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Introduction

UCLA is like a city within a city, drawing more than 60,000 people daily to its 419- acre campus, nestled in the hills of west Los Angeles five miles from the Pacific Ocean. The “metropolis” of UCLA includes some ten libraries, two museums and an art gallery, three gardens, an elementary school, day-care facilities, residential complexes and buildings that house nearly 7,000 people, several theaters and performing arts auditoriums, stores, restaurants, gyms, a basketball arena, and a hospital. Additionally, the campus has its own police department, a chiller/cogeneration plant that assures the campus of low-cost power, hot water, and efficient cooling, its own postal system, a fleet of buses, and several newspapers.

I love the view from the top of Janss Steps. Looking west, you can see the residence halls rising above the green athletics field and Drake Stadium. In the distance are the Santa Monica Mountains. Looking east, you face the heart of campus, where Royce Hall and Powell Library, the campus’ oldest and most famous buildings, stand majestically. Between them is a beautiful quad area and a brick fountain. Just breathtaking!

In fact, UCLA and Los Angeles have nurtured one another through the years, ever since the precursor to UCLA, a two-year teaching college, was established in the little pueblo town of Los Angeles in the 1880s. As Los Angeles grew, so did UCLA. Founded in 1919, the university moved to its current Westwood home in 1929. From then on, both the school and the city enjoyed phenomenal growth and development. Today, Los Angeles has the second largest population in the United States, and UCLA educated 37,000 students and is the most popular university in the United States among applicants.

In just over eighty years, the university has earned a worldwide reputation for the excellence of its programs and the achievements of its students and faculty. It has distinguished itself as the only campus among the nation’s top ten research universities that was established in the twentieth century.

UCLA is a large and complex institution devoted to undergraduate and graduate scholarship, research, and public service. Known for academic excellence, many of its programs are rated among the best in the nation, some among the best in the world.

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UCLA really is the best of all worlds. Its prime location in metropolitan Los Angeles near the Pacific Ocean, Hollywood, and Los Angeles International Airport makes it an international gateway for culture and entertainment. The climate here is mild and pleasant all year. UCLA itself, as one of the finest research universities in the world, draws top scholars and scientists from around the globe, prime research dollars, worldwide attention for its cutting-edge research, and a reputation for all-around excellence. Many of its academic programs are ranked in the top ten nationally. Its medical center has been named the best hospital in the western United States for the thirteenth straight year. It is a leader in new technology. UCLA is one of the top athletics schools. It is known for the diversity and quality of its student body.

And UCLA’s reach can be felt all over the city, nation, and world, as the campus and its people outreach to those in need, from poverty-stricken inner-city Los Angeles families to war refugees. Both UCLA Extension, which is the largest urban-based continuing education program in the United States, and the Medical Center have several satellite sites to serve those all over the city. Professors conduct research in all parts of the world, and their work—whether it’s laying the groundwork for the Internet or finding a cure for AIDS— affects everyone.

Not only that, but UCLA is, from anyone’s perspective, a beautiful campus. The handsome red brick and terra-cotta Romanesque buildings at the center of campus evoke distinction and refinement, while some of the newer buildings shout innovation and creativity, and the gorgeous landscaping, striking architecture, and stunning views lend an inherent harmony to the entire campus.

No wonder UCLA is the most sought-after school in the nation!

Academics

As with anything, academic life at UCLA is all about balance. It’s about choosing a balanced class load, balancing class and work schedules, and balancing schoolwork and extracurricular activities.

It’s very easy, especially with new students, to lose that balance—for an active social life (i.e., partying) to leave no room for studying—or, at the other extreme, to become too overwhelmed with schoolwork to enjoy the recreational and extracurricular activities that are so important to a well-rounded college experience.

It often takes a while for students to find the groove that works for them—the best times to take classes, the best ways to study, how to approach test-taking, how to get away with the minimum amount of work—but trying to find that balance early on can be a real boost. Orientation and academic counselors are available to help students plan class schedules and give advice about ways to lead a balanced college life. The campus also offers some academic skills and support workshops that can help as well.

The Basics

Unlike most schools, UCLA operates on a three-quarter, not a two-semester, system. This means more classes overall and less time per class, as instruction lasts only ten weeks a quarter plus one week for finals.

Students generally take three to four classes per quarter. Most lower-division classes earn five units each; undergraduates need a minimum of 180 units to graduate. Class time averages four hours a week per course. Grades are based on a four-point, letter-grade scale.

Students will take a combination of upper-division and lower-division coursework. Lower-division courses tend to be broad, introductory courses taken by first- and second-year students to satisfy general education requirements or major prerequisites. These are often large lectures with a smaller discussion section. Upper-division classes are more focused classes that tend to be taken usually during the junior and senior years of school by those majoring in the department.

