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The University of California – Los Angeles, located in Los Angeles, California was founded in 1882 as the southern campus of the California State Normal School, originally located in what is now the Downtown Central Library, followed by a brief tenure on Vermont Avenue on what is now known as Los Angeles City College. UCLA is the second oldest campus of ten campuses that comprise the University of California system, having joined in 1919. UCLA is a public research university in the Los Angeles neighborhood of Westwood, with convenient access to a large part of Los Angeles' cultural facilities. The school is considered among the best public institutions in the country, offering an excellent undergraduate program along with a large number of graduate opportunities, serving nearly 40,000 students annually.


A number of residential complexes are available on campus, from student halls to university apartments. In addition, numerous recreation facilities such as the Marina Aquatic Center and the Sunset Canyon Recreation Center are made accessible for all students to promote wellness and healthy lifestyles. The school has over 160 buildings situated upon 419 acres of land in western Los Angeles, with structures utilizing a number of architectural styles. The school itself provides relatively easy access to main Los Angeles conduits, including Sunset Boulevard and 405 San Diego Freeway. Additionally, the school is relatively close to Santa Monica Beach and the Los Angeles coastline.


More than 300 programs are offered by several undergraduate departments and the Professional Schools of Architecture, Theater, Law, Public Affairs, the Samueli School of Engineering, and Anderson School of Management. Programs in Health Sciences are provided at the Geffen School of Medicine, the schools of Nursing and Dentistry. Research in Health Sciences are also conducted at the Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center and the Semel Institute for psychiatry and neuroscience. The UCLA Institute of the Environment consists of several research centers on climate change and environmental management. Among these are the La Kretz Center for California Conservation and the centers for Air Pollution and Exposure, Climate Change Solutions, Tropical Research, as well as the center for Corporate Environmental Performance.

Programs offered include:

Admissions and Financial Aid

UCLA uses a variety of admission criterion to determine whether or not a student will be admitted, including test scores, GPA, class rank, strength of one's high school curriculum, particularly during senior year, courses taken on top of standard requirements, if the student took advanced placement or other high level classes, and participation in academic activities over long periods of time. Students will also supply a personal statement that will provide the college with one's background and abilities, and is used in conjunction with the above material to make a final determination. Admitted students will be notified through a packet providing the information necessary to begin one's academic career.

Financial aid is available in the form of loans, grants, scholarships and work study programs available at the state and federal level. Students in need of financial assistance will obtain a federal PIN and submit a completed Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), the resulting student aid report (SAR) from which will be used by the financial aid office to calculate need, identify aid program eligibility, and determine monetary awards. Students may also be eligible for academic merit or athletic scholarships offered by the school. Individuals may also apply for external scholarships which offer awards for a variety of reasons. Financial aid must be reapplied for at the start of each academic year, and students may be asked to provide additional financial documentation to the financial aid office to ensure their SAR is accurate prior to the disbursement of funds.


The university is also known for the UCLA Bruins and participates in intercollegiate athletics through the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) in the Division 1A Pacific 10 Conference. As of 2009, UCLA holds the most number of team championships in the NCAA. Intercollegiate athletics provide students a forum for healthy competition, allowing the development of skills such as discipline and teamwork, providing good health habits and allowing individuals to feel the bonds of camaraderie formed through the successes and failures one experiences when working with others toward a singular goal. Students interested in participation in an athletic program should visit the athletic department for tryout dates and relevant forms.

Athletic programs offered:

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • Rowing
  • Soccer Softball
  • Swimming and Diving
  • Tennis
  • Track and Field
  • Volleyball
  • Water Polo

Student Life

Student life involves many UCLA traditions including the annual Dance Marathon for the Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation, the Jazz Reggae Festival on Memorial Day, and the Unicamp summer program for children of Los Angeles which is organized and spearheaded by hundreds of UCLA student volunteers. New events are also held throughout the year, encouraging students to participate in extracurricular activities and maintain an active social life. C, showcases, theatrical performances, and other such events are held on campus throughout the year, as are intramural sport activities which allow students on campus to engage in friendly competition with one another. Students may also enroll in one or more of the 800 clubs and organizations available on campus, participating in a group atmosphere related to topics of personal interest. Interested students should contact the Department of Student Affairs for assistance in finding clubs, intramural participation, and other events on campus.

