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University of California--Los Angeles is a public institution that was founded in 1919. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 27,199, its setting is urban, and the campus size is 419 acres. It utilizes a quarter-based academic calendar. University of California--Los Angeles's ranking in the 2013 edition of Best Colleges is National Universities, 24. Its in-state tuition and fees are $12,692 (2012-13); out-of-state tuition and fees are $35,570 (2012-13).
The University of California—Los Angeles, commonly referred to as UCLA, is located in the Westwood neighborhood of L.A., just five miles from the Pacific Ocean. UCLA guarantees housing for two years. Students can join any of the more than 600 student organizations, including 60 or so Greek chapters, which represent about 13 percent of the student body. The university has a number of student media groups including a newspaper, magazine, and radio and TV stations. The UCLA Bruins compete in the Pac-12 Conference of NCAA’s Division I and are well known for their successful men’s and women’s water polo teams. The Bruins’ football team plays its home games at the famous Rose Bowl stadium in nearby Pasadena.
UCLA encompasses the College of Letters and Sciences and a number of graduate schools and programs, including the highly ranked Anderson School of Management, Graduate School of Education and Information Studies, Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science, School of Law, David Geffen School of Medicine, School of Public Affairs, School of Nursing, and School of Public Health. UCLA also has a prestigious School of Theater, Film & Television and School of Dentistry. The Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center is one of the top-ranked hospitals in the country. Notable alumni include former NBA star Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, singer-songwriter Sara Bareilles, and actor Sean Astin, best know for his portrayal of Sam Gamgee in The Lord of the Rings film trilogy.
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UCLA offers immediate, first-year access to a virtually limitless selection of studies that only a world-class university can provide. UCLA's strength is its size, allowing for unimagined diversity, unmatched breadth and depth of scholarship, and limitless possibility -- 127 majors, 3,600 undergraduate courses taught by more than 4,000 faculty, and more than 800 student organizations. More than 30 of UCLA's academic programs rank among the top 20 in their fields, representing all the most popular undergraduate majors. Yet almost 70% of undergraduate classes have fewer than 30 students. Two hundred Fiat Lux Seminars taught by top faculty provide a small-group setting and give freshmen priority enrollment. The undergraduate experience can begin with participation in a year-long Freshman Cluster, a stimulating team-taught exploration of one of ten challenging interdisciplinary topics. Undergraduates can conduct research in close collaboration with UCLA scholars as early as their freshman year. The Honors Program provides an enriched educational experience through interdisciplinary seminars, engaging classroom presentations, individualized mentoring, and special honors courses designed to encourage and reward critical thinking. At UCLA, community service is a cornerstone of undergraduate education; students can participate in local, state, or national programs that integrate volunteer opportunities with academic coursework. In 2010-11, 28,000 UCLA students performed community service. UCLA encourages students to study abroad, and more than 2,000 do so each year. UCLA offers more arts and cultural programs than many cities, and students can choose from more than 1,000 events annually. UCLA students are known for their optimism and sense of possibility. At this forward-thinking university, their opportunities are not limited by tradition or by typical boundaries between fields of study. They are free to set their sights high and then reach them.
|School type||public, coed college|
When applying to University of California--Los Angeles, it's important to note the application deadline is November 30. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due January 15. The application fee at University of California--Los Angeles is $70. It is most selective, with an acceptance rate of 25.5 percent.
For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.
|Fall 2011 acceptance rate||25.5%|
|Application deadline||November 30|
|SAT/ACT scores must be received by||January 15|
The student-faculty ratio at University of California--Los Angeles is 17:1, and the school has 50.9 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at University of California--Los Angeles include: Political Science and Government, General; Psychology, General; History, General; Economics, General; and Sociology. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 97.0 percent.
|4-year graduation rate||68|
|Five most popular majors for 2011 graduates|
University of California--Los Angeles has a total undergraduate enrollment of 27,199, with a gender distribution of 45.2 percent male students and 54.8 percent female students. At this school, 45.0 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 55.0 percent of students live off campus. University of California--Los Angeles is part of the NCAA I athletic conference.
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|Collegiate athletic association||NCAA I|
Campus Info & Services
University of California--Los Angeles offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, women's center, placement service, day care, health service, and health insurance. University of California--Los Angeles also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, student patrols, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Of the students at University of California--Los Angeles, 14 percent have cars on campus.
|Students who have cars on campus||14%|
|Health insurance offered||Yes|
|Students required to own/lease a computer||No|
Paying for School
At University of California--Los Angeles, 56.1 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $16,659.
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|In-state tuition and fees||$12,692 (2012-13)|
|Out-of-state tuition and fees||$35,570 (2012-13)|
|Room and board||$14,232 (2012-13)|
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* Overview details based on 2011 data