Occidental College

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2020 Undergraduate Tuition
$55,980
0% growth from 2019
2020 Average Net Price
$41,102
After Financial Aid
2018 Student Loan
1.23%
Default Rate
2020 Acceptance Rate
40.9%
6,939 Applicants
2020 Enrolled Students
1,839
97.4% Full-Time
2020 Graduation Rate
83.6%
455 Graduates

About

Occidental College is a higher education institution located in Los Angeles County, CA. In 2016, the most popular Bachelor's Degree concentrations at Occidental College were Econometrics & Quantitative Economics (80 degrees awarded), International Relations & Affairs (39 degrees), and General Biological Sciences (37 degrees).

In 2020, 504 degrees were awarded across all undergraduate and graduate programs at Occidental College. 57.9% of these degrees were awarded to women, and 42.1% awarded men. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients was white (261 degrees), 3.53 times more than then the next closest race/ethnicity group, asian (74 degrees).

The median undergraduate tuition at Occidental College is $55,980, which is $27,580 more than the national average for Baccalaureate Colleges ($28,400).

Costs

The median undergraduate tuition at Occidental College is $55,980, which is $27,580 more than the national average for Baccalaureate Colleges ($28,400).

After taking grants and loans into account, the average net price for students is $41,102.

In 2020, 72% of undergraduate students attending Occidental College received financial aid through grants. Comparatively, 43% of undergraduate students received financial aid through loans.

Student Expenses

Tuition Costs

$55,980
2020 Undergraduate Tuition

In 2020, the cost of tuition at Occidental College was $55,980. The cost of tuition at Occidental College is $27,580 more than than the overall (public and private) national average for Baccalaureate Colleges ($28,400).

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Average Net Price

$41,102
2020 Value
16.2%
1 Year Growth

In 2020 Occidental College had an average net price — the price paid after factoring in grants and loans — of $41,102. Between 2019 and 2020, the average net price of Occidental College grew by 16.2%.

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Other Student Expenses

$16,034
Room and Board
$1,240
Books and Supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at Occidental College was of $16,034 in 2020. During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $1,240. The cost of room and board increased by 3.47% between 2019 and 2020. The cost of books and supplies increased by 1.64% during the same period.

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Financial Aid

Financial Aid by Income Level

72%
Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid through Grants
43%
Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid through Loans

72% of undergraduate students at Occidental College received financial aid through grants or loans in 2020. This represents a growth of 1.41% with respect to 2019, when 71% of undergraduate students received financial aid.

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Student Loan Default Rate

Cohort default rates only account for borrowers who default in the first three years, and some schools only have a small proportion of borrowers entering repayment. These rates should be interpreted with caution, as they may not be reflective of the entire school population.
1.23%
2018 Default Rate
4
Number of Defaults

In 2018 the default rate for borrower's at Occidental College was 1.23%, which represents 4 out of the 326 total borrowers.

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Admissions

Occidental College received 6,939 undergraduate applications in 2020, which represents a 7.49% annual decline. Out of those 6,939 applicants, 2,838 students were accepted for enrollment, representing a 40.9% acceptance rate.

There were 1,839 students enrolled at Occidental College in 2020, and 70% of first-time enrollees submitted SAT scores with their applications.

Occidental College has an overall enrollment yield of 14.2%, which represents the number of admitted students who ended up enrolling.

Acceptance Rate

40.9%
Acceptance Rate in 2020
2,838
Accepted Out of 6,939

In 2020, the undergraduate acceptance rate of Occidental College was 40.9% (2,838 admissions from 6,939 applications). This is higher than the acceptance rate of 2019, which was 36.7%. Between 2019 and 2020, the number of applicants declined by −7.49%, while admissions grew by 3.13%.

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SAT Scores

70%
Submission Percentage
282
Scores Submitted

70% of enrolled first-time students at Occidental College in 2020 submitted SAT scores with their applications.

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Enrollment

Occidental College has a total enrollment of 1,839 students. The full-time enrollment at Occidental College is 1,791 students and the part-time enrollment is 48. This means that 97.4% of students enrolled at Occidental College are enrolled full-time.

The enrolled student population at Occidental College, both undergraduate and graduate, is 47% White, 16% Hispanic or Latino, 15.3% Asian, 10% Two or More Races, 3.7% Black or African American, 0.163% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders, and 0% American Indian or Alaska Native.

Students enrolled at Occidental College in full-time Undergraduate programs are most commonly White Female (26.6%), followed by White Male (19.8%) and Hispanic or Latino Female (10.1%). Students enrolled in full-time Graduate programs are most commonly N/A, followed by N/A and N/A.

