About University of California-Los Angeles

Founded in 1919, University of California-Los Angeles. is a Public college. Located in California, which is a city setting in California, the campus itself is Urban. The campus is home to 30,873 full time undergraduate students, and 12,675 full time graduate students.

The University of California-Los Angeles Academic calendar runs on a Quarter basis. In the school year the student to faculty ratio was 17:1. There are 1848 full time instructional teachers. Degrees awarded at University of California-Los Angeles include: Bachelor's Degree, Masters Degree, Post-master's certificate, Doctor's degree.

Quick Facts

Acceptance Rate17%
Application Deadline
Application Fee70
SAT Range1160-1470
ACT Range28-33

Admissions at UCLA are considered Most Selective, with ,311% of all applicants being admitted.

In the school year, of the students who applied to the school, only 7 of those who were admitted eventually ended up enrolling.

100% of incoming freshmen are in the top half of their high school class. 100% were in the top quarter, and 97% were in the top tenth. You can apply online.


We asked, and students answered these important questions about student life at University of California-Los Angeles.

University of California-Los Angeles REVIEWS

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  • How would you rate on-campus housing?

    544 Students rated on-campus housing 4 stars. 29 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate off-campus housing?

    456 Students rated off-campus housing 3.2 stars. 0 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate campus food?

    566 Students rated campus food 4.4 stars. 60 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate campus facilities?

    572 Students rated campus facilities 4.3 stars. 49 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate class size?

    572 Students rated class size 3.4 stars. 15 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate school activities?

    572 Students rated school activities 4.4 stars. 54 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate local services?

    571 Students rated local services 4.3 stars. 53 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate academics?

    572 Students rated academics 4.2 stars. 51 % gave the school a 5.0.

What's your overall opinion of University of California-Los Angeles?

275 Students rated University of California-Los Angeles

Sofia - 05/08/2024

Overall, I enjoyed my time at UCLA. Here are the biggest pros and cons I experienced while studying here. PROS: 1. nice location; Westwood is such a cute little village and there's so much going on nearby as well (Santa Monica beaches, hiking, downtown events, WEHO bar culture, etc. There's something going on for everyone! 2. diverse and active student body 3. work hard play hard culture. UCLA students are all very smart but we also like to have fun. CONS: 1. large class sizes; can be hard to network when most of your lectures are 100 people. even office hours can get really crowded 2. LA can be expensive

JP - 02/12/2024

I couldn't think of a better campus. My professors were amazing and the friendships I forged during my undergraduate days, still remain strong.

Kiana - 11/30/2023

I am a commuter, so I am unfamiliar with the housing at UCLA. But, when I do go to class, the professors all seem knowledgeable in their fields of study and almost all of them have office hours. The student interactions at UCLA leave something to be desired, as I feel there is not enough open engagement going on between students. As a commuter, I find it difficult to meet new people because everyone already has a group of friends from their dorms and people are not willing to talk to people sitting right next to them. So, UCLA is a great place for education and increasing your knowledge with great professors but the students, in my opinion, could be more friendly and not as socially distant, only engaged in their phones.

Juliette - 04/19/2023

UCLA is a very large campus with uphill climbs, stairs, and a beautiful grass/landscape for students. UCLA bruin walk is used by students every day to introduce new clubs and organizations. Here you can discover new events to participate in and see your friends. UCLA has many on-campus events as well as on the hill (dormitory area).The Powell Library is one out of 11 where focus pods, electrical cords, and printers are found. Not only is the campus a wonderful place to spend your day in but UCLA is located within Westwood. Westwood is home to many shopping districts and a diverse range of residents. The local bus can take you further into Los Angeles to explore with friends during the weekend. The Quarter-based school is more compressed than a semester system. UCLA has many free tutoring and a free career and writing center to aid its students with their studies. The college counselors are very accessible for undergraduate students. Mentorship programs allow you to develop more real-world experiences/internships. Enrollment into classes is a bit difficult for younger undergrad students but gets better as you progress. UCLA has many majors and minors and emphasizes that it is okay to not know what you want to be right now. Ucla has beneficial mental wellness and care centers for its students. There is also a recreation center where students can play basketball and tennis, go swimming, work out at the gym, botanical garden, and walk trails. Luckily the campus is a very safe palace and many students are out walking around in the early morning into the late at night. UCLA students are loved by its city and the competitive nature/drive pushes its students to strive for higher education every day.

