Occidental College

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2017 Undergraduate Tuition

$52,260

3.5% growth from 2016

2017 Average Net Price

$33,738

After Financial Aid

2016 Student Loan

1.69%

Default Rate

2017 Acceptance Rate

41.8%

6,775 Applicants

2017 Enrolled Students

1,972

99% Full-Time

2017 Graduation Rate

84.4%

453 Graduates

About

Occidental College is a higher education institution located in Los Angeles County, CA. In 2016, the most popular Bachelor's Degree concentrations at Occidental College were General Economics (65 degrees awarded), General Biological Sciences (52 degrees), and General Psychology (38 degrees).

In 2017, 549 degrees were awarded across all undergraduate and graduate programs at Occidental College. 58.7% of these degrees were awarded to women, and 41.3% awarded men. The majority of degree recipients were white (266 degrees), 3.09 times more than then the next closest race/ethnicity group, asian (86 degrees).

The median undergraduate tuition at Occidental College is $52,260, which is $27,066 more than the national average for Baccalaureate Colleges ($25,194).

Costs

The median undergraduate tuition at Occidental College is $52,260, which is $27,066 more than the national average for Baccalaureate Colleges ($25,194).

After taking grants and loans into account, the average net price for students is $33,738.

In 2017, 68% of undergraduate students received federal grants, while 45% of undergraduate students received federal loans.

Student Expenses

Tuition Costs

$52,260

2017 Undergraduate Tuition

In 2017, the cost of tuition at Occidental College was $52,260. The cost of tuition at Occidental College is $27,066 more than than the overall (public and private) national average for Baccalaureate Colleges ($25,194).

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Average Net Price

$33,738

2017 Value

5.46%

1 Year Growth

In 2017 Occidental College had an average net price — the price paid after factoring in grants and loans — of $33,738. Between 2016 and 2017, the average net price of Occidental College grew by 5.46%.

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Other Student Expenses

$14,460

Room and Board

$1,250

Books and Supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at Occidental College was of $14,460 in 2017. During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $1,250. The cost of room and board increased by 3.69% between 2016 and 2017. The cost of books and supplies increased by 0.482% during the same period.

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Financial Aid

Financial Aid by Income Level

68%

Of Undergraduates Receive Grants

45%

Of Undergraduates Receive Federal Loans

68% of undergraduate students at Occidental College received grants or loans in 2017. This represents a growth of 0% with respect to 2016, when 68% of undergraduate students received financial aid.

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Student Loan Default Rate

Cohort default rates only account for borrowers who default in the first three years, and some schools only have a small proportion of borrowers entering repayment. These rates should be interpreted with caution, as they may not be reflective of the entire school population.

1.69%

2016 Default Rate

6

Number of Defaults

In 2016 the default rate for borrower's at Occidental College was 1.69%, which represents 6 out of the 354 total borrowers.

A cohort default rate is the percentage of a school's borrowers who enter repayment on certain Federal Family Education Loan (FFEL) Program or William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan) Program loans during a particular federal fiscal year (FY), October 1 to September 30, and default or meet other specified conditions prior to the end of the second following fiscal year.

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Admissions

Occidental College received 6,775 undergraduate applications in 2017, which represents a 5.71% annual growth. Out of those 6,775 applicants, 2,831 students were accepted for enrollment, representing a 41.8% acceptance rate.

There were 1,972 students enrolled at Occidental College in 2017, and 55% of first-time enrollees submitted SAT scores with their applications.

Occidental College has an overall enrollment yield of 19.9%, which represents the number of admitted students who ended up enrolling.

Acceptance Rate

41.8%

Acceptance Rate in 2017

2,831

Accepted Out of 6,775

In 2017, the undergraduate acceptance rate of Occidental College was 41.8% (2,831 admissions from 6,775 applications). This is lower than the acceptance rate of 2016, which was 45.8%. Between 2016 and 2017, the number of applicants grew by 5.71%, while admissions declined by -3.58%.

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SAT Scores

55%

Submission Percentage

313

Scores Submitted

55% of enrolled first-time students at Occidental College in 2017 submitted SAT scores with their applications.

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Enrollment

Occidental College has a total enrollment of 1,972 students. The full-time enrollment at Occidental College is 1,952 students and the part-time enrollment is 20. This means that 99% of students enrolled at Occidental College are enrolled full-time.

The enrolled student population at Occidental College, both undergraduate and graduate, is 50.4% White, 14% Hispanic or Latino, 13.8% Asian, 8.27% Two or More Races, 4.77% Black or African American, 0.203% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders, and 0.0507% American Indian or Alaska Native.

