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University of California-Los Angeles

Los Angeles, CAhttps://www.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 15% 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 $57,600 within five 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.
CORONAVIRUS UPDATE
FALL 2020 PLAN: UCLA, which begins its fall quarter in late September, recently announced it would reduce in-person classes to about 8% of all courses. It plans to continue to offer housing to about 5,000 students in residence halls.
costs
Est. Full Price 2020-2021
$35,500
% of students who get any grants
60%
Est. price for students who receive aid
$15,700
Average price for low-income students
$9,000
admissions
Acceptance rate
14%
Median SAT/ACT Score
1410/32
SAT/ACT Required for Fall 2021?
no
Enrollment
31,570
Financial Aid
% of students with need who get grants
96%
% of need met
82%
% of students who get merit* grants
3%
Average merit grant
$6,040
student success
Graduation rate
91%
Average time to a degree
4.2 years
Average student debt
$15,000
Average salary within 5 years
$57,600
% earning more than $28,000
83%
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.

* Full price of attendance includes on-campus room & board fees, which may not be applicable to all colleges' reopening plans this year.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, Money/American Institutes for Research calculations, Opportunity Insights.

coronavirus update

FALL 2020 PLAN: UCLA, which begins its fall quarter in late September, recently announced it would reduce in-person classes to about 8% of all courses. It plans to continue to offer housing to about 5,000 students in residence halls.

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

* Full price of attendance includes on-campus room & board fees, which may not be applicable to all colleges' reopening plans this year.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, Money/American Institutes for Research calculations, Opportunity Insights.

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