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Occidental College

Glendale, California, United States
The mission of Occidental College is to provide a gifted and diverse group of students with a total educational experience of the highest quality—one that prepares them for leadership in an increasingly complex, interdependent and pluralistic world.



In 1887, the year a group of knowledge-thirsty Presbyterians founded "The Occidental University of Los Angeles, California," a Kansas prohibitionist named Harvey Wilcox purchased a ranch just west of the city, naming it Hollywood.


We help students and alumni explore their options through a range of career development tools. Our aspiration is to make sure that by the time each student graduates, he or she will be prepared to reach his or her full potential and take on Life After Oxy.

Global Student Satisfaction Awards 2019

GSSA 2019

The Global Student Satisfaction Awards empower students across the globe to determine the best universities of 2019. By rating institutions on a scale from 1 to 5, on multiple studies-related questions, we found the top educators in the world.

Learn more about the Global Student Satisfaction Awards


Student services

From homework help to career advising to cultural leadership programs, Oxy offers plenty of opportunities to make the most of your time here.

  • Academic Tutoring and Services
  • Student Support and Advising
  • Career and Pre-Professional Advising
  • Experiential Learning and Research
  • Student Culture

Housing services

Students can choose to live in the Women’s Center, Multicultural Hall, Sustainability House, or any number of options designed to bring students with similar academic and personal interests together under one roof.

Library services

The Library is a part of the Academic Commons and is housed in the Mary Norton Clapp building alongside ITS, the Writing Center, Scholarship Technology, and the Center for Digital Liberal Arts.

Medical services

Our community of health providers and concerned staff, faculty, and peers are proactive in looking out for the physical and mental wellbeing of all students. The Emmons Student Wellness Center, and its highly qualified medical staff, provides a comprehensive range of services. Emergency response and services are available 24 hours a day through the Campus Safety Department.

Student Life

Campus life

Tucked away in the hills of Los Angeles’ Eagle Rock community, our campus is a real beauty. Designed by Rose Bowl mastermind Myron Hunt in 1911 and landscaped by Beatrix Farrand, the Oxy campus reflects its rich history (with all the modern improvements).We reside on 120 acres studded with oak trees and eucalyptus, graceful arches and halls built in the Spanish Colonial style. State-of-the-art science facilities are just down the path from lovingly preserved historic buildings. Our solar array, one of the largest of its kind in the country, blends green technology and art.

Sports facilities

From its new fitness center, ample healthy eating options, and a climate that allows for year-round outdoor sports and activities, Oxy offers plenty of ways to stay active and fit.


Occidental College successfully completed the process of reaccreditation by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) in 2012.

Glendale, California, United States