Required Short Answers

Get a sneak peek at the Short Answer Questions for first-year applicants applying for Fall 2022 entry



In the Short Answers section of the Occidental Member questions on the Common App respond to the following five prompts:

  1. Why are you applying to Occidental? What are your intellectual curiosities and why do you think Occidental is the right place for you to pursue them? (200 words max)
  2. Quirks, idiosyncrasies, peculiarities. They help differentiate us. What is one of yours? (134 words max)
  3. Please answer one of the following questions (300 words max):
  4. What is the first song you would play for your roommates on move-in day?
  5. If you had your own food truck or restaurant, what would it be called?

Attention transfer students: please visit your required short answer questions in the Transfer Student Application Requirements section.