Students enrolled at Occidental College in full-time Undergraduate programs are majority White Female (27.2%), followed by White Male (23.3%) and Hispanic or Latino Female (8.71%). Students enrolled in full-time Graduate programs are majority N/A, followed by N/A and N/A.

Full-Time vs Part-Time Enrollment

99%

Full-Time Enrollment

The total enrollment at Occidental College, both undergraduate and graduate, is 1,972 students. The full-time enrollment at Occidental College is 1,952 and the part-time enrollment is 20. This means that 99% of students enrolled at Occidental College are enrolled full-time compared with 80.6% at similar Baccalaureate Colleges.

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Retention Rate over Time

91%

2017 Retention Rate

Retention rate measures the number of first-time students who began their studies the previous fall and returned to school the following fall. The retention rate for full-time undergraduates at Occidental College was 91%. Compared with the full-time retention rate at similar Baccalaureate Colleges (73%), Occidental College had a retention rate higher than its peers.

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Enrollment by Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity

  1. White

    993

  2. Hispanic or Latino

    276

  3. Asian

    272

The enrolled student population at Occidental College is 50.4% White, 14% Hispanic or Latino, 13.8% Asian, 8.27% Two or More Races, 4.77% Black or African American, 0.203% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders, and 0.0507% American Indian or Alaska Native. This includes both full-time and part-time students as well as graduate and undergraduates. By comparison, enrollment for all Baccalaureate Colleges is 54.9% White, 14% Black or African American, and 12.6% Hispanic or Latino.

Any student who is studying in the United States on a temporary basis is categorized as a "Non-Resident Alien", and the share of those students are shown in the chart below. Additionally, 33 students (1.67%) did not report their race.

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Graduates

In 2017, 95 more women than men received degrees from Occidental College. The majority of degree recipients at Occidental College are white (266 degrees awarded). There were 3.09 times more white graduates than the next closest race/ethnicity group, asian (86 degrees).

The most common Bachelor's Degree concentration at Occidental College is General Economics (65 degrees awarded), followed by General Biological Sciences (52 degrees) and General Psychology (38 degrees).

The most specialized majors across all degree types at Occidental College, meaning they have significantly more degrees awarded in that concentration than the national average across all institutions, are Language & Linguistics (30 degrees awarded), Cultural & Gender Studies (12 degrees), and Social Sciences (155 degrees).

Workforce

Common Jobs by Major

The most common jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Occidental College are Lawyers, & judges, magistrates, & other judicial workers (326,988 people), Other managers (277,767 people), Elementary & middle school teachers (203,985 people), Postsecondary teachers (191,388 people), and Chief executives & legislators (111,013 people).

The most specialized majors at Occidental College are Language & Linguistics (30 degrees awarded), Cultural & Gender Studies (12 degrees), Social Sciences (155 degrees), Natural Resources & Conservation (21 degrees), and Physical Sciences (35 degrees).

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Highest Paying Jobs by Major

The highest paying jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Occidental College are Nuclear medicine technologists and medical dosimetrists, Cardiovascular technologists and technicians, Sales managers, Surgeons, and Securities, commodities, & financial services sales agents

The most specialized majors at Occidental College are Language & Linguistics (30 degrees awarded), Cultural & Gender Studies (12 degrees), Social Sciences (155 degrees), Natural Resources & Conservation (21 degrees), and Physical Sciences (35 degrees).

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Common Industries by Major

The most common industries for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Occidental College are Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges (394,319 people), Elementary & secondary schools (389,157 people), Legal services (268,122 people), General medical and surgical hospitals, and specialty (except psychiatric and substance abuse) hospitals (191,416 people), and Computer Systems Design (189,989 people).

The most specialized majors at Occidental College are Language & Linguistics (30 degrees awarded), Cultural & Gender Studies (12 degrees), Social Sciences (155 degrees), Natural Resources & Conservation (21 degrees), and Physical Sciences (35 degrees).

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Degrees

Majors Awarded

IPEDS uses the Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) standard, so the categories may not match the exact concentrations offered by Occidental College.

Most Common

  1. 65 degrees awarded

  2. 52 degrees awarded

  3. 38 degrees awarded

In 2017, the most common bachelors degree concentration at Occidental College was General Economics with 65 degrees awarded.

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Gender Breakdown for Common Majors

Degrees Awarded to Men

  1. 227

  2. 322

In 2017, 227 degrees were awarded to men at Occidental College, which is 0.705 times less than the number of degrees awarded to females (322).

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Most Common Male Majors

In 2017, 44 degrees were awarded to men at Occidental College in General Economics, which is 2.1 times more than the 21 female recipients with that same degree.

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Most Common Female Majors

In 2017, 35 degrees were awarded to women at Occidental College in General Biological Sciences, which is 2.06 times more than the 17 male recipients with that same degree.

