About Occidental College
On Campus Housing
Occidental College, which is located in Los Angeles, CA is a private university. Occidental College occupies a total area of about 120 acres. Occidental College was founded in the year 1887. Occidental College believes in imparting education and contributing to society by focusing on innovation, research, education, and commitment. The motto of the university is Occidens Proximus Orienti (Latin) and its official colors are orange and black. Taking into account all the courses offered at Occidental College, the total enrolment stands at 1,985. The school has an academic staff of 183 who teach various courses to the students. Around 100% of the students are 24 and under at Occidental College. Shedding some light on gender distribution at OC, around 57% of the students are females and 43% are males. In its 133 years of existence, OC has produced several known personalities like Barack Obama (Politician, Author), Ben Affleck (Businessperson, Professional Poker Player), Jason Sellards (Singer-songwriter, Singer), and George Nader (Actor). The university boasts of a decent sports infrastructure. It also encourages its students to participate in athletics, as it helps in building character. A total of 52 programs, including both residential and online, are currently offered by OC. The university also has a long list of accreditations. It has been accredited by WASC (Western Assn. of Schools and Colleges). The total endowment of the Occidental College is around $448 million (2019).
The rankings provided by Forbes and US News are trusted everywhere, as long as US universities are concerned. Occidental College has been ranked at the 102nd position among other universities by Forbes. It is to be noted that Forbes decides on the rankings of the college based on common metrics like acceptance rate, endowment, benefits, and SAT scores, among others.
Annual Cost to Attend
Average Annual Cost
Before applying to OC, candidates must keep in mind the tuition fees and the cost of living during the course tenure. The annual full-time cost of attendance comes out to be approximately $76,600. This cost consists of the average annual tuition cost ($56,576), books and supplies ($1,240), room and boarding ($16,034), and budget for other expenses ($2,750). Students can also explore numerous financial aid options offered by the university.
Highest Degree Offered
36% percentage of students who recieved an income-based Federal Pell Grant intended for low-income students.
Median Household Income
$75,276 per year
Campus Emergency Phones
Mobile Campus Emergency Alert
On-campus housing facilities are offered to the students who wish to remain nearby. At OC, $16,034 is the normal expense for on-campus housing, which a student will be needed to pay, each year. The students at Occidental College have several dining and meal plan options to choose from. Moreover, the average meal plan costs around $7,500 per year. To ensure the safety and security of students, the college has a number of campus safety and security measures in place. Some of these features include 24-hr security patrol, campus emergency phones, 24-hr escort safety rides and mobile campus emergency alert. The number of female and male students at the college are 43% and 57%, respectively.
Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
Median Earnings 10 Years After Graduation
Students Receiving Gift Aid
Average Aid Per Year
Students Receiving Federal Grants
Average Aid Per Year
Average Grant & Scholarship by Family Income
$30K - $48K
$48K - $75K
$75K - $110K
Total Needs based Scholarships/Grants
Total Non-Needs based Scholarships/Grants
The financial aid department of Occidental College helps students by assisting them with scholarships, grants, and student loans in the event that they find the fees and the cost of living at the campus to be expensive. The average financial aid at Occidental College is around $35,529 and the federal grant is $7,787. The college provides financial assistance in the form of state-level aid worth $9,084 and institutional aid worth $35,529. At OC, the total amount of need-based scholarships/grants awarded to students stands at $45,189,027 per year. On the other hand, the total non-need-based scholarships/grants offered in a year add up to $5,746,757.