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.
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.
|SAT Test||25th Percentile Score|
|SAT Reading 25th||640|
|SAT Math 25th||630|
|SAT Composite 25th||1270|
|SAT Test||25th Percentile Score|
|SAT Reading 75th||730|
|SAT Math 75th||730|
|SAT Composite 75th||1460|
|Average SAT Score||1370
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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|ACT Test||25th Percentile Score|
|ACT Reading 25th||30|
|ACT Math 25th||26|
|ACT Composite 25th||28|
|ACT Test||75th Percentile Score|
|ACT Reading 75th||35|
|ACT Math 75th||31|
|ACT Composite 75th||33|
|Average ACT Score||30
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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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||Freshmen Within Range||Competitiveness|
|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
59% 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||59%|
|Top 25% of class||89%|
|Top 50% of class||98%|
|Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield)||13%||16%||14%|
Applicants have 102 days left until the Fall 2022 term applications are due on Jan 15, 2023.
The cost for prospective students to apply to Occidental College is $65.
What are the requirements for admission to Occidental College and what student information is used for admission decisions?
|High School GPA||Considered but not required|
|High School Class Rank||Considered but not required|
|Completion of College Preparatory Program||Recommended|
|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.
64% of students submit their SAT scores to Oxy. 46% of applicants send their ACT scores when applying.
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.
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.
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.