University of California--Los Angeles

405 Hilgard Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90095 | (310) 825-4321

#21 (tie) in National Universities | Overall Score 78/100.0


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2018 Quick Stats

  • In-state Tuition & Fees $13,256 (2017-18)
  • Out-of-state Tuition & Fees $41,270 (2017-18)
  • Room and Board $15,441 (2017-18)
  • Total Enrollment 44,947
  • Application Deadline Nov. 30

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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 30,873, 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 2018 edition of Best Colleges is National Universities, 21. Its in-state tuition and fees are $13,256 (2017-18); out-of-state tuition and fees are $41,270 (2017-18).

Located in LA’s Westwood neighborhood, five miles from the Pacific Ocean, UCLA encompasses the College of Letters and Sciences and a number of graduate schools and programs, including the highly ranked Anderson School of Management, Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science, School of Law and David Geffen School of Medicine. 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. UCLA guarantees housing for three years and offers more than 800 student organizations, including media groups and around 60 Greek chapters, which represent about 13 percent of the student body. 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.

Questions & Answers

Is it hard to get accepted into UCLA?

Yes. UCLA’s acceptance rate for fall 2016 was 18 percent, according to U.S. News data. This means that fewer than 2 out of every 10 students who applied to UCLA that year gained admission. UCLA is very popular among prospective undergraduates – the university received more than 97,000 applications for fall 2016, according to U.S. News data.

What is the UCLA campus like?

UCLA’s Southern California campus spans more than 400 acres and is located on the coast. On average, 50 percent of students remain on campus over the weekend, according to U.S. News data, A busy walkway known as the Bruin Walk connects the residence halls to the heart of campus. For more information about what it’s like to attend UCLA, explore this road trip article and browse some photos of the campus.

What sports does UCLA participate in?

UCLA fields both men's and women's teams in basketball, cross country, golf, soccer, tennis, track and field, volleyball and water polo. Male athletes also compete in baseball and football, while women can also join beach volleyball, gymnastics, rowing, softball, and swimming and diving teams.

General Information

  • Public, Coed school type
  • 1919 year founded
  • N/A religious affiliation
  • Quarter academic calendar
  • Urban setting
  • $3.9 billion + 2016 endowment

School Mission and Unique Qualities

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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 216 undergraduate and graduate 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 two-thirds 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 10 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 (science, technology, engineering, and math) disciplines. 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. Students can connect with opportunities through programs at the Volunteer Center, through more than 220 student groups engaged in community service, or on Volunteer Day, which brings together 8,000 UCLA volunteers annually. UCLA also encourages students to study abroad -- more than 2,000 do so each year -- with more than 392 programs in 43 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.

2018 Rankings

University of California--Los Angeles is ranked #21 in National Universities. Schools are ranked according to their performance across a set of widely accepted indicators of excellence.

#21 (tie) in National Universities

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Undergraduate Information

Alumni Starting Salaries

Below are the median starting salaries by major for alumni of University of California--Los Angeles.

Median starting salary of alumni: $55,000* *

Median starting salary of alumni: * $55,000*

By major:

Social Sciences
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When applying to University of California--Los Angeles, it's important to note the application deadline is Nov. 30. The application fee at University of California--Los Angeles is $70. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due Jan. 15. It is most selective, with an acceptance rate of 18 percent.

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

Selectivity: Most selective 

Selectivity:  Most selective

Fall 2016 acceptance rate: 18% 

Fall 2016 acceptance rate:  18%

Application deadline: Nov. 30 

Application deadline:  Nov. 30

SAT/ACT scores must be received by: Jan. 15 

SAT/ACT scores must be received by:  Jan. 15

Priority application deadline:

Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at University of California--Los Angeles is 17:1, and the school has 56.6 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at University of California--Los Angeles include: Social Sciences; Psychology; Social Sciences; and Biological and Biomedical Sciences. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 97 percent.

Class sizes :
Classes with fewer than 20 students
50 or more

Student-faculty ratio: 17:1 

Student-faculty ratio:  17:1

4-year graduation rate: 74% 

4-year graduation rate:  74%

Student Life

University of California--Los Angeles has a total undergraduate enrollment of 30,873, with a gender distribution of 43 percent male students and 57 percent female students. In sports, University of California--Los Angeles is part of the NCAA I.

Student gender distribution:
57% Female

Total enrollment: 44,947 

Total enrollment:  44,947

Collegiate athletic association: NCAA I 

Collegiate athletic association:  NCAA I

Full-time degree-seeking students:

Cost & Financial Aid

At University of California--Los Angeles, 55 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid, and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $19,577.

Paying for college doesn't have to be difficult or devastating. Go to the Paying for College knowledge center to get advice on raising cash and reducing costs, or use the U.S. News 529 Finder to choose the best tax-advantaged college investment account for you.

Financial aid statistics:

In-state tuition and fees: $13,256 (2017-18) 

In-state tuition and fees:  $13,256 (2017-18)

Out-of-state tuition and fees: $41,270 (2017-18) 

Out-of-state tuition and fees:  $41,270 (2017-18)

Room and board: $15,441 (2017-18) 

Room and board:  $15,441 (2017-18)

Minimum credits per term a student can take for full-time tuition price:

Campus Safety

Campus safety data were reported by the institution to the U.S. Department of Education and have not been independently verified. The numbers for criminal offenses reflect reports of alleged offenses to campus security and/or law enforcement authorities, not necessarily prosecutions or convictions. Experts advise prospective students and their families to do their own research to evaluate the safety of a campus as well as the surrounding area.

Campus Services

University of California--Los Angeles offers a number of student services, including nonremedial tutoring, women's center, placement service, day care, health service, 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, controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc.). Of the students at University of California--Los Angeles, 17 percent have cars on campus.

Students who have cars on campus: 17% 

Students who have cars on campus:  17%

Health insurance offered: Yes 

Health insurance offered:  Yes

Nearest airports (miles):

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