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Occidental College

Overview
Type of school: Private institution
Year founded: 1887
Affiliation: None
Academic calendar: Semester
Undergraduate student body: 1,804
Environment: Urban
Endowment: N/A
Admissions Address

1600 Campus Road
Los Angeles, CA 90041-3314

Website

http://www.oxy.edu

Admissions E-mail

admission@oxy.edu


 

QuickFacts
Selectivity: More Selective
Average high school GPA: 3.6
Send application by: January 10
Admissions Contact Information
Admissions director: Vince Cuseo
Admissions office telephone: (800) 825-5262
Fall 2008 Admissions Deadlines Regular decision
Send application by: January 10
Decision sent by: April 1
Accept offer by: May 1
Early decision
Send application by: November 15
 
Decision sent by: December 15
Early action
Not offered  
Application fee: $50
Is the fee refundable? No
Can fee be waived for students with financial need? Yes
Does school have a waiting list? Yes
Can admission be deferred? Yes
Accepted application formats:
Applications on floppy disks: No
Applications via E-mail: Yes
Electronic application:
 
http://www.oxy.edu/Apply.xml  
Tuition deposit: $300 (Nonrefundable)
Room deposit: None
Admissions Requirements
High school completion requirement: High school diploma is required and GED is accepted
General college-preparatory program: Required
Distribution of high school units required and/or recommended*
  Units Required Units Recommended
English N/A 4
Mathematics N/A 4
Science N/A 3
Lab N/A 2
Foreign language N/A 3
Social studies N/A 2
History N/A 2
Academic electives N/A 2
Total academic units N/A 20


*One unit equals one year of study or its equivalent.
 

Campus visit: Recommended
Admissions interview: Recommended
Off-campus interview: May be arranged
 
Does the college use SAT or ACT scores in admissions decisions for first-time, first-year applicants? Yes
SAT/ACT requirements: Either SAT or ACT required.
SAT/ACT scores must be received by: January 10
Tests accepted for Fall 2008 entering class: ACT with writing
SAT Subject Test scores must be received by: January 10
 
Open admission policy? No
What is the relative importance of specific academic factors in admission decisions?
Rigor of secondary school record: Very important
 
Class rank: Important
Academic GPA: Considered
Standardized test scores: Important
Application essay: Important
Recommendation: Important
What is the relative importance of specific nonacademic factors in admission decisions?
Interview: Considered
Extracurricular activities: Very important
Talent/ability: Considered
Character/personal qualities: Important
First generation: N/A
Alumni/ae relation: Considered
Geographical residence: Considered
State residency: Not considered
Religious affiliation/commitment: Not considered
Racial/ethnic status: Considered
Volunteer work: Very important
Work experience: Very important
Level of applicant's interest: N/A
2006-2007 Admissions Statistics
Selectivity: More Selective
Overall acceptance rate: 42%
Early-decision acceptance rate: N/A
Early-action acceptance rate: N/A
Acceptance rate (excluding early-action and early-decision students): 42%
Total applicants: 5,309
Total acceptances: 2,229
Total freshman enrollment: 458
 
Proportion of freshman enrolled from early action and early decision: N/A
 
Proportion of freshman enrolled from early action and early decision is not available for graphing.


 

Male applicants: 2,233
Male acceptances: 919
Male freshman enrollment: 205
 
Female applicants: 3,076
Female acceptances: 1,310
Female freshman enrollment: 253
 
Out-of-state freshmen: 53%
 
Qualified applicants offered a place on waiting list: 486
Applicants accepting a place on waiting list: 189
Students enrolled from waiting list: 25


 

2006-2007 Freshman Class Profile
Top 10 percent of high school class: 61%
Top 25 percent of high school class: 89%
Top 50 percent of high school class: 100%
 
First-year students submitting high school class standing: 46%
Average high school GPA: 3.6
 
First-year students submitting GPA: 97%
 
First-year students submitting SAT scores: 83%
SAT scores (25/75 percentile):
Critical Reading: 590 - 690
Math: 600 - 690
Combined: 1190 - 1380


 

Percent of first-time, first-year students enrolled in Fall 2006 with scores in each range:
  SAT Critical Reading SAT Math
700-800 18.0% 23.0%
600-699 56.0% 54.0%
500-599 24.0% 22.0%
400-499 2.0% 1.0%
300-399 N/A N/A
200-299 N/A N/A


 

First-year students submitting ACT scores: 17%
ACT scores (25/75 percentile):
English: N/A
Math: N/A
Composite: 26 - 30


 

Percent of first-time, first-year students enrolled in Fall 2006 with scores in each range:
  ACT Composite ACT English ACT Math
30-36 32.5% N/A N/A
24-29 61.0% N/A N/A
18-23 6.5% N/A N/A
12-17 N/A N/A N/A
6-11 N/A N/A N/A
Below 6 N/A N/A N/A

 



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