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Colleges / University of California, Los Angeles

About UCLA

University of California, Los Angeles is a public, state school located in the urban setting of Los Angeles, CA, less than an hour from Los Angeles.

Founded in 1919, the institution currently enrolls around 45,846 students a year, including 31,636 undergrads. The institution runs on a quarter academic calendar.

UCLA's endowment was valued at $3,633,380,795 in 2021.

2021 Admissions Facts About UCLA

Acceptance rate: 14%

Average GPA: 3.9

Mean ACT score: 31

Mean SAT score: 1400

Does not offer early decision.

Doesn't offer early action.

Get ready! The 2022 regular decision application deadline for UCLA is November 30

All regular decision applicants should hear back March 31.

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What is University of California, Los Angeles's acceptance rate?

Admission to UCLA is very difficult. The acceptance rate at UCLA is 14 percent. In 2021, UCLA admitted 15,352 of the 107,356 people who applied.

Admitted students have an average high school GPA of 3.9 on a 4.0 scale. The mean SAT scores for students who get into UCLA is 1400. The mean ACT scores is 31.

In 2021, 14,470 applicants were waitlisted and 1,779 students were ultimately offered a spot off the waitlist.

Is UCLA a good school?

The definition of a "good school" is different for different people. Admissions difficulty and admitted student statistics can give you a sense of how selective a school is, but they don't say much about the quality of the education or the student experience. However, there are a few good ways to get a better sense how satisfied students are and how well a school supports its student body.

Retention and graduation rates

Out of all the first-year, full-time undergrads who start at UCLA, around 96 percent return for their sophomore year. Out of the 5,764 students who started at UCLA as first-time freshman, 4,651 graduate within four years.

UCLA's six-year graduation for undergrads is 91 percent. The average six-year graduation rate for U.S. colleges and universities is 61 percent for public schools, and 67 percent for private, non-profit schools.

Job outcomes and student debt

Job placement rates after graduation, average starting salaries, and the debt students graduate with can all give important clues about the value of a degree from a specific school. The average student debt for graduates in the class of 2021 was around $20,305 per student, not including those with no debt. For context, compare this number with the average national debt, which is around $36,000 per borrower.

Based on this information, how does UCLA sound? Remember, the best school for one person may be a terrible fit for someone else! So the real question to ask yourself: is UCLA a good school for YOU?

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All applicants should hear back from UCLA by March 31.

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College Info

405 Hilgard Avenue Los Angeles, CA 90095

Campus Setting: Urban

UCLA Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Nov 30

Transfer Applications are Due

Nov 30

The deadline for Fall first-year applications to UCLA is Nov 30.

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to UCLA is Nov 30.

Check the school website for more information about deadlines for specific programs or special admissions programs


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ACT Range

27 - 34

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

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34 and Above


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ACT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median ACT score of an admitted student to UCLA is 31. Students with an ACT score of 34 and above have a good chance of getting into UCLA. Students with an ACT score that falls between 27 and 34 have an average chance of getting admitted, and students with an ACT score of 27 or below have a low chance of being offered admission.



Composite SAT Range

1290 - 1510


Math SAT Range

630 - 790


Reading SAT Range

640 - 740

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

SAT Score

Estimated Chance

1510 and Above


1290 to 1510


1290 and Less


SAT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median SAT score for UCLA students is 1400. Applicants with SAT scores of 1510 and above have a good chance of being admitted to UCLA, while applicants with SAT scores between 1290 to 1510 have an average chance of admittance, and prospective students with an SAT score below 1290 have a low chance of being offered a spot at UCLA.

UCLA Tuition & Fees

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Student Life

Wondering what life at UCLA is like? There are approximately 45,742 students enrolled at UCLA, including 31,543 undergraduate students and 14,199 graduate students. 98% percent of students attend school full-time, 87% percent are from CA and 13% percent of students are from other states.


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