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The University of California at Los Angeles (most commonly referred to as UCLA) is one of the most frequently searched universities in the United States, according to a recent internet keyword search of American colleges. 


The college is a public research university located in the Westwood neighborhood of Los Angeles.

Founded about a hundred years ago in 1919, the university currently maintains an enrollment of roughly 45,000 students each semester. About two thirds of them are studying at the undergraduate level. 

The average undergraduate acceptance rate is currently around 17%, but the rate varies by school. The average student faculty ratio is 17 to 1. 

UCLA offers more than 130 undergraduate majors, as well as many graduate degrees and a number of PhD programs. 

Academically, UCLA was recently ranked 15th in the world (and 1st among public universities in America) on the Times Higher Education World University Rankings report. 

Notable graduates of UCLA include at least two dozen Nobel Laureates, no less than 10 Rhodes Scholars, 10 winners of the National Medal of Science, 3 Pulitzer Prize winners, many CEOs, a long line of noteworthy politicians, countless sports figures, and numerous award winning entertainers. 

Famous Alumni include actress Mayim Biyalik, Pulitzer Prize winning author Martin Sherwin, and actor Ben Stiller, among others. 

The university is accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC), which is the regional accrediting agency of colleges in California, Hawaii, and the Pacific region


Shown above: Drone footage of the UC (Los Angeles) campus. 

image credit: youtube.com





UCLA Q&A


Here are the answers to some frequently asked questions about the University of California, Los Angeles.



1. Where is UCLA?

The main campus is located in the Westwood Village section of Los Angeles, roughly 20 miles northwest of downtown L.A. 


Here is the official mailing and visiting address of the main campus: 


University of California, Los Angeles

Los Angeles, California

90095




Above: Royce Hall, the main architectural campus landmark.

image: oneclass.com




2. What is the organizational structure of UCLA?

There are nine UC colleges that offer undergraduate programs. 

  1. University of California at Berkeley
  2. University of California at Davis
  3. University of California at Irvine 
  4. University of California at Los Angeles
  5. University of California at Merced 
  6. University of California at Riverside
  7. University of California at San Diego
  8. University of California at Santa Barbara
  9. University of California at Santa Cruz 


UCLA is organized into the following undergraduate academic divisions: 

  1. College of Letters and Science
  2. School of the Arts and Architecture
  3. School of Engineering and Applied Science
  4. School of Music 
  5. School of Nursing
  6. School of Theater, Film, and Television   


The university also has nine professional schools, including a law school, and four schools of health sciences, including a medical school. 

Here is a list of the graduate colleges of UCLA: 

  1. Anderson School of Management
  2. David Geffen School of Medicine 
  3. Graduate School of Education and Information Studies
  4. Jonathan and Karin Fielding School of Public Health 
  5. Luskin School of Public Affairs 
  6. School of Dentistry 
  7. School of Law
  8. School of Nursing 
  9. Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior 




3. What undergraduate studies are offered at UCLA?

Undergraduate course offerings here cover a wide range of topics.

Here is a list of the undergraduate areas of study available:

  • Aerospace Engineering
  • African American Studies
  • African and Middle Eastern Studies 
  • American Indian Studies
  • American Literature and Culture 
  • Ancient Near East and Egyptology
  • Anthropology 
  • Arabic
  • Architectural Studies 
  • Art 
  • Art History
  • Asian American Studies 
  • Asian Humanities
  • Asian Languages and Linguistics 
  • Asian Religions 
  • Asian Studies 
  • Astrophysics
  • Atmospheric and Ocean Sciences
  • Biochemistry
  • Bioengineering 
  • Biology
  • Biophysic
  • Business Economics
  • Central and East EuropeanLanguages and Cultures 
  • Chemical Engineering 
  • Chemistry
  • Chicana and Chicano Studies 
  • Chinese
  • Civil Engineering 
  • Classic Civilization 
  • Climate Science 
  • Cognitive Science 
  • Communication
  • Comparative Literature
  • Computational and Systems Biology
  • Computer Engineering
  • Computer Science 
  • Dance
  • Design 
  • Earth and Environmental Science 
  • Ecology, Behavior, and Evolution 
  • Economics
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Engineering Geology
  • English 
  • Environmental Science 
  • Ethnomusicology 
  • European Studies
  • Film and Television
  • French
  • Gender Studies 
  • Geography 
  • Geology 
  • Geophysics 
  • German
  • Global Studies
  • Greek
  • Greek and Latin 
  • History 
  • Human Biology and Society 
  • International Development Studies  
  • Iranian Studies 
  • Italian 
  • Japanese
  • Jewish Studies
  • Korean
  • Latin 
  • Latin American Studies
  • Linguistics 
  • Marine Biology
  • Mathematics
  • Mathematics, Applied 
  • Microbiology, Immunology, and Molecular Genetics 
  • Materials Engineering 
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Middle Eastern Studies 
  • Molecular, Cell, and Developmental Biology
  • Music
  • Music Education
  • Musicology
  • Neuroscience 
  • Nordic Studies 
  • Nursing  
  • Philosophy 
  • Physics
  • Physiology 
  • Political Science 
  • Portuguese 
  • Psychobiology 
  • Psychology
  • Public Affairs 
  • Religion
  • Russian Language and Literature 
  • Russian Studies Scandinavian Languages and Cultures 
  • Sociology
  • Spanish  
  • Statistics 
  • Theater Arts
  • World Arts and Cultures 




