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University of California - Los Angeles Overview

Located in Los Angeles, California, University of California - Los Angeles is a public institution. The surrounding area of the school is a good match for students who enjoy city life.

What Is University of California - Los Angeles Known For?

9,069 Undergraduate Awards
$46,968 Avg Cost After Aid
16% Acceptance Rate
  • Students at UCLA have an easier time paying back their loans. The school's student loan default rate is only 1%, compared to the national rate of 10.1%.
  • Although it may not be available for every major, the doctor's degree is the highest award a student can attain at UCLA.
  • For the 2017-2018 academic year, 70% of the faculty were full-time.
  • Students who graduate from UCLA with a bachelor's degree make about $60,700 a year. That's 49% more than those who graduate from other schools.
  • It takes the average UCLA student 4.2 years to graduate. This is pretty good when compared to the national rate of 4.4 years.

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University of California - Los Angeles Rankings

We have ranked UCLA as #204 out of 2,320 colleges and universities in the country in our 2021 Best Colleges list. This puts it in the top 10% of all schools in the nation. It is also ranked #18 out of 220 schools in California.

These rankings may look different from those published by other outlets, because we use an outcomes-based approach rather than a subjective one. We get our data from a number of places, including the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and the College Scorecard. For more information, check out our rankings and methodology page.

UCLA has also been awarded the following overall awards by our latest rankings.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#15 Most Popular Doctor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#18 Most Popular Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#24 Most Popular Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#47 Best Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Program Level Awards

These are highlights of some of the most noteworthy awards granted to specific programs at UCLA.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#1 Best Advanced Dentistry & Oral Sciences Doctor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#4 Best General Engineering Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#4 Best Business/Managerial Economics Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#6 Best Social Work Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#11 Best Management Sciences & Quantitative Methods Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#15 Best Business, Management & Marketing Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#18 Best Public Health Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#19 Best Business Administration & Management Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#20 Best Public Administration & Social Service Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#20 Best Visual & Performing Arts Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Awards From Around the Web

The following table lists some notable awards UCLA has earned from around the web.

Rank Ranking Name Source
#3 Best Colleges for Philosophy & Religious Studies College Factual
#6 Best Colleges for Psychology College Factual
#8 Best Colleges for Biological & Biomedical Sciences College Factual
#16 Best Colleges for Social Sciences College Factual
#19 Best Colleges for English Language & Literature College Factual
#39 Best Business Schools Business Degree Central

Where Is University of California - Los Angeles?

Location of University of California - Los Angeles

Contact details for UCLA are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 405 Hilgard Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90095-1405
Phone: 310-825-4321
Website: www.ucla.edu/
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/uclabruins
Twitter: http://twitter.com/ucla

How Do I Get Into UCLA?

You can apply to UCLA online at: admission.universityofcalifornia.edu/apply-now.html

Admission Requirements for UCLA

Submission Required?
High School GPA required
High School Rank neither required nor recommended
High School Transcript required
College Prep Program required
Recommendations neither required nor recommended
SAT or ACT Scores required
TOEFL recommended

How Hard Is It To Get Into UCLA?

16% Acceptance Rate
57% Of Accepted Are Women
76% Submit SAT Scores
If you plan to apply to UCLA, make sure you don't wait until the last minute to fill out your application. The school is one of the most selective in the United States and has a low acceptance rate of 16%. If you are admitted, that's something to brag about!

Approximately 43% of accepted students are men and 57% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 15%, and the acceptance rate for women is 17%.

Average Test Scores

About 76% of students accepted to UCLA submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 620 and 710. Math scores were between 600 and 740.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for University of California - Los Angeles  ( 620 to 710 )
200
800

SAT Math Scores for University of California - Los Angeles  ( 600 to 740 )
200
800
UCLA received ACT scores from 62% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT English scores ranged between 28 and 35. Math scores were between 27 and 34. Composite scores were between 29 and 34.

ACT English Scores for University of California - Los Angeles  ( 28 to 35 )
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36
ACT Math Scores for University of California - Los Angeles  ( 27 to 34 )
1
36
ACT Composite Scores for University of California - Los Angeles  ( 29 to 34 )
1
36

Can I Afford University of California - Los Angeles?

$46,968 Net Price
32% Take Out Loans
1.3% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of UCLA is $46,968. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group.

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.

Student Loan Debt

While almost two-thirds of students nationwide take out loans to pay for college, the percentage may be quite different for the school you plan on attending. At UCLA, approximately 32% of students took out student loans averaging $6,352 a year. That adds up to $25,408 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at UCLA is 1.3%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

University of California - Los Angeles Undergraduate Student Diversity

30,969 Full-Time Undergraduates
59% Women
60% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 31,543 undergraduate students at UCLA, with 30,969 being full-time and 574 being part-time.

 Full-Time vs. Part-Time Undergraduate Students at  UCLA

There are also 12,828 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 30,969 full-time undergraduates at UCLA, 41% are male and 59% are female.

Undergraduate Student Gender Diversity at  UCLA

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of University of California - Los Angeles students is as follows.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of UCLA Undergraduate Students
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 8,640
Black or African American 1,043
Hispanic or Latino 6,971
White 8,123
International Students 3,434
Other Races/Ethnicities 2,758

Geographic Diversity

California students aren't the only ones who study at University of California - Los Angeles. At this time, 46 states are represented by the student population at the school.

Over 128 countries are represented at UCLA. The most popular countries sending students to the school are China, South Korea, and India.

Online Learning at University of California - Los Angeles

338 Took All Classes Online
2,626 Took At Least One Class Online
15.9% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
In 2017-2018, 2,626 students took at least one online class at the school.

