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

UCLA Admissions Overview:

With an acceptance rate of 18% in 2016, UCLA has a highly selective admissions and 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 and winning UC application essays can help improve your chances.

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Admissions Data (2016):

Explore the Campus

UCLA Photo Tour

UCLA Description:

Located on 419 acres 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 (2016):

  • Total Enrollment: 43,548 (30,873 undergraduates)
  • Gender Breakdown: 43% Male / 57% Female
  • 98% Full-time

Costs (2016 - 17):

  • Tuition and Fees: $12,920 (in-state); $39,602 (out-of-state)
  • Books: $1,636 (why so much?)
  • Room and Board: $15,069
  • Other Expenses: $4,431
  • Total Cost: $34,056 (in-state); $60,738 (out-of-state)

UCLA Financial Aid (2015 - 16):

  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Aid: 64%
  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 55%
    • Loans: 33%
  • Average Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $19,693
    • Loans: $6,314

Academic Programs:

Graduation and Retention Rates:

  • First Year Student Retention (full-time students): 96%
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 74%
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 91%

Intercollegiate Athletic Programs:

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

Data Source

National Center for Educational Statistics

Admissions Profiles for Other UC Campuses:

Berkeley | Davis | Irvine | Los Angeles | Merced | Riverside | San Diego | Santa Barbara | Santa Cruz

More Information on the University of California System:

Schools You May Be Interested In Outside of the UC System:

UCLA Mission Statement:

See the complete mission statement at http://www.ucla.edu/about/mission-and-values

UCLA's primary purpose as a public research university is the creation, dissemination, preservation and application of knowledge for the betterment of our global society. To fulfill this mission, UCLA is committed to academic freedom in its fullest terms: We value open access to information, free and lively debate conducted with mutual respect for individuals, and freedom from intolerance. In all of our pursuits, we strive at once for excellence and diversity, recognizing that openness and inclusion produce true quality. These values underlie our three institutional responsibilities.

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