Impressions Of
Occidental College

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Reasons to attend and to not attend Occidental College

To Attend

  • “The campus size. You have more access to your professor’s office hours, it’s easier to know your classmates, and we have a smaller community which feels closer than it would be on a big campus.”
  • “How nice and pretty the campus is.”
  • “The small class size is really great. This allows professors to have the capacity to really care about you and get to know you.” [The average class size is 18 students.]
  • “The food is pretty good. We’re ranked [ 22] in the nation.”
  • “Being in L.A. is awesome, and there are so many opportunities for internships, jobs, volunteer events, and fun things to do.”
  • “It’s a great community in terms of fostering learning, curiosity, research, and community involvement.”

To Not Attend

  • “The dorm life. They are one of the lower sides of Oxy. They aren’t up to date or modernized at all.”
  • “The walk around campus. The campus itself is pretty small, but it’s on a hill so there’s a lot of uphill and downhill walking.”
  • “The limited cafeteria selection. We only have one.”
  • “It’s expensive, so if you don’t get a great financial aid package or have outside scholarships, it is expensive.” [The total cost of attending Occidental in 2019 is $72,610. They meet 100% of the demonstrated need of admitted students.]
  • “It’s pretty politically correct. In a way, it instigates free speech, but at the same time, you have to be cautious about how you say things because people take it very seriously.”
Notice: Occidental College is a trademark. Induck uses it for descriptive purposes, not to imply affiliation with, endorsement from, or sponsorship by Occidental College.
February 1, 2023

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