The majority of UCLA’s 25,300 undergraduates choose majors from departments in the College of Letters and Science, which is the intellectual core of the campus with thirty-eight academic departments and thirty-seven specialized programs offering 103 majors. Additionally the campus has eleven professional schools, four of which grant undergraduate degrees: the arts and architecture, engineering, nursing, and theater, film, and television.

The members of the faculty at UCLA are some of the most distinguished in the world; among them are Nobel Laureates, Guggenheim fellows, Fulbright scholars, and members of the National Academy of Sciences and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Students will find them to be very knowledgeable and passionate about their subject matter, and most take a genuine interest in their students. The discussion sections and some seminar classes are usually led by graduate student teaching assistants.

Class grades are usually determined by some combination of midterms, finals, quizzes, paper, research or other projects, homework assignments, and participation.

Students must declare a major by their junior level of school. The average time to graduation is four years and a quarter.

North and South Campuses

There exists at UCLA a healthy rivalry between its liberal arts and its science majors. An invisible line separates the north campus from the south campus, which indicates not just a physical distinction but an academic one as well: The north campus houses the arts, theater, film and television, the humanities, and the social sciences, while engineering, the medical complex, and the life and physical sciences call the south campus home.

General Education Clusters

Students are required to take, usually during the first couple of years of study, a set of general education (GE) courses intended to introduce them to the richness and diversity of the various academic departments and broaden their intellectual perspective. Taking GE courses is also a way for students in search of a major to explore different academic areas. UCLA recently revamped its general education requirements by reducing the number of required courses to focus on writing, discussion, and broad theory in three “foundation” themes: arts and humanities, society and culture, and scientific inquiry.

Entering freshmen can gain invaluable academic experience by taking a Freshman Cluster course. Each cluster course spans three quarters and is team-taught by faculty members from various disciplines across campus. Each course focuses on a common theme, such as the global environment, and presents students with an interdisciplinary perspective for approaching certain problems. Freshmen get priority in the new Fiat Lux Program which provides seminar courses for small groups of students (15) with UCLA’s top faculty in a broad range of subjects.

Taking a cluster course is also a good way for incoming students to meet other freshmen and develop a sense of academic connectedness during the first year, get introduced to a variety of disciplines, and form relationships with faculty early on, as well as sharpen writing, quantitative reasoning, critical thinking, and information literacy skills that they need to excel at UCLA.

Undergraduate Research

UCLA is devoted to providing interested undergraduates with opportunities to conduct research, either alongside faculty or on their own projects. Several renowned programs support undergrads in independent research or partner students with faculty mentors in valuable research training and experience for advanced work and preparation for graduate school. The Undergraduate Research Centers, which support scholarly, critical, and creative undergraduate research in the college, provide individual counseling, administer stipends and scholarships, sponsor the undergraduate research journals, and organize campuswide undergraduate research events, among other roles.

Additionally, students can engage in research for academic credit by enrolling in classes with a research component. This can include classes where a research assignment or paper is part of the coursework; special classes or programs within a department with a focus on research; or the departmental honors program, which awards honors to students who complete two quarters of individual research culminating in a senior thesis. Many students also find jobs in labs or as assistants to professors, which is also a great way to gain exposure to research.

Research has provided me with a very rewarding way to not only learn about science, but also contribute to its body of knowledge. Most importantly, it has fostered my independence. From presenting work at professional conferences to the writing of papers and abstracts, I was forced to do many things on my own which were quite different from my classroom work.

Other Educational Opportunities

For those with personal or professional interests outside of Los Angeles, or a sense of wanderlust, there are several ways for students to combine education with travel. The most obvious choice is to spend a year abroad. The UC system’s Education Abroad Program (EAP) offers study opportunities at more than one hundred universities in thrity-six countries. Students continue to be registered at UCLA and receive university units, grades, and financial aid.

If the year-long program is too much of a commitment, EAP also has one-term programs and summer programs in a variety of countries. UCLA Summer Sessions also offers summer programs abroad. In these programs, UCLA faculty members teach UCLA courses in a foreign city that is relevant to the subject matter.

The Center for American Politics and Public Policy, which sponsors the Quarter in Washington, D.C. Program, and the EXPO Internship and Study Abroad Services are two other sources for national and international study opportunities. The Center for Community creates opportunities for students to enhance their studies with work in the community or government agencies.

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Admissions

If you decide to apply to UCLA, you’re in good company: No other university in the nation receives as many applications for freshman admission as UCLA, making it the country’s most popular school among applicant four years running with more than 50,000 applications received for a recent freshman class. Of those applicants, UCLA admitted 11,963 and enrolled 4,564. Because of the sheer number of students hoping to be admitted to UCLA, getting in has, predictably, become extremely competitive.