Full-Time vs Part-Time Enrollment

97.4%
Full-Time Enrollment

The total enrollment at Occidental College, both undergraduate and graduate, is 1,839 students. The full-time enrollment at Occidental College is 1,791 and the part-time enrollment is 48. This means that 97.4% of students enrolled at Occidental College are enrolled full-time compared with 80.1% at similar Baccalaureate Colleges.

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Retention Rate over Time

82%
2020 Retention Rate

Retention rate measures the number of first-time students who began their studies the previous fall and returned to school the following fall. The retention rate for full-time undergraduates at Occidental College was 82%. Compared with the full-time retention rate at similar Baccalaureate Colleges (73%), Occidental College had a retention rate higher than its peers.

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Enrollment by Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity
  1. White
    864
  2. Hispanic or Latino
    295
  3. Asian
    282

The enrolled student population at Occidental College is 47% White, 16% Hispanic or Latino, 15.3% Asian, 10% Two or More Races, 3.7% Black or African American, 0.163% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders, and 0% American Indian or Alaska Native. This includes both full-time and part-time students as well as graduate and undergraduates. By comparison, enrollment for all Baccalaureate Colleges is 54.8% White, 13.8% Black or African American, and 13.4% Hispanic or Latino.

Any student who is studying in the United States on a temporary basis is categorized as a "Non-Resident Alien", and the share of those students are shown in the chart below. Additionally, 27 students (1.47%) did not report their race.

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Graduates

In 2020, 80 more women than men received degrees from Occidental College. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients at Occidental College is white (261 degrees awarded). There were 3.53 times more white graduates than the next closest race/ethnicity group, asian (74 degrees).

The most common Bachelor's Degree concentration at Occidental College is Econometrics & Quantitative Economics (80 degrees awarded), followed by International Relations & Affairs (39 degrees) and General Biological Sciences (37 degrees).

The most specialized majors across all degree types at Occidental College, meaning they have significantly more degrees awarded in that concentration than the national average across all institutions, are Language & Linguistics (36 degrees awarded), Philosophy and Religious Studies (15 degrees), and Social Sciences (162 degrees).

Workforce

Common Jobs by Major

The most common jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Occidental College are Lawyers, & judges, magistrates, & other judicial workers (339,637 people), Other managers (236,900 people), Elementary & middle school teachers (164,097 people), Postsecondary teachers (140,802 people), and Chief executives & legislators (108,656 people).

The most specialized majors at Occidental College are Language & Linguistics (36 degrees awarded), Philosophy and Religious Studies (15 degrees), Social Sciences (162 degrees), Cultural & Gender Studies (10 degrees), and Natural Resources & Conservation (15 degrees).

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Highest Paying Jobs by Major

Highest Paying Job

The highest paying jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Occidental College are Surgeons, Securities, commodities, & financial services sales agents, Aerospace engineers, Nuclear medicine technologists and medical dosimetrists, and Physicians

The most specialized majors at Occidental College are Language & Linguistics (36 degrees awarded), Philosophy and Religious Studies (15 degrees), Social Sciences (162 degrees), Cultural & Gender Studies (10 degrees), and Natural Resources & Conservation (15 degrees).

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Common Industries by Major

Most Common Industry

The most common industries for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Occidental College are Elementary & secondary schools (349,102 people), Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges (297,859 people), Legal services (268,314 people), Justice, public order, & safety activities (174,357 people), and Computer Systems Design (161,334 people).

The most specialized majors at Occidental College are Language & Linguistics (36 degrees awarded), Philosophy and Religious Studies (15 degrees), Social Sciences (162 degrees), Cultural & Gender Studies (10 degrees), and Natural Resources & Conservation (15 degrees).

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Degrees

Majors Awarded

IPEDS uses the Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) standard, so the categories may not match the exact concentrations offered by Occidental College.
Most Common
  1. 80 degree-majorss awarded
  2. 39 degree-majorss awarded
  3. 37 degree-majorss awarded

In 2020, the most common bachelors degree concentration at Occidental College was Econometrics & Quantitative Economics with 80 degrees awarded.

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Sex Breakdown for Common Majors

212
Degrees Awarded to Men
in 2020
292
Degrees Awarded to Women
in 2020

In 2020, 212 degrees were awarded to men at Occidental College, which is 0.726 times less than the number of degrees awarded to females (292).

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Most Common Male Majors

In 2020, 44 degrees were awarded to men at Occidental College in Econometrics & Quantitative Economics, which is 1.22 times more than the 36 female recipients with that same degree.

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Most Common Female Majors

In 2020, 36 degrees were awarded to women at Occidental College in Econometrics & Quantitative Economics, which is 0.818 times less than the 44 male recipients with that same degree.

