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Occidental College

How this student rated the school
Educational QualityD Faculty AccessibilityA
Useful SchoolworkD Excess CompetitionB
Academic SuccessF Creativity/ InnovationF
Individual ValueB+ University Resource UseC
Campus Aesthetics/ BeautyA FriendlinessD
Campus MaintenanceA- Social LifeF
Surrounding CityB Extra CurricularsC-
SafetyA
Describes the student body as:
Friendly, Arrogant, Approachable, Snooty, Closeminded

Describes the faculty as:
Helpful, Arrogant, Condescending, Unhelpful, Self Absorbed

Male
Quite Bright
Lowest Rating
Academic Success
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Highest Rating
Faculty Accessibility
A
He cares more about Academic Success than the average student.
Date: Mar 02 2008
Major: Economics (This Major's Salary over time)
Absolutely terrible school. The only reason why I stayed for two years because I had such a close, tight nit group of friends to get me through the rough times, academically and socially. They were truly the best friends I ever had. Yes, people are generally friendly, but many students are complete alternative weirdos which espouse ideas that aren't accepted by mainstream society. The campus president, head of the black student alliance, made such outrageous comments about campus diversity that it made the front pages of the L.A. Times. The president and the school were completely embarrassed,led to the president's resignation, and made a problem about diversity on campus when there was no problem.

Social life can get quite awkward. Many girls here are in-the-closet sluts, who are normally not interested in dating, but rather hooking up who they think are the hottest guys on campus (trust me, I've seen this happen plenty of times). They exploit Oxy's liberal atmosphere and general acceptance of radical political and social beliefs. People can be very superficial, because of the Hollywood mindset of L.A. One of my best friends is the typical "hot" Oxy guy, who has hooked up with several Oxy girls, but he himself is bisexual on the outside, and a closet homosexual on the inside.

Also, do not expect there to be much to do on campus on weekends, except for maybe drinking and smoking. The school sponsored dances, are yes, excuses for people to slobber all over each other like in high school (dance floor hookups). So you better have a car or a close friend with one, or else your dead ;)

Academically, the school is a toss up. Music, theater, DWA, and the language departments are spectacular. Great professors who are actually care about your academic success. The science majors have it the worst, because they are studying all the time and their professors put unreasonable demands on them (I was in a marine biology course, and dropped it after a month and a half because it was way too hardcore for me). A girl who recently transferred to Oxy from Yale said it was harder than Yale - that's not a good sign, considering Oxy's reputation is no where near that of Yale.

I was in the econ dept., where I really only had one good professor, and that was the first semester of my freshman year. Most of the professors in the dept. are self absorbed and are only interested in furthering their careers because they went to prestigious schools to get their Ph'ds (Oxy's econ dept. is supposedly on par with that of Harvard). I had one professor told me

if you took this course at any other college, you would've gotten an A.
It is this kind of arrogance among the professors in the dept. that made me leave the school.

So for me, I can't really recommend Oxy to anyone, maybe a few very intelligent, but very liberal, alternative, and quirky people who are majoring in some of the better departments here. The financial aid is great, but that was not enough to keep me here. If you're more of a normal, moderate person like myself who is interested in going to big sporting events, having fun on campus, actually talking to and meeting girls who are interesting and not slutty, and are more professional/goal oriented, I would suggest looking at a large or medium sized university with more academic and social options. If you're still looking at liberal arts schools, the one's in the Northeast U.S. are better, especially for business since the schools have bigger endowments and have more powerful alumni to help students get good jobs.

 
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responseHello,

After reading your review of Occidental, I have firmly decided to cross it off of my top three choices of schools (Redlands, Oxy, and USD). I have taken what you said to heart because you briefly described yourself as to who I am. After taking a visit to Oxy, I completely agree with you socially, but furthermore, you have really gave me a solid understanding of how the school is run through administration and academics. Thank you for taking your time to give your opinion of the school.

Thanks man,

Geoff (Gig Harbor, WA)

questionHi, I went to Oxy for freshman year and am currently deciding where to transfer from Oxy. Just wondering where you ended up going after Oxy and how you liked it. Based on your review you seem to have almost the exact same complaints as I do, and seem like a similar person. Thanks!
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