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Chances of getting into Occidental College

Acceptance Rate

Acceptance Rate
36.7%
Admission Difficulty for Occidental College
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Admission StandardsExceptional
Applicant CompetitionHigh
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How hard is it to get into Oxy and can I get accepted? The school has a 37% acceptance rate ranking it #20 in California for lowest rate of acceptance. Last year, 2,752 out of 7,501 applicants were admitted making Oxy a highly competitive school to get into with a lesser 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 quarter of their high school class.

Test Requirements

You must submit admission test scores with your application. Occidental College is not a test optional school. Note: Please consult the school directly to determine if testing requirements are temporarily suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Oxy SAT Scores

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range
1300-1480
Applicants Submitting SAT
64%
SAT Scores for Occidental College
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th 650
SAT Math 25th 650
SAT Composite 25th 1300
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 1390

SAT Scores you need to get in

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

Occidental College typically prefers applicants to be in the top 12 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 1300 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 1390 out of 1600. The school ranks #10 in California for highest average SAT composite score. A competitive SAT score is critical as 64 percent of applicants submit SAT scores to the school.

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2019 starting class

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 >50%
1390 to 1480 Avg + 37%-50%
1300 to 1390 Avg - 26%-37%
1210 to 1300 Reach 17%-26%
Less than 1210 Low <17%
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Oxy ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range
28-32 
Applicants Submitting ACT
46%
ACT Scores for Occidental College
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 25th 30
ACT Math 25th 26
ACT Composite 25th 28
ACT Scores for Occidental College
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 75th 35
ACT Math 75th 31
ACT Composite 75th 32
Average ACT Score 30

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. Successful applicants typically send ACT scores in the top 12 percent nationally. 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 32 and above have very competitive chances. The school ranks #12 in California for highest average ACT composite score. 46 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to Occidental College.

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2019 starting class

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

Occidental College admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness Admission Chances
32 and Above Good >50%
30 to 32 Avg + 37%-50%
28 to 30 Avg - 26%-37%
26 to 28 Reach 17%-26%
Less than 26 Low <17%
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Oxy GPA

Estimated GPA Requirements & Average GPA

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

What GPA do you need to get into Occidental College?

Applicants require very good grades in high school to get into Oxy. 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 #33 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

GPA Data Source, Wintergreen Orchard House

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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%
Data Source, Wintergreen Orchard House

Applying

Admission Statistics

Occidental College admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 4,591 2,910 7,501
Accepted 1,714 1,038 2,752
Acceptance Rate 37% 36% 37%
Enrolled 310 252 562
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 18% 24% 20%
Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2019 starting class

Fall 2021 Application Deadline

Applications are Due
Jan 15, 2022
Days left to Apply
81

Applicants have 81 days left until the Fall 2021 term applications are due on Jan 15, 2022.

Application Fee

The cost for prospective students to apply to Occidental College is $65.

Admission Requirements

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

Occidental College Admission Requirements
Test Scores 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

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

FAQs

Does Occidental College prefer SAT or ACT?

64% of students submit their SAT scores to Oxy. 46% of applicants send their ACT scores when applying.

What is my chance of getting into Occidental College?

37% 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 1300 and 1480. 64% of students submit SAT scores when applying. 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 28 and 32. 46% of students submit ACT scores when applying. See if your ACT score is good enough for admission.