Required Short Answers

Required Short Answers

Here's a peek at the Required Short Answer Questions for first-year applicants.

In the Short Answers section of the Occidental Member questions on the Common App respond to the following 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. Oxy’s central mission emphasizes the value of community amidst diversity. What do you value in a community and how do you see your perspectives and life experiences enhancing it? (200 words max)
  3. Quirks, idiosyncrasies, peculiarities. They help differentiate us. What is one of yours, and how is it a reflection of your character? (131 words max)
  4. What word do you think is currently underutilized in the modern English lexicon, and why? (25 words max)
  5. What is the first song you would play for your roommates on move-in day?
  6. 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.


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