Grades and Test Scores

Here’s a sense of what it takes in terms of grades and test scores: The overall grade point average of those students admitted for the same freshman class, including extra weight given to honors and advanced placement courses, was 4.23. The raw grade point average, without calculating extra points for honors and AP courses, was 3.77. The median SAT I score of admitted students was 1,322. And admitted students took an average of 18.2 honors and advanced placement courses.

Academic Performance and Personal Achievement

While strong academic performance is exceedingly important and at least half the entering class is selected solely on academic criteria, UCLA does admit some students on a combination of academic performance and personal achievement. Personal achievement includes leadership and initiative in school or community organizations, special talents, ethnic/cultural awareness, and overcoming general life challenges particular to the student’s environment, personal/ family situation, social or economic difficulties, or lack of educational opportunities. The vast majority of Bruins come from California, though students hail from all over the nation and world. In fact, UCLA is considered one of the most racially, ethnically, and culturally diverse universities in the country and, as such, is especially committed to recruiting top underrepresented high school students.

Personal Essay

In addition to requiring the SAT or ACT standardized tests and two SAT Subject Tests— in two different subject areas—UCLA also asks applicants to submit a personal essay. No topic is specified for the essay; its purpose is to give admissions officers a better, more personalized feel for the applicants since UCLA does not conduct interviews as part of the admissions process. The personal statement also gives applicants a chance to provide information about themselves complementary to the rest of the application.

Application Filing

The application filing period for freshmen applying for fall admission of the following year is November 1–30. Application forms are available from California high school and community college counseling offices and at University of California campuses. Prospective students may also print an application or enroll on-line at http://www.ucop.edu/pathways, the University of California’s comprehensive admissions web site. One application can be used to apply for any of the University of California’s eight campuses that offer undergraduate instruction. The application cost for each school is $40. Notification of admission is sent out in March.

Transferring

Another, and somewhat less cutthroat, way to get into UCLA is by transferring from a community college. A lot of partnership programs are in place between UCLA and California community colleges that help facilitate the transfer process.

Financial Aid

UCLA is consistently ranked one of the top ten universities in the nation in surveys of academic excellence and is considered—at under $4,225 a year (for in-state students) in a recent year—a real bargain among the most competitive colleges. However, students— and their families—must still come up with the money as well as cough up an additional several thousand for books and living expenses. This is where financial aid comes in. More than fifty percent of UCLA students receive some sort of financial aid; the average annual award amount is $8,000. Many also work part time.

Federal, state, and university funds provide four types of aid: scholarships based on grades and other achievements; need-based grants; loans that must be paid back after graduating; and work-study money, which is need-based and earned through part-time employment.

Entering undergraduates can apply for many state and federal scholarships in the scholarship section of their University of California application. Between January 1 and March 2, students must submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to qualify for other forms of financial aid.

FAFSA applications are then evaluated for financial need, which is calculated by subtracting what students and their families can contribute from the estimated cost of education. The expected contribution amount takes into account the student’s and parents’ total income and assets (excluding home equity), savings, taxes, mandatory living expenses, parents’ ages and need for retirement income, number of children and other dependents in the family household, family members in college, and certain unusual financial circumstances. The university then creates an awards package using several funding sources to cover the balance.

Aid packages contain the maximum grant and university scholarship amount for which a student qualifies. Funds are generally distributed evenly over fall, winter, and spring quarter. In most cases, students must maintain at least half-time enrollment to receive aid. Additionally, there are numerous opportunities for private scholarship, and the financial aid office and other resources can help match students with scholarships. UCLA and Westwood also offer plenty of opportunities for student employment for those who choose to work to help pay for school.

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Students

UCLA is one of the most populated campuses nationwide, with several times the number of students as at a small, liberal arts college, so for a new student, being just one of so many faces in the crowd can be intimidating. But who’s got the time to feel out of place or lonely when there are so many different ways to meet people and get involved?

Granted, it’s not always easy to meet other students in a 200-person lecture, so the key to a large social circle at UCLA is really to break the campus down to its component parts. Again, think of the campus as a large city, and go out and find a sense of community in smaller-group situations, whether it’s through involvement in a community service group, participation in recreation class, or working on the student newspaper. Small group settings can be found in most classes. More than half of all classes have twenty-five students or less. The great thing is that you’ll make friends across the campus, and through those people meet more and more people. Ninety percent of freshmen live on campus, and the vast majority of all undergrads live within a half-mile of UCLA.

So it really doesn’t matter if you don’t know anyone, you soon will. Just have fun doing the things that interest you—UCLA and Los Angeles certainly aren’t lacking for activities, just read on!—and before you know it, you’ll be making friends and leading an active social life.

Dorm and Apartment Life

The best way to feel a part of the college social community is to live on or near campus. The majority of the noncommuting student population lives either in residence halls, suites, and complexes, which are situated at the northwest part of campus, or in Westwood apartments located in a pocket southwest of the campus.

