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    University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) Admissions 2021-2022: Acceptance Rate, Eligibility & Deadlines for International Students

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    Considered to be one of the most applied-to university of the USA, UCLA admission is highly selective. It received over 156,956 applications for fall 2019 admissions out of which only 13% were accepted. Due to UCLA’s ranking and reputation all over the world, students in such a large number apply here. However, the university has a limited place and can accept applications only within its capacity, thus making it difficult to get in. Total of 44,947 students were enrolled here in fall 2019.

    Over 130 undergraduate and 121 graduate programs are offered by the University of California Los Angeles. It follows a quarter term system with regular sessions in Fall, Spring, and Summer. Minimum 3.0 GPA in bachelor's and 3.4 GPA in class XII is the minimum requirement for UCLA admission in graduate and undergraduate programs respectively. However, admitted undergraduate class of fall 2019 had an average of 3.93 GPA.

    UCLA Courses Deadlines & Test Scores

    Program Application Deadline Test Score Requirements
    M.Sc Computer Science December 1 IELTS: 7.0;
    TOEFL (iBT): 87;
    TOEFL (PBT): 560
    M.B.A April 21 GMAT: 706 OREquivalent GRE;
    IELTS: 7.0;
    TOEFL (iBT): 87;
    TOEFL (PBT): 560
    M.Sc Management - Business Analytics March 12;
    May 14
    GMAT: 724 OR
    GRE: 168 in quant (average of 2019);
    IELTS: 7.0;
    TOEFL (iBT): 87;
    TOEFL (PBT): 560
    M.Sc Mechanical Engineering December 1 GRE: 79th percentile in verbal, 92 percentile in quant; 4.0 in analytical;
    IELTS: 7.0;
    TOEFL (iBT): 87;
    TOEFL (PBT): 560
    Master of Financial Engineering April 30 GRE/GMAT (no minmum requirement);
    IELTS: 7.0;
    TOEFL (iBT): 100;
    TOEFL (PBT): 610
    MS in Manufacturing Engineering December 1 GRE: 79th percentile in verbal, 92nd in quantitative, 4.0 in analytical;
    IELTS: 7.0;
    TOEFL (iBT): 87;
    TOEFL (PBT): 560
    MS in Electrical and Computer Engineering December 1 IELTS: 7.0;
    TOEFL (iBT): 87;
    TOEFL (PBT): 560
    MS Statistics December 1 GRE (no minimum requirement);
    IELTS: 7.0;
    TOEFL (iBT): 87;
    TOEFL (PBT): 560
    Masters in Architecture December 1 GRE (no minimum requirement);
    TOEFL (iBT): 92;
    IELTS: 7.0
    MS in Physics December 1 GRE (optional);
    IELTS: 7.0;
    TOEFL (iBT): 87;
    TOEFL (PBT): 560
    B.Sc Geophysics November 30 SAT: 1370 – 1540 (average of 2019);
    IELTS: 7.0;
    TOEFL (iBT): 100
    BSc Computer Science November 30 SAT: 1370 – 1540 (average of 2019);
    IELTS: 7.0;
    TOEFL (iBT): 100
    BSc Civil Engineering November 30 SAT: 1370 – 1540 (average of 2019);
    IELTS: 7.0;
    TOEFL (iBT): 100

    COVID-19 Update: Due to the pandemic, the university has made submission of SAT/ACT scores optional.

    UCLA Acceptance Rate

    The acceptance rate of the University of California Los Angeles for undergraduate programs in fall 2019 was only 12%. It has been constantly declining since the last ten years implying that getting admission in the university is getting more and more difficult with each passing year. One of the reasons for the decline in UCLA’s acceptance rate could be the increasing number of applicants while the student capacity remains the same. 

     UCLA School of Nursing has an acceptance rate of only 2% for its undergraduate programs. On the other hand, the College of Letters and Science’s accepted the highest number of students ie. 14%. Henry Samueli School of Engineering’s acceptance rate is although better than School of Nursing but is still very low ie. 10%.

    With an acceptance rate of 28%, admission to UCLA’s graduate programs is comparatively easier than undergraduate programs. 

