Required Short Answers

Required Short Answers

Here's a peek at the Required Short Answer Questions for first-year applicants.

In the Short Answers section of the Occidental Member questions on the Common App respond to the following prompts:

  1. Why are you applying to Occidental? What are your intellectual curiosities and why do you think Occidental is the right place for you to pursue them? (200 words max)
  2. Oxy's central mission places value on a community composed of diverse backgrounds, life experiences, and perspectives. What do you value in a community and how do you see your perspectives and life experiences contributing to our sense of community? (200 words maximum length)
  3. In addition to an intellectually rigorous experience, Oxy’s residential community seeks a vibrant and interesting student body. What's your idiosyncrasy, and how does it reflect your distinct character? (129 words maximum length)
  4. What is your favorite word?
  5. What is the fifth song on the soundtrack to your life?
  6. If you had your own food truck or restaurant, what would it be called?

Attention transfer students: please visit your required short answer questions in the Transfer Student Application Requirements section.


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