For freshmen, social life tends to revolve around the dorms. At UCLA, about ninetythree percent of incoming freshmen live on campus, so it’s really the best way to meet others during the first year. Students will have close contact with their roommates and those on their floor, and will tend to make many friends—some lifelong—from this group. Students also have the option of choosing a “theme” floor, in which all those on the floor share a similar interest, such as the great outdoors, the arts, or health and fitness. All residence halls and complexes are coed except for designated single-sex theme floors. UCLA’s Office of Residential Life offers a variety of academic and social programs for residents, while formal and informal gatherings, outings, parties, and other activities are always taking place, as well.

Looking back at my freshman year in the dorms brings back many fond memories. There was the time when eight or nine of us packed in a pickup truck to go to the USC football game. I remember my friends singing karaoke on my stereo to the Grease soundtrack. I was so happy when some twenty people piled into my dorm room at midnight and sang “Happy Birthday” to me when I turned eighteen. I remember us ordering Thai food when late-night hunger struck. I remember us throwing water balloons out our sixth-story window at unfortunate passersby. I’ll never forget creating gross concoctions with our leftover foods and daring each other to eat them. And I’ll always remember a gaggle of us girls having long, serious talks, giving each other makeovers, and getting ready to hit the town.

While apartment life is less social and structured than living in the dorms, many students by their second or third year have their groups of friends, have found their interests and niches, and feel the need to be more independent. Most often, four students share a two-bedroom apartment, and social life tends to revolve around roommates and friends, hanging out at the apartment, or going out to parties or Westwood.

Parties and Nightlife

The apartments are the setting for a lot of the parties students attend. Usually several apartment parties take place each Friday and Saturday night, and the students who hold them often make them open to anyone who wants to come. Fraternity houses usually hold parties every Thursday night for members and invited and female guests. Each house also has one or two big theme parties a year that are open to most students. Fraternities and sororities also often have private parties, exchanges, and other activities for their members.

By the time the students who used to frequent parties reach the age of twenty-one, they can often be found hanging out at Westwood bars and restaurants, where the big student nights tend to be Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday.

The students who have cars and find that Westwood has grown too small for them often explore the nightlife offered by Santa Monica, Hollywood, and Manhattan and Hermosa Beach hotspots. UCLA is a designated “transportation hub” for three major municipal bus services. The campus is served by hundreds of bus stops each day. Students can also often be found catching a new movie being shown at one of Westwood’s numerous theaters or hanging out at restaurants and coffeehouses in Westwood.

Campus Life

With more than 850 campus clubs and organizations, from student government to sports clubs, cultural organizations to fraternities and sororities, one would be hardpressed not to find a group to join. But if so, then with a minimum of three people, students can start and register their own campus group. Here is just a sampling of the variety of campus groups and programs available to students.

  • Aspiring writers, journalists, photographers, and designers may find invaluable experience working on the student paper, the Daily Bruin, which is one of the largest daily newspapers in Los Angeles.
  • The talented and the spirited might find a spot with the UCLA Marching Band or on the Spirit Squad as a cheerleader or yell leader.
  • The Undergraduate Students Association Council has six elected offices (president, internal vice president, external vice president, three general representatives) and seven student commissions (Academic Affairs, Campus Events, Community Service, Cultural Affairs, Facilities, Financial Supports, and Student Welfare). How about running for office or joining the staff of an elected student official?
  • The Community Service Commission serves Los Angeles through more than twenty programs to help disenfranchised groups such as juvenile inmates, the homeless, the mentally and physically disabled, the impoverished, and the abused. More than 2,500 students offer their services on a volunteer basis. Numerous other opportunities for volunteer work and community service exist across campus.
  • Help bring entertainment and cultural programming to campus by joining the Campus Events Commission or the Cultural Affairs Commission. Campus Events is responsible for bringing speakers such as Bill Gates, David Letterman, Whoopie Goldberg, Jesse Jackson, and Matt Groening to campus, as well as bands such as Rage Against the Marchine, Green Day, 10,000 Maniacs, and No Doubt for concerts. Cultural Affairs sponsors WorldFest, a celebration of campus diversity, and the annual Memorial Day weekend Jazz/Reggae Festival.
  • UCLA has an active Greek system. More than forty organizations, many with their own houses, provide members with multiple opportunities for social and academic support, leadership development, community service, and networking. At various times during the year, but particularly during the fall and spring, the various houses launch a series of “rush” events to recruit new members. About ten percent of the student population takes part in Greek life.

Feeding the homeless through Hunger Project was one of my greatest memories of UCLA. I feel like I made a true contribution to society. I took action in a cause that I truly believed in. Being at UCLA opened that door of opportunity for me and motivated me to create change.

