Chances of getting into Occidental College
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
Applicants Submitting SAT55%
|SAT Test||25th Percentile Score|
|SAT Reading 25th||690|
|SAT Math 25th||650|
|SAT Composite 25th||1340|
|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.
|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%|
Oxy ACT Scores
Applicants Submitting ACT56%
|ACT Test||25th Percentile Score|
|ACT Reading 25th||29|
|ACT Math 25th||26|
|ACT Composite 25th||27|
|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.
|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%|
Avg. High School GPA3.6
Typical High School GradesB+
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.
|High School GPA||Freshmen Within Range||Competitiveness|
|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|
51% of Occidental College freshman were in the top ten percent of their high school graduating class.
|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%|
|Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield)||20%||20%||20%|
Applications are DueJan 10, 2020
Days left to Apply53
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|
What are the requirements for admission to Occidental College and what considerations affect admission decisions?
|High School GPA||Recommended|
|High School Class Rank||Recommended|
|Completion of College Preparatory Program||Required|
|Demonstration of Competencies||Neither required nor recommended|
|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.