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Occidental College

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About Occidental College

A place of intimate scale and infinite scope.
For more than 125 years, our tight-knit community of students and scholars has come together in the heart of Los Angeles, one of the most stimulating and creative cities in the world.

A leader in the liberal arts and sciences.
One of the original campuses where Upward Bound got its start and home of one of the first West Coast chapters of Phi Beta Kappa, Oxy boasts a firmly rooted tradition of academic achievement and dedicated community service. Our students go on to become leaders in their fields—pursuing graduate degrees and careers in politics, diving headfirst into the Hollywood hustle and breaking new ground in medical research.

A community in conversation.
When we speak, our leadership listens. Professors don’t pontificate; they discuss, debate and engage. With only 2,100 undergraduates, everyone is face to face with faculty, staff and other students. We seize the opportunity to create and sustain conversations around the issues that matter most to us.

A home.
We respect and encourage one another’s ideas, interests and creative impulses. We root for our own and celebrate our successes—big and small—as a community. This campus and this culture inspire love and loyalty, and make us proud to call Oxy home.

Campus information

Tucked away in the hills of Los Angeles’ Eagle Rock community, our campus is a real beauty. Designed by Rose Bowl mastermind Myron Hunt in 1911 and landscaped by Beatrix Farrand, the Oxy campus reflects its rich history (with all the modern improvements).

We reside on 120 acres studded with oak trees and eucalyptus, graceful arches and halls built in the Spanish Colonial style. State-of-the-art science facilities are just down the path from lovingly preserved historic buildings. Our solar array, one of the largest of its kind in the country, blends green technology and art. The likes of Katharine Hepburn and Jimmy Stewart have strolled through the Quad, as have the inhabitants of the planet Vulcan, all while filming on campus.

The atmosphere is, in a word, idyllic—students visit and never want to leave. Somehow the L.A. traffic seems miles away, though the city is really just outside our door. An urban oasis if ever there was one.

Los Angeles lives up to its laid-back reputation, but under the surface the city is a hotbed of activity – economically, environmentally, politically, culturally and socially. As the second-largest city in the U.S. and one of the most diverse cities in the world, L.A. provides an education like no other.

Oxy isn’t near L.A., or accessible to L.A. It’s in L.A.—and has been for more than 125 years. No other liberal arts college can say the same. And Oxy students know how to take advantage of their cosmopolitan campus.

Our long-standing partnerships across the city open opportunities for students to work, intern and learn from some of the most esteemed organizations and institutions in the country. Students curate exhibits at the Autry National Center of the American West and intern at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, international investment firm Payden & Rygel, the Grammy Museum and the famed Huntington Library. Students spend a day on the Pacific trawling for fish eggs and conduct fieldwork in one of the world’s most geologically interesting places.

Of course it's not all noses to the grindstone. Students bicycle with friends through car-free city streets during CicLAvia, then eat their way through Koreatown. Sometimes, they simply grab a horchata con espresso at nearby Café de Leche and take in a stellar view from atop Oxy’s own Fiji Hill.


Campus living isn’t all communal bathrooms and extra-long twin beds. At Oxy, it’s a huge part of your college experience.

The first three years spent living on campus seal the bonds of our tight-knit community. We’re not just peers, we’re neighbors and friends.

Most seniors enjoy campus life enough to stick around for their fourth year as well. What keeps them coming back? Could be the weekend social events, or the nonstop activity in halls and common areas. The weekly hall spreads—study breaks fully equipped with snacks and good conversation—probably don’t hurt either.

In addition to our 13 coed and student-governed residential halls, we also offer themed living communities. Students can choose to live in the Women’s Center, Multicultural Hall, Sustainability House, or any number of options designed to bring students with similar academic and personal interests together under one roof.


Courses available 10

Accounting & Finance 1 Applied, Pure Sciences 2 Computer Science, IT 1 Creative Arts & Design 1 Humanities & Social Sciences 5


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