Common Questions Student-Athletes ask About Occidental Baseball

The student-athlete recruiting process should not be complicated. Here are some questions that many prospective student-athletes and their families have when considering joining the Occidental College Baseball Program:

What is the difference between Division III athletics and Division I athletics?

Unlike Division I athletes, Division III athletes receive no financial aid related to their athletic ability. Athletic departments are funded like any other department in the college or university. The emphasis of Division III athletics is on academics and the student-athlete experience.

What financial aid is available at Occidental?

Occidental College evaluates each family’s ability to pay the total cost of attendance, and then puts together a package of grants, scholarships, work study and student loans to meet your full demonstrated need.

Oxy uses the CSS PROFILE and FAFSA to determine an Expected Family Contribution. The EFC measures what your family is expected to pay toward the cost of attending college. You can use our Net Price Calculator to get an estimate of the financial aid you could receive while attending Occidental.

Most first-year students are awarded $5,700 in need-based loans and $3,100 in work study. Any remaining need is met with grants and scholarships.

Can the coaching staff help a student get admitted to Occidental?

Coaches at Occidental submit Athletic Referral Forms to the admissions office. These forms describe how the coach feels you would contribute to the team as well as the Oxy community overall. These forms are taken into consideration during the admissions process. Coaches cannot guarantee a student’s admission.

How many players are on the team?

The roster fluctuates from year to year, but generally falls between 25 – 30 players. We strive for a roster size that allows each player to receive the practice repetitions and individual coaching attention needed to reach his potential.

Do you hold open tryouts?

Both players who were actively recruited and “walk-ons” have an opportunity to showcase their skills during our non-traditional season in the fall semester. To get an evaluation of your projected fit with the team before making the decision to apply or to attend Oxy you can email a highlight video to our associate head coach and recruiting coordinator Jesse Rodgers,

What is the non-traditional season?

A term used by the NCAA to describe any practice time occurring outside of the designated spring baseball season. We are allowed 3 weeks of practice during our non-traditional season.

When will I know if I make the team?

Players have a one-on-one meeting with the head coach during the fall semester to discuss their performance and whether or not they will be invited to the team’s January “camp week” in preparation for the spring season.

What academic resources are available for athletes?

Our team prides itself on the academics of our players, and we encourage them to take advantage of the resources available on campus to help them succeed in the classroom.

Occidental provides the same academic resources to all students whether they are athletes or not. In addition to office hours provided by professors, the Center for Academic Excellence provides peer-to-peer tutoring in various disciplines taught at Oxy. The CAE Writing Center provides drop-in peer-to-peer appointments as well as scheduled appointments with faculty writing specialists. The writing center provides assistance for:

  • Research papers
  • Argumentative and expository essays
  • Lab reports
  • Materials for presentations
  • Personal/Fellowship statements

What are the housing options for new students and returning students?

You are guaranteed on-campus housing during your entire time at Oxy. Students are required to live on campus for their first two years. As a first-year student you will have your roommates assigned, but you can choose who you live with in subsequent years. Rising juniors can apply to live off-campus during their third year at Oxy. Seniors are free to live on or off campus. For more information about residence halls you can visit the Residential Education & Housing Services website.

What training and practice facilities are available on campus?

The baseball field, bullpens and batting cages are open for members of the baseball team, or those trying out for the team as long as a coach is in the Spencer Field House office, usually from 8am – 6pm Monday through Friday. Weekend hours will vary.

Athletes have access to the varsity weight room for both team and individual workouts. Availability is subject to change based on team schedules.

Alumni Gymnasium is available for all Occidental Students:

Monday – Thursday:            6:30am – 10:30pm

Friday:                                    6:30am – 7:30pm

Saturday:                               8:00am – 6:00pm

Sunday:                                  11:00am – 7:00pm