Preparing for advising and course registration at Oxy. 

Hello Incoming Students!

During Orientation later this month, you’ll be meeting with your faculty advisor and registering for your remaining fall courses. We would like you to take some time now to learn about some of Oxy’s curricular requirements and to think about which classes you would like to take. To help you make the most out of the advising and registration process, we have prepared a few resources to help you prepare.

To start, we recommend watching the three short videos linked below. They will introduce you to some of the requirements you will need to complete during your time at Occidental:

After you have watched the videos, it's time to start looking at the courses that are being offered this fall semester. To do so, visit Course Counts, our online course schedule.  

New students can enroll in up to 18 units during their first semester. Most students take four 4-unit courses during their first semester for a total of 16 units. There are also many optional 1- or 2-unit courses you can sign up for as well. To make steady progress toward finishing your degree in four years, you will want to take an average of at least 16 units each semester.  

Once you have had a chance to explore Course Counts, we recommend using the Course Planning Worksheet linked below to create some possible schedules. Later this month, you'll be able to share this worksheet with your adviser and look at it together as you discuss your different options. 

Here are some useful resources: 

  • Course Planning Worksheet: Complete this worksheet to the best of your ability and share it with your advisor prior to your meeting so that you can discuss it together.
  • Areas of Study: This webpage lists all of Oxy's majors and minors, with links to all of the academic departments.
  • Course Catalog: The Catalog includes all of the College's academic policies, as well as listing the requirements for all of our majors and minors. 
  • Course Counts: This website shows all of the courses that are being offered during a given semester. Watch the video linked above for a guided tour of all of its features!

While the official deadline for online placement exams was August 11, you still have a few more days to take exams for calculus, chemistry, music theory, French, German and Spanish. Exams for other languages will be available during Orientation. To find out more about placement exams, visit the Advising Center's Placement Exam page. 

Feel free to reach out to us at if you have any questions. To see the schedule for advising and registration, please visit the Orientation webpage and click on the "2022 New Student Orientation Full Schedule" drop down. 

Best wishes,

The Advising Center Team

P.S. Wondering when or how you’ll buy textbooks? The Oxy Bookstore has you covered! After you register for classes at Orientation, you’ll be able to pick up everything you need.  

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