New students begin their first day at Convocation.



We are excited to partner with you in your journey as a new student and family member to Occidental College.

College is a new beginning and transition for both students and their family members -- one we are excited to help you navigate! Orientation is intentionally designed to introduce you to life at Occidental College - from academic expectations to opportunities for intellectual, cultural, and social involvement.

After participating in Orientation, it is our hope that you feel more comfortable in your new home and ready to start off your first semester and college career.

New Student Orientation is compulsory for all incoming new students (including transfer, exchange, and visiting students).

Fall 2017 Orientation will take place August 24-29. Family members and guests are invited to participate in a concurrent but separate Orientation program August 24-26. 

Tentative* 2017 Orientation Schedules

*While we do not anticipate major changes to this schedule, there may be additional sessions added or some adjustment between now and August. Until then, these schedules will be updated periodically to reflect changes as needed. Upon your arrival to Orientation, a finalized schedule will be provided with exact times and locations.

International Student Orientation starts August 18, and details are available here. Fall athletes and students participating in OxyEngage should contact program administrators to confirm arrival dates.