Oxy Admission Requirements
Chances of getting into Occidental College
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
Applicants Submitting SAT64%
|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||710|
|SAT Math 75th||740|
|SAT Composite 75th||1450|
|Average SAT Score||1360|
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 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.
|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%|
Oxy ACT Scores
Applicants Submitting ACT46%
|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||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.
|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%|
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 #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.
|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)||19%||23%||21%|
Applications were DueJan 10, 2020
Days left to ApplyNone
The application deadline for Fall 2020 has passed. Applications were due on Jan 10, 2020.
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.
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.