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Occidental College

Occidental College

Nickname
Oxy
Entity Type
Founding Date
1887

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.