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Rank: 186

Occidental College

Los Angeles, CAwww.oxy.edu
Many colleges claim that their student bodies are "diverse," but Occidental College takes multiculturalism more seriously than most. Almost 10% of the student body are international students and more than 40% of domestic enrollees are students of color. Occidental is small, with about 2,000 students, and classes are usually made up of less than 30 students. Professors are not only accessible but frequently attend students' sports games and performances. "Oxy," as students call it, puts a particular emphasis on research. Students frequently collaborate with their professors, co-author journal articles, and develop and pursue their own projects. The school is also notable for its surroundings. Unlike many small liberal arts schools, it's in a city (Los Angeles), with all the opportunities that offers. But there's also a lot to do on campus: Over 150 student organizations, including Bee Club, Surf Club, and Popsicle Club. And many of the school's students play for its about 20 Division II sports teams. Among Oxy's famous alumni is President Barack Obama, who attended for two years before transferring to Columbia University in New York.
costs
Est. Full Price 2018-2019
$73,500
% of students who get any grants
68%
Est. price for students who receive aid
$34,300
Average price for low-income students
$11,500
admissions
Acceptance rate
46%
Median SAT/ACT Score
1310/30
SAT/ACT required?
Yes
Enrollment
2,123
Financial Aid
% of students with need who get grants
99%
% of need met
100%
% of students who get merit* grants
12%
Average merit grant
$11,219
student success
Graduation rate
81%
Average time to a degree
4.1 years
Average student debt
$23,700
Average salary within 3 years
$51,800
% of low-income students who become upper middle class
39%
key deadlines
Early decision application
Nov 15
Regular application
Jan 15

* Share of full-time undergraduates who had no financial need and were awarded grants.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, MONEY/College Measures calculations, Equality of Oppourtunity Project.

* Share of full-time undergraduates who had no financial need and were awarded grants.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, MONEY/College Measures calculations, Equality of Oppourtunity Project.

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