Orientation Information for Families

Welcome to Occidental College!

The first year at Oxy represents a new beginning for both students and their family members.

Orientation is designed to create a dynamic, celebratory, and welcoming environment—a space where your student 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 Oxy’s commitment to equity, excellence, and service.

We are planning a mostly in-person Orientation experience for both new students and rising sophomores starting August 23, 2021 (First-Year Move-In Day) and lasting through the first week of September (Welcome Week). We will be closely monitoring the latest health and safety guidelines. Should future safety regulations prevent us from providing an in-person program, the sessions will be moved to an engaging virtual or hybrid format. The formatting for family orientation is still being determined. Continue to check this page for updates!