University of California Los Angeles (UCLA)

About University of California Los Angeles

The University of California Los Angeles' 'Southern Branch' was founded as a teaching college in 1919. It was renamed the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) in 1927, and two years later, it opened its Westwood campus with 5,500 students.

The London Times Higher Education ranks UCLA 13th in the world, and in its 2013 listing of the nation's best schools, U.S. News & World Report ranked UCLA 24th. UCLA has produced 11 Nobel Prize winners and 12 Rhodes Scholars, and technology developed at UCLA is responsible for the creation of over 100 companies.


UCLA is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities. Undergraduate students can choose from 125 majors offered through the School of the Arts and Architecture, the Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science, the School of Nursing and the School of Theater, Film and Television. Many majors are also offered through the College of Letters and Science, which houses five divisions: Social Sciences, Humanities, Physical Sciences, Life Sciences and Undergraduate Education.


The most applied-to university in America, UCLA received over 72,000 freshman applications for Fall 2012. The majority of them came from California residents (51,780), while 10,288 applications came from other states, and 9,486 were from international applicants. While over 71% of applicants were California residents, just under 18% of them were admitted. Of the out-of-state applicants, about 30% were admitted, and approximately 33% of the international applicants were admitted. Of all freshmen admitted for Fall 2012, 92.7% had a GPA of 4.0 or higher on the 5-point scale that the school uses to account for honors classes. Less than 1% of the admitted students had a fully weighted GPA below 3.0.

Nearly half of admitted freshmen for Fall 2012 had composite SAT scores between 2,100 and 2,400. Just over 35% had scores between 1,800 and 2,090, and about 13% of admitted freshmen had scores between 1,500 and 1,790. Less than 4% of students admitted had SAT composite scores of 1,490 or below. ACT composite scores of 30 and above were reported for slightly more than 62% of those admitted, while more than 21% of accepted students had scores between 26 and 29. Over 11% of the admitted applicants had scores between 22 and 25. Only 5% of those admitted had composite ACT scores of 21 or lower.

The application period for Fall 2012 admissions opened on November 1st and closed on November 30th, and no early decision option was offered. New applicants are not accepted for the Winter and Spring quarters. Applicants must use the University of California Application for Admission and Scholarships form, which allows applicants to express interest in as many as nine University of California campuses at once.

Tuition & Financial Aid

Costs for the 2012-2013 school year for a California resident living in a residence hall were estimated to be $12,686 for tuition and fees, $1,318 for health insurance, $1,521 for books and supplies, $14,208 for room and board, $786 for transportation and $1,383 for personal expenses. Non-residents living in residence halls paid the same costs, plus an additional tuition charge of $22,878. Off-campus apartment living was estimated to reduce the cost of room and board by nearly $4,000.

Some form of grant or scholarship aid was received by 61% of full-time beginning undergraduate students for 2010-2011, and the average award amount was $15,117. About 58% of full-time beginning undergraduate students received grants or scholarships directly from the institution, and the average amount was $7,649.

School Type Public, 4-year**
Degrees Offered Bachelor's degree, master's degree, post-master's certificate, doctoral degree**
Religious Affiliation None***
Academic Calendar Quarters*
School Setting Large city**
Student Body 39,271 (27,199 undergraduates) in 2011**
Student Housing 94% of freshmen live on campus*
Schools and Programs 13 schools and colleges, almost 150 departments and 125 undergraduate majors*
Student-Faculty Ratio 16 to 1**
Most Popular Fields of Study by Degree Level (Number of Recipients) In 2010-2011:
Bachelor's: Political science and government, general (565)
Master's: Business administration and management, general (702)**
Undergraduate Graduation Rates 68% in 4 years, 90% in 6 years, 91% in 8 years (students who began in Fall 2005)**
Admission Rate 21.3% in Fall 2012*
Entering Class Size 4,640 in Fall 2010**
First-Year Retention Rates 97% for full-time undergraduate students and 50% for part-time undergraduate students starting in Fall 2010**
SAT Score of Admitted Students Nearly half scored 2,100 or higher (Fall 2012)*
Application Due Date November 30th for Fall 2012 admissions (undergraduates)*
Decision Notification Date March 23rd for freshman applicants, April 20th for undergraduate transfer students*
Undergraduate Tuition $31,902 for residents and $54,780 for non-residents (total on-campus budget for 2012-2013)*
Financial Aid Sources Available (Percent of Undergraduates Receiving It) Grant or scholarship aid (61%), Pell grants (36%), federal student loans (38%) - 2010-2011**
Percent of Undergraduates Receiving Some Form of Aid 55% in 2011*

Sources: *University of California Los Angeles, **National Center for Education Statistics, ***U.S. News & World Report.

School Contact Information

  • Address: UCLA Undergraduate Admissions and Relations with Schools (UARS), 1147 Murphy Hall, Box 951436, Los Angeles, CA 90095-1436
  • Phone: (310) 825-3101
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