Occidental College (OXY)

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Occidental College, a liberal arts school, provides students a well rounded foundation in education by having a curriculum with a diverse range of subjects. This college is located in Los Angeles, CA, a predominately urban area. OXY has an enrollment of about two thousand students.

Students can report either the ACT or SAT exam scores at OXY. A score between 1300 to 1480 on the SAT exam, or 28 to 32 on the ACT exam is among the 25th - 75th percentile range among accepted students. Based on sampled GPA data collected and applied, it is estimated that the OXY average GPA range for accepted students is around 3.62 - 3.78. About 40% of all students which applied were admitted at Occidental College, and from those that were granted acceptance around 20% continued on to enroll. You can get more information from the admissions office website at .oxy.edu.

Overall OXY Acceptance Rate - Fall 2020


The overall acceptance rate for Occidental College was reported as 36.7% in Fall 2020 with over 7,500 college applications submitted to OXY. Both in state and out of state applicants are included in these figures. We do not have data on transfer acceptance rates currently.

Accepted Applicants Profile

  • OXY ACT Scores: 28 - 32
  • OXY Average GPA: 3.62 - 3.78

How Hard Is It to Get into Occidental College?

Applicant Selectivity: High

The selectivity of applicants for undergraduate admissions to Occidental College is considered high, with many applicants scoring in the top percentiles on the SAT or ACT exam, as well as having an excellent high school GPA.

Historical Trend and Acceptance Rate 2023 Projection

The historical trend chart shows acceptance rates from the previous years, from which we have projected the acceptance rate for the 2023-2024 school year. The overall acceptance rate trend for Occidental College has been on a downward trend over the past few years.

Acceptance Rate By Year

  • 2016-2017: 45.8%
  • 2017-2018: 41.8%
  • 2018-2019: 37.3%
  • 2019-2020: 36.7%
  • Projected OXY Acceptance Rate 2023-2024: 36.3%

How Does OXY Compare?

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National Avg

The acceptance rate for OXY is fifty-four percent lower than the national average of all colleges which is around 56.7%.

Nearby Similar College Acceptance Rates

SchoolAcceptance Rate
Art Center College of Design70.8%
California Institute of Technology6.4%
Woodbury University66.3%

Admissions Rates & Enrollment Rates - Details

General Recommendations & Requirements for Admissions

  • School Records are Required
  • Submit Recommendation Letters are Required
  • Standardized Test Scores (SAT,ACT,...) are Required
  • TOEFL Exam (Foreign Language Students) are Required

Number of Applicants, Percent Accepted, and Enrolled Students (Fall 2020)


Average ACT/SAT Scores of Applicants to OXY (Fall 2020)

SAT® SectionScore Range
Critical Reading650 - 730
Math650 - 750
Total Score1300 - 1480
ACT®Score Range
English30 - 35
Math26 - 31
Composite Score28 - 32
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