University of California-Los Angeles FAQS

  1. What is the Acceptance Rate at University of California-Los Angeles?

    The fall 2020 acceptance rate for University of California-Los Angeles is 17%. That means, out of _____ applications received in 2020 , _____ students were offered admission. The number of males who applied was _____ vs the number of females which was _____.

  2. What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

    Assuming I could go back in time as a high school senior and give myself advice, I would have so much to say to myself. First off, I would definitely start by saying to try my best and get the best grades I possibly could. Secondly, get involved as much as possible. Whether it is in the community or in my high school. Doing community service hours, joing a sports team, or a club. I would tell myself that in order to get into the University of my dreams, I would have to work hard for it if I really wanted to get in. Lastly, I would not leave wihtout making the best of my last year in high school. Everyone always said that high school is one of the best times of your life. That could not be any truer now looking back. I would tell myself to participate in every single activity I had that year because later on I will either reminisce about it or regret not doing so. High school is your last chance of really being a kid and enjoying life because once you get into the college world you are basically an adult.

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  3. Describe the students at your school.

    You can find every kind of person in every single class.

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  4. Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

    Because UCLA is so diverse in respect to ethnicity, intellectual levels, backgrounds, and the like, students develop an appreciation and understanding of those other than themselves in interacting with others.

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  5. Here's your chance: Say anything about your college!

    There is an incredible amount of diversity, and people around are caring enough not to make those differences barriers

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  6. What do you consider the worst thing about your school? Why?

    The registration system could use some work. Although you're guaranteed a better registration time the longer you're at the school, it's still pretty random and can mess up your whole schedule.

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  7. What's unique about your campus?

    Your own time management and ambition is often the limiting factor on the opportunities available. Some of these opportunities may not be immediately obvious, but they're there, and the school has poured resources into them. We have incredible research facilities, an extensive alumni network, and people from every background can thrive if they pursue their goal diligently. That said, there are a lot of distractions, too. Try to find a major you like early your first year and focus on applicable activities/internships/work experience/etc. over the remaining.

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  8. What kind of person should not attend this school?

    Anyone that is not used to having to work hard for excellent grades will have a very difficult time at UCLA. The university provides you with an amazing education and you most definitely have to put quite a bit of effort into your studies to excel.

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  9. What do you brag about most when you tell your friends about your school?

    UCLA is an extrememly diverse campus, however students that attend this school as similar in many ways. They all share an excitment to learn, a love in humanity, and aspire to make the community a better place. These characteristic elements of UCLA students' personalities, make it an amazing school.

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  10. What's the one thing you wish someone had told you about freshman year?

    When choosing a college there are the customary procedures you complete to familiarize yourself with the place you could be spending the next four years of your life. These can include: guided campus tours, multiple campus visits, online research and even sitting in on a class. The one thing that is extremely hard to grasp however, is what kind of people attend this school; basically will you fit-in in this environment. I wish I could have gotten a better understanding of this before I made my final choice.

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  11. What kind of person should attend this school?

    The kind of person that should attend this school is someone who is willing to be open-minded and learn a lot about new cultures and be able to adapt to different ways of teaching and learning. This person should also be hard-working, diligent, and intelligent in their work. He or she should be able to have fun and fully enjoy the social life that UCLA has to offer, but at the same time stay focused on their goals and ambitions.

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  12. What's the most frustrating thing about your school?

    How big it is: getting lost and a fear of becoming just another face in the crowd are universal constants at school. They tell you to try to make an impression on the professors, to get to know them. It is not so easy when you're competing for attention with 500 others from your lecture

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  13. Describe your favorite campus traditions.

    My school allows people to further their education at a relatively low cost compared with a four year university. This allows me to get a college education without going thousands of dollars into debt. It also welcomes students of all ages, which helps people go back to school and finish a degree that they might have started many years before, or retrain in a different area when jobs in their current field become scarce or obsolete.

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  14. What is your overall opinion of this school?

