UCLA Admissions

SAT Scores, Acceptance Rate, Financial Aid & More

Royce Hall at UCLA
Royce Hall at UCLA ( UCLA Campus Photo Tour). Photo Credit: Marisa Benjamin

With an acceptance rate of 16 percent, UCLA is one of the most selective public universities in the country. The great majority of admitted students have grades up in the "A" range, and SAT and ACT scores tend to be well above average. The university does have holistic admissions, so strong extracurricular involvement is important, and you'll want to demonstrate the breadth and depth of your interests with your four personal insight essays.

To see how you measure up at UCLA, you can calculate your chances of getting in with this free tool from Cappex.

Admissions Data (2017)

UCLA Description

Located on an attractive 419-acre campus in Los Angeles' Westwood Village just 8 miles from the Pacific Ocean, UCLA sits on a piece of prime real estate. With over 4,000 teaching faculty and 25,000 undergraduates, the university has a bustling and vibrant academic environment. Strengths in liberal arts and sciences earned UCLA a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, and research strenghts earned it membership in the Association of American Universities. UCLA is part of the University of California system, and it stands as one of the top-ranked public universities in the country. Not surprisingly, UCLA also made my lists of the top California colleges and top West Coast colleges. On the athletic front, the UCLA Bruins compete in the NCAA Division I Pacific 12 Conference. The university fields 21 intercollegiate sports.

Enrollment (2017)

  • Total Enrollment: 44,027 (31,002 undergraduates)
  • Gender Breakdown: 43 percent male / 57 percent female
  • 98 percent full-time

Costs (2017 - 18)

  • Tuition and Fees: $13,261 (in-state); $41,275 (out-of-state)
  • Books: $1,171 (why so much?)
  • Room and Board: $15,441
  • Other Expenses: $4,028
  • Total Cost: $33,901 (in-state); $61,915 (out-of-state)

UCLA Financial Aid (2016 - 17)

  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Aid: 65 percent
  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 56 percent
    • Loans: 33 percent
  • Average Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $20,011
    • Loans: $5,912

Academic Programs

Graduation and Retention Rates

  • First Year Student Retention (full-time students): 97 percent
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 75 percent
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 91 percent

Intercollegiate Athletic Programs

  • Men's Sports: Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Football, Golf, Soccer, Tennis, Track & Field, Volleyball, Water Polo
  • Women's Sports: Basketball, Beach Volleyball, Cross Country, Golf, Gymnastics, Rowing, Soccer, Softball, Swimming & Diving, Tennis, Track & Field, Volleyball, Water Polo

If You Like UCLA, You May Also Like These Schools

Applicants to UCLA are often drawn to large, selective public universities in warm locations. Schools that fit these criteria include UCSD, Cal State Long Beach, UC Santa Cruz, and Cal State Fullerton. UCSD is the most selective of these four schools. Further north, UC Berkeley tends to rank equal to or slightly above UCLA among the University of California schools. 

If you're interested in private universities, be sure to look at the University of Southern California, the University of San Diego, and Pepperdine University. It is also not unusual for UCLA applicants to apply to some of the prestigious Ivy League schools on the east coast of the country.

Data Source: National Center for Education Statistics