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 1820 to 2100 on the SAT exam, or 27 to 31 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 3.55 - 3.78. About 40% of all students which applied were admitted at Occidental College, and from those that were granted acceptance around 21% continued on to enroll. You can get more information from the admissions office website at oxy.edu.

Overall OXY Acceptance Rate - Fall 2013


The overall acceptance rate for Occidental College was reported as 42.4% in Fall 2013 with over 6,070 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 SAT Scores: 1820 - 2100
  • OXY ACT Scores: 27 - 31
  • OXY Average GPA: 3.55 - 3.78

How Hard Is It to Get into Occidental College?

Applicant Selectivity: High

The selectivity of applicants for undergraduate admissions to OXY 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 2021 Projection

The historical trend chart shows acceptance rates from the previous years, from which we have projected the acceptance rate for the 2021-2022 school year. The overall acceptance rate trend for Occidental College has been staying about the same from year to year.

Acceptance Rate By Year

  • 2009-2010: 42.9%
  • 2010-2011: 41.9%
  • 2011-2012: 38.7%
  • 2012-2013: 39.3%
  • 2013-2014: 42.4%
  • Projected OXY Acceptance Rate 2021-2022: 40.9%

How Does OXY Compare?

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National Avg

The acceptance rate for OXY is thirty-one percent lower than the national average of all colleges which is around 55.5%.

Nearby Similar College Acceptance Rates

SchoolAcceptance Rate
Art Center College of Design81.7%
California Institute of Technology10.6%
Woodbury University55.8%
Whittier College63.3%
Mount St. Mary's College74.1%

Admissions Rates & Enrollment Rates - Details

General Recommendations & Requirements for Admissions

  • High School GPA Scores are Recommended
  • High School Class Rankings are Recommended
  • School Records are Required
  • College Prep Classes 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 2013)


Average ACT/SAT Scores of Applicants to OXY (Fall 2013)

SAT® SectionScore Range
Critical Reading600 - 700
Math610 - 700
Writing610 - 700
Total Score1820 - 2100
ACT®Score Range
English25 - 33
Math25 - 31
Composite Score27 - 31
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