School Spotlight: Occidental College

Occidental College is one of the first liberal arts colleges on the west coast founded in 1887. The campus is now located in the Eagle Rock neighborhood of Los Angeles, but what many don’t know is that it was actually founded in Boyle Heights and relocated to the Highland Park area 11 years later before settling in its final location in 1912.

The Fiske Guide to colleges calls Occidental the “streetwise” cousin of the upscale and suburban Claremont Colleges due to its real-world perspective and socially conscious students. Occidental College holds a long tradition of academic excellence as one of the top ranked private liberal arts colleges according to U.S. News and World Report. It offers an average class size of 16 and a 10:1 student-faculty ratio which allows for more individualized academic attention. Occidental provides the tight-knit community feeling of a small town while remaining in close proximity to a larger metropolitan area offering students many opportunities outside of the classroom.

Occidental also holds a deep passion for diversity giving students the opportunity to participate in some of the country’s best study abroad programs available in 35 countries and 5 continents!

Students at Occidental love participating in the school’s traditions such as the Dance Production which has been around for 70 years!  This production of student dancers performing student choreographed numbers, sells out every year!  Other favorites include the Apollo Night Talent Show and Da Getaway, a Roaring Twenties bash.

If you are looking for a small college in the Los Angeles area that offers amazing liberal arts programs and cooperative joint degree programs with the California Institute of Technology, Columbia University, Columbia University School of Law, and the Art Center College of Design, a diverse campus with high educational standard where you can build personal relationships with faculty and students definitely take a look at what Occidental College has to offer!

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