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Chances of getting into Occidental College

Acceptance Rate

Admitted 
41%
Admission Difficulty for Occidental College
Measure Difficulty
Admission Standards Exceptional 
Applicant Competition Average 
How hard is it to get into Oxy and can I get accepted?

The acceptance rate at Oxy is 41%.  It ranks #21 in California and #158 in the nation for lowest rate of acceptance. Oxy is a more competitive school to get into with a good chance of acceptance for qualifying applicants. Last year, 2,838 out of 6,939 applicants were admitted.

The school has extremely high admission requirements for SAT and ACT scores, generally admitting students who score in the top 14 percent (SAT 1270/1460 ACT 28/33). Occidental College typically accepts and attracts "B+" average high school students with an average GPA around 3.62. Most incoming freshmen graduate in the top ten percent of their high school class. 14% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school.

The Oxy application fee is $65 and applications are due by Jan 15.

Testing Requirements

You are required to submit admission test scores with your application. Occidental College is not a test optional school. Note: Please consult the school directly to confirm the most up to date testing requirements.

Oxy SAT Scores

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range 
1270-1460
Applicants Submitting SAT 
64%
SAT Scores for Occidental College
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th 640
SAT Math 25th 630
SAT Composite 25th 1270
SAT Scores for Occidental College
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 75th 730
SAT Math 75th 730
SAT Composite 75th 1460
Average SAT Score 1370

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 15 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 1270 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 1170. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1370 out of 1600. Oxy ranks #10 in California and #71 in the nation for highest average SAT composite score. A competitive SAT score is critical as 64 percent of applicants submit SAT scores to the school.

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Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2020 starting class

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

Occidental College admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness  Admission Chances 
1460 and Above Good >57%
1365 to 1460 Avg + 41%-57%
1270 to 1365 Avg - 27%-41%
1175 to 1270 Reach 16%-27%
Less than 1175 Low <16%
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Oxy ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range 
28-33 
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 33
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 33 and above have very competitive chances. The school ranks #11 in California and #76 in the U.S. for highest average ACT composite score. 46 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to Occidental College.

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Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2020 starting class

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

Occidental College admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness  Admission Chances 
33 and Above Good >60%
30 to 33 Avg + 41%-60%
28 to 30 Avg - 29%-41%
26 to 28 Reach 20%-29%
Less than 26 Low <20%
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Oxy GPA

Estimated GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Avg. High School GPA 
3.62
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 3.62 on the 4.0 scale indicating that primarily B+ students are accepted and ultimately attend. The school ranks #35 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.

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High School GPA's for admitted Occidental College students
High School GPA Freshmen Within Range Competitiveness 
4.0 7.0% Good
3.75 to 3.99 31.0% Avg +
3.50 to 3.74 33.0% Avg -
3.25 to 3.49 19.0% Reach
3.00 to 3.24 7.0% Reach
2.50 to 2.99 3.0% Low
2.00 to 2.49 0% Low
1.00 to 1.99 0% Low
less than 1.00 0% Low

GPA Data Source, Peterson's Data 2021

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High School Class Rank

59% 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 59%
Top 25% of class 89%
Top 50% of class 98%
Data Source, Peterson's Data

Applying

Admission Statistics

Occidental College admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 4,315 2,624 6,939
Accepted 1,812 1,026 2,838
Acceptance Rate 42% 39% 41%
Enrolled 239 163 402
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 13% 16% 14%
Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2020 starting class

Fall 2022 Application Deadline

Applications are Due
Jan 15, 2023
Days left to Apply
102

Applicants have 102 days left until the Fall 2022 term applications are due on Jan 15, 2023.

Application Fee

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

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 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?

41% of those who apply are granted admission to Oxy. Admission competition is low 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 1270 and 1460. 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 33. 46% of students submit ACT scores when applying. See if your ACT score is good enough for admission.