Occidental College

Occidental College

Occidental College, established in 1887, is a private, co-educational, liberal arts college located in Los Angeles, California, United States. It is also referred to as Oxy by students and alumni. Occidental is the oldest liberal arts colleges on the West Coast. The college offers a wide variety of degrees and programs in diverse areas of study. U.S. News and World Report (2009) ranked Occidental as 37th among the 'American liberal arts colleges'.

Occidental is a member of the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) and NCAA Division III. It sponsors more than 15 varsity sports teams. The teams are nicknamed as the Tigers. Some of the notable alumni include Ben Affleck, actor; Kathy Augustine, U.S. politician from Nevada; and W. Don Cornwell, CEO of Granite Broadcasting.

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Occidental College
1600 Campus Rd
Los Angeles , CA 90041-3392
General Phone: (323) 259-2500

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Occidental College Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Liberal Arts254American studies, Asian studies, women's studies, minority and gender studies, foreign language and literature, French language, Spanish language, English, English language and literature, ...
Science56biology, biochemistry, chemistry, geology, physics
Therapy and Counseling46cognitive science, psychology, psychobiology
Art Studies33art studies
Conservation and Resource Management22environmental studies
Drama and Performing Arts21drama
Religion and Philosophy19philosophy, religion
Nutrition and Exercise Therapy10exercise science
Education and Teaching7elementary school teaching, secondary teaching
Computer Science and Engineering0computer science

Number of programs and degrees for Occidental College in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Bachelor's degree47434
Master's degree73

Occidental College Student Body

In 2007-2008, Occidental College had a total enrollment of 1,877 students (1,862 full-time equivalent).

Students in the Freshman Class:

Group Percent
Men 43%
Women 57%
Full-Time 100%

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 98%
Graduate 2%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 56%
Black 6%
Hispanic 16%
Asian 14%
American Indian 1%
Unknown 5%
(Foreign Students) 2%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 2%
18-19 46%
20-21 44%
22-24 7%
25-29 1%
30-34 0%
35-39 0%
40-49 0%
50-64 0%

Incoming (Freshman) Students by Place of Residence:
(From available data sampling)

New York5%
(International Students)4%
New Mexico2%
New Jersey2%
Washington, DC1%

Occidental College Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 91 %

Occidental College Room and Board (2007)

Occidental College offers campus housing for 1,450 of its 1,862 (full-time) students. Freshmen are required to live on campus.

(Please refer to our profile of Los Angeles, California for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other California Colleges).

The school does not offer students a meal plan.

Occidental College Admissions and Selectivity


EnrolledPercent of
Accepted Enrolled

Standardized Test Scores:

Test25th Percentile75th Percetile
SAT Verbal590690
SAT Math590680
SAT Writing590690
ACT Composite2731

Application Requirements:

Class Rankrecommended
High School Recordrequired
College Prep Programrequired
Formal Demonstration of Competencenot required
Standardized Tests (SAT and/or ACT)required
Percent of Applicants Submitting SAT72%
Percent of Applicants Submitting ACT28%
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)required
Other Standardized Testsnot required

Occidental College Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 37,071
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 37,071
Room and board $ 10,270
Room charge $ 5,840
Board (meal plan) charge $ 4,980
Books and supplies $ 988
Other expenses $ 2,080

Financial Aid:
Occidental College participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 124900)

Occidental College Faculty

Occidental College has a tenure system for faculty.

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professoracademic year43$111,52730$110,389
Associate professoracademic year10$81,23212$81,620
Assistant professoracademic year19$61,63220$64,672
No academic rankacademic year14$52,84314$49,157
All faculty totalacademic year86$87,42876$82,536

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Occidental College Athletics

Athletic Conferences:

Football Southern California Intercoll Athletic Conference
Basketball Southern California Intercoll Athletic Conference
Baseball Southern California Intercoll Athletic Conference
Track Southern California Intercoll Athletic Conference

Occidental College Degree Programs (2007)

Art Studies
Art/Art Studies, General

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer Science

Conservation And Resource Management
Environmental Studies

Drama And Performing Arts
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General

Education And Teaching
Elementary Education and Teaching
Secondary Education and Teaching

Liberal Arts
American/United States Studies/Civilization
Asian Studies/Civilization
Economics, General
Economics, Other
English Language and Literature, General
English Language and Literature/Letters, Other
Ethnic, Cultural Minority, and Gender Studies, Other
Foreign Languages and Literatures, General
French Language and Literature
History, General
International Relations and Affairs
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other
Political Science and Government, General
Spanish Language and Literature
Women's Studies

Mathematics, General

Music, General

Nutrition And Exercise Therapy
Kinesiology and Exercise Science

Religion And Philosophy
Religion/Religious Studies

Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Chemistry, General
Geology/Earth Science, General
Physics, General

Therapy And Counseling
Cognitive Science
Physiological Psychology/Psychobiology
Psychology, General

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