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Nestled in Eagle Rock, between downtown Los Angeles and historic Pasadena, we get the best of both worlds: small-town charm and L.A.’s rich cultural life.

Ours is a collegial and intimate academic work environmentStudentsfaculty, and staff make up a diverse, close-knit community of peers. We offer a generous benefits package and all the perks that Southern California and a small liberal arts school have to offer.

All open positions for faculty, staff, administrators, and Oxy students are current and up to date.


Oxy offers excellent health, dental, life and retirement benefits, along with many other unique tiger extras including use of our swimming pool, weight room and gym facilities, tennis courts, library, and other outstanding resources.

You can access the Occidental College Benefits Resource Center by clicking on the appropriate link below:


Bargaining Unit Employees

Look here for periodic updates on College benefits, including open -enrollment periods and other information, as well as quick access to our insurance providers.

Occidental College Health Plan Update

The information contained in this update represents a change to the rules of the Occidental College Health Plans. Please read carefully.

Affordable Care Act

Implementation of the Affordable Care Act of 2010 (the healthcare reform law) requires the enclosed notice to be sent to every employee.

Basic Leave Entitlement

FMLA requires covered employers to provide up to 12 weeks of unpaid, job-protected leave to eligible employees.

Keep Your Beneficiary Designations Up-to-Date

Please remember to keep your beneficiary designations up-to-date. This will guarantee that your loved ones will be protected. Beneficiaries should be designated for both the life insurance plans offered by the College and the TIAA retirement annuity plans. Please contact Karen Salce at x2945 as soon as possible if you would like to update or check on your beneficiaries under these programs.

Summary Annual Report for Occidental College Employees for 2016

This is a summary of the annual report for College-sponsored benefit plans, 95-1667177 for 2016. Annual reports for each plan have been filed with the Internal Revenue Service, as required under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA).

Retirement Plan Information

This is an annual notice and applies to the plan year beginning on January 1, 2018.

Tuition Exchange Program

Occidental College participates in the Tuition Exchange Program, which provides national scholarship opportunities for dependent children of faculty, administrators, and staff who have completed at least five years of continuous full-time service to the College.

Jury Duty Leave Policy

It is the College's policy to enable its employees to fulfill their civic obligations. If an employee is called to serve on jury duty, the employee is requested to notify his or her supervisor immediately.



One campus. Many voices.

By conventional measures, Occidental is one of the most diverse colleges in the United States. Our student body, faculty, and staff represent a broad spectrum of races, ethnicities, sexual orientations, cultures, backgrounds, and beliefs.

But that's just the starting point for a conversation—sometimes intense, always thought-provoking—that has helped shape the Oxy community in fundamental ways. Can—should—diversity be measured by numbers alone? Is Oxy diverse? It depends on who you ask.

As a school where critical thinking is ingrained in the curriculum, we don't always agree on everything. But the culture of open discussion on campus pushes the conversation forward, whether it's an easy one or not.

From academic initiatives such as the Intergroup Dialogue Program to the many awareness initiatives promoted by the Intercultural Affairsoffice and a thriving network of student clubs and multicultural living communities, Oxy is a place for nuanced, sophisticated discussions about our differences, our similarities, and where we should go from here.


Read all about it.

Keep up to date on Oxy's latest news and events. For more information, contact the College's communications office at (323) 259-2677.


Occidental College today announced the launch of its Barack Obama Scholars Program to empower exceptional students committed to the public good as it honors and perpetuates the principles President Barack Obama has advanced throughout his life. 

July 14, 2017


The mission of Occidental College is to provide a gifted and diverse group of students with a total educational experience of the highest quality—one that prepares them for leadership in an increasingly complex, interdependent and pluralistic world.

The distinctive interdisciplinary and multicultural focus of the College’s academic program seeks to foster both the fulfillment of individual aspirations and a deeply rooted commitment to the public good.

This mission is anchored by four cornerstones: excellenceequitycommunity and service. These building blocks, in one form or another, have long been the basis for the College’s commitment to providing responsible leaders and citizens for our democratic society. Choosing them to support the future helps to ensure that the College remains true to its mission while adapting to a changing world.


The belief that the sine qua non of an Occidental education must be its quality—the unflagging commitment of the College to provide a truly superior academic experience for its students. Excellence in education necessarily means the College will successfully attract superb students as well as talented faculty, administrators and staff. We seek to instill a lifelong love of learning, along with the skills students will need to pursue this love in the years that follow their formal education.


Respect for and the practice of justice, fairness and integrity—the belief that no attribute such as race, ethnicity, gender, religion, socioeconomic status, sexual orientation, age or physical ability should impair anyone’s access to or enjoyment of any feature of Occidental College. Thus equity necessarily entails welcoming the presence of all forms of diversity into the pursuit of excellence.


Students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends of the College all empowered to help create and sustain a campus environment characterized by a spirit of mutual respect and cooperation based upon our common vision and shared values. We share the values of trust, integrity, discipline, selflessness and hard work as we pursue truth and knowledge through education. We endeavor to create an inclusive learning community and a sense of loyalty to that community by providing arenas of discourse for the purpose of achieving understanding and goodwill without demanding consensus or conformity. We believe in maximizing the potential for fulfillment of all members of our community in an environment that fosters intellectual rigor, academic integrity and constructive, well-informed critical thinking.


May be the ultimate object of a liberal education. There is no higher purpose in life than committing oneself to helping others. 

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