University of California--Los Angeles

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405 Hilgard Avenue

Los Angeles, CA 90095

Phone: (310) 825-4321
2013-2014 Tuition
male /
Nov. 30
application deadline

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#23 Overall Score: 76 out of 100. National Universities

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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 27,941, 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 2014 edition of Best Colleges is National Universities, 23. Its in-state tuition and fees are $12,696 (2013-14); out-of-state tuition and fees are $35,574 (2013-14).

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 three years. Students can join any of the more than 800 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.

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

UCLA offers virtually unlimited opportunities for inquiry, discovery, and education -- and yet is a close community that provides a real sense of belonging. The campus is home to world-renowned faculty who teach in more than 125 majors, with more than two dozen of these academic programs ranked among the top 20 in their disciplines. The faculty provide more than 5,000 courses annually, with almost 70% of undergraduate classes having fewer than 30 students. The undergraduate experience can begin with a year-long Freshman Cluster Course, a stimulating team-taught exploration of one of 11 challenging interdisciplinary topics. In addition, 200 Fiat Lux Seminars where freshmen have priority enrollment are taught by senior faculty in small-group settings of approximately 20 students. Undergraduates also conduct research as early as their freshman year, with more than half of UCLA students graduating with research experience in the humanities, social sciences, and STEM disciplines (science, technology, engineering, and math). Outside the classroom, UCLA offers more than 1,000 student organizations providing students with ample opportunity to explore their interests, express their opinions, and have their voices heard. Community service is a cornerstone of undergraduate education at UCLA. In 2011-12, almost 17,000 UCLA students performed community service. UCLA also encourages students to study abroad -- more than 2,400 do so each year -- with more than 275 programs in 39 countries. UCLA is home to leading research centers and institutes, top performing arts programs, an elite Division I athletics program, and the preeminent hospital in the Western United States. No other university can match such a diverse mix of academic excellence and life experience. UCLA is the place where students can believe there are no barriers -- and learn how to prove it.

General Information

School type public, coed college
Year founded 1919
Religious affiliation N/A
Academic calendar quarter
Setting urban
2012 Endowment $2,608,958,000


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 22 percent.

For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.

Selectivity most selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 22.0%
Application deadline November 30
SAT/ACT scores must be received by January 15

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at University of California--Los Angeles is 16:1, and the school has 50 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 96.8 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 16:1
4-year graduation rate 71%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Political Science and Government, General 8%
Psychology, General 7%
History, General 6%
Economics, General 5%
Sociology 5%

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Student Life

University of California--Los Angeles has a total undergraduate enrollment of 27,941, with a gender distribution of 45.2 percent male students and 54.8 percent female students. At this school, 34.9 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 65.1 percent of students live off campus. University of California--Los Angeles is part of the NCAA I athletic conference.

Total enrollment 41,341
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Collegiate athletic association NCAA I

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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

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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 $17,369.

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In-state tuition and fees $12,696 (2013-14)
Out-of-state tuition and fees $35,574 (2013-14)
Room and board $14,453 (2013-14)
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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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