Recreation

For those who enjoy playing sports as much as watching them, enter UCLA Recreation. The comprehensive recreation center includes facilities such as a weight room, tennis and racquetball courts, swimming pools, and a rock-climbing wall; programs such as martial arts, tennis, dancing, Tae-Bo and yoga classes; outdoor adventure trips; sailing, kayaking, and surfing lessons through the UCLA Marina Aquatic Center; private lessons; and refereed intramural sports competitions. Working out at the gym, taking some of the classes, or going on a trip are great ways to get in shape, let out some of that stress, and meet other students. It can also be a way to try new sports or discover one that can last a lifetime.

There are also plenty of opportunities at UCLA Recreation for student employment or involvement, from umpires for the IM tournaments to counselors for Bruin Kids summer camp; from lifeguards to class instructors and trip leaders. In most cases, the recreation center provides training for these positions.

Enrolled students do not have to pay anything extra for use of the facilities. A pass to take the drop-in fitness classes costs $45 a year. Some classes require a small fee. Classes at the marina and outdoor trips tend to be somewhat steeper, but still a bargain. For complete information, go to www.recreation.ucla.edu.

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Athletics

Sports fans rejoice! With more national championships in men’s and women’s sports than any other university, UCLA is unsurpassed in the world of college athletics. When one talks about UCLA sports, one talks about winning championships, breaking records, and creating legends. UCLA has under its belt a total of 107 national championships, among them eighty-six NCAA team titles, the highest in the nation. Legendary coach John Wooden made UCLA a basketball institution when he led UCLA to a record-setting eighty-eight straight wins and ten national titles in twelve seasons.

UCLA has also been a consistent powerhouse in the Olympic Games. At the 2000 Sydney games, fifty-eight Bruins—alumni and current and incoming students—competed in fifteen sports, the most of any university. UCLA also ranked number one among all universities in gold medals (eight), overall medals (eighteen), number of different gold medalists (eight), and number of different medalists (seventeen). In fact, UCLA students and graduates have won so many gold medals that, as a group, they’ve consistently made the top ten on a country-by-country ranking. In a tally of gold medals, UCLA was the third most-decorated “country” in the 1984 Los Angeles games, the fourth in 1988 in Seoul, the ninth in 1992 in Barcelona, and the seventh in 1996 in Atlanta.

What does all this mean for UCLA students and Bruins sports fans? Come football season each fall, it means treks to the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, the nation’s most famous college football stadium and home to UCLA’s football team, for tailgating and barbecuing, exciting sports action, and suffusing feelings of school spirit and pride—just take a look at the alumni families in full Bruin regalia and you’ll understand. The annual UCLA vs. USC crosstown rivalry game is probably the most anticipated single annual sporting event. It’s highlighted by “Beat USC” week activities, including a huge pep rally and bonfire two nights before the game.

I remember when UCLA’s basketball team won the national championships in 1995. It was the most amazing, unforgettable feeling. My friends and I watched it on television and after the victory, we all walked into Westwood, where it seemed as though the whole school had gathered. So there we were, hundreds and thousands of proud and joyous Bruins celebrating, yelling, screaming, cheering, laughing, and hugging. It was my proudest Bruin memory ever!

Basketball season induces similar bouts of Bruin fanaticism. The most diehard students regularly camp out overnight in front of the ticket office to get the best student seats in the house—arena level at Pauley Pavilion. At the games you’ll find the atmosphere and the clapping, cheering, and chanting traditions infectious. Don’t worry if you can’t watch the games live: There is a good chance that a group of Bruins will be yelling and cheering, crowded in front of a television at someone’s apartment or at a bar, especially during “March Madness.” As the name would suggest, college basketball fans across the nation get a little insane for about two weeks every year during the NCAA basketball tournament, in which UCLA is a regular contender.

Those whose idea of sports enjoyment runs more toward the likes of volleyball, tennis, baseball, gymnastics, water polo, and track and field will still find plenty to cheer about at UCLA, which is also a national leader in those sports. Additionally, UCLA, on occasion, hosts major sporting events in its arenas. For example, the Mercedes-Benz Tennis Cup, which draws the world’s top male tennis players, is held annually at UCLA’s Los Angeles Tennis Center.

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Athletic Legends

  • Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, basketball
  • Troy Aikman, football
  • Arthur Ashe, tennis
  • Jimmy Connors, tennis
  • Gail Devers, track
  • Florence Griffith Joyner, track
  • Eric Karros, baseball
  • Jackie Joyner-Kersee, track
  • Karch Kiraly, volleyball
  • Reggie Miller, basketball
  • Jackie Robinson, baseball
  • Bill Walton, basketball

Local Community

Los Angeles—Entertainment, Culture, and Beyond

Located in one of the largest, most vibrant, and well-known metropolitan cities in the world, UCLA offers its students Los Angeles as their backyard and playground. For those who love the outdoors, Los Angeles is just steps from the ocean, mountains, forests, rivers, and deserts, which means that activities such as surfing, rafting, snowboarding, hiking, camping, or just getting out of the city and looking at the stars in the clear night sky are less than a couple of hours drive away.

