Within Range
Top 10% of class 54%
Top 25% of class 90%
Top 50% of class 98%
Data Source, Peterson's Data


Admission Statistics

Admission and enrollment rates by gender are detailed the the table below.

Occidental College admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 3,866 2,629 6,495
Accepted 1,579 905 2,484
Acceptance Rate 41% 34% 38%
Enrolled 310 225 535
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 20% 25% 22%
Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2021 starting class

Fall 2024 Application Deadline

Applications Due

Jan 10, 2024

Days left to Apply


Applicants have 105 days left until the Fall 2024 term applications are due on Jan 10, 2024.

Application Fee

The cost for prospective students to apply to Occidental College is $70.

Application Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to Occidental College and what student information is used for admission decisions?

Occidental College Application Requirements
Test Scores Considered but not required
High School GPA Considered but not required
High School Class Rank Considered but not required
Completion of College Preparatory Program Recommended
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

Admission Requirements Summary

Because Oxy is highly competitive, you have a moderate chance of acceptance depending on your GPA and test scores. If you earn at least a 3.63 GPA, you will have a fair shot at getting in. Additionally, you should score a 1420 on the SAT or 31 on the ACT to be competitive. If you can score a 1490 SAT you will be a very strong applicant.

Other Colleges to Apply To 

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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.


Does Occidental College prefer SAT or ACT?

29% of students submit their SAT scores to Oxy. 22% of applicants send their ACT scores when applying.

What is my chance of getting into Occidental College?

38% of those who apply are granted admission to Oxy. Admission competition is high and the college has exceptional admission standards. See if your grades and scores are good enough for admission.

What SAT score is required for Occidental College?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have SAT scores between 1340 and 1490. The average SAT score is 1415. See if your SAT score is good enough for admission.

What ACT score is required for Occidental College?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have ACT scores between 30 and 33. The average ACT score is 31. See if your ACT score is good enough for admission.