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Admission Requirements & Details

The admission details below may give you an idea of the students UCLA accepts. The details may include application requirements and recommendations, SAT/ACT scores of students that were accepted, as well as any AP college credits that may be transferred. This information can be used to get a better idea of your chances of getting accepted to UCLA.

Admission Requirements & Recommendations

  • High School G.P.A. and School Records are Required
  • SAT or ACT Test Scores are Required
  • TOEFL for ESL Students are Recommended

College Credits Accepted

  • Dual Credits
  • AP Course Credits

Admissions Test Scores - SAT Exam, ACT Exam, etc...

SAT ® scores for students that were accepted Fall 2010

 Score Range (25th to 75th Percentile)
SAT ® Critical Reading570 - 680
SAT ® Math610 - 740
SAT ® Writing580 - 710
SAT ® Total Score1760 - 2130

ACT ® scores for students that were accepted Fall 2010

 Score Range (25th to 75th Percentile)
ACT ® English25 - 32
ACT ® Math26 - 33
ACT ® Composite Score25 - 31

Acceptance Rate Table - Chances of Getting Into UCLA

We have provided a table below which represents your chance for admission at University of California - Los Angeles.

 Number (Percentage)
Granted Admissions15,719 (26%)
Accepted Students That Enrolled4,636 (29%)

Student Enrollment

The total student enrollment at University of California - Los Angeles is about 38,000, with undergraduate students making up about 69% of the total student population and graduate students making up the rest.

Estimated Costs & Financial Aid

The average "out of pocket" cost of attendance, after any grants and scholarships are considered, is around $14,500. To calculate a more personalized cost visit the net price calculator. There is also a $60 application fee for students applying to the school. The figures listed below are for informational purposes only and do not represent current or future tuition, fees, and expenses.

Tuition & Fees Information

  • Annual tuition range estimates:
    • State Residents: $11,000-$13,000
    • Out-of-State: $34,000-$40,920
  • The estimated cost for on campus housing and meals is around $17,000, which includes nineteen meals provided every week

University of California - Los Angeles operates several professional schools that manage the various programs, curriculums, research facilities, and more. Listed below are the professional schools along with their estimated annual tuition:

  • Dental School (Tuition: $35,000/yr)
  • Medical School (Tuition: $31,000/yr)
  • Law School (Tuition: $43,000/yr)

Financial Aid Details

The table below breaks down the types of financial aid, the percent of students receiving aid, and average amount of aid per student per year.

 Percent of StudentsAverage Amount
Any Financial Aid71%-
Receiving Grants & Scholarships61%$15,117
Receiving Student Loans38%$5,649

Note: The estimated default rate of students taking federal student loans in 2009 was around 2%.

Academics & Student Services

Student Services

To help students and alumni, University of California - Los Angeles may provide services like those listed below:

  • Online classes
  • Counseling assistance
  • Employing students to lower education costs
  • Assisting students to find work
  • Day care for children

Graduation Rates

With a very high graduation rate of around 90%, University of California - Los Angeles is among the most successful schools in the area.

Number of Year to GraduatePercent of Entering Class
Students Graduating in 4 Years68%
Graduating in 5 Years20%
Graduating in 6 Years2%

Specialized Programs & Accreditations

  • Law Program (more info)
  • Endodontics Program
  • Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology Program
  • Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Program
  • Orthodontics & Dentofacial Orthopedics Program
  • Orthodontics & Pediatric Dentistry Program
  • Periodontics Program
  • Prosthodontics Program
  • Clinical Psychology (Ph.D.) Program
  • Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) & Supervisory CPE Program
  • Health Services Administration Program
  • Bachelor's Degree in Nursing (BSN) Program (more info)
  • Nursing (MSN, DSN) Program (more info)
  • Master's in Public Health (M.P.H.) Program (more info)
  • Medical (M.D.) Program (more info)
  • Theatre Program

Intercollegiate Athletics

UCLA is a Member of National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), with many of the sports being in the NCAA Division I-A classification. The most popular sports played are listed below:

  • Baseball (Pac-10 Conference)
  • Basketball (Pac-10 Conference)
  • Track and Field (Pac-10 Conference)
  • Football (Pac-10 Conference)
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • Rowing
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming and Diving
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball
  • Water Polo

Programs Offered

The program list below is organized by areas of study. The programs that have a link will direct you to the program's profile page where you can learn more about education requirements and career pathways.

