University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)
405 Hilgard Ave, Los Angeles, California 90095
Los Angeles, California 90095
(800) 523-2048
Accrediting Agency:
Western Association of Schools and Colleges

Established in 1919, the University of California, Los Angeles, or UCLA, was originally founded as the southern branch of the University of California. UCLA is considered one of the flagship schools of the 10-campus system, offering more than 300 degree programs at the undergraduate and graduate level to nearly 40,000 students. Faculty, researchers, and alumni include 14 Nobel Prize winners. In addition, student-athletes at UCLA have won more than 200 Olympic medals. U.S. News & World Report ranked UCLA second amongst the nation’s public universities in 2010. In addition, that same year, the school was 12th in Newsweek‘s annual ranking of the top 100 global universities.

Programs Offered

With hundreds of degrees offered, UCLA’s academic programs are divided up between five undergraduate colleges, five health science schools, and seven professional schools. The undergraduate colleges include divisions in humanities, life sciences, physical sciences, social sciences, and undergraduate education. Notable professional programs include theatre, film, and television, architecture, management, engineering, and law. In addition, the school offers a healthcare system, UCLA Healthcare, to supplement educational and research opportunities in medicine, neuropsychiatry, nursing, dentistry, and public health.


The University of California – Los Angeles is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. The university has also earned accreditation from the following specialized agencies: the American Bar Association, the American Dental Association, the American Psychological Association, the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education, the Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education, the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, the Council on Education for Public Health, the Liaison Committee on Medical Education, and the National Association of Schools of Theatre. As an accredited institution, students enrolling at UCLA are eligible to apply for federal financial aid.


UCLA is a highly selective university, admitting only 26% of those who applied for the fall 2010 semester. Prospective undergraduates will need to submit their high school transcript and GPA, their SAT or ACT scores, and any completed SAT subject tests, Advanced Placement, or International Baccalaureate exam scores. Students will also need to prepare a personal statement to submit with their online application. This personal statement will a response to two essay prompts provided on the application website. There is a $70 fee due at the time the application is submitted, but students who need financial assistance may be eligible to have this fee waived with proof of income.


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