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University of California--Los Angeles

#20 in National UniversitiesLos Angeles, CA

Los Angeles, CA

University of California—Los Angeles is a public institution that was founded in 1919. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 31,636 (fall 2020), 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 2022 edition of Best Colleges is National Universities, #20. Its in-state tuition and fees are $13,268; out-of-state tuition and fees are $43,022.

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 and Television, and School of Dentistry. The Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center is one of the top-ranked hospitals in the country.

UCLA’s Southern California campus spans more than 400 acres and is located near the coast. A busy walkway known as the Bruin Walk connects the residence halls to the heart of campus. UCLA guarantees students housing for three years. The school offers more than 1,000 student organizations, including media groups and more than 65 Greek chapters, which represent about 13% of the student body.

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. The UCLA Bruins compete in the Pac-12 Conference of NCAA’s Division I and are well known for their water polo teams.


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University of California--Los Angeles's 2022 Rankings

University of California--Los Angeles is ranked #20 in National Universities. Schools are ranked according to their performance across a set of widely accepted indicators of excellence.

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University of California--Los Angeles Admissions

University of California--Los Angeles admissions is most selective with an acceptance rate of 14%. Half the applicants admitted to University of California--Los Angeles have an SAT score between 1290 and 1520 or an ACT score of 29 and 34. However, one quarter of admitted applicants achieved scores above these ranges and one quarter scored below these ranges. The application deadline is Nov. 30 and the application fee at University of California--Los Angeles is $70.

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Academic Life at University of California--Los Angeles

The student-faculty ratio at University of California--Los Angeles is 18:1, and the school has 48% of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at University of California--Los Angeles include: Social Sciences; Biological and Biomedical Sciences; Psychology; Mathematics and Statistics; Engineering; Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies; Visual and Performing Arts; English Language and Literature/Letters; and History. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 96%.

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Student Life at University of California--Los Angeles

University of California--Los Angeles has a total undergraduate enrollment of 31,636 (fall 2020), with a gender distribution of 41% male students and 59% female students. At this school, 48% of the students live in college-owned, -operated or -affiliated housing and 52% of students live off campus. In sports, University of California--Los Angeles is part of the NCAA I.

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University of California--Los Angeles Tuition & Financial Aid

At University of California--Los Angeles, 46% of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid, and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $18,898.

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University of California--Los Angeles Campus

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.).

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