Occidental College was founded in 1887 and is one of the oldest liberal arts colleges on the West Coast.
Socialist activist Caroline Boss, socialist and feminist activist Susan Coll (then Susan Keselenko) and Barack Obama took classes from Professor Roger Boesche who is also a socialist and a proponent of John Rawls' book, A Theory of Justice.
- Steve Coll, President of the New America Foundation and an Occidental trustee
- Rick Cole was a socialist activist at Occidental College in the late 1970s
- Julie Bunn was a socialist leader at Occidental College in the late 1970s.