The University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) is a public research university located in the Westwood neighborhood of Los Angeles, California, USA. It is the second-oldest of the ten campuses of the University of California system and the most selective public university in the United States. UCLA, (along with Berkeley), is considered a flagship campus of the University of California system. It offers over 300 undergraduate and graduate degree programs in a wide range of disciplines. With an enrollment of about 26,000 undergraduate and about 13,000 graduate students from the United States and around the world, UCLA is the largest university in the state of California in terms of student body and the most popular university in the United States by number of applicants. The university was elected to the Association of American Universities in 1974.
The university is organized into five undergraduate colleges, seven professional schools, and four professional health science schools. The undergraduate colleges are the College of Letters and Science; Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science; School of the Arts and Architecture; School of Theater, Film, and Television; and School of Nursing. Fifteen Nobel Prize laureates, one Fields Medalist, and two Turing award winners have been affiliated with the university as faculty, researchers, or alumni. Among the current faculty members, 51 have been elected to the National Academy of Sciences, 23 to the National Academy of Engineering, 37 to the Institute of Medicine, and 120 to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
UCLA’s primary purpose as a public research university is the creation, dissemination, preservation and application of knowledge for the betterment of our global society. To fulfill this mission, UCLA is committed to academic freedom in its fullest terms: UCLA values open access to information, free and lively debate conducted with mutual respect for individuals, and freedom from intolerance. In all of the University’s pursuits, UCLA strives at once for excellence and diversity, recognizing that openness and inclusion produce true quality. These values underlie our three institutional responsibilities.
UCLS academic experience requires a certain type of student. While the average GPA for an admitted student is 4.34 and the composite score on the SATs is 2026, at UCLA we’re looking for more than a straight-A student. You might be in your high school’s jazz band and the starting point guard on the basketball team. Or perhaps you’re the senior class president and coordinator of a local charity organization. Ideally, you are all these things and more.
When you’re admitted to UCLA, you and your family might have concerns about how you’ll cover the costs of tuition, housing and other necessities. Our financial aid professionals will make every effort to help you afford to pay for your education. Our office is dedicated to helping each family create a strategy that works for them. Thanks to the numerous options available, your education can be affordable.
Choosing a university is no small feat. It’s important to make sure that the schools you apply to have the programs and resources that meet your personal and academic needs. It’s also important to understand what the schools expect from you.
Four Types of Financial Aid:
Paying for your education should be a partnership between student, family and university. In addition to the FAFSA, check out the many ways you can pay for your UCLA education.
UCLA offers financial support that may be awarded based on need, academic merit, background, specific talents or professional interests:
UCLA Regents Scholarships (merit-based)
UCLA Alumni Scholarships (merit-based)
UCLA Achievement Scholarships (merit- and need-based)
Some other important scholarship sources include:
The Gates Millennium Scholars: A program that awards 1,000 scholarships per year
UCLA Scholarship Resource Center: Located on campus near the student residence halls, the center helps students identify scholarships available regardless of income level
Fastweb: A website that matches personal profiles to available scholarships
Grants are awards that the recipient does not have to pay back. Sources include the federal and state governments as well as your university. Most are awarded based on need.
Some grants include:
University of California Blue and Gold Opportunity Plan
Pell Grants (Federal)
Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants (Federal)
Cal Grants A or B (California)
University Student Aid Program Funds (need-based)
Scholarship Recognition Awards: These one-year, non-renewable grants are awarded to entering freshmen and transfer students who complete their FAFSA before the priority filing deadline. These awards recognize stellar academic achievement and assist students with financial need.
In 2011, graduating seniors in the U.S. had an average student loan debt of $25,000. But for UCLA seniors, the average was much lower—just over $18,000.
The federal government offers low-interest student loans for higher education, such as:
U.S. Department of Education Direct Loan Program
Federal Perkins Loan Program
There are flexible payment options and other discounts, as well as delayed repayment options. Interest on student loans is tax deductible. For Non-Residents: If you are not a California resident, your home state might still offer college grants even if you attend an institution in another state. Check the U.S. Department of Education website for a list of state higher education agencies that can direct you to the proper resources.