Athletics and Physical Activities



Occidental College holds membership in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), Division III, and the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC). Occidental believes that our students exemplify the true meaning of the term "student-athlete" by successfully blending these two experiences. The College offers twenty-one intercollegiate sports, 10 for men and 11 for women.

Men's Women's
Baseball (S) Basketball (F,S)
Basketball (F,S) Cross-Country (F)
Cross-Country (F) Golf (S)
Football (F) Lacrosse (S)
Golf (S) Soccer (F)
Soccer (F) Softball (S)
Swimming and Diving (F,S) Swimming and Diving (F,S)
Tennis (S) Tennis (S)
Track and Field (S) Track and Field (S)
Water Polo (F) Volleyball (F)
Water Polo (F)

(F) = Fall

(S) = Spring


In addition to offering competitive intercollegiate athletics, the College has a wide variety of intramural activities. Many additional activities are offered for students whose interests are largely recreational.

Intramural sports range from flag football and basketball to volleyball. Both league competition and special tournaments are offered throughout the year. League sports are mixed and all students are encouraged to participate.


A full range of instructional activity classes is offered to Occidental students. Although Occidental College does not have a physical activity requirement, students are encouraged to take advantage of the courses offered to achieve the goal of lifetime involvement in physical activity. The aim of the activity program is to provide instruction, develop an understanding of the relationship of fitness and long-term health and to encourage the development of lifetime social skills. The essence of a liberal arts education is truly manifested in the philosophy of a "sound mind in a sound body." Students may take as many Athletic and Physical Activities courses as they like, but a maximum of four may be applied to graduation. These courses are graded Credit/No Credit only. All Athletic and Physical Activities courses, as well as Intercollegiate Sports participation, have one unit course credit.


Recognized as a valuable part of the Occidental experience, club sports offer a recreational outlet for students in an informal setting while providing them with experience in structuring and running an organization.


Most courses do have equipment rental or instructor fees. These are noted below. Students may sign up for courses in advance during normal registration or may wait until the first day of the class. Check the college catalog supplement for instructor and meeting time/place.


Occidental College has excellent recreational facilities. They include a weight training area, Olympic all-weather track, outdoor swimming pool, seven tennis courts, and complete intercollegiate and intramural fields and facilities for all major intercollegiate athletic teams, club sports, intramurals and recreation.

Facilities may be reserved through the Department of Athletics.

All courses are given on a Credit/No Credit basis.


Athletics and Physical Activity Courses