Oswald and OTeam members prepare for move in day on campus

We are excited to partner with you in your journey as a new student at Occidental College.

College is a new beginning and transition for both students and their family members; one we are excited to help you navigate! 

Stay tuned for New Student Orientation dates. Orientation will begin in late August after move-in. Orientation is designed to foster a dynamic, celebratory, and welcoming environment where new students can explore how to make informed academic decisions and responsible social choices by tapping into resources and services offered by the College. By building a sense of community that connects students to faculty, staff, administrators, and each other, orientation also fosters an appreciation of Occidental’s commitment to equity, excellence, and service. For more information, email swillison@oxy.edu.

Orientation 2024 schedule coming soon (for students and families). 



  • Celebrate new students, build excitement, and reaffirm their choice in Occidental College.
  • Demonstrate that Occidental is a welcoming, engaging, and inclusive campus.
  • Provide a framework for four years of success through the communication of expectations, norms, and standards.
  • Honor a distinctive interdisciplinary and multicultural academic program.
  • Introduce a culture of care, high-impact involvement opportunities, and outstanding leadership development programs.
  • Identify shared aspirations of social justice, cultural competence, and engaged citizenship.
  • Educate students about sexual misconduct and discrimination, harassment, and retaliation policies.


Intended Learning Outcomes

  • Participants will be able to convey their own purpose of education.
  • Participants will be able to define Occidental’s mission and describe where their personal goals and values align with the College’s vision.
  • Participants will be able to identify campus resources and student services that support their educational and personal development.
  • Participants will be able to identify community engagement and leadership development opportunities.
  • Participants will be able to articulate the importance of building a personal connection to the campus community.
  • Participants will reflect on and assess the New Student Orientation, detailing their experiences and opportunities for program growth.
Office of Admission
Collins House

1600 Campus Road
Los Angeles, CA 90041