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Oxy Admission Chances


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Acceptance Chances

Can I get into Oxy? These admission statistics provide an indication how difficult it is to get in and what your chances are. 2,652 out of 5,911 applicants or 45% were admitted making Oxy a more competitive school to get into with a lesser chance of acceptance for average applicants. Academically, it has extremely high requirements for admission test scores. Occidental College typically accepts and attracts B+ average high school students. Only 20% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school.

Women Men Total
Applied 3,487 2,424 5,911
Accepted 1,594 1,058 2,652
Acceptance Rate 46% 44% 45%
Enrolled 306 212 518
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 19% 20% 20%

Scores you need to get in

What are the SAT and ACT requirements for students to be admitted to Occidental College and what score do you need to get in? The tables below describe the SAT and ACT test score percentile profile of the Fall 2015 starting class.

ACT Requirements

Admission data indicates that Oxy regularly accepts students with ACTs of 28 and above. We estimate the school accepting minimum ACT composite scores around 26 in some instances. Prospective students submitting an ACT composite of 30 or higher should be in the upper half of applicants - and students with a 31 and above have very competitive chances. 51 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to Occidental College.

SAT Requirements (New SAT)

Reporting indicates the school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 1290 on a 1600 scale, below which admission should be considered a reach. We estimate some students could be accepted with SAT's as low as 1210. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1370 out of 1600. A competitive SAT score is critical as 62 percent of applicants submit SAT scores to the school. Note: SAT scores presented on this page have been adjusted upwards per the College Board's concordance tables for test takers after March 2016.

25th Percentile Score 75th Percentile Score
SAT Composite 1290 1450
SAT Reading 650 730
SAT Math 620 720
ACT Composite 28 31
ACT English 28 33
ACT Math 26 31

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by Score

What do these ratings mean?

ACT Score Competitiveness Est. Admission Chances
31 and Above Good >62%
29 to 31 Avg + 45%-62%
28 to 29 Avg - 36%-45%
27 to 28 Reach 29%-36%
Less than 27 Low <29%
SAT Score (NEW 1600 scale) Competitiveness Admission Chances
1450 and Above Good >58%
1370 to 1450 Avg + 45%-58%
1290 to 1370 Avg - 32%-45%
1210 to 1290 Reach 22%-32%
Less than 1210 Low <22%

Estimated GPA Requirements

You will need very good grades in high school to get into Occidental College. The average high school GPA of the admitted freshman class at Occidental College was 3.6 on the 4.0 scale indicating that primarily B+ students are accepted and ultimately attend. Even with a competitive GPA, admission to Oxy will be challenging as the school denies more applicants than it admits.

What do these ratings mean?

High School GPA Freshmen Within Range Admission Chances
3.75+ 37% Good
3.50 to 3.75 30% Avg +
3.25 to 3.50 18% Avg -
3.00 to 3.25 12% Reach
2.75 to 3.00 3% Reach
2.50 to 2.75 0% Low
2.25 to 2.50 0% Low
2.00 to 2.25 0% Low

Fall 2017 Application Deadline

The application deadline for Fall 2017 has passed. Applications were due on Jan 10, 2017.

Admission Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to Occidental College and what considerations affect admission decisions?

Test Scores Required
High School GPA Recommended
High School Class Rank Recommended
Completion of College Preparatory Program Required
Recommendations Required
Demonstration of Competencies Neither required nor recommended

Credits Accepted

Does accept high school AP credits or award dual credit towards both a college and high school degree?

AP Credit Yes
Dual Credit No
Credit for Life Experiences No

Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=120254 IPEDS survey data for Occidental College.



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