Occidental College

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Occidental College is among the most distinctive urban liberal arts colleges in the country. Established by members of the Presbyterian Church, Occidental College is one of the longest-running institutions of its kind in the state and has established a high profile for itself in the region. Students can choose from over 30 undergraduate majors, with the most popular including economics, biology and diplomacy and world affairs.

  • Students can also take classes at the ArtCenter College of Design and the California Institute of Technology
  • Students can take part in over 100 clubs and teams during the nearly 300 days of sunshine in California
  • The campus plays host to 12 accommodation blocks offering a variety of different living spaces. 
  • Occidental has a range of scholarship programs, including the Barack Obama Scholars, which covers tuition, room and board, books, and other expenses. 
  • It is a top producer of Fulbright recipients. 
  • About 94% of alumni are employed or pursuing further education a year after graduation.
  • Among the College’s esteemed alumni are President Barack Obama '83, Jack Kemp '57, federal judge Jacqueline Nguyen '87, and director Terry Gilliam '62.