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Occidental College

Los Angeles, CA

Occidental College says, "As a liberal arts institution, Occidental College is committed to the principle that education is far more than training in a field or preparation for a specific career. We believe instead that education should be both broad and deep; that it should foster intellectual skills of agility, inquiry, synthesis, and the ability to move comfortably among multiple perspectives; and that students are active participants in the ongoing construction of knowledge that is higher education’s purpose. The Core Program— a cross-disciplinary array of courses required of all students providing the intellectual foundation for Occidental's commitment to excellence, equity, service, and community—is the most direct expression of this commitment." [Source]

Website: http://www.oxy.edu/

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1,985
Undergraduate
Enrollment
80%
4-Year
Graduation Rate
$56,576
Tuition & Fees
(annually)

9:1
Student to Faculty Ratio
1.6%
Student Loan Default Rate
General Education Requirements

Composition

YES

Literature

NO

Foreign Language

NO

U.S. Government/History

NO

Economics

NO

Mathematics

NO

Science

YES


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FIRE Speech Code School Rating
A yellow light institution maintains policies that could be interpreted to suppress protected speech or policies that, while clearly restricting freedom of speech, restrict relatively narrow categories of speech.

Warning: FIRE believes that free speech is not only a moral imperative, but also an essential element of a college education. However, private universities, as private associations, possess their own right to free association, which allows them to prioritize other values above the right to free speech if they wish to do so. Therefore, when a private university clearly and consistently states that it holds a certain set of values above a commitment to freedom of speech, FIRE warns prospective students and faculty members of this fact. Six schools surveyed for this report meet these criteria.
Curriculum last evaluated: 3/23/2021

2018-19 enrollment and tuition data, and four-year graduation rates for first-time, full-time freshmen who enrolled in Fall 2012, are derived from the National Center for Education Statistics’ College Navigator.