Above: Powell Library

image: pacificaties.org 




4. What graduate programs are available at UCLA?

Students attending the graduate college can earn Masters degrees in any of the following programs: 

  • Aerospace Engineering 
  • African American Studies 
  • American Studies
  • American Indian Studies 
  • Anthropology 
  • Archeology
  • Architecture
  • Art 
  • Art History 
  • Asian American Studies 
  • Asian Languages and Cultures 
  • Astronomy 
  • Atmospheric and Ocean Sciences 
  • Biochemistry, Molecular, and Structural Biology 
  • Bioengineering
  • Bioinformatics 
  • Biological Chemistry  
  • Biology
  • Biomathematics 
  • Biostatistics 
  • Cellular and Molecular Pathology  
  • Chemical Engineering 
  • Chemistry
  • Chicano and Chicana Studies 
  • Civil Engineering
  • Classics
  • Clinical Research 
  • Comparative Literature
  • Computer Network Engineering  
  • Computer Science 
  • Conservation of Archeological and Ethnographic Materials 
  • Conservation of Material Culture
  • Culture and Performance  
  • Dance 
  • Design
  • East Asian Studies  
  • Economics
  • Education 
  • Electrical and Computer Engineering 
  • Electronics 
  • Engineering Science 
  • English
  • Entomology
  • Environment and Sustainability 
  • Environmental Engineering 
  • Environmental Health 
  • Epidemiology 
  • Ethnomusicology 
  • Film and Television  
  • French Studies 
  • Gender Studies 
  • Geochemistry  
  • Geography
  • Geology 
  • Geophysics 
  • Germanic Languages 
  • Greek 
  • Health Policy and Management 
  • History
  • Human Genetics  
  • Islamic Studies 
  • Italian
  • Latin
  • Latin American Studies 
  • Library and Information Science  
  • Linguistics 
  • Management  
  • Manufacturing Engineering
  • Materials Science and Engineering 
  • Mathematics 
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Microbiology, Immunology, and Molecular Genetics 
  • Molecular and Medical Pharmacology 
  • Molecular, Cell, and Developmental Biology
  • Music
  • Musicology
  • Near Eastern Languages and Cultures 
  • Nursing
  • Oral Biology
  • Philosophy 
  • Physics
  • Physics and Biology in Medicine 
  • Physiology 
  • Political Science 
  • Portuguese 
  • Psychology 
  • Public Health for Health Professionals
  • Public Policy
  • Scandinavian   
  • Signal Processing
  • Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Languages and Cultures 
  • Social Welfare
  • Sociology
  • Spanish  
  • Statistics
  • Teaching Asian Languages
  • Theater 
  • Urban and Regional Planning 


For the longest time, UCLA was a well known film school. The school was teased a bit by other universities, because the only PhD program it offered was in Accounting. And this was arranged only so that UCLA could call itself a university, and become part of the UC system. 

Times have changed. Now UC Los Angeles has many PhD programs to choose from. 

Here's a list of PhD programs offered here:

  • Aerospace Engineering 
  • Anthropology 
  • Archeology
  • Architecture 
  • Art History 
  • Asian Languages and Cultures 
  • Astronomy 
  • Atmospheric and Ocean Sciences 
  • Biochemistry, Molecular, and Structural Biology 
  • Bioengineering
  • Bioinformatics 
  • Biological Chemistry  
  • Biology
  • Biomathematics  
  • Biostatistics 
  • Cellular and Molecular Pathology  
  • Chemical Engineering 
  • Chemistry
  • Chicano and Chicana Studies 
  • Civil Engineering
  • Classics 
  • Community Health 
  • Comparative Literature
  • Computer Science 
  • Conservation of Material Culture
  • Culture and Performance   
  • Economics
  • Education 
  • Electrical and Computer Engineering 
  • English
  • Environment and Sustainability 
  • Environmental Health 
  • Environmental Science and Engineering 
  • Epidemiology 
  • Ethnomusicology 
  • Film and Television  
  • French Studies 
  • Gender Studies 
  • Geochemistry  
  • Geography
  • Geology 
  • Geophysics 
  • Germanic Languages 
  • Health Policy and Management 
  • Hispanic Languages and Literatures 
  • History
  • Human Genetics  
  • Info European Studies
  • Information Studies 
  • Islamic Studies 
  • Italian
  • Linguistics 
  • Management  
  • Materials Science and Engineering 
  • Mathematics 
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Microbiology, Immunology, and Molecular Genetics 
  • Molecular and Medical Pharmacology 
  • Molecular Biology
  • Molecular Toxicology 
  • Molecular, Cellular, and Integrative Physiology 
  • Molecular, Cell, and Developmental Biology
  • Music
  • Musicology
  • Near Eastern Languages and Cultures 
  • Neuroscience 
  • Nursing
  • Oral Biology
  • Philosophy 
  • Physics
  • Physics and Biology in Medicine 
  • Political Science 
  • Psychology 
  • Public Health 
  • Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Languages and Cultures 
  • Social Welfare
  • Sociology
  • Special Education  
  • Statistics
  • Theater and Performance Studies
  • Urban Planning 




