Welcome to Oxy’s Multicultural Summer Institute!

MSI laid the foundation for my experience at Occidental. I met other first-year students before classes started and I had a community that I’m still very close friends with now. It was definitely an amazing transition into college.

Anna Palmer ’19

Apply for MSI 2019

Welcome to Occidental!

We are delighted that you have chosen to come to Oxy, and we are looking forward to seeing you in the fall. We are writing to invite you to participate in Occidental College's Multicultural Summer Institute (MSI) this summer. MSI is a month-long residential and academic experience for a select group of invited students. MSI students live in a residence hall at Oxy and enroll in a rigorous academic course taught by Oxy faculty., This summer’s MSI course is titled “(De)familiarizing Identity.”  Upon completion of the course, students earn 4-units toward their degree (one (1) course equivalent), and meet one of Occidental’s Core Program requirements, US Diversity. While in MSI you will collaborate closely with your peers, the faculty members teaching the class, and staff and administrators at the College. You will be challenged to develop your critical thinking, close reading, analytic writing, and quantitative skills, while connecting across differences and becoming integrated into the campus community through the co-curricular portion of the program. The relationships you will develop with your fellow students, the MSI faculty and staff, and the campus during the program will remain close to you throughout your four years at the College.

The application is due Friday, June 1

The program dates are July 7th – August 3rd

With the exception of a $50 deposit, MSI is free. Occidental College covers the cost of all tuition, rooms, meals, and field trips. While we offer small stipend to students who are eligible for need based financial aid, we do suggest that students bring some money for their personal needs, books and related expenses. Students must provide their own transportation to and from Occidental College at the beginning and end of the program.

If you have any questions or would like to speak to someone over the phone about the program or any aspect of the application process, please feel free to contact Kerri Miller at (323) 259-2661.

We encourage you to review the information on our website with your family and submit your application to this unique program. And we look forward to meeting you on July 7th.

Again, congratulations!

Best wishes,

Wendy Sternberg, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the College, Co-director, MSI
Rob Flot, Vice-President for Student Affairs & Dean of Students, Co-director, MSI