• LA skyline from the Getty Center

    The view of Los Angeles skyline from the Getty Center.

  • Students kayak the Los Angeles River

    OxyEngage students kayak the LA River. 

  • Take a stroll through Olvera Street.

  • Yes, it's true. You can surf and snowboard in the same day.

Los Angeles

Don’t let the flip-flops and palm trees fool you. This is no La-La Land.

Los Angeles lives up to its laid-back reputation, but under the surface the city is a hotbed of activity – economically, environmentally, politically, culturally and socially. As the second-largest city in the U.S. and one of the most diverse cities in the world, L.A. provides an education like no other.

Oxy isn’t near L.A., or accessible to L.A. It’s in L.A.—and has been for more than 125 years. No other liberal arts college can say the same. And Oxy students know how to take advantage of their cosmopolitan campus.

Our long-standing partnerships across the city open opportunities for students to work, intern and learn from some of the most esteemed organizations and institutions in the country. Students curate exhibits at the Autry National Center of the American West and intern at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, international investment firm Payden & Rygel, the Grammy Museum and the famed Huntington Library. Students spend a day on the Pacific trawling for fish eggs and conduct fieldwork in one of the world’s most geologically interesting places.

Of course it's not all noses to the grindstone. Students bicycle with friends through car-free city streets during CicLAvia, then eat their way through Koreatown. Sometimes, they simply grab a horchata con espresso at nearby Café de Leche and take in a stellar view from atop Oxy’s own Fiji Hill.