    UCLA Admissions Requirements for International Students

    • Academic transcripts from secondary school.
    • 3.4 GPA in class 12, average GPA of students enrolled in fall 2019 was 3.93
    • English translations of all academic transcripts 
    • Scores of ACT or SAT. Average score achieved by students admitted in 2019 are:
      • SAT: 1370 – 1540
      • ACT: 30 – 35
    • Answer to university’s personal insight questions within the word limit of 350
    • Proof of English language proficiency by submitting one of the following test scores:
      • IELTS: 7.0
      • TOEFL (iBT): 100

    Students who studied following academic subjects in high school diploma are given preference in the admission process:

    • History/Social Science: 2 years
    • English: 4 years
    • Mathematics: 3 years
    • Any language other than English: 2 years
    • Visual and Performing Arts: 1 year
    • College Preparatory Electives: 1 year

    Note:

    • Letters of recommendation and interviews may be required as a part of the supplemental application for School of Arts & Architecture, School of Music, School of Nursing and School of Theater, Film & Television. 
    • Applicants from India are required to complete Year X and Year XII state board exams. The average scores achieved by competitive applicants are A1 and A2 grades or scores above 80%.

    UCLA Admission for Transfer

    The university is committed to being a transfer-friendly institution. The average GPA of admitted transfer students is above 3.5, and they have completed most or all the majors' preparatory courses. 

    The University of California Los Angeles requires all secondary school records showing subjects taken and grades received as well as any national or government certificates earned. Official documents of all college or university coursework must also be sent along with English translations. 

    Admission Requirements for Transfer Students: 

    • Junior-level standing (60 semester/90 quarter transferable units completed) by the end of the spring term before the transfer.
    • GPA of 3.2 or higher earned in transferable courses.
    • Progress towards completion of major preparation requirements by spring prior to transfer.
    • Completion of the following courses: 
      • Two transferable courses in English composition/critical thinking and writing.
      • One transferable math course with intermediate algebra or higher.
      • Four transferable college courses in at least two of the following subject areas: arts and humanities, social and behavioural sciences, physical and biological sciences.

    The students who wish to study in the USA at the University of California Los Angeles require a student visa. The eligibility requirements for the same include an I-20 form that is issued by the university. Students who will need an I-20 form for an F-1 student visa must submit the following documents-

    • financial support documentation verifying available funding to meet the study and living expenses while in the USA for at least a year. This includes:
      • A statement declaring financial support.
      • A letter from the bank stating financial stability
    • A copy of a valid passport

    Once UCLA issues the I-20 Form, students can proceed with the F-1 or J-1 student visa application and payment of the SEVIS Fee. They need to contact the US Embassy/ Consulate in their home country to ensure the documents required for the student visa application. 

    The general documents required for the visa application include-

    • Copy of a valid Passport
    • Completed visa application along with the receipt of visa application fee
    • Passport size photographs
    • I-20 form issued by the university
    • Acceptance letter from UCLA
    • Scholarship/ Sponsorship Letter(if applicable)
    • Immunization Form 
    • Health Examination Form 

    You will have to appear for a visa interview with the US Embassy in their home country. Upon clearing the interview a stamp will be issued on the passport which acts as the visa to the USA.

    UCLA Admissions to Undergraduate Courses

    Admission to the University of California Los Angeles undergraduate programs is highly competitive. Among five schools offering more than 130 majors, the School of Nursing is the toughest to get in with only 2% of the acceptance rate for fall 2019. The maximum number of applications was, although, received by the College of Letters and Science. 

    Admission Portal: UC Application Site
    Application Fee: 80 USD
    Academic Requirements: The country-specific requirements for UG applicants at UCLA are mentioned below:

    Country Minimum Academic Score
    India Average score over 70
    Malaysia SPM & STPM or
    SPM & minimum 3 academic GCE A-level exams
    Sri Lanka GCE O & minimum 3 academic A-level exams
    UK at least 5 IGCSE/GCSE/GCE O-Levels, and at least 3 academic GCE A-Level

    UCLA Undergraduate Admission Decisions

    While evaluating the undergraduate applications, the selection committee uses a holistic approach. The following factors are taken into consideration by the UG admission committee:

    • High school coursework, achievements, and merit
    • Personality
    • Participation in high school activities
    • Performance in standardized test
    • Non-academic achievements and community service 

    Admission decision for new incoming students is informed by March 31.

