Application Requirements

Application Requirements

Oxy fosters a global community, and whether you're an international first year or an international transfer, we’d like to hear from you.

International first-year applicants, here’s what you need to do:

Complete the:

*$60 non-refundable application fee or fee waiver/counselor letter required.

Ask your counselor to send:

  • an official transcript
  • both the School Report and Counselor Recommendation forms
  • International supplement (if you attend school outside the U.S.; available on the Common App)
  • a Midyear Report and updated transcript after your first term of senior year

Request two letters of recommendation from teachers (in core academic subjects). Ideally, we’d like letters from 10th to 12th grade classes.

Submit your standardized test scores. Either the TOEFL or IELTS exam, and either the ACT or SAT are required. SAT Subject Tests are optional.

Consider Early Decision if Oxy’s your top choice and you will not be applying for financial aid. Then you’ll need to complete a binding Early Decision Agreement (available on the Common App).

For students from Mainland China: In order for the Occidental College admissions team to get to know our Chinese applicants better, we have partnered with Vericant and InitialView. Vericant and/or InitialView will conduct video interviews and short writing samples with our applicants from Mainland China. Both organizations will provide a recording of the interview and a copy of the writing sample to us for our review.

Although an interview is not mandatory, we highly recommend you sit the Vericant or InitialView interview if you have not already interviewed with Occidental, as it will give you an excellent opportunity to showcase your personality, skills and professionalism to our admissions team. The interview will form part of your application package if you opt to sit the interview. The Vericant and InitialView interview deadlines are:

  • Early Decision 1: November 15, 2015
  • Early Decision 2: January 1, 2016
  • Regular Decision: January 15, 2016

To learn more about Vericant and to schedule an interview, please visit Vericant’s website and InitialView's website.


International transfer applicants, here’s what you need to do:

Keep in mind that we only accept applications for students to begin in fall semester.

Complete the:

*$60 non-refundable application fee or fee waiver/counselor letter required.

Ask a college administrator to send:

  • an official transcript
  • College Official’s Report

Request a letter of recommendation from a college instructor.


  • an official copy of your final secondary school transcript
  • official copies of transcripts from all colleges or universities attended
  • a writing sample from a college course (graded, if possible)
  • standardized test scores—either the TOEFL* or IELTS is required and also the ACT or SAT if you graduated high school within five years

*Some international applicants may be required to have a Skype interview. If English is not your first language, and you have a TOEFL score in which any section falls below 25 (IBT) or below 150 (paper-based), we may contact you in February or March to schedule an interview.

Want to mail something to us? Send it to:

Occidental College
Office of Admission
1600 Campus Road M-18
Los Angeles, CA 90041



Collins House
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Los Angeles, CA 90041

Phone: (800) 825-5262
or (323) 259-2700
Fax: (323) 341-4875