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Occidental College Admissions

If you are considering submitting an applicationto Occidental College, the deadline for Fall 2022 admissions is January 10 and the fee for the application is $65. Application fees can add up, but some schools do have free applications and students with financial need may be eligible for an application fee waiver.

Students who apply for Fall should hear back from Occidental College by March 25.

Considering Applying Early to Occidental College?

Occidental College offers early decision but not early action Early decision is binding, meaning you must attend if you are admitted, while early action allows you to apply early without committing. Early Decision 2 applications are due 1/1.

The early decision acceptance rate at Occidental College is 52%, compared to an overall acceptance rate of 41%. Last year,, Occidental College admitted 205 of the 391 students who applied early decison.

Some students apply to college early because they believe it will help their chances. Early deadlines may increase the chance of being admitted, since applying early shows your are very interested in a school, and your application is being considered before all the regular decision applicants apply.

See a list of some selective colleges that admit significantly more applicants during early decision or early action than during regular admission.

How Hard Is It To Get Admitted to Occidental College?

Getting into Occidental College is very difficult. Occidental College evaluates applicants carefully based on multiple criteria to decide who to admit, and who to deny or waitlist.

In 2021, Occidental College accepted 41% of all applicants., around 2,838 of the 6,939 students who applied.

Schools that are very difficult to get into, like Occidental College, accept fewer than 60% of all applicants. At least 50% of all admitted students have GPAs in the top 10% of their high school class and scored over 1230 on the SAT and over 26 on the ACT.

Transfer student admissions is very difficult. In 2021, Occidental College waitlisted 1,083 students. Of those, 651 eventually got in.

What Does Occidental College Look For in an Applicant?

Colleges consider a range of factors when choosing who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college has a different way of determining which factors are they consider most important when choose which applicants to admit, and which to deny. When creating your list of schools to apply to, you may want to consider your strengthsand any possible weaknesses in your application, and choose schools that put the most emphasis the admissions factors where you shine.

Admissions Factors at Occidental College

Admissions Factor Level
Academic GPA Very Important
Alumni/ae Relations Considered
Character/Personal Qualities Important
Geographical Residence Considered
Class Rank Important
Work Experience Important
Extracurricular Activities Important
Level of Applicant's Interest Considered
Application Essay Very Important
First Generation Considered
Interview Considered
Racial/Ethnic Status Considered
Recommendation(s) Important
Religious Affiliation/Commitment Not Considered
Rigor of Secondary School Record Very Important
State Residency Not Considered
Talent/Ability Considered
Standardized Test Scores Important
Volunteer Work Important

Occidental College 2021-2022 Application Requirements

To apply, all applicants to Occidental College must submit the following items. Double check with Occidental College's admissions department to confirm all application materials and requirements.

Area Required Recommended Required for some Details (if any)
Written Essay or Personal Statement
Interview
Letter(s) of Recommendation 2
Transcript of High School Record

What GPA Do I Need To Get Into Occidental College?

Students admitted to Occidental College have an average unweighted GPA of 3.6.

Out of all students that were admitted, 31% submitted a class rank. At Occidental College 59% of students ranked in the top 10% of their graduating class in high school, 89% were in the top 25% and 98% were in the top 50%.

Unweighted GPAs range from 4.0 to under 1.0.

At Occidental College, students GPAs fall in the following ranges
4.0 GPA 31%
3.75 and 3.99 31%
3.50 and 3.74 33%
3.25 and 3.49 19%
3.00 and 3.24 7%
2.50 and 2.9 3%
2.00 and 2.49 0%
Occidental College does look at standardized tests scores during the admissions process.

Occidental College is not test optional. Test optional schools allow students to choose if they want to submit ACT or SAT scores with their applications or not.

In 2021, 70% of Occidental College's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application. 41% of admitted applicants sent ACT scores.

What's a Good SAT Score for Occidental College?

To be competitive with other Occidental College applicants, you should strive to earn between 1290 and 1440 (or higher!) on the SAT. At Occidental College 25% of admitted students scored higher than 1440 and 25% of scored lower than 1290, but the majority of students scored somewhere in between these two numbers.

On the SAT Math Section, 25% of Occidental College students scored 730 or higher and 75% of students scored 640 or higher. On the SAT Critical Reading section (formerly called the Verbal section), 25% of Occidental College students scored 730 or higher, and 75% scored a 640 or higher.

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What's a Good ACT Score for Occidental College?

To be most competitive at Occidental College, you should strive to earn between 28 and 33 on the ACT.

An ACT score of 33 means you fall in the 75th percentile for Occidental College's admitted students. One out of every four students scored above a 33, and three out of four students scored lower than 33 on the ACT.

A 28 on the ACT is the 25th percentile for Occidental College students. Only one out of every four students scored below 28.

Want To Bring Up Your ACT Score? Access ACT practice tests and study tips and see upcoming ACT test dates.

Transferring to Occidental College

For transfer students, it is very difficult to get admitted to Occidental College.

For transfer students wishing to start in the Fall, the deadline to apply is April 1. Applicants should hear back by June 30.

Transfer students can enroll in Occidental College during the following terms: Fall Term Spring Term

Occidental College Admissions FAQs

Can I defer my acceptance to Occidental College?

Yes, admitted students can defer their admission to Occidental College.

Does Occidental College accept transfer credits?

Occidental College accepts eligible transfer credits from accredited institutions.

Does Occidental College accept Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) credits?

Occidental College accepts International Baccalaureate credits (IB) creditsand Advanced Placement (AP) credits.

Do I have to submit test scores to Occidental College?

Occidental College. is not test optional. You must submit test scores as part of the application.

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Occidental College Admissions Requirements

Admission Difficulty

Very Selective

41%

How hard is it to get into Occidental College? Occidental College is a very selective institution. The Occidental College acceptance rate is 41%. This means that the institution accepts 40 out of every 100 applicants.

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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

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ACT Range

28 - 33

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

ACT Score

Estimated Chance

33 and Above

Good

28 to 33

Avg

28 and Less

Low

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Occidental College SAT Scores

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Composite SAT Range

1290 - 1440

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Math SAT Range

630 - 730

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Reading SAT Range

640 - 730

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Occidental College GPA

Avg. High School GPA (non-weighted)

3.62

GPA Needed to Get Accepted

At Occidental College, the average unweighted high-school GPA for admitted students is 3.62. This is the average, which means that some applicants submit GPAs lower than this and some applicants submit GPAs above this level. If your GPA falls below the average, strong test scores or other qualifications may help you make you a more competitive applicant.

© 2021 College Confidential / Concentrical LLC, Data provided by IPEDs and Peterson's Databases, © 2020 Peterson's LLC.

Quick Facts

Total Enrollment

1,839

Campus Setting

Urban

Acceptance Rate

41%

Tuition and Fees

In State

$56,576

Out-of-State

$56,576

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Application Deadline

Jan 10
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