Are you thinking of applying to UCLA and wondering what your chances of admissions are? You’ve come to the right place — we aggregated the important data of admissions from UCLA’s results. In order to be a part of the group that is awarded acceptance, there are a variety of important factors that admissions officers take into account. These factors include class rank, GPA, SAT score, ACT score, SAT II score, extracurriculars, and many others that create the holistic package that they will base their decisions on.
UCLA has an acceptance rate (admit rate) of 16.09%. This low acceptance rate makes UCLA a very selective school. The school is one of the largest in the US and has a strong reputation.
Below, we will break down the admissions details under a more granular microscope. Let’s take a closer look:
UCLA Admissions Statistics
In 2017, UCLA accepted only 16.09% of its students. For the class of 2021, there were 16,456 admitted students out of 102,242 applicants. These figures make UCLA rank first in most applications among colleges in the US. The average unweighted GPA was 3.91. The average weighted GPA was 4.46. The average SAT score was roughly 1420. The average ACT score was a 32 composite. The average admitted student took 12 full year honors classes (23 semester long honors classes).
Let’s take a look at the average breakdown of scores by California residents vs. out of state residents vs. international students:
|CA Resident||Out of State||International||Total|
|Fully Weighted GPA||4.33||4.4||4||4.29|
|CA Resident||Out of State||International||Total|
|Fully Weighted GPA||4.6||4.8||4.41||4.64|
The 50th percentile for ACT scores for UCLA was 30-34. This means that the bottom 25th percentile of accepted students scored a 30 composite score, and the top 75th percentile of accepted students accepted students scored a 34.
The 50th percentile for SAT scores for UCLA was a 1280-1500. The Math section 50th percentile was 640-770. The Evidenced-based Reading and Writing middle 50th percentile was 640-730.
Generally, aiming for as high of a GPA and SAT or ACT scores should be the goal since they can slightly compensate for a lack in another area. However, keep in mind that test scores are not the only part of your application. If you are somewhere in between the 25th percentile and the 75th percentile, you have a fighting chance at admission. It may help your application if you are a diverse applicant in terms of geography, race, socioeconomic background. Other factors may also boost your probability of admission such as legacy applicant or excellent extracurriculars.
Even if UCLA is your dream school, you should have other schools on your application list because nothing is guaranteed. Take a look at our thoughts on the optimal amount of schools to apply to.
UCLA Application Requirements
If you wish to apply to UCLA, you have only one round to apply since the school does not offer early action or early decision. Unlike many other schools, UC schools follow the different process of having its separate application. This UC application allows you to apply to 9 campuses in the University of California system with one application. Applying to UCLA is a two part process: admission requirements and selection.
Let’s first take a look at the requirements to apply to UCLA:
Score a C or better in 15 college-prep courses. At least 11 courses should be finished before starting your last year in high school. These 15 courses include: 2 years of History, 4 years of English, 3 years of Math, 2 years of Laboratory science, 2 years of a foreign language (or equivalent of 2nd year of high school instruction), 1 year of visual and performing arts, and 1 year of a college-prep elective.
California residents must have a GPA of 3.0 or better and non-residents must have a GPA of 3.4 or better. Take a look here for GPA calculation that UC schools follow.
California residents are guaranteed admission to one of the UC schools provided that they rank in the top 9 percent of California high school students and rank in the top 9 percent of their graduating class.
Let’s take a look at what the process looks like for filling out the UC application:
Submit a completed UC Application. The application fee is $70 for each campus you apply to for domestic students and $80 per school for international applicants, or you may apply for a fee waiver. Students who receive the fee waiver can only apply to 4 campuses.
Because the essay can make or break your application, you should spend time thinking through what message you wish to convey. Take a look at our thoughts on how to write a winning college essay and successful essay topics.
Have your transcript in hand. You do not need to send official transcripts when you apply, but you are required to submit your transcript if you are admitted.
Submit an SAT score or ACT score. Include your writing score. UCLA’s SAT code is 4837. UCLA’s ACT code is 0448.
The UC application also requires students to report SAT subject scores, Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, TOFEL, or IELTS exams as well.
Be on the lookout for emails from the school since some students may be contacted with requests for letters of recommendation or other materials.
Have your parents’ annual income ready to fill out.
Have your citizenship status and social security number ready, if applicable.
The UC application opens August 1st and the application deadline is November 30th. SAT or ACT tests must be submitted by December 31st. Applicants are notified of their decision around end of March.
