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University of California-Los Angeles

Los Angeles, CAwww.ucla.edu/
There's a lot of star power at UCLA. There are professors like computer science pioneer Leonard Kleinrock, who sent the first message over the Internet; Pulitzer Prize-winning geographer Jared Diamond; and Terence Tao, who won the Fields Medal in 2006. And then there are the students. The Theater, Film, and Television school is among the best in the country, and scores of former students are working in movies and on television, including Mariska Hargitay, Jack Black, and James Franco. On the sports front, the Bruins have produced a galaxy of stars, including Arthur Ashe, Jackie Robinson, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Troy Aikman, and several Olympians in track and field. That said, the university does a fine job of supporting ordinary students as well. About one-third of its students come from low-income families, and nearly 91% of freshmen eventually graduate -- about 17% more than is typical for schools with similar student bodies. Bruins tend to graduate into good jobs, reporting average annual salaries to PayScale of about $60,000 within three years, slightly above the average. The university also offers more than 1,000 clubs and organizations, including the Daily Bruin newspaper, and Campus Events Commission, which programs free sneak previews of films on campus. Students looking to escape the bubble of Westwood Village are only a short drive away from both Beverly Hills and the beach in Santa Monica.
costs
Est. Full Price 2019-2020
$35,400
% of students who get any grants
59%
Est. price for students who receive aid
$15,800
Average price for low-income students
$8,230
admissions
Acceptance rate
16%
Median SAT/ACT Score
1340/32
SAT/ACT required?
Yes
Enrollment
30,994
Financial Aid
% of students with need who get grants
96%
% of need met
83%
% of students who get merit* grants
3%
Average merit grant
$5,633
student success
Graduation rate
91%
Average time to a degree
4.2 years
Average student debt
$15,000
Average salary within 3 years
$60,000
% of low-income students who become upper middle class
55%
key deadlines
Early decision application
N/A
Regular application
Nov 30

* Share of full-time undergraduates who had no financial need and were awarded grants.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, MONEY/College Measures calculations, Opportunity Insights.

* Share of full-time undergraduates who had no financial need and were awarded grants.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, MONEY/College Measures calculations, Opportunity Insights.

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