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(C) Certificate or Award | (A) Associate's | (B) Bachelor's | (M) Master's Degree | (D) Doctorate (Ph.D.,M.D.,...)

Business and Marketing Studies

Social Sciences


  • Psychology (B, C, D, M)
  • Physiological Psychology, Psychobiology (B)


Legal Professions and Studies

  • Law (D)
  • Programs for Foreign Lawyers (M)
  • Legal Research and Advanced Professional Studies (D)

English Language and Literature

  • English (B, C, D, M)
  • American Literature (B)

Biological and Biomedical Sciences

  • Physiology (B, M)
  • Biology (B, C, D, M)
  • Biochemistry (B, D, M)
  • Microbiological Sciences and Immunology (B, D, M)
  • Neuroscience (B, D)
  • Molecular Biology (B, C, D)
  • Molecular Biochemistry (C, D, M)
  • Ecology (B)
  • Molecular Biology (D)
  • Marine Biology (B)
  • Biostatistics (D, M)
  • Biomathematics and Bioinformatics (B, D, M)
  • Molecular Pharmacology (D, M)
  • Epidemiology (D, M)
  • Biophysics (B, D, M)
  • Pathology, Experimental Pathology (D)
  • Molecular Physiology (D)
  • Neurobiology and Neurophysiology (C, D)
  • Human Genetics (D)
  • Molecular Toxicology (D)
  • Bioinformatics (M)


Interdisciplinary Studies

  • Interdisciplinary Studies (B, D, M)
  • Global Studies (B)
  • Cognitive Science (B)
  • Ancient Mediterranean, Near Eastern Studies and Archaeology (B)

Mathematics and Statistics

  • Math (B, C, D, M)
  • Applied Mathematics (B)
  • Statistics (B, C, D, M)
  • Computational Mathematics (B)


Health and Clinical Professions

Visual and Performing Arts

  • Art History (B, D, M)
  • Film Studies (B, C, D, M)
  • Drama (B, C, D, M)
  • Fine Arts and Art Studies (B)
  • Design and Applied Arts (B, M)
  • Art Studies (B, M)
  • Music (B, C, D, M)
  • Musicology and Ethnomusicology (B, C, D, M)
  • Music History, Literature, and Theory (B)
  • Dance (M)

Public Administration and Social Services

Philosophy and Religious Studies

Computer and Information Sciences

Library Science

  • Library Science (M)

Natural Resources and Conservation


Ethnic Cultural and Gender Studies

  • Womens Studies (B, D, M)
  • Chicano Studies (B)
  • East Asian Studies (B, M)
  • Asian Civilization Studies (B)
  • Area Studies (B)
  • Asian-American Studies (B, M)
  • African-American Studies (B, M)
  • Latin American Studies (B, M)
  • European Civilization Studies (B)
  • Native American Studies (B, M)
  • African Studies (M)
  • Ethnic, Cultural Minority and Gender Studies (B)
  • Russian Studies (B)
  • Southeast Asian Studies (B)

Physical Sciences

  • Chemistry (B, C, D, M)
  • Physics (B, D, M)
  • Geology (B, C, D, M)
  • Atmospheric Sciences and Meteorology (B, C, D, M)
  • Astrophysics (B)
  • Geochemistry (C, D, M)
  • Geophysics and Seismology (B, D, M)
  • Astronomy (D, M)
  • Materials Science (B)
  • Geological and Earth Sciences, Geosciences (B)

Foreign Languages and Literature

  • Linguistic and Comparative Language Studies and Services (B, D)
  • Linguistics (B, C, D, M)
  • Spanish Language and Literature (B, M)
  • French Language and Literature (B, C, D, M)
  • Japanese Language and Literature (B)
  • Comparative Literature (B, C, D, M)
  • East Asian Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics (C, D, M)
  • Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics (B, C, D)
  • Chinese Language and Literature (B)
  • Italian Language and Literature (B, C, D, M)
  • Middle Eastern and Semitic Languages, Literatures and Linguistics (C, D, M)
  • Arabic Language and Literature (B)
  • Classical Languages, Literatures and Linguistics (B, C, D, M)
  • Germanic Languages, Literatures and Linguistics (C, D, M)
  • Korean Language and Literature (B)
  • Russian Language and Literature (B)
  • Slavic Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics (B, C, D)
  • Portuguese Language and Literature (B, M)
  • German Language and Literature (B)

Liberal Arts and Sciences

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