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Occidental College is a small, private, coeducational liberal arts college located in Los Angeles, California. Founded in 1887, Occidental College, or "Oxy" as it is called by students and alumni, is one of the oldest liberal arts colleges on the West Coast. The college is noted for its combination of rigorous academic programs, a small yet diverse student body, and the resources of one of the world’s major cities. One of a small group of liberal arts colleges selected as community engagement institutions by the Carnegie Foundation, Occidental’s extensive roster of community based learning courses, outreach programs, and community based research projects have repeatedly been recognized with distinction by the President’s Honor Roll Award for Service. Oxy’s website>>

Co-curricular Community Engagement Initiatives

Neighborhood Partnership Program

 NPP strives to help underrepresented middle and high school students gain the necessary skills required to obtain a high school diploma and effectively transition into the arena of higher education. Learn more>>


 Through Gaining Early Awareness And Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEARUP) Oxy students and those from Glendale Community College provide tutoring and mentoring services to students at Eagle Rock and Marshall high schools. Learn more>>


Upward Bound

 Each year, Upward Bound helps more than 100 low-income high school students become the first person in their family to attend college. Established as one of Upward Bound’s original pilot programs, Oxy’s is one of the largest and most successful in California. Learn more>>


 Since 1992, TOPS (Teachers+Occidental = Partnership in Science) has trained high school science teachers the latest biology, chemistry and physics concepts and provided their students with advanced scientific equipment for hands-on lab experience in the program’s mobile laboratory. Learn more>>