UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA
REQUIREMENTS AND CAMPUS GUIDE
School Name: University of California, Los Angeles
School Location: Los Angeles, CA
School Type: Research University
Category: High Reach
University of California Los Angeles Admissions Rates Fall 2020
Test Optional for 2021-2022
Application Deadline: November 30
Results: March – April
Curriculum Type: General Education
Greek Life: Yes
UCLA Application Requirements, Admissions Tips, and University Guide:
Here’s everything you should know before you apply to UCLA
The University of California, Los Angeles, otherwise known as UCLA is a public university located in Los Angeles, California, and is one of the nine schools in the University of California system. UCLA is ranked among the top public universities in the country and is one of the most applied to colleges amongst high school applicants. Here’s what you need to know to be a future Bruin!
Where is UCLA?
UCLA is located in the affluent neighborhood of Westwood near well-known areas such as Beverly Hills and Santa Monica. Los Angeles is one of the most diverse cities in the world, and UCLA students have the unique opportunity to experience the best of LA right at their fingertips.
UCLA is nestled in an area near well-connected freeways and public transportation. Students at UCLA are also only mere miles away from famous LA beaches, Sawtelle Boulevard, and the Santa Monica pier. Westwood Village is steps away from UCLA’s main campus and has a wide variety of restaurants, coffee shops, stores, and movie theaters. Students line up for Diddy Reese’s famous ice cream sandwiches and have VIP access to the iconic Regency Theaters. There is no shortage of fun, food, and good times near UCLA’s main campus!
What is UCLA’s student body like?
UCLA prides itself on having an incredibly diverse student body that reflects the diversity of the city of Los Angeles. UCLA is home to 31,600 undergraduate students and 14,300 graduate and professional students. The majority of undergraduate students identify as Asian & Pacific Islander, 5% identify as African American and 26% of students identify as white and 21% as Hispanic. 10% of the student body populations are international students.
The majority of students hail from sunny Southern California, but students come from all over the country and the world to attend UCLA. According to Fall 2020 admission statistics, 47 of the 50 states were represented among the student body as well as 84 different countries.
How do I apply?
In order to apply to UCLA, you must apply through the University of California (UC) admissions portal. Applicants use the portal to submit one application to several UCs of their choice. In fact, admissions encourages students to apply to several UCs in order to increase their likelihood of admission into at least one.
Once applicants input their information, they can select the UC campuses they are interested in applying to and the different majors they’d want to study at each campus. Applicants could also select alternate majors they’d want to study, in case they do not get to study the first major of their choice. Some majors may require supplemental materials or applications.
Applicants are also required to fill out information regarding their academic history and test scores, as well as the activities and awards they have accomplished. This is where students can describe their high school, the grading system used at their school and the different classes they have taken since 7th grade.
What can I study at UCLA?
There are almost 150 different academic programs of study at UCLA. Academic departments range from Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences to Biomedical Physics to Social Welfare or Urban Planning. There are abundant opportunities for cross-curricular and multidisciplinary studies at UCLA.
UCLA is also known for their Capstone Initiative, a unique opportunity for undergraduates to produce the culmination of their academic experience. Students can base their capstone from their experiences taking a seminar or can be an individual project based on the major that student has concentrated in.
UCLA’s study abroad program also includes UCLA travel study as well as their global internship program. Through UCLA’s travel study program, students take courses in cities across the world and with UCLA professors. Students can study global health in Peru, business leadership in Bangkok, or European politics in France, to name a few. UCLA’s global internship program provides students the opportunity to intern and gain work experience on an international level. Students can intern in countries all over the world, from Japan to Columbia to the UK.
What is living on UCLA’s campus like?
UCLA provides many different options for both on-campus and off-campus housing. First year students who matriculate in the fall quarter are guaranteed three consecutive years of on-campus housing. This eases the burden of having to find housing in one of the most sought-after neighborhoods in Los Angeles! Students can live in double or triple rooms or even suites across the residential halls. UCLA is also well-known for their high rise residential apartments.
UCLA also houses students in their off-campus apartments. Located within a five mile radius of UCLA’s main campus, UCLA’s privately owned apartments can come furnished for students looking to live beyond the dormitories. Living off-campus is an option that upperclassmen often choose, as it allows greater flexibility with amenities, and even parking, which is hard to find in Los Angeles!
How much does UCLA cost?
UCLA prides itself on making their education accessible to their students. 52% of UCLA students receive some form of financial aid, and 34% of undergraduates qualify for the Pell Grant, through which qualified students can be eligible for aid from the federal government. For the 2020-2021 academic year, the cost of tuition is $13,239, and the total cost for undergraduates hailing from California is $36.297 compared to out-of-state residents who live at UCLA, whose total cost amounts to $66,051. California residents whose family income is less than $80,000 and who qualify for financial aid do not have to pay any system wide tuition or fees. The UC system can help out-of-state residents apply for federal funding, but cannot guarantee financial assistance from their own system.
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