Occidental College requires a minimum of 128 credits to graduate with a bachelor's degree.
There is no accelarated degree program at Occidental College, but students who wish to save money or graduate early can look into transferring in credits. Occidental College accepts transfer credits. The school accepts AP credit and IB credits. Many students like to take classes in the summer, to earn extra credits. However, Occidental College does not offer classes during the summer.
NOTE: Around 83% of students who start college at Occidental College finish the requirements for graduation within six years.
Occidental College offers an orientation program before the start of fall classes to prepare new students for college life.
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Reminder: Occidental College may have additional academic options available for new and transfering students. Make sure to check with the universty directly for any additional information.
Occidental College has a core curriculum, which means there are certain classes or types of classes all students must take to graduate.
Students are required to fulfill a language requirement
Students do not have to take a computer class.
Reminder: Check with Occidental College directly for more information on requirements. Individual departments or majors may have additional required courses.
When choosing a major, Occidental College students have several choices to make. Scroll down to the bottom of this page to see a full list of majors offered at Occidental College.
Student Designed Majors
Occidental College allows students to design their own major, if desired. If students would like to study something that is not offered as an official major, designing their own major is a great alternative.
Students are not required to complete a senior project unless it is required for their specific major.
Double Majoring at Occidental College
Occidental College offers students the option to double major, if they would like. Student struggling to choose just one area of study may consider a double major.
NOTE: Declaring a double major may require more work but it can provide a unique combination of experience that helps students stand out when job searching or applying to a graduate program.
✅ Occidental College does offer services for students with disabilities.
Prospective students can contact the college's Office of Accessibility Services to learn more about any support and accomodations offered. These conversations are usually kept confidential and will not be shared with the admissions office if you do not wish to share.
❌ Occidental College does not have distance learning options or fully-online programs, so students must be able to attend classes on-campus.
✅ Occidental College offers some credit for Advanced Placement (AP) classes taken in high school. Schools have different requirements for what AP scores they accept, so some students may not receive AP credit.
✅ Occidental College offers an honors program for highly-qualified applicants, but does not offer a Freshman Honors College.
❌ Occidental College does not require an internship for any students.
Students can still look for internships during the summer, or gain work experience with a part-time job. While Occidental College does not require internships for students of any major, internships are a great way to get work experience, discover career paths that might fit you, or rule out ones that don't.
The main library on campus is the Mary Norton Clapp Library and Academic Commons and there are no other libraries on campus.
A dual degree program allows a student to study and earn two degrees at the same time. A 3-2 dual degree program is a five-year program wherein the first three years are spend taking undergraduate courses and the final two years are spent taking graduate courses. Upon completion of the 5 years, the student will be awarded two degrees, a bachelor's degree and a master's degree.
Occidental College offers these dual degree programs:
•3-2 dual degree program in engineering in partnership with California Institute of Technology and Columbia University
•Law with Columbia University, biotechnology with Keck Graduate Institute
What is ROTC?
The Reserve Officers' Training Corps, which is also commonly known as ROTC, is a leadership program that prepares students to serve in the U.S. Armed Forces after graduation. College level ROTC programs prepare students to become officers in the military through physical, academic, and leadership training. ROTC programs are part of the college curriculum and usually cover the cost of tuition.
Does Occidental College have any ROTC programs?
Each branch of the miltary has its own ROTC program, but not every program is available at every university. Possible programs include Army ROTC, Air Force ROTC, and Navy ROTC.
Occidental College has an Army ROTC program and an Air Force ROTC program.
Some ROTC programs are provided directly on campus and others are hosted at a cooperating instiution off campus. The ROTC program locations at Occidental College include:
•an Army ROTC branch unit hosted at a cooperating instution off campus
•an Air Force ROTC branch unit hosted at a cooperating instution off campus
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