UCLA Admitted Class Profile
If you are admitted and decide to attend UCLA, you will be a part of a very diverse class. There are many students from all over the United States and from many different countries. Here are some statistics about your classmates:
- 40.8% Male, 59.2% Female
- 74% of students come from California
- 31,002 total undergraduates
- Because of the sheer size of the school, UCLA has the 7th most international students in the US
UCLA also has great racial diversity although has a much larger Asian student population since the UC system does not follow affirmative action. The following are the statistics:
UCLA Tuition Cost
The annual tuition cost for UCLA is $36,015 for in-state students and $64,029 for out-of-state students. The following is a breakdown of the costs:
- Tuition: In-state $13,260, Out-of-state $41,274
- Room and Board: $15,991
- Books and Supplies: $1,449
- Transportation: $432
- Personal: $1,470
- Health Insurance: $2,242
UCLA has a robust academic environment. The school offers more than 3,800 courses across 109 academic departments. Students can choose to major in over 125 different subjects, studying under faculty that includes Nobel Prize winners, Fulbright Scholars, and a Fields Medal recipient. The divisions of schools that undergraduates may take classes in are as follows:
- College of Letters and Science
- School of the Arts and Architecture Henry Samueli
- School of Engineering and Applied Science (HSSEAS)
- Herb Alpert School of Music
- School of Theater, Film and Television
- School of Nursing
If you are interested in research, UCLA is a world leader in academia, and therefore gives abundant opportunities for students. From studying the impact of oil drilling to conducting field research in French Polynesia, students have done it all at UCLA. There are also abundant opportunities to study, work, or travel abroad.
UCLA’s library system is renown. Its library system holds over 11 million print and electronic items, across 2 general collections, 10 special libraries specific to particular subjects, along with 12 other collections on its campus.
UCLA Student Life
UCLA sits on a beautiful campus with 419 acres sitting at the base of the mountains of Santa Monica. Just five miles away are beautiful beaches sitting on the Pacific Ocean. Los Angeles offers some of the best cultural activities in the US, from the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Music Center, Chinatown, Olvera Street, Little Tokyo, and much more. Having a car can quickly bring you to all sorts of geographical nature outposts, from mountains to beaches to lakes to deserts all within a quick drive. If a more urban setting is your scene, you can spend free time exploring what Southern California has to offer.
During your time at UCLA, the university guarantees 3 years of housing to students. For freshmen, roughly 94% of students live in University housing. The living arrangements vary from coed residence halls to suites similar to apartments.
UCLA is also a powerhouse for athletics within the PAC-12 Conference. The school has 114 NCAA titles, more than any other school, along with 130 national championships across its teams. Women compete in 13 different sports, while men compete in 10. If you are interested in playing sports on intramural or club levels, UCLA offers many sports you can participate in, including basketball, crew, snow skiing, rugby, lacrosse, dance, martial arts, swimming, and many more. UCLA shares an athletics rivalry with the University of Southern California (USC) that's situated not too far in Los Angeles. This cross-town rivalry is most intense with football, followed by basketball.
UCLA is home to over 70 different fraternities and sororities, with nearly 13% of the student body participating in Greek life. The university also has a variety of cultural clubs on its campus, including Chinese Students and Scholars Association (CSSA), Quidditch Club, Chinese Music Ensemble (CME), Disney Club at UCLA, Japanese Student Association (JSA), Dancesport at UCLA, Association of Chinese Americans (ACA), Vietnamese Student Union (VSU), and many more. There are over 1000 student clubs, and you will never run out of interesting things to do. Freshmen can find what clubs they may be interested in joining during True Bruin Welcome. This week includes a full day for service for all the freshmen, a huge activities fair, along with a sports fair. The end of the True Bruin Welcome week concludes with a concert, dance, and movie pre-release.
One tradition UCLA students have is the “Midnight Yell”. For this event, students literally yell at midnight to alleviate stress from studying. Additionally, there is a quarterly undie run the Wednesday of each finals week. As you may surmise, students run across campus in underwear.
UCLA has many notable alumni throughout a variety of areas, from business, politics and government, military, academia, science and technology, sports, and many others areas. These individuals have achieved success, and several notable alumni are as follows:
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, NBA Hall of Famer
George Takei, Star Trek Actor and activist
James Dean, Actor
Elinor Ostrom, political scientist and first female Nobel laureate in economics
Taylor Wang, first Chinese-born astronaut
Randy Schekman, Nobel laureate in physiology or medicine
John E. Anderson, Billionaire businessman
Peter H. Dailey, United States Ambassador to Ireland