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Occidental College

Los Angeles, CA 4-Year Private

About Occidental College

Occidental College is a private, nonprofit school located in the urban setting of Los Angeles, CA, less than an hour from Los Angeles.

Founded in 1887, Occidental College currently enrolls around 1,839 students a year, including 1,839 undergrads. The institution runs on a semester academic calendar.

Occidental College's endowment was valued at $439,089,406 in 2021. The school spends $48,917 for each full-time student enrolled.

2021 Admissions Facts About Occidental College

Acceptance rate: 41%

Average GPA: 3.62

Early Decision or Early Action: Yes/No

2022 Regular Decision Deadline: January 10

2022 Regular Decision Notification Date: March 25

What's the acceptance rate at Occidental College in 2021?

Admission to Occidental College is very difficult. The acceptance rate at Occidental College is 41 percent.

Admitted students have an average high school GPA of 3.62 out of 4.0.

In 2021, 1,083 applicants were waitlisted and 129 students were ultimating offered a spot off the waitlist.

Is Occidental College a good school?

There is no one way to define a "good" college or university. Acceptance rate and average GPA are good indicators of how competitive an institution is, but they don't say much about the quality of the education or the student experience.

Retention and graduation rates

Out of the 544 students who started at Occidental College as first-time freshman, 423 graduate within four years.

Occidental College's six-year graduation for undergrads is 84 percent. The average six-year graduation rate for U.S. colleges and universities is 61 percent for public schools, and 67 percent for private, non-profit schools.

Job outcomes and student debt

Job placement rates after graduation, average starting salaries, and the debt students graduate with can all give important clues about the value of a degree from a specific school. Graduates in the class of 2021 had an average of $29,306 in student loans per borrower. For context, compare this number with the average national debt, which is around $36,000 per borrower.

Based on this information, how does Occidental College sound? Remember, the best school for one person may be a terrible fit for someone else! So the real question to ask yourself: is Occidental College a good school for YOU?

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The deadline to apply to Occidental College for Fall 2022 is January 25. All applicants should hear back from Occidental College by March 25.

Read on to find out more about the admissions requirements and deadlines, student life, academics and majors and more. You can also see what others are saying about Occidental College in the College Confidential forums and get personalized recommendations for more schools that might be a good fit for you.

College Info

1600 Campus Road Los Angeles, CA 90041-3314

Campus Setting: Urban

Occidental College Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Jan 10

Transfer Applications are Due

Apr 1

The deadline for Fall first-year applications to Occidental College is Jan 10.

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to Occidental College is Apr 1.

Check the school website for more information about deadlines for specific programs or special admissions programs

Occidental College ACT Scores


ACT Range

28 - 32

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

ACT Score

Estimated Chance

32 and Above


28 to 32


28 and Less


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ACT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median ACT score of an admitted student to Occidental College is 30. Students with an ACT score of 32 and above have a good chance of getting into Occidental College. Students with an ACT score that falls between 28 and 32 have an average chance of getting admitted, and students with an ACT score of 28 or below have a low chance of being offered admission.

Occidental College SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

1320 - 1450


Math SAT Range

650 - 750


Reading SAT Range

650 - 730

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

SAT Score

Estimated Chance

1450 and Above


1320 to 1450


1320 and Less


SAT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median SAT score for Occidental College students is 1384. Applicants with SAT scores of 1450 and above have a good chance of being admitted to Occidental College, while applicants with SAT scores between 1320 to 1450 have an average chance of admittance, and prospective students with an SAT score below 1320 have a low chance of being offered a spot at Occidental College.

Occidental College Tuition & Fees

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Cost Breakdown
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Student Life

Wondering what life at Occidental College is like? There are approximately 1,985 students enrolled at Occidental College. 99% percent of students attend school full-time, 41% percent are from CA and 59% percent of students are from other states.


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Part Time


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