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:
- 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)
- While we realize your interests may change in college, what are your current academic and intellectual curiosities? (175 words max)
- 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)
- 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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