    People get worried about such a big school. I certainly was. The truth is, UCLA is its own city. I came from a small high school where everyone knew each other, the teachers were personable and friendly, and spirit was kept on the DL. At UCLA, I have had a very different experience, and I couldn't be more grateful. College is supposed to bridge a gap between one world and another. Being in a big place allows you to find communities and use your own resources. Probably the main difference between the pre college and world and the post college world is that no one hands a lollipop in real life. At UCLA, I've been able to go out and find my own lollipop in a safe, encouraging environment. The school seems smaller than it is when you be yourself and go out and DO yourself...if that makes sense :) Honestly, UCLA has no weaknesses. Yes, here we go, another Bruin who likes to brag and say NOTHING bad about his school. The truth is, the only complaint that continues to poke my side is parking. Parking at UCLA blows. It's like trying to talk to Buddha about the quadratic formula; your needs simply won't be addressed. Other than that, UCLA caters to all. Bruin plaza has been host to experiences I'll never forget, like a mock wedding for a gay couple (just months before the California Supreme Court legalized it!!!), a mindblowing birthday party for Israel, a performance by someone who, in my mind is the next Marvin Gaye, etc. If you mass thousands of people who are smarter than you who then devote their every day to helping you experience something bigger than yourself, you will get my school.

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  15. What are the academics like at your school?

    SOME professors actually do know your name, contrary to popular belief... it's all up to you whether or not you want to make yourself memorable by taking part in class and talking to your professor during office hours. A lot of my professors have had coffee and donuts hours, and other social events to better get to know their students. I'm currently taking one class that has 7 students, and another that consists of 15, so the myth that our classes are always huge and impersonal is not true, although the big lecture halls have their advantages, too. The academic requirements cover a wide range of topics and subjects, and sometimes there are things you'd think that were totally unrelated to your field that you have to take, but then later you realize why you needed to take them (or not!). Most of the classes have given me useful knowledge for the future, but a few have been a useless waste of time.

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  16. Is the stereotype of students at your school accurate?

    Well....the student body is definitely VERY hot, but not materialistic. It's a public school, and the diversity facilitates an array of character types and interests that make the students fun. The campus is in the heart of Westwood and has easy access to Santa Monica, Hollywood, and anywhere else you might want to go. All the ups and downs of the city of LA can be accessed from UCLA, so definitely not sheltered! Nevertheless, the campus is certainly set apart from dingy areas and is more beautiful than anyone could ever say it is.

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  17. What are the most popular student activities/groups?

    Activities and social life are what you make them here. You will have the opportunity to make 450 facebook friends in first quarter (I know someone who did!), go out and party, go to all your floor events, and never eat alone. On the other hand, if that's not your style, you don't have to go out, and you won't be disturbed. I find myself somewhere in the middle. I'm a pretty outgoing, social guy, but I do enjoy being alone sometimes. My main method of being social is becoming involved in activities. In fact, I fulfilled the goal I set for myself in high school (enterring college and getting involved in EVERYTHING) by joining chorale, Hillel, Kesher, Bruin Democrats, Scattertones A Cappella, floor government, ballroom dance, performing arts association, campus tours, and I forget what else. It all proved a bit much, especially with 18 units of classes, so I scaled it back the next quarter, but the point is, I COULD have done all that stuff if I had been able to handle it in some other universe. Frat life doesn't disturb, but it's pretty active and easily accessible. You don't have to drink to have fun with or in a frat. You also don't have to drink to be cool. I definitely didn't drink all of first quarter, and I still made friends and got involved in various communities easily. It's easy to make connections and join clubs and groups. There's an "enormous club fair" during the 1st week of the quarter where virtually every club/group gets a table on the field and students go around getting to know each other and signing up. The best thing about UCLA activities and social life is the fact that it's not as hard as you think to distinguish yourself in such a big place; you just have to be you.

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  18. What is the stereotype of students at your school?

    We're absolutely brilliant and amazingly attractive.

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  19. Why did you decide to go to this school?

    Students talk about how they settled upon UCLA and why they like it

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  20. What is the stereotype of students at your school? Is this stereotype accurate?

    UCLA students are typically thought of as academically-inclined nerds with little in the way of a social life. In my own experience, that's far from accurate - we live in the middle of Los Angeles! If anything, there's too much 'social life' distracting from 'academic life'. The student body is so large and diverse that it's impossible to stereotype anyone - either that, or we have a solid representation of every stereotype imaginable.

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  21. Tell us about the food and dining options.

    Conversation about relationships in the dinning hall

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All students must apply yearly for financial aid. This process starts with the FAFSA. Though financial aid deadlines vary by school, it is a good idea to apply as soon as possible. For the upcoming school year, you can apply as early as October 1 for the FAFSA. Additional school aid will be dependent on the FAFSA results.

64% of students attending University of California-Los Angeles receive some sort of financial aid. 30% were awarded federal grants. While 32% received federal loans. Many students do also need to apply for additional private student loans.

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