Occidental College is a private, co-educational liberal arts college located in the historic Eagle Rock neighborhood of Los Angeles, California
Founded in 1887 by clergy and members of the Presbyterian Church, Occidental College is called Oxy by some students and alumni.
The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching selected Occidental as a “community engagement institution”.
n Forbes 2013 rankings of America’s Top Colleges, Occidental ranks 109th. In U.S. News and World Report’s 2013 rankings of American liberal arts colleges, Occidental is tied for 39th. Since 1908, Occidental has graduated 10 Rhodes Scholars. The 2007 Princeton Review describes Occidental as having a “rising star quality” and notes that Occidental’s professors have been called “top quality.” The 2006 edition ofAmerica’s Best Value Colleges by the Princeton Review noted that the college “is committed to recruiting top students regardless of their financial background.” The College Prowler says that people “look at Occidental degrees very highly,” but that Occidental often does not receive the attention it deserves.
At the beginning of every school year, freshmen participate in Convocation, a formal ceremony welcoming new students to the College in which the faculty wear their full academic regalia and students don robes. Students process from the Academic Quad to Thorne Hall as faculty line their path, cheering for them.
Founders Day is celebrated April 20, the day in 1887 when Occidental’s incorporation papers were officially signed by the California Secretary of State.