Chances of getting into Occidental College

Occidental College

Acceptance Rate

Acceptance Rate
37.3%
Admission Difficulty for Occidental College
Measure Difficulty
Admission StandardsExceptional
Applicant CompetitionHigh

How hard is it to get into Oxy and can I get accepted? The school has a 37% acceptance rate ranking it #23 in California for lowest rate of acceptance. Last year, 2,716 out of 7,281 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 14 percent. Occidental College typically accepts and attracts "B+" average high school students. Only 21% 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

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range
1270-1450
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 710
SAT Math 75th 740
SAT Composite 75th 1450
Average SAT Score 1360

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

Occidental College typically requires 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 1180. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1360 out of 1600. The school ranks #11 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. Note: SAT scores presented on this page have been adjusted upwards per the College Board's concordance tables for test takers after March 2016.

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Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

Occidental College admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness Admission Chances
1450 and Above Good >50%
1360 to 1450 Avg + 37%-50%
1270 to 1360 Avg - 26%-37%
1180 to 1270 Reach 17%-26%
Less than 1180 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 30
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.

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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Estimated GPA Requirements & Average GPA

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. 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

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%

Admission Statistics

Occidental College admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 4,377 2,904 7,281
Accepted 1,655 1,061 2,716
Acceptance Rate 38% 37% 37%
Enrolled 321 245 566
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 19% 23% 21%

Fall 2020 Application Deadline

Applications were Due
Jan 10, 2020
Days left to Apply
None

The application deadline for Fall 2020 has passed. Applications were due on Jan 10, 2020.

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.

Frequently Asked Questions

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

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.

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have SAT scores between 1270 and 1450. 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 32. 46% of students submit ACT scores when applying. See if your ACT score is good enough for admission.