Application Requirements

Application Requirements

Whether you're a first-year or a transfer applicant, we’re glad you’re considering our global community.

Here’s what you need to do:





Complete the Common App including:

✓  Oxy's required short answer questions

✓  School report

✓  Counselor recommendation forms

✓  $60 application fee or fee waiver required.

Official transcript
Standardized test scores. Either the TOEFL or IELTS exam, and either the ACT or SAT are required. (SAT Subject Tests are optional.)
Certification of Finances (this must be filled out by hand and submitted via email, fax or hard copy)
International Student Financial Aid Application (only if you plan to apply for need-based financial aid)
International supplement (if you attend school outside the U.S.; available on the Common App)
Midyear Report after your first term of senior year
Two letters of recommendation from teachers (in core academic subjects). Ideally, we’d like letters from 10th- to 12th-grade classes.

If applying Early Decision (Oxy’s your top choice and you will not be applying for financial aid), you’ll also need to complete the binding Early Decision Agreement available on the Common App.

For applicants from China, there is an opportunity for the Occidental College admission team to get to know you better through the services of InitialView and Vericant. InitialView and Vericant are organizations that will conduct video interviews and assist with short writing samples for our applicants. Both organizations provide a recording of the interview and a copy of the writing sample to us for our review.

Although an interview is not mandatory, we highly recommend you sit for the Vericant or InitialView interview only if you have not already interviewed with Occidental, as it will give you an excellent opportunity to showcase your personality, skills and professionalism to our admission team. The interview will form part of your application package if you opt to sit for the interview.

The Vericant and InitialView interview deadlines are:

  • Early Decision 1: Nov. 15, 2015
  • Early Decision 2: Jan. 1, 2016
  • Regular Decision: Jan. 15, 2016

To learn more about Vericant and to schedule an interview, please visit Vericant’s website and InitialView's website.

International transfer applicants, here’s what you need to do:

Keep in mind that we only accept applications for students to begin in fall semester.

Complete the:

✓ Common App for Transfer Students including Oxy's Required Member Questions
✓ Certification of Finances
✓ International Student Financial Aid Application (only if you plan to apply for financial aid)

*$60 non-refundable application fee or fee waiver/counselor letter required.

Ask a college administrator to send:

✓ an official transcript
✓ College official’s report

Request a letter of recommendation from a college instructor.


✓ an official copy of your final secondary school transcript
✓ official copies of transcripts from all colleges or universities attended
✓ a writing sample from a college course (graded, if possible)
✓ standardized test scores—either the TOEFL* or IELTS is required and also the ACT or SAT if you graduated high school within the last five years

* Some international applicants may be required to have a Skype interview. If English is not your first language, and you have a TOEFL score in which any section falls below 25 (IBT) or below 150 (paper-based), we may contact you in February or March to schedule an interview.

Want to mail something to us? Send it to:

Occidental College
Office of Admission
1600 Campus Road M-18
Los Angeles, CA 90041



Collins House
1600 Campus Road
Los Angeles, CA 90041

Phone: (323) 259-2700
or (800) 825-5262
Fax: (323) 341-4875