Learn more about Occidental College and get helpful tips to kick off your college search process!

We join you to watch the recording from our virtual Discover Occidental event. You'll hear insights about what makes our community at Oxy so unique, along with short workshops on topics such as presenting yourself to colleges and crafting the college essay. Current students also share their experiences navigating the application process and how they've taken advantage of their time at the College. 

Recording Sessions Include:

An Introduction to Occidental College

Occidental College provides an intimate liberal arts education within a city of three million people. Associate Dean of Admission, Courtney Stricklin Burgan ’03, provides an overview on how these two major attributes shape our academics and student life.

The Ins-and-Outs of Admission & Financial Aid

Director of First Year Admission Charlie Leizear shares an overview of the application process, insights into financial aid packaging and tips on completing the required application components.

Maximizing Your College Search Process

A workshop on how to make the most of your college search process. Learn ways to start building your college list, how to have high impact school visits and maximize virtual (and/or in-person resources), along with tips to leave a lasting impression with admission counselors beyond your application.

Writing the College Essay

Guidance on what makes a college essay stand out and how to craft memorable content. Our admission counselors lead an analysis of successful essays and share insights into our own supplemental questions, along with sharing advice on common essay-writing pitfalls.

Student Perspectives Panel

Current students share about their college search process, what drew them to Oxy and how their experience has unfolded. From academics to student life, our panelists highlight their experiences on campus and in Los Angeles, as well as the support they received in their transition to college life.