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Time to Complete

82%

100% Completion Time

88%

150% Completion Time

In 2017, 82% of students graduating from Occidental College completed their program within 100% "normal time" (i.e. 4 years for a 4-year degree). Comparatively, 88% completed their degrees within 150% of the normal time, and 88% within 200%.

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Graduation rate is defined as the percentage of full-time, first-time students who received a degree or award within a specific percentage of "normal time" to completion for their program.

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Diversity

Graduation Rate by Race and Gender

Showing demographic groups with ≥ 5 graduating students.

Black or African American Female

Highest Graduation Rate (92.3%)

The student demographic with the highest graduation rate at Occidental College is Female and Black or African American (92.3% graduation rate). Across all Baccalaureate Colleges, Asian Female students have the highest graduation rate (68.1%).

The department of education defines graduation rate as the percentage of full-time, first-time students who received a degree or award within 150% of "normal time" to completion.

The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) categorizes any student who is studying in the United States on a temporary basis as a "Non-Resident Alien", and the graduation rate of those students is shown in the chart below. Additionally, 1.99% of graduates (9 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Share

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity

  1. White

    266 degrees awarded

  2. Asian

    86 degrees awarded

  3. Hispanic or Latino

    84 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity at Occidental College is white (266 degrees awarded). There were 3.09 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, asian (86 degrees).

2.37% of degree recipients (13 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Gender

Most Common Gender Demographic

  1. White Female

    143 degrees awarded

  2. White Male

    123 degrees awarded

  3. Hispanic or Latino Female

    60 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity and gender grouping at Occidental College is white female (143 degrees awarded). There were 1.16 times more white female recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, white male (123 degrees).

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Operations

Occidental College has an endowment valued at nearly $413M, as of the end of the 2017 fiscal year. The return on its endowment was of $55.7M (13.5%), compared to the 7.76% average return ($2.88M on $37.1M) across all Baccalaureate Colleges.

In 2017, Occidental College had a total salary expenditure of $117M. Occidental College employs 71 Professors, 48 Associate professors, and 41 No academic ranks. Most academics at Occidental College are Male Professors (37), Female Professors(34), and Female Associate professors (26).

The most common positions for non-instructional staff at Occidental College are: Service, with 125 employees, Community, Social Service, Legal, Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports and Media, with 81 employees, and Office and Administrative Support with 78 employees.

Finances

Endowment

$413M

2017 Endowment

11.2%

growth from 2016

Occidental College has an endowment valued at about $413M, as of the end of the 2017 fiscal year. The endowment of Occidental College grew 11.2% from the previous year. The value of their endowment was $376M higher than than the median endowment of Baccalaureate Colleges according to the Carnegie Classification grouping.

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The small bar chart below shows the endowment quintiles for all universities in the Baccalaureate Colleges: Arts & Sciences Focus Carnegie Classification grouping.

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Government Grants and Contracts

Grants & Contracts

  1. $3.37M - Federal

  2. $148k - State

  3. $320k - Local

As of 2017, Occidental College received $3.37M in grants and contracts from the federal government, $148k from state grants and contracts, and $320k from local grants and contracts.

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Expenses

Salary Expenditure

$50.7M

2017 Salaries

2.11%

growth from 2016

In 2017, Occidental College paid a median of $50.7M in salaries, which represents 43.3% of their overall expenditure ($117M) and a 2.11% growth from the previous year. This is compared to a 2.01% decline from 2015 and a 4.05% growth from 2014.

The median for similar Baccalaureate Colleges is 14.2M (38.9% of overall expenditures).

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Instructional Salaries

$18.8M

Instructional Salaries

188

Number of Employees

In 2017, Occidental College paid a total of $18.8M to 188 employees working as instructors, which represents 37.2% of all salaries paid.

This is compared to a median of $8.01M (34.6%) for similar Baccalaureate Colleges: Arts & Sciences Focus.

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Faculty and Staff

Occupations by Share

Professor

Most Common Instructor

71 Employees

Service

Most Common Non-Instructional Employee

125 Employees

In 2017, the most common positions for instructional staff at Occidental College were Professor with 71 employees; Associate professor with 48 employees; and Associate professor with 41 employees.

In 2017, the most common positions for non-instructional staff at Occidental College were Service with 125 employees; Community, Social Service, Legal, Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports and Media with 81 employees; and Office and Administrative Support with 78 employees.

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Instructors by Academic Rank and Gender

Most Common Demographic

  1. Male Professor

  2. Female Professor

  3. Female Associate professor

In 2017, the most common demographic for instructional staff at Occidental College was Male Professor with 37 employees, Female Professor with 34 employees, and Female Associate professor with 26 employees.

This chart shows the gender split between each academic rank present at Occidental College.

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