Occidental College


Highest Degree Offered: Masters

College Type: Private

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Academic Calendar: Semester

State: California


Occidental College is a private liberal arts college located on a 120-acre campus in the Eagle Rock neighborhood of Los Angeles, about eight miles from downtown. The location has a suburban feel with lots of coffee houses, restaurants, galleries and stores. Occidental College is highly selective with about 90% of students coming from the top 25% of their high school class. The college prides itself on the diversity of it student body and its academic excellence. For its strengths in the liberal arts and sciences, Occidental College was awarded a chapter of the prestigious Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society. Popular majors include biology, economics, psychology and English; academics are supported by a 10 to 1 student / faculty ratio and an average class size of 16. In athletics, the Occidental Tigers compete in the NCAA Division III Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. The college fields ten men's and eleven women's varsity sports teams.

Most Popular Majors

Art, Biology, Drama, Economics, English, Environmental Studies, History, International Relations, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology

Student/Faculty Numbers

Total Students: 1868
Total Grad Students: Not available
Undergraduate Students: 2089
Faculty: 157

Total Student/Faculty Ratio: 12:1
Undergraduate Student/Faculty Ratio: 13:1

Percent Male: 44%
Percent Female: 56%

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Graduation and Retention Information

Four-Year Graduation Rate: 78%

Six-Year Graduation Rate: 85%

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Graduation and Retention Data From: Spring 2010

Contact Information

1600 Campus Rd
Los Angeles California 90041


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Standardized Testing

ACT 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
Composite 27 31
English 28 33
Math 25 30
SAT 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
Critical Reading 600 700
Math 610 690
Writing 600 700

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Freshmen Percentage Accepted: 39%

Difference Between Transfer and Freshmen Acceptance Rates: -39%

Admissions Data From: Fall 2010


Books: 1180

Other Expenses: 2302

Room and Board: 11990

Tuition and Fees: 42871

Total Cost: 58343

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Costs Data From: 2011-12

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Average Amount of Aid – Grants:

Average Amount of Aid – Loans: 6646

Percent of New Students Receiving Aid: 82%

Percent of New Students Receiving Grants: 78%

Percent of New Students Receiving Loans: 43%

Financial Aid Data From: Fall 2010

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