For another type of stargazer, Los Angeles is the place to be. Celebrities regularly come on campus to perform, give a talk, walk their dog, use the track, watch Bruin sports, or even get treated at the medical center. The campus has also hosted such events as rock concerts and the MTV Music Awards. Celebrities are routinely spotted in Westwood shopping, dining, or taking in a movie. Glamorous movie premieres for Hollywood blockbusters attract top stars to Westwood theaters on what seems to be almost a weekly basis. And that’s just in Westwood, with no mention of the famed Sunset Strip bars, Hollywood clubs, trendy restaurants, and chic Beverly Hills boutiques. Sports and music fans will find plenty of live athletic events and concerts at the Staples Center, Dodger Stadium, the Rose Bowl, the Great Western Forum, the Hollywood Bowl, and Universal Amphitheater. Los Angeles is also the home of such top tourist attractions as Disneyland, Universal Studios, Six Flags Magic Mountain, Venice Beach, Mann’s Chinese Theater, and the Walk of Fame.

What college experience is complete without at least a couple of road trips to reminisce over with friends for years after? Las Vegas, San Diego, Santa Barbara, the San Francisco Bay Area, and Mexico, for example, are all within half a day’s drive away. And for those whose sights are set even further, Los Angeles International Airport is less than ten miles away, convenient for spring break trips to Mazatlán and summer backpacking tours of Europe.

Alumni

UCLA graduates receive an education that prepares them for careers in almost any field, to be leaders, newsmakers, decision makers, policy makers, entrepreneurs. Alumni have found jobs in all fields, whether it’s in entertainment, sports, the corporate world, politics, or wherever they choose to be.

Some students get recruited or find jobs before graduating. Others find that the Career Center and Alumni Association provide a lot of career planning and networking advice and

Prominent Grads

  • Tom Bradley, Former Mayor, Los Angeles
  • Lloyd Bridges, Actor
  • Ralph J. Bunche, 1950 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate
  • Carol Burnett, Actress-Comedienne
  • Benjamin Cayetano, Governor, Hawaii
  • Francis Ford Coppola, Screenwriter, Director, and Producer
  • R. Walter Cunningham, NASA Astronaut
  • James Dean, Actor
  • Agnes de Mille, Choreographer
  • Mike Medavoy, Chairman, Phoenix Pictures
  • Jim Morrison, Musician
  • Michael Ovitz, President, The Walt Disney Co.
  • Rob Reiner, Actor/Director
  • Tim Robbins, Actor/Director
  • Harold M. Williams, President and CEO, J. Paul Getty Trust
  • John Williams, Composer and Conductor

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Campus Crime Statistics

Ranks 0th in California and 525th overall on StateUniversity.com‘s Safe School Index
  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault 10 0.03
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape 23 0.06
Robbery 5 0.01
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 171 0.44
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft 12 0.03
Arrest 38 0.10

Local Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 People
Aggravated assault 8,843 0.23
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter 297 0.01
Forcible Rape 828 0.02
Robbery 10,077 0.26
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 17,264 0.45
Larceny 53,469 1.39
Vehicle theft 15,597 0.41

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Research Universities (very high research activity)
UndergraduateArts & sciences focus, high graduate coexistence
GraduateComprehensive doctoral with medical/veterinary
Undergraduate PopulationFull-time four-year, more selective, higher transfer-in
EnrollmentMajority undergraduate
Size & SettingLarge four-year, primarily residential

General Characteristics

Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Highest offeringDoctoral degree
Calendar SystemQuarter
Years of college work requiredN/A
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationN/A
Congressional District633

Special Learning Opportunities

Distance LearningN/A
ROTC — Army / Navy / Air Force  —   /   / 
Study Abroad
Weekend College
Teacher Certification

Student Tuition Costs and Fees


Ranks 160th for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $11,220 $11,220 $34,098
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $1,477 $1,477 $1,477
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour N/A N/A N/A
FT Graduate Tuition $11,220 $11,220 $26,322
FT Graduate Required Fees $1,351 $1,351 $1,351
PT Graduate per Credit Hour N/A N/A N/A
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $32,416 $32,416 $55,294
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $29,299 $29,299 $52,177
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $23,750 $23,750 $46,628

Student Tuition Costs for Professional Fields

  In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Medical Degree — Tuition $31,134 $43,379
Medical Degree — Required Fees $1,351 $1,351
Dentistry Degree — Tuition $35,380 $44,581
Dentistry Degree — Required Fees $1,351 $1,351
Law Degree — Tuition $42,975 $49,469
Law Degree — Required Fees $1,351 $1,351