Above: Hot campus babes rev up for summer fun!

image: summerdiscovery.com




4. What programs are available at the UCLA School of Law?

The law school offers five main legal specialties:

  1. Business Law and Policy
  2. Critical Race Studies 
  3. Entertainment Law
  4. Law and Philosophy 
  5. Public Interest Law 


Areas of focus at the law school include:

  • Business Law
  • Consumer Law
  • Criminal Justice
  • Critical Race Studies
  • Employment and Labor Law
  • Entertainment Law
  • Environmental Law
  • Gender Law
  • Immigration Law 
  • Intellectual Property Law
  • International Human Rights 
  • International Law
  • Legal Profession
  • Public Interest Law 
  • Public Law 


The Bar Pass rate for graduates of the law school is about 88%. 




Above: The School of Law

image: law.ucla.edu




6. How much does it cost to attend UCLA?

According to the school website, the cost of tuition, fees, housing, and other expenses for admission to the college in the upcoming school year is as follows:


For Undergraduate admissions:

  • Roughly $25,000 to 35,000 per year for residents of the state of California
  • Roughly $55,000 to $65,000 per year for enrollments from out of state. 


Graduate school tuition may vary by school and degree. 


The Law School tuition for the JD program of the upcoming year is as follows: 

  • $45,660 for California residents
  • $52,155 for out of state enrollments 
  • $ 3,902 mandatory Health Insurance fee. 

In addition to annual tuition and fees, law school students should budget roughly $560.00 per semester for books and supplies.


Other fees may also apply, such as application fees, registration fees, parking fees, technology fees, and others. 

Financial aid is available to many incoming and continuing students who fill out the FAFSA form. Aid may come in the form of grants, loans, scholarships, work study programs, or private donations. 

Most undergraduate students do not pay the full cost of tuition. 





7. What is the UCLA campus like?

The main campus spans about 419 acres in the urban setting of one of America's best college towns.

The campus contains at least 163 buildings, some of them constructed from imported Italian brick. Included in the architectural mix are more than a dozen housing complexes. 

Campus landmarks and attractions include Royce Hall, the Powell Library, the Fowler Museum, and an indoor arena called the Pauley Pavilion, among others. 

The campus is also home to 12 libraries, containing a total of more than nine million books. 

The grounds are adorned with sculpture gardens, fountains, and a time-honored blend of architectural styles. 

Surrounding the campus is the charming Westwood district. Public transportation is readily available. Popular local entertainment venues include the Getty Center, the L.A. County Museum of Art, and the Walt Disney Concert Hall, among others. 


The school colors are blue and gold. The varsity athletes here are called the Bruins. They play for the NCAA Division 1 - Pac-12 Conference. 

Proudly, U.C.L.A. has won more national championships than any university except Stanford. 

Intercollegiate sports for men and women on campus include:  

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Beach Volleyball 
  • Cross Country 
  • Football
  • Golf 
  • Gymnastics 
  • Lacrosse
  • Rowing
  • Soccer 
  • Softball 
  • Swimming (& Diving)
  • Tennis 
  • Track & Field
  • Volleyball
  • Water Polo


Also available on campus are more than a few club and intramural sports, such as some of the ones listed above, as well as aerobics, badminton, dance, and others.  

Aside form athletics, the school also features more than a thousand on-campus undergraduate student organizations, spanning a wide range of interests. Student activity groups include an African Arts club, a Christian fellowship, a campus magazine, a cooking club, a karate club, a theater ensemble, a film society, and a Pre Law society, to name only a few. 




Above: The Bruins in action.

image: dailybruin.com




Above: A member of the school's award-winning gymnastics team.

image: uclabruins.com




8. What are the distance learning options at UCLA?

UCLA offers a range of distance learning opportunities. Here's a list of some of the upcoming online classes available:  

  • Computer Science
  • Digital Speech Processing 
  • Earth, Planetary, and Space Sciences 
  • Electrical and Computer Engineering 
  • Geography
  • Geographic Information Systems 
  • Internet Architecture and Protocols 
  • Latin
  • Life Sciences
  • Laboratory and Scientific Methodology 
  • Major Events In History Of Life 
  • Material Processing in Manufacturing 
  • Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering 
  • Mechanics of Intelligent Material Systems 
  • Microscale and Nanoscale Manufacturing 
  • Modeling of VLSI Circuits and Systems 
  • Program Management Principles for Engineers and Professionals 
  • Spanish
  • Theater 




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9. What is the contact information for UCLA?

To reach the main campus, or for general information, call 310-825-4321

To reach the office of Undergraduate Admissions, call 310-825-3101. 

For the Graduate Admissions office, call 310-206-3411. 

To inquire about financial aid, call 310-206-0400. 

To contact the School of Law, call 310-825-4841. 





Above: Downtown Westwood, Los Angeles

image credit: parents.ucla.edu




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