Here's what you need to do:

Complete the Common App* including Oxy's Required Member Questions.

*$70 non-refundable application fee or fee waiver required.

And make sure we have the following required documents:

  • an official copy of your final high school transcript or copy of your GED certificate
  • official college or university transcripts from ALL institutions you have attended
  • the College Report submitted via the Common App (typically completed by a college registrar or Dean of Students office)
  • an Academic Evaluation (letter of recommendation from a professor) from a college instructor of your choice
  • a writing sample from a college course (with grade and commentary if possible)
  • SAT or ACT scores (optional)

Interviews are not required for transfer applicants, but students are encouraged to interview if they are interested in sharing their story and learning more about Occidental. Please review our interview tips and learn more about the opportunities to sign up for an interview.

Transfer Application Deadlines

*Spring enrollment: Application deadline November 1

*Fall enrollment: Application deadline March 1

Spring enrollment is typically not available for international students studying at institutions outside of the United States, due to the very fast turnaround required for F1 visa requirements.

Learn more about financial aid availability and deadlines.

Re-applying to Occidental

Although we keep past applications for three years, when applying as a transfer student, you must submit a new Common Application (as well as a new application fee) to be considered for admission each term. Be sure to also submit updated college transcripts and new academic evaluations with each application. Students may apply to Oxy a maximum of three times (including both first-year and transfer applications).

International Transfer Applicants

Please be aware of some additional steps and forms you must complete as an international transfer applicant.

Need to mail something to us? Send it to:

Occidental College
Office of Admission
1600 Campus Road M-18
Los Angeles, CA 90041

Once you have submitted your Common App, you will receive an email within 24 to 48 hours with log-in information for our online Application Portal. There you can update your contact information, view which documents we have received, and, if necessary, upload additional materials.

Contact Admission & Aid
Collins House

1600 Campus Road
Los Angeles, CA 90041