Occidental College Academic Life


The student-faculty ratio at Occidental College is 10:1, and the school has 64.1 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Occidental College include: Economics, General; International Relations and Affairs; Biology/Biological Sciences, General; Art/Art Studies, General; and Sociology. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 92.3 percent.

Faculty & Classes

General education/core curriculum required Yes
Coursework required for graduation
Arts/fine arts Sciences (biological or physical)
Humanities History
English (including composition) Social science
Foreign languages
Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 10:1
Full-time faculty gender distribution
Full-time faculty gender distribution
Part-time faculty gender distribution
Part-time faculty gender distribution


Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Economics, General 15%
International Relations and Affairs 10%
Biology/Biological Sciences, General 9%
Art/Art Studies, General 7%
Sociology 7%

Academic Programs & Offerings

Degrees offered Bachelor's, Master's
Combined-degree programs N/A
Student participation in special academic programs
First-year experiences 89%
Service learning 63%
Senior capstone or culminating academic experience 99%
Writing in the disciplines 100%
Undergraduate research/creative projects 31%
Learning communities 89%
Institution is G.I. Bill certified Yes
Institution participates in Yellow Ribbon Program Yes
Institution is SOC Member No
Offers DANTES course(s) for credit No

Graduation & Retention

Average freshman retention rate 92%
4-year graduation rate 80%

* Academic Life details based on 2012 data

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