Required Short Answers

Required Short Answers

Here's a peek at the Required Short Answer Questions for first-year applicants.

In the Short Answers section of the Occidental Member questions on the Common App respond to the following prompts:

  1. There are thousands of colleges and universities. Why are you applying to Occidental? What influenced your decision to apply and what distinguishes it from your other choices? (175 words max)
  2. While we realize your interests may change in college, what are your current academic and intellectual curiosities? (175 words max)
  3. Our values are shaped over time. What learning experience transformed your thinking during your high school years? It could be a class assignment, a book, a film, an academic interaction—anything that inspired you to view an issue through a different lens and alter your opinion. (175 word max)
  4. Everyone has a personality quirk. What's your idiosyncrasy, and how does it reflect your distinct character? (128 word max)

Attention transfer students: please visit your required short answer questions in the Transfer Student Application Requirements section.


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