Required Short Answer Questions for first-year applicants applying for Fall 2021 entry.
In the Short Answers section of the Occidental Member questions on the Common App respond to the following six 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? (134 words max)
- Please answer one of the following questions (300 words max):
- Research is an integral part of an Oxy education. Completing a senior comprehensive is a requirement of every Oxy student. Additionally, there are opportunities with the Institute for the Study of Los Angeles, the Urban and Environmental Policy Institute, the International Richter Grant, the Summer Undergraduate Research Center, and other departments to conduct research. What is something you would like to research as an Oxy student and why?
- Briefly describe a current event or social movement that is affecting a city, town, or place that is important to you. Describe its significance to the community as well as its future implications for that community.
- 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.