Occidental College Reviews
Student & Graduate Reviews (5)
I think that this school provided me with exactly what I needed. The class sizes were small and I was able to form really great mentorships with professors. The rigor of the courses matched my expectations and I feel really prepared to continue on at the graduate level of study this coming fall.
Firstly as a biology major, I would like to comment on Occidental's biology track. Oxy's biology program has excellent professors and curriculum. I would highly recommend students interested in molecular biology and immunology to attend. Professors have interesting and diverse research projects available for undergrads to participate in and gain valuable research experience. All of the classes are small and intimate, allowing you to have attention from the professors in class and during office hours. Oxy's professors are very open to supporting the students in excelling at their studies. The school has also various peer-supported tutoring programs to allow you to get the help that you need from chemistry problem sets to essay writing advice. The student body may not be very diverse, but as it is a liberal campus, it strives to make everyone feel welcome and safe. The campus is small but beautiful and the food is pretty amazing. If you are looking to major in a specific program, be warned that Occidental, as a liberal arts college, is a bit more limited in its class offerings. However, since it is a smaller campus, you will enjoy the perks of free food and massages during exams or be able to walk into the financial aid office for help without having to wait in line for an hour.
I was trained by some highly intelligent professors. The class sizes were small. I did not live on campus so that left me somewhat disconnected and I would recommend staying on campus if you can afford it. Many of the alumni have good careers. I would suggest making sure that the field you are pursuing is one of the focused degrees for this school or you may end up paying more than you should for a degree that doesn't pay off.
My college was small; all of my professors knew me by name. This made me work hard and always attend class. I knew most people in my school at least by face, and this created a very close knit community on campus. There were 4 music majors the year I graduated, so we all became very close and helped each other with our senior projects. I learned a lot about myself through going to college, and I would recommend it.
Oxy is a great place! I transferred to Oxy my sophomore year after attending a much larger state school closer to where I grew up. I realized right away that I wanted a smaller campus with smaller classes and a closer-knit community. I loved Oxy from the second I got there. I had incredible professors who inspired and motivated me, became friends with intelligent, interesting, passionate people from all over the country, and got involved in many different types of activities on clubs and on campus, many of which I never would have tried if it weren't for the small campus feel. Living in Los Angeles was fun, but I don't think I took enough advantage of it while I was a student. I still live there and realize there were so many places I never went to or knew about as a student. I am so glad I took a chance and transferred!