@AbyssmalArteries I wouldn’t see its a hippy school. In comparison, Grinnell (a school I was considering along with Oxy) definitely had a more hippie, alternative, “granola”-y vibe (if you didn’t reject the capitalist machine, you’d stand out sort of thing). I consider myself somewhat intellectual and quirky, but I wouldn’t label myself hippy, hipster, or preppy. There are definitely weird/quirky kids, but they do not define the atmosphere of the college (unlike the “granola” atmosphere of schools like Oberlin, with Bennington/Hampshire at the extreme). There is a weekly publication of Arts-related stuff going on around campus, and the school brings in around 2-3 local artists to Oxy every week. There are also film series (I attend the German-Russian movie series on Thursday evenings) put on by different departments and clubs if you’re interested in that sort of thing.
Regarding @Emsmom1’s question, there are a fair number of fiscal conservatives/libertarians and a handful of Trump supporters. There is an Oxy Conservatives club, but I don’t think they are particularly active (I’ve been to a few Oxy Democrats meetings). However, some people find the “PC” nature of the campus upsetting (people are encouraged to say their gender pronouns, use words like Latinx, etc.). But I think you’ll find the same atmosphere at Barnard, Berkeley, etc. Ironically, Oxy used to be a fairly white, Republican institution only 40-50 years ago – so despite the incredible financial success of many alumni, our endowment remains relatively small since many older alums are reluctant to donate to a visibly liberal institution.