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By the Numbers

By the Numbers

Founded in 1887, Occidental is a small, highly selective and diverse liberal arts college in a big city.


  • You can major in 32 areas—including seven interdisciplinary majors—double major, declare a minor, or choose a self-designed course of study.
  • We have a 10:1 student-faculty ratio.
  • Average class size is 19 students.
  • Most students take four classes per semester.
  • You can take classes at nearby Caltech or Art Center and earn joint degrees at Columbia University, Keck Graduate Institute, and Caltech.
  • Our faculty is known for excellence in teaching and research. Ninety-five percent of full-time faculty have a Ph.D. or other terminal degree.
  • Occidental's Undergraduate Research Program is widely regarded as one of the best in the country.
  • Each student is assigned to the College Advising Center and to a faculty member for academic advising.

Our Location

  • Occidental is located near the heart of Los Angeles in Eagle Rock, one of the city's most eclectic and interesting neighborhoods.
  • “A small town in the big city, Eagle Rock is a multicultural neighborhood…with upscale restaurants, coffee shops, and art galleries.” (Los Angeles Times).
  • As one of only a few liberal arts colleges in a major metropolitan area, we give you access to all of the cultural, educational, and recreational opportunities available in Southern California.

Our Campus

  • More than three-quarters of our students live in our residence halls.
  • Our 13 student-governed residence halls are coed, and the focus of many educational, cultural, and social activities.
  • More than 100 clubs and organizations, 21 varsity and seven club sports are available.
  • Our beautiful campus has been featured in more than 80 movies and television shows since the first filming took place in 1919.
  • Architect Myron Hunt, whose projects included the Rose Bowl and Huntington Library, designed the campus and many of its major buildings.


  • 2,117 students from 46 states, Washington, D.C. and 34 foreign countries.
  • 56% women, 44% men
  • 4.5% black or African-American
  • 12.3% Asian
  • 14.8% Hispanic of any race
  • 0.1% Native American or Alaska Native
  • 0.2% Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander
  • 9.5% two or more races
  • 50.6% Caucasian
  • 2.1% race and ethnicity unknown
  • 5.7% International


  • 169 full-time faculty
  • 30% scholars of color
  • 50% women, 50% men

Admission and Financial Aid

  • For the Class of 2019 we received 5,911 applications for a first-year class of 518 students.
  • Admission is highly selective; about 45% of applicants are admitted.
  • The median SAT score for admitted students is 2010; the median ACT score is 31.
  • Some 71 percent of our students receive financial aid.
  • Some 19% of the Class of 2019 is first-generation college students; 21% are Pell Grant rtecipients.
  • Need-based aid and merit scholarship programs can make our costs comparable to public universities.
  • We meet all of demonstrated financial need.


2015-16 costs for attending Occidental

Room and board$13,946
Required fees*$558

In awarding financial aid, Occidental also considers indirect costs of $1,244 for books and supplies, $1,002 for local transportation, and $1,606 for personal and miscellaneous expenses.