There isn't a perfect recipe for being admitted. However, academic preparation is paramount. Here are some recommendations to help you prepare for Occidental's academic rigor.

We strongly recommend five academic subjects each year, including:

  • 4 years of English/literature/composition
  • 4 years of math
  • 3-4 years of foreign language
  • 3-4 years of science
  • 3-4 years of social studies

A rigorous course load should include AP, IB, honors or advanced classes when available and within reason for the student.

Grades, intellectual curiosity, writing skills, teacher recommendations and standardized test scores also receive serious consideration when evaluating a student's academic preparation. 

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