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Occidental College Data & Information Overview

If you want to know more about Occidental College, such as what majors does it offer, how diverse it is, how well it ranks, and more, this is your one-stop resource. Want to know more about a specific stat? Just click on its tile, and you'll go to a page that goes more in-depth on that subject. You can also use the links below to go directly to any section on this page.

How Well Is Occidental College Ranked?

Quality Badge

2020 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 36 badges in the 2020 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is general psychology.

Overall Quality

According to College Factual's 2020 analysis, Oxy is ranked #127 out of 1,727 schools in the nation that were analyzed for overall quality. This puts it in the top 10% of all schools in the nation. This is an improvement over the previous year, when Oxy held the #131 spot on the Best Overall Colleges list.

Oxy is also ranked #16 out of 112 schools in California.

See all of the rankings for Occidental College.

Is It Hard to Get Into Oxy?

Acceptance Rate

If you're applying to Occidental College you'll face some tough competition, since the school's acceptance rate is only 42%. Definitely don't wait until the last minute to submit your application, since applying early may be in your favor.

Average Test Scores

About 55% 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 650 and 720. Math scores were between 630 and 720.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Occidental College  ( 650 to 720 )

SAT Math Scores for Occidental College  ( 630 to 720 )
Oxy received ACT scores from 56% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT Composite scores ranged between 27 and 32.

ACT Composite Scores for Occidental College  ( 27 to 32 )

Learn more about Occidental College admissions.

Occidental College Faculty

Student to Faculty Ratio

At Oxy, the student to faculty ratio is an excellent 9 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

In addition to the student to faculty ratio, some people look at what percentage of faculty members are full-time as a sign of how much time professors will be able to spend with their students. This is because part-time teachers may not be be on campus as much as their full-time counterparts.

The full-time faculty percentage at Occidental College is 72%. This is higher than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  72 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at Occidental College

Freshmen Retention Rate

Occidental College has a freshmen retention rate of 91%. That's a good sign that full-time students like the school and their professors enough to want to stick around for another year. It's also a sign that the admissions team did a good job in choosing applicants who were a good fit for the school.

Freshmen Retention Rate  91 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 82%. That is great when compared to the national average of 33.3%

On-Time Graduation Rate  82 out of 100

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

Excellent Overall Diversity at Oxy

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 1,972 undergraduates at Oxy with 1,952 being full-time and 20 being part-time.

Oxy Diversity Score

College Factual computes an overall diversity score for each college and university that takes gender, ethnicity, geographic location, and age into account. Schools with the best mixtures of students with respect to these factors are ranked the highest, and those that cater to just one or two student groups are ranked the lowest.

With an overall score of 96.19 out of 100, Oxy is one of the most diverse schools in the nation.

Overall Diversity Score  96.19 out of 100
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How Much Does Occidental College Cost?

The overall average net price of Oxy is $29,211. 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 +
$14,573 $15,559 $19,909 $29,584 $42,370

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

It's not uncommon for college students to take out loans to pay for school. In fact, almost 66% of students nationwide depend at least partially on loans. At Oxy, approximately 51% of students took out student loans averaging $7,512 a year. That adds up to $30,048 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Oxy is 1.1%. 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?

The pay for some majors is higher than others, but on average, students who graduate with a bachelor's degree from Oxy make about $50,600 a year during their first few years of employment after graduation. That's great news for Oxy students since it is 24% more than the average college graduate's salary of $40,800 per year.


See which majors at Occidental College make the most money.

Location of Occidental College

Located in Los Angeles, California, Occidental College is a private not-for-profit institution. The city atmosphere of Los Angeles makes it a great place for students who enjoy having lots of educational and entertainment options.

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Location of Occidental College

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

Most Popular Majors Bachelor’s Degrees Average Salary of Graduates
Economics 86 $47,200
International Relations & National Security 59 $26,700
General Biology 39 $27,900
Natural Resources Conservation 32 $31,200
Sociology 26 $30,200
Political Science & Government 24 $31,800
General Psychology 24 $28,500

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

Learn more about online learning at Occidental College.

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