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Time to Complete

81%
100% Completion Time
85%
150% Completion Time

In 2020, 81% of students graduating from Occidental College completed their program within 100% "normal time" (i.e. 4 years for a 4-year degree). Comparatively, 85% completed their degrees within 150% of the normal time, and 86% within 200%.

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Graduation rate is defined as the percentage of full-time, first-time students who received a degree or award within a specific percentage of "normal time" to completion for their program.

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Diversity

Graduation Rate by Race and Sex

Showing demographic groups with ≥ 5 graduating students.
American Indian or Alaska Native Female
Highest Graduation Rate (100%)

The student demographic with the highest graduation rate at Occidental College is Female and American Indian or Alaska Native (100% graduation rate). Across all Baccalaureate Colleges, Asian Female students have the highest graduation rate (72.4%).

The department of education defines graduation rate as the percentage of full-time, first-time students who received a degree or award within 150% of "normal time" to completion.

The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) categorizes any student who is studying in the United States on a temporary basis as a "Non-Resident Alien", and the graduation rate of those students is shown in the chart below. Additionally, 1.32% of graduates (6 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Share

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity
  1. White
    261 degrees awarded
  2. Asian
    74 degrees awarded
  3. Hispanic or Latino
    55 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity at Occidental College is white (261 degrees awarded). There were 3.53 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, asian (74 degrees).

2.58% of degree recipients (13 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Sex

Most Common Sex Demographic
  1. White Female
    136 degrees awarded
  2. White Male
    125 degrees awarded
  3. Asian Female
    43 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity and sex grouping at Occidental College is white female (136 degrees awarded). There were 1.09 times more white female recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, white male (125 degrees).

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Operations

Occidental College has an endowment valued at nearly $439M, as of the end of the 2020 fiscal year. The return on its endowment was of $−NaNM (−1.21%), compared to the 2.06% average return ($820k on $39.8M) across all Baccalaureate Colleges.

In 2020, Occidental College had a total salary expenditure of $127M. Occidental College employs 72 Professors, 49 Associate professors, and 46 No academic ranks. Most academics at Occidental College are Female Professors (37), Male Professors(35), and Female Associate professors (27).

The most common positions for non-instructional staff at Occidental College are: Service, with 95 employees, Community, Social Service, Legal, Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports and Media, with 89 employees, and Office and Administrative Support with 64 employees.

Finances

Endowment

$439M
2020 Endowment
2.01%
decline from 2019

Occidental College has an endowment valued at about $439M, as of the end of the 2020 fiscal year. The endowment of Occidental College declined 2.01% from the previous year. The value of their endowment was $399M higher than than the median endowment of Baccalaureate Colleges according to the Carnegie Classification grouping.

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The small bar chart below shows the endowment quintiles for all universities in the Baccalaureate Colleges: Arts & Sciences Focus Carnegie Classification grouping.

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Government Grants and Contracts

Grants & Contracts
  1. $7.2M - Federal
  2. $323k - State
  3. $317k - Local

As of 2020, Occidental College received $7.2M in grants and contracts from the federal government, $323k from state grants and contracts, and $317k from local grants and contracts.

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Expenses

Salary Expenditure

$56.9M
2020 Salaries
4.47%
growth from 2019

In 2020, Occidental College paid a median of $56.9M in salaries, which represents 44.8% of their overall expenditure ($127M) and a 4.47% growth from the previous year. This is compared to a 3.65% growth from 2018 and a 3.77% growth from 2017.

The median for similar Baccalaureate Colleges is 15.4M (40.8% of overall expenditures).

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Instructional Salaries

$20.2M
Instructional Salaries
200
Number of Employees

In 2020, Occidental College paid a total of $20.2M to 200 employees working as instructors, which represents 35.5% of all salaries paid.

This is compared to a median of $4.78M (31%) for similar Baccalaureate Colleges.

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Faculty and Staff

Occupations by Share

Professor
Most Common Instructor
72 Employees
Service
Most Common Non-Instructional Employee
95 Employees

In 2020, the most common positions for instructional staff at Occidental College were Professor with 72 employees; Associate professor with 49 employees; and Associate professor with 46 employees.

In 2020, the most common positions for non-instructional staff at Occidental College were Service with 95 employees; Community, Social Service, Legal, Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports and Media with 89 employees; and Office and Administrative Support with 64 employees.

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Instructors by Academic Rank and Sex

Most Common Demographic
  1. Female Professor
  2. Male Professor
  3. Female Associate professor

In 2020, the most common demographic for instructional staff at Occidental College was Female Professor with 37 employees, Male Professor with 35 employees, and Female Associate professor with 27 employees.

This chart shows the sex split between each academic rank present at Occidental College.

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