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:

  • 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)
  • 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)
  • Quirks, idiosyncrasies, peculiarities. They help differentiate us. What is one of yours, and how is it a reflection of your character? (131 words max)
  • What word do you think is currently underutilized in the modern English lexicon, and why? (25 words max)
  • What is the first song you would play for your roommates on move-in day?
  • 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.