Required Short Answers

Required Short Answers

Check out the questions for the Required Short Answer Questions for transfer applicants.

In the Short Answer section of the Occidental Member questions on the Common App, respond to the following questions:

  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 word max)
  2. While we realize your interests may change in college, what are your current academic and intellectual curiosities? (175 word max)

In addition to our short answer questions, don't forget that we also require a writing sample from a college course (with grade and commentary if possible).

Attention first-year applicants: please visit your required short answer questions in the First-Year Student Application Requirements section.


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