A nationally recognised, private residential college of the liberal arts and sciences, and one of the few located in a major city, 126-year-old Occidental is at the forefront of interdisciplinary, intercultural education that integrates the classroom with community-based learning.
The Occidental campus is located in the suburban neighborhood of Eagle Rock, 8 miles from downtown Los Angeles. The campus is situated on 120 acres studded with oak trees and eucalyptus, graceful arches and halls built in the Spanish Colonial style. State-of-the-art science facilities are just down the path from lovingly preserved historic buildings. The likes of Katharine Hepburn and Jimmy Stewart have strolled through the Quad, as have the inhabitants of the planet Vulcan, all while filming on campus, which has been featured in many motion pictures, including "Clueless," "Orange County," "Jurassic Park III" and "Star Trek III: The Search for Spock."
Downtown L.A. is brimming with opportunities for college students: internships, dining, nightlife and more. The campus is within an hour's drive of big-time attractions like Venice Beach, Disneyland and Sunset Strip in Hollywood. Students can choose from more than 100 clubs and organisations to get involved in on campus. Occidental has a handful of sororities and fraternities, and a coed organisation.
Location: Los Angeles, California, USA
City Population: 3,857,799
University Population: 2,176
Climate: Los Angeles has a Subtropical-Mediterranean climate and has plenty of sunshine throughout the year,
Nearest Airport: Los Angeles International Airport
University website: www.oxy.edu
Campus map: http://www.oxy.edu/sites/default/files/assets/OXYmap.pdf
Why choose Occidental?
- The college was named to the 2014 President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll "with distinction"
- Occidental College has various student-run clubs, organizations and ventures such as the Green Bean Coffee Lounge, organic garden, and the student-managed bike sharing and repairing program
- President Barack Obama attended Occidental for two years prior to transferring to Columbia University
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