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Occidental College Data & Information Overview

123 awards Ranking Badges
Great Price Value for Your Money
41% Acceptance Rate
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How Well Is Occidental College Ranked?

#254 Best Colleges in Nation
#31 Best Colleges in CA
General Biology Highest Ranked Major
Quality Badge

2023 Rankings

In its yearly rankings, College Factual analyzes over 2,000 colleges and universities to determine which ones are the best in a variety of categories, such as overall value, quality, diversity, which schools are the best for each major, and much more.

Occidental College was awarded 123 badges in the 2023 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is general biology.

Overall Quality

According to College Factual's 2023 analysis, Oxy is ranked #254 out of 2,241 schools in the nation that were analyzed for overall quality. This puts it in the top 15% of all schools in the nation.

Oxy is also ranked #31 out of 170 schools in California.

See all of the rankings for Occidental College.

Is It Hard to Get Into Oxy?

41% Acceptance Rate
64% Of Accepted Are Women
70% Submit SAT Scores

Acceptance Rate

The acceptance rate at Occidental College is a competitive 41%, so make sure you take your application seriously when putting it together. Even leaving out a minor detail could be a reason to move you to the rejection pile.

Average Test Scores

About 70% of students accepted to Oxy submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 640 and 730. Math scores were between 630 and 730.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Occidental College  ( 640 to 730 )

SAT Math Scores for Occidental College  ( 630 to 730 )
Oxy received ACT scores from 41% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT Composite scores ranged between 28 and 33.

ACT Composite Scores for Occidental College  ( 28 to 33 )

Learn more about Occidental College admissions.

Occidental College Faculty

8 to 1 Student to Faculty
74% Full Time Teachers

Student to Faculty Ratio

At Oxy, the student to faculty ratio is an excellent 8 to 1. That's much better than the national average of 15 to 1. This indicates that many classes will probably be small, and students will have ample opportunites to work closely with their professors and classmates.

Percent of Full-Time Faculty

When estimating how much access students will have to their teachers, some people like to look at what percentage of faculty members are full time. This is because part-time teachers may not have as much time to spend on campus as their full-time counterparts.

The full-time faculty percentage at Occidental College is 74%. This is higher than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  74 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at Occidental College

82% Freshmen Retention
81% On-Time Graduation Rate

Freshmen Retention Rate

The freshmen retention rate of 82% tells us that most first-year, full-time students like Occidental College enough to come back for another year. This is a fair bit higher than the national average of 68%. That's certainly something to check off in the good column about the school.

Freshmen Retention Rate  82 out of 100

Graduation Rate

Students are considered to have graduated on time if they finish their studies within four years. At Oxy the on-time graduation rate of first-time, full-time students is 81%. That is great when compared to the national average of 33.3%

On-Time Graduation Rate  81 out of 100

Find out more about the retention and graduation rates at Occidental College.

Occidental College Undergraduate Student Diversity

1,791 Full-Time Undergraduates
45.8% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
58.7% Percent Women

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 1,839 undergraduates at Oxy with 1,791 being full-time and 48 being part-time.

How Much Does Occidental College Cost?

$34,032 Net Price
44% Take Out Loans
$28,388 Total Student Loans
The overall average net price of Oxy is $34,032. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group. See the table below for the net price for different income groups.

Net Price by Income Group for Oxy

$0-30 K $30K-48K $48-75 $75-110K $110K +
$14,452 $13,475 $18,209 $29,981 $49,854

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.Note that the net price is typically less than the published for a school. For more information on the sticker price of Oxy, see our tuition and fees and room and board pages.

Student Loan Debt

While almost two-thirds of students nationwide take out loans to pay for college, the percentage may be quite different for the school you plan on attending. At Oxy, approximately 44% of students took out student loans averaging $7,097 a year. That adds up to $28,388 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Oxy is 1.2%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

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How Much Money Do Oxy Graduates Make?

$67,388 Avg Salary of Grads
High Earnings Boost
Yearly salaries vary depending on what you major in, but on average, bachelor's degree recipients from Oxy make around $67,388 per year during the early years of their employment. This is good news for future Oxy graduates since it is 59% more than the average college graduate's salary of $42,485 per year.


See which majors at Occidental College make the most money.

Location of Occidental College

California State
1,791 Full-Time Undergraduates
Large City Campus Setting
Occidental College is a private not-for-profit institution located in Los Angeles, California. Los Angeles is a great location for students who prefer city over country life.

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Contact details for Oxy are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 1600 Campus Rd, Los Angeles, CA 90041-3392
Phone: 323-259-2500

Occidental College Majors

31 Majors With Completions
487 Undergraduate Degrees
Most Popular Majors Bachelor’s Degrees Average Salary of Graduates
Economics 51 $46,544
General Psychology 41 $25,916
General Biology 37 $25,035
Political Science & Government 35 $42,360
Natural Resources Conservation 32 $29,948
International Relations & National Security 31 $38,329
Sociology 26 NA
Film, Video & Photographic Arts 24 NA
Computer Science 18 NA
Cultural Studies & Analysis 17 NA

Learn more about the majors offered at Occidental College along with which ones have the highest average starting salaries.

Online Learning at Oxy

100% Take At Least One Class Online
100% Take All Classes Online

Online courses area a great option for busy, working students as well as for those who have scheduling conflicts and want to study on their own time. As time goes by, expect to see more and more online learning options become available.

In 2019-2020, 1,839 students took at least one online class at Occidental College. This is an increase from the 0 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2019-2020 1,839 1,839
2018-2019 0 0
2017-2018 0 0
2016-2017 0 0
2015-2016 0 0

Learn more about online learning at Occidental College.

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Notes and References


*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.


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