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Oxy Admission Requirements


Acceptance Rate

41.8%
Admission Difficulty for Occidental College
Measure Difficulty
Admission StandardsExceptional
Applicant CompetitionAverage

Can I get into Oxy? The school has a 42% acceptance rate. 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.

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SAT Requirements

SAT Range
1340-1480
Applicants Submitting SAT
55%
SAT Scores for Occidental College
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th 690
SAT Math 25th 650
SAT Composite 25th 1340
SAT Scores for Occidental College
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 75th 730
SAT Math 75th 750
SAT Composite 75th 1480
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. 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.

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 >55%
1410 to 1480 Avg + 42%-55%
1340 to 1410 Avg - 30%-42%
1270 to 1340 Reach 20%-30%
Less than 1270 Low <20%

ACT Requirements

ACT Range
27-32 
Applicants Submitting ACT
56%
ACT Scores for Occidental College
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 25th 29
ACT Math 25th 26
ACT Composite 25th 27
ACT Scores for Occidental College
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 75th 34
ACT Math 75th 31
ACT Composite 75th 32
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. 56 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to Occidental College.

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

Occidental College admission chances by ACT score
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%

Estimated GPA Requirements

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

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. 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 Admission Chances
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

Admission Statistics

Occidental College admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 4,089 2,686 6,775
Accepted 1,707 1,124 2,831
Acceptance Rate 42% 42% 42%
Enrolled 335 229 564
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 20% 20% 20%

Fall 2019 Application Deadline

Applications were Due
Jan 10, 2019
Days left to Apply
None

The application deadline for Fall 2019 has passed. Applications were due on Jan 10, 2019.

Admission Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to Occidental College and what considerations affect admission decisions?

Occidental College Admission Requirements
Test Scores Required
High School GPA Recommended
High School Class Rank Recommended
Completion of College Preparatory Program Required
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.