The following chart shows how the online learning population at UCLA has changed over the last few years.

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This school is the 131st most popular in California for online learning according to the online graduations recorded by the Department of Education for the academic year 2017-2018.

Online Growth Rankings of UCLA

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at University of California - Los Angeles was 15.9%. This is the #1,039 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at UCLA regardless of major.

The following table shows the 1-year growth rate of UCLA majors that offer at least one online course. This table only includes majors with positive growth.

Major 1-Year Growth Rate
Engineering 2%

The table below shows how the average growth rate over 4 years at UCLA ranks compared to all other partially online schools that offer a specific major. Note that the majors may or may not be offered online at UCLA.

Major Growth Rate Rank
General Engineering #9
Engineering #37

When we speak of partially online, we are referring to schools whose online population is less than 50% of its total student body. Mostly online refers to those with online populations greater than or equal to 50%.

University of California - Los Angeles Undergraduate Concentrations

The table below shows the number of awards for each concentration.

Major Bachelor’s Graduate Certificate Master’s Doctor’s TOTAL
Business Administration & Management 0 0 829 9 838
Economics 683 0 78 18 779
General Psychology 635 0 33 29 697
Sociology 658 0 14 13 685
Political Science & Government 647 0 5 13 665
General Biology 472 0 16 8 496
Computer Science 242 0 157 24 423
Electrical Engineering 148 0 228 39 415
Child Development & Psychology 366 0 0 0 366
History 332 0 9 17 358
Applied Mathematics 328 0 0 0 328
Ethnic Studies 299 0 21 7 327
Law 0 0 0 317 317
General English Literature 280 0 5 9 294
Mechanical Engineering 154 0 106 18 278
Biochemistry, Biophysics & Molecular Biology 212 0 19 40 271
Anthropology 244 0 2 8 254
General Education 0 0 206 36 242
Nursing 44 0 183 8 235
Other Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 212 0 4 6 222
Statistics 164 0 38 9 211
Linguistics & Comparative Literature 180 0 11 13 204
Cell Biology & Anatomical Sciences 200 0 0 2 202
Public Health 0 0 173 28 201
Business/Managerial Economics 197 0 0 0 197
Legal Research 0 0 194 1 195
Mathematics 143 0 24 24 191
Civil Engineering 64 0 95 13 172
Medicine 0 0 0 162 162
Fine & Studio Arts 130 0 20 6 156
Geography & Cartography 138 0 6 8 152
Neurobiology & Neurosciences 139 0 0 11 150
Architectural Sciences & Technology 0 0 141 0 141
Physiology & Pathology Sciences 109 0 12 17 138
Film, Video & Photographic Arts 30 0 103 4 137
Chemistry 56 0 38 42 136
Philosophy 126 0 4 4 134
Microbiological Sciences & Immunology 125 0 0 3 128
Area Studies 107 0 20 0 127
Management Sciences & Quantitative Methods 0 0 125 0 125
Chemical Engineering 86 0 9 17 112
Biomedical Engineering 70 0 19 20 109
Social Work 0 0 102 6 108
Human Biology 104 0 0 0 104
Physics 60 0 22 22 104
Drama & Theater Arts 81 0 18 0 99
Music 57 0 24 15 96
Dentistry 0 0 0 95 95
Cognitive Science 93 0 0 0 93
Materials Engineering 20 0 39 23 82
Romance Languages 71 0 4 4 79
Urban & Regional Planning 0 0 75 3 78
Natural Resources Conservation 75 0 0 3 78
Aerospace & Aeronautical Engineering 43 0 18 3 64
Public Policy 0 0 64 0 64
Design & Applied Arts 51 0 11 0 62
East Asian Languages 53 0 0 8 61
Biomathematics & Bioinformatics 17 0 29 13 59
Computer Engineering 55 0 3 0 58
Other Library & Archives Assisting 0 1 52 0 53
Ecology, Evolution & Systematics Biology 30 0 5 16 51
Geological & Earth Sciences 23 0 15 9 47
General Engineering 0 0 42 0 42
International Studies 40 0 0 0 40
General Architecture 24 0 1 2 27
Literature 25 0 0 0 25
Foreign Language, Literature & Linguistics (Other) 17 0 0 7 24
Educational Administration 0 0 0 23 23
Dance 19 0 3 0 22
Astronomy & Astrophysics 12 0 4 5 21
Other Social Sciences 0 0 21 0 21
Middle Eastern Semitic Languages 9 0 7 3 19
Atmospheric Sciences & Meteorology 9 0 5 4 18
Advanced Dentistry & Oral Sciences 0 0 12 3 15
Classical & Ancient Studies 14 0 0 0 14
Materials Sciences 14 0 0 0 14
Religious Studies 11 0 0 1 12
Pharmacology & Toxicology 0 0 0 11 11
Classical Languages & Literature 3 0 3 4 10
Germanic Languages 6 0 0 2 8
Information Science 0 0 0 7 7
Teacher Education Subject Specific 7 0 0 0 7
Archeology 0 0 1 6 7
Manufacturing Engineering 0 0 4 0 4
Slavic, Baltic & Albanian Languages 2 0 0 2 4
Geoscience Engineering 3 0 0 0 3
Genetics 0 0 0 2 2
Special Education 0 0 0 2 2
Medical Science 0 0 2 0 2
Other Engineering 0 0 1 0 1
Other Visual Art 1 0 0 0 1
Teaching English or French 0 0 0 0 0
Agricultural Engineering 0 0 0 0 0
Liberal Arts General Studies 0 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 9,069 1 3,534 1,307 13,911

References

*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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