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Course Registration & First Year Seminars

Registration for most FYS courses begins at 9am (Pacific Time) on Tuesday, June 20. Keep in mind that First Year Seminars will fill quickly, so for the best selection, you should register online as soon as you are notified that the registration system is open. (Students interested in the Transpacific Movements and Activisms or Computing IRL immersive programs should fill out the interest form linked on the relevant program's page by June 15.) 

You can find step-by-step instructions for how to register on the page linked below. While students will not be able to register for an FYS prior to 9am on June 20, we recommend that you review the instructions in advance so that you will be familiar with the process. 

FYS Registration Instructions

Note: Students will register for their remaining courses during Orientation in August. 

Placement Exams & Summer Limited Registration

Most placement exams are available online and should be taken during the summer prior to your arrival on campus.

Check back soon for more information about placement exams offered at Occidental, as well as dates and deadlines for these exams. 

Academic Advising

Each new student is assigned a faculty adviser who will help guide them through the College’s academic program. You will first meet with your faculty adviser during Orientation (August 2023), when they will assist you in selecting your remaining courses for the fall semester. 

In addition to your assigned faculty adviser, the Advising Center provides additional support for students with questions related to the curriculum and other academic issues. The Advising Center staff is available to answer questions over the summer and can be consulted in person, by phone or by email. Learn more about Oxy's Advising Center.

Couse Catalog
College Catalog

The Catalog contains all of the academic policies and requirements that students must fulfill in order to earn their degree, along with the requirements for each major and minor. Students are required to complete the Degree Requirements, including Core requirements, as found in the catalog for the year the student enters the College.

While the Catalog includes descriptions of all of the courses offered at Occidental, not every course is offered during a given semester.  Refer to the Course Counts to see which courses are being offered this year.

The Advising Handbook

The Advising Handbook was created with new first-year students in mind! It contains guidance and advice related to each of Oxy’s more than thirty majors, as well as information about other academic resources and supporting offices. This is the place to go if you’re interested in a particular major and want to know where to start.

Course Counts
Course Counts

Course Counts is Oxy’s online course schedule. This is where you can see all of the courses being offered during a given semester. The Simple Search tab allows you to browse courses by subject, while Core Search allows you to find courses that fulfill a particular Core Requirement. 

When looking at the list of courses, you can click on the four-digit number in the “CRN” column to bring up the description and additional details about the course. The “Max Seats” columns show the maximum number of students that can take a course, while the “Enrl” column shows how many students are already enrolled.


As Occidental College continues to monitor the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, information for incoming students may be subject to change. You can find the latest information and updates on Oxy’s COVID-19 response on our planning website.

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