National Universities USA – 2016 – University of California,Los Angeles – Rank 24/100
University of California–Los Angeles
University of California–Los Angeles is a public institution that was founded in 1919. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 29,633, its setting is urban, and the campus size is 419 acres. It utilizes a quarter-based academic calendar. University of California–Los Angeles’s ranking in the 2016 edition of Best Colleges is National Universities, 23. Its in-state tuition and fees are $12,753 (2015-16); out-of-state tuition and fees are $35,631 (2015-16).
The University of California—Los Angeles, commonly referred to as UCLA, is located in the Westwood neighborhood of L.A., just five miles from the Pacific Ocean. UCLA guarantees housing for three years. Students can join any of the more than 800 student organizations, including 60 or so Greek chapters, which represent about 13 percent of the student body. The university has a number of student media groups including a newspaper, magazine, and radio and TV stations. The UCLA Bruins compete in the Pac-12 Conference of NCAA’s Division I and are well known for their successful men’s and women’s water polo teams. The Bruins’ football team plays its home games at the famous Rose Bowl stadium in nearby Pasadena.
UCLA encompasses the College of Letters and Sciences and a number of graduate schools and programs, including the highly ranked Anderson School of Management, Graduate School of Education and Information Studies, Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science, School of Law, David Geffen School of Medicine, School of Public Affairs, School of Nursing and School of Public Health. UCLA also has a prestigious School of Theater, Film & Television and School of Dentistry. The Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center is one of the top-ranked hospitals in the country. Notable alumni include former NBA star Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, singer-songwriter Sara Bareilles and actor Sean Astin, best know for his portrayal of Sam Gamgee in “The Lord of the Rings” film trilogy.
UCLA offers virtually unlimited opportunities for inquiry, discovery, and education — and yet is a close community that provides a real sense of belonging. The campus is home to world-renowned faculty who teach in 230 undergraduate and graduate majors, with more than two dozen of these academic programs ranked among the top 20 in their disciplines. The faculty provide more than 5,000 courses annually, with two-thirds of undergraduate classes having fewer than 30 students. The undergraduate experience can begin with a year-long Freshman Cluster Course, a stimulating team-taught exploration of one of 11 challenging interdisciplinary topics. In addition, 200 Fiat Lux Seminars — where freshmen have priority enrollment — are taught by senior faculty in small-group settings of approximately 20 students. Undergraduates also conduct research as early as their freshman year, with more than half of UCLA students graduating with research experience in the humanities, social sciences, and STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) disciplines. Outside the classroom, UCLA offers more than 1,000 student organizations providing students with ample opportunity to explore their interests, express their opinions, and have their voices heard. Community service is a cornerstone of undergraduate education at UCLA. Students can connect with oppotunities through programs at the Volunteer Center, through more than 220 student groups engaged in commnity service, or on Volunteer Day, which brings together 8,000 UCLA volunteers annually. UCLA also encourages students to study abroad — more than 2,400 do so each year — with more than 275 programs in 39 countries. UCLA is home to leading research centers and institutes, top performing arts programs, an elite Division I athletics program, and the preeminent hospital in the Western United States. No other university can match such a diverse mix of academic excellence and life experience. UCLA is the place where students can believe there are no barriers — and learn how to prove it.
Rankings, Scores & Key Indicators
Score – 74
High school counselor score (out of 5) – 4.4
Average freshman retention rate – 97%
Classes with fewer than 20 students – 50.9%
Classes with 50 or more students – 22%
Student-faculty ratio – 17:1
Fall 2014 acceptance rate – 18.6%
6-year graduation rate – 91%