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $12,686(N/C) $12,686(N/C) $35,564(N/C)
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $1,509 $1,521
On-Campus – Room & Board $13,979 $14,232
On-Campus – Other Expenses $3,382 $3,487
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $10,235 $10,336
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $4,252 $4,375
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $9,055 $9,218

Admission Details

Effective as of 2014-09-19
Application Fee RequiredN/A
Undergraduate Application Fee$70
Graduate Application Fee$80
First Professional Application FeeN/A
Applicants 72,676 (33,663 male / 39,013 female)
Admitted 15,981 (7,177 male / 8,804 female)
Admission rate 22%
First-time Enrollment 5,620 (2,417 male / 3,203 female)
FT Enrollment 5,608 (2,409 male / 3,199 female)
PT Enrollment 12 (8 male / 4 female)
Total Enrollment40,795

Admission Criteria

 = Required,   = Recommended,   = Neither required nor recommended
Open Admissions
Secondary School GPA / Rank / Record  /  N/A / 
College Prep. Completion
RecommendationsN/A
Formal competency demo
Admission test scores
TOEFL
Other testsN/A

Admission Credits Accepted

Dual Credit
Life Experience
Advanced Placement (AP)

Athletics - Association Memberships

Sports / Athletic Conference Memberships NCAA
NCAA Football Conference Pacific-10 Conference
NCAA Basketball Conference Pacific-10 Conference
NCAA Baseball Conference Pacific-10 Conference
NCAA Track & Field Conference Pacific-10 Conference

ACT Test Admission

86th for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting ACT results 41%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 24 / 32
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 25 / 33
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 25 / 31

SAT Test Admission

66th for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting SAT results 91%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 560 / 680
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 600 / 760
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 1160 / 1440

Student Services

Remedial Services
Academic / Career Counseling
PT Cost-defraying Employment
Career Placement
On-Campus Day Care
Library Facility

Student Living

First-time Room / Board Required
Dorm Capacity16,183
Meals per Week19
Room FeeN/A
Board FeeN/A

