2023-2024 Catalog

Athletics and Physical Activities


Intercollegiate Athletics

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, nine 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)
Golf (S) Lacrosse (S)
Soccer (F) Soccer (F)
Swimming and Diving (F,S) Softball (S)
Tennis (S) Swimming and Diving (F,S)
Track and Field (S) Tennis (S)
Water Polo (F) Track and Field (S)
  Volleyball (F)

Water Polo (F)

(F) = Fall

(S) = Spring

Intramural Activities

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.

Physical Activities

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.

Club Sports

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.

Course Fees

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.

Transfer Credit Policies

The Athletics Department policy on transfer credit conforms to College policy. Students should reference the Transfer Credit section for details.


Athletics and Physical Activity Courses