A City. An Experience. A Family. A Home.

A Message from the L.A. Engage Team

L.A. Engage is a great way to jumpstart your Oxy experience and dive right into Los Angeles. This year, L.A. Engage will allow students to explore the arts, culture, community, and history of some of Los Angeles’ most popular neighborhoods. Students will get to join live, interactive Q&A sessions with L.A. Engage’s trip leaders that will prepare them for a more meaingingful residence experience in Los Angeles.

Live sessions for L.A. Engage will occur in August. Be on the lookout for more information!


The L.A. Engage Team

L.A. Engage is an optional pre-orientation program that half of incoming students participate in to get an introduction to the vibrant city of Los Angeles. Over two days, upperclass facilitators lead trips to experience culture, film, food, nature, social justice, the urban environment, and much more! On an L.A. Engage trip you will connect with students, get to know your surrounding area, and find some stunning places you will want to return to time and time again. 

The L.A. Engage pre-orientation program takes place during the three days prior to new student move-in. If you have any questions, feel free to contact SLICE Assistant Director Shaneice Warfield at swarfield@oxy.edu

Orientation Programs

L.A. Engage is a pre-orientation program for students only. As the content and goals of the L.A. Engage program are different, yet complementary, all participants of L.A. Engage are also required to also participate in New Student Orientation. International Students should communicate with our International Programs Office regarding participation in L.A. Engage.

Registration & Costs

Registration for L.A. Engage opens in July and the registration link will be available on this page. Until then, review some of the past trip descriptions on this site to get an idea of what locations each trip will visit. All destinations will be finalized over the summer. Financial assistance for L.A. Engage can be requested when you complete the registration.

*Student athletes need to be aware of their team's practice requirements. Historically, Soccer, Water Polo, Football, Volleyball, and Cross Country have had mandatory practice during the L.A. Engage dates. Please work directly with your coach to verify if you are able to participate in L.A. Engage.


The L.A. Engage dates are tentative and conditional on confirmed new student move-in dates. More information is coming soon.

We will provide shuttle services from Burbank Airport (BUR) for all L.A. Engage arrivals. Students arriving at Los Angeles Airport (LAX) must arrange their own transportation to Oxy (taxi, ride share, airport shuttle). Recommended sites for cheap flights: Airfare Watchdog, Student Universe, Kayak, Priceline.

Parents/Family Mini Orientation

The L.A. Engage parent information session is tentative and conditional on confirmed new student move-in dates. More information is coming soon.

There will be a mini-Family Orientation Program & Welcome Reception, where Oxy staff and administrators will be present to meet you and answer questions. Additional information about this program and how to RSVP will be available soon.

Ideally, we would like adult family members to participate in Family Orientation, understand the nature of that commitment. For that reason, we advise students travel to campus on their own to participate in L.A. Engage and have their adult family members come to Occidental for the Family Program later in the week. 

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