Student Completion / Graduation Demographics

 
Total 1,154 359 1,489 3,126 28 3,545 348 10,312
Actuarial Science 24 3 2 1 30
Advanced Legal Research/Studies, General 74 1 3 10 3 92
Aerospace, Aeronautical and Astronautical/Space Engineering 7 1 4 22 16 52
African Studies 4 4 8
African-American/Black Studies 33 5 2 44
American Indian/Native American Studies 2 1 2 5
American Literature (United States) 4 11 5 15 3 38
Ancient/Classical Greek Language and Literature
Anthropology 8 10 82 71 145 21 358
Applied Mathematics, General 9 1 10 18 20 1 59
Arabic Language and Literature 3 1 1 6
Archeology 1 1
Architecture 7 3 10 1 25 4 51
Area Studies, Other 1 2 1 11 2 18
Art History, Criticism and Conservation 2 1 20 14 34 3 81
Art/Art Studies, General 1 2 5 14 1 33 1 61
Asian Studies/Civilization 3 6 2 11
Asian-American Studies 2 44 3 52
Astronomy 1 1 2 4
Astrophysics 1 1 3 8 13
Atmospheric Sciences and Meteorology, General 3 2 3 8
Atmospheric Sciences and Meteorology, Other 2 2 1 5 10
Biochemistry 20 4 13 123 1 45 5 214
Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering 10 1 5 36 14 2 69
Bioinformatics
Biology/Biological Sciences, General 9 10 39 135 2 64 6 270
Biomathematics, Bioinformatics, and Computational Biology, Other 2 2 1 1 6
Biophysics 1 2 1 1 5
Biostatistics 4 5 3 12
Business Administration and Management, General 205 7 29 205 275 34 775
Business/Managerial Economics 39 1 7 89 51 2 192
Cell/Cellular and Molecular Biology 6 2 12 80 31 1 137
Chemical Engineering 16 1 6 44 22 89
Chemistry, General 18 1 9 35 23 1 88
Chinese Language and Literature 2 1 2 6 2 13
City/Urban, Community and Regional Planning 10 3 23 9 37 2 87
Civil Engineering, General 22 2 19 60 54 3 166
Classical, Ancient Mediterranean and Near Eastern Studies and Archaeology 3 2 11 16
Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General 1 2 3
Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, Other 1 1
Cognitive Science 1 1 3 7 14 1 28
Comparative Literature 6 1 5 2 14
Computational Mathematics 3 1 1 5
Computer Engineering, General 3 1 14 7 1 28
Computer Science 61 2 12 82 44 3 206
Dance, General 1 3 4
Design and Applied Arts, Other 10 2 20 26 2 64
Development Economics and International Development 18 3 31 29 21 5 109
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General 1 5 7 5 2 47 6 74
East Asian Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, Other 2 2
East Asian Studies 10 1 1 18 2 1 33
Ecology 3 6 7 16
Economics, General 84 4 20 130 2 76 8 330
Education, General 8 15 62 53 70 4 217
Electrical and Electronics Engineering 120 1 6 133 49 7 321
Engineering, General 2 2 6 27 26 11 74
English Language and Literature, General 5 11 71 71 1 163 9 341
Environmental Health 1 4 6
Environmental Science 3 8 27 34 4 76
Epidemiology 2 1 3
Ethnic, Cultural Minority, Gender, and Group Studies, Other 1 2 10 1 6 20
European Studies/Civilization 2 4 1 9
Film/Cinema/Video Studies 20 15 22 19 4 83 5 173
Fine Arts and Art Studies, Other 2 9 9 12 17 49
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, Other 2 2
French Language and Literature 4 1 2 6 14
Geochemistry 1 2 3
Geography 2 2 8 17 21 1 52
Geography, Other 3 9 17 31 3 65
Geological and Earth Sciences/Geosciences, Other 1 1
Geological/Geophysical Engineering 3 4
Geology/Earth Science, General 2 3 1 6 13
Geophysics and Seismology 1 1 2 2 6
German Language and Literature 1 4 6
Germanic Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General 1 1
Health Services Administration 2 1 2 4 9
Hebrew Language and Literature 1 1
Hispanic-American, Puerto Rican, and Mexican-American/Chicano Studies 46 1 1 48
History, General 3 24 79 58 1 207 24 409
Human Biology 1 3 4 4 1 13
Information Science/Studies 1 1 5 7
International Economics 1 1 1 3
International/Global Studies 1 4 3 2 1 20 1 32
Islamic Studies
Italian Language and Literature 1 6 1 8 16
Japanese Language and Literature 2 12 3 1 21
Jewish/Judaic Studies 5 2 7
Korean Language and Literature 1 1 2 4
Latin American Studies 2 1 14 2 3 22
Latin Language and Literature 1 1
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities, Other 1 1
Library Science, Other 3 1 20 11 1 37 1 81
Linguistic, Comparative, and Related Language Studies and Services, Other 6 13 28 18 2 68
Linguistics 11 12 10 14 2 49
Marine Biology and Biological Oceanography 11 11
Materials Engineering 17 1 19 9 2 48
Materials Science 1 4 1 6
Mathematics, General 7 12 8 20 4 51
Mathematics, Other 46 4 14 59 1 26 4 157
Mechanical Engineering 28 4 7 68 1 61 5 176
Medical Scientist 6 3 1 10
Microbiological Sciences and Immunology, Other 1 2 6 70 39 3 121
Middle/Near Eastern and Semitic Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, Other 6 7
Molecular Biochemistry 1 1
Molecular Pharmacology 1 1
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other 14 7 22 67 95 7 218
Music History, Literature, and Theory 1 4 8 2 15
Music, General 4 2 5 14 29 3 59
Musicology and Ethnomusicology 1 4 4 3 15 1 29
Near and Middle Eastern Studies
Neuroscience 2 5 10 73 51 6 147
Nursing Science 1 3 7 28 18 58
Oral Biology and Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology 3 1 1 6 6 2 19
Pathology/Experimental Pathology
Philosophy 4 5 27 28 70 8 152
Physics, General 7 13 15 30 68
Physiological Psychology/Psychobiology 3 8 20 146 69 5 253
Physiology, General 6 5 17 136 66 4 238
Political Science and Government, General 12 33 118 119 2 214 19 530
Portuguese Language and Literature 1 1
Psychology, General 31 16 104 143 261 19 586
Public Health, General 1 3 4 2 10
Public Health, Other 8 6 27 43 57 12 163
Public Policy Analysis, General 15 3 5 4 19 1 48
Registered Nursing, Nursing Administration, Nursing Research and Clinical Nursing, Other 4 9 22 37 64 6 150
Religion/Religious Studies 1 2 1 8 1 13
Russian Language and Literature 1 3 4
Russian Studies 2 2
Scandinavian Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics 1 1
Scandinavian Studies
Slavic Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General 4 4
Social Work 2 1 34 11 1 44 95
Sociology 9 26 112 78 106 9 348
Southeast Asian Studies 1 1 3
Spanish Language and Literature 40 2 1 12 56
Statistics, General 27 1 3 34 8 74
Teaching English as a Second or Foreign Language/ESL Language Instructor 1 1 2
Visual and Performing Arts, Other
Women's Studies 3 7 23 9 22 5 71

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 25th for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $140,430 ($150,830 male / $109,295 female)
Number of FT Faculty 1,691 (1,102 male / 589 female)
Number of PT Faculty 4,141
FT Faculty Ratio 0.4 : 1
Total Benefits $238,460,360

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