Here's what you need to do:

Required Materials





Complete the Common App or Coaltion App including:

✓  Occidental's Optional Short Answer Question

✓  School Report

✓  Counselor Recommendation forms

✓  $70 application fee or fee waiver

Official transcript
Standardized test scores are optional
Midyear report after your first term of senior year.
One letter of recommendation from a teacher (core academic subject area is preferred). Ideally, we’d like a letter from those who taught you in 10th, 11th, or 12th-grade.
If applying Early Decision, you'll also need to complete a binding Early Decision Agreement (available on the Common App).
Optional Materials
Artistic Supplement submitted through Slideroom

Applying as a transfer or international student? Visit our transfer student and international student pages to learn about specific requirements.

We encourage you to watch this video about writing your application essays, presented by Duanduan Hsieh, one of our Senior Assistant Deans of Admission. 

Submitting Application Materials:

Once you have submitted your application, you will receive an email within 24 to 48 hours with log-in information for our online Application Portal. There you can update your contact information, view which documents we have received and, if necessary, upload additional materials. 

Have additional items to send? 


Occidental College
Office of Admission
1600 Campus Road M-18
Los Angeles, CA 90041

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Collins House

1600 Campus Road
Los Angeles, CA 90041