For Parents

Oxy Multicultural Summer Institute participants

A Letter to the Parents

Congratulations on your child’s acceptance to Occidental College! We know what hard work and sacrifice the entire family took on to make this possible. We share your pride in this major milestone in your student’s life.

Now, as a first-step towards a successful college experience and towards college graduation, your student has been selected to attend the Multicultural Summer Institute (MSI).

By participating in MSI your student will earn 4-units of credit (the equivalent of one Oxy course) toward their degree. The course is divided into three integrated components throughout the academic year: a 2-unit summer remote learning course, a 1-unit community dialogue in the fall, and a 1-unit community-based project in the spring. These classes are taught by Occidental College professors. Students will engage in deep discussions about social justice and diversity, sharpen leadership skills, and once on campus in the fall explore Los Angeles with their MSI faculty and student cohort. Upon completion of the course students will also meet one of Occidental's Core Program requirements, U.S. Diversity.

With the exception of a $25 deposit (which can be waived if necessary), MSI is free! Occidental College covers the cost of tuition. 

Your student should participate in MSI because he or she will:

  • make friends before the start of the academic year

  • work on writing skills

  • earn one course equivalent for free

  • get a jump on college

  • meet experienced students

  • get to know faculty

  • get to know the campus early

  • build support networks with administration

  • explore Los Angeles

  • get an understanding of the residential college experience

Congratulations once again. Welcome to the Occidental family.