    Financial Aid for UG international students? International students applying for UG courses at UCLA need to provide evidence of sufficient funds to cover their studies and living expenses. The minimum amount which students must have is 67,000 USD. In addition to this, they are recommended to have 5,000 USD for their personal expenses.

    UCLA Admissions to Graduate Programs

    The University of California Los Angeles offers master's degree programs in nearly 150 departments ranging from an extensive selection of business and medical programs to degrees in 40 different languages. On average UCLA only admits 6,000 graduate students of the 21,300 who apply each year.  

    Application Portal?

    • Students are required to apply for admission in UCLA graduate programs by completing the online graduate application
    • Programs such as MBA and FEMBA require the students to complete the applications through the Anderson School of Business. Similarly, programs such as medicine, law, and dentistry accept applications via the department’s website

    Application Fee?

    • The application fee for an international student is 140 USD.
    • Applicants to Global Executive MBA for the Asia Pacific, the Master of Financial Engineering, and the MS in Business Analytics programs need to pay 200 USD as the application fee for PG admissions.

    Admission Requirements for International Students

    • A four-year bachelor's degree from an accredited institution, comparable in standard and content to a bachelor’s degree from the University of California
    • An overall scholastic average of B (3.0 on a 5.0 scale)
    • Proof English language proficiency by submitting the following scores:
      • IELTS: 7.0
      • TOEFL (iBT): 87
    • Statement of Purpose
    • Resume
    • Name and emails of references
    • GRE/GMAT score

    An applicant receives the UCLA acknowledgment letter within 72 hours of completion of the application process. Once the admission letter is sent, students are required to complete the further steps as asked in the admission package and make travel arrangements to the USA

    University recommends that you international students should submit the certified copies rather than original transcripts as they cannot be returned. However, at the time of enrollment, original documents with the sign and seal of the registrar must be submitted to confirm the admission. 

    FAQs

    Ques. What GPA do you need to get into UCLA?

    Ans. There is no minimum GPA requirement for admission to the undergraduate programs of UCLA. However, entering the class of fall 2019 had an average GPA of 3.93. For graduate programs, the minimum GPA requirement is 3.0 on a 5.0 scale.

    Ques. Is it hard to get into UCLA as an international student?

    Ans. The acceptance rate of UCLA for fall 2019 was approximately 13%. This implies that it is not that easy to get admission to UCLA despite satisfy the minimum eligibility criteria but the good thing is university treats both domestic and international students equally while making an admission decision.

    Ques. How can I get admission to UCLA?

    Ans. To get admission in the undergraduate programs of UCLA, you are required to submit proof of high school diploma completion, SAT/ACT scores, and answers to a few questions given by the university. Admission in graduate courses varies with the program but a bachelor's degree in a relevant field is compulsory. In addition to this, international students have to submit IELTS or TOEFL scores as proof of English proficiency.

    Ques. What is the deadline for the UCLA applications?

    Ans. Applications for undergraduate courses at UCLA are accepted between November 1 to 30. The deadline for most of the graduate programs is December 1.

    Ques. When is the UCLA admission decision conveyed to students?

    Ans. UCLA notifies students about admission decisions of undergraduate courses by late March. Admission decision of graduate courses depends upon the department offering the program. 

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    Having finished my BBA, I felt that I needed to learn more about the entrepreneurial aspects of business management from a reputed university. This made me choose Anderson School of Management, where I applied for the fall semester through the online portal by paying the application fees of about $200.

    Scholarship :

    I had availed of the merit-based fellowship for the course of my program, the amount was based on my academics and work experiences. I had applied for this fellowship by proving my merit through my impeccable academic records and my charity as well as industry-based work experience.

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    Having graduated with a BBA degree, I was looking to further my education in the field of marketing analytics through an MBA program. I was personally very interested in this field, and I had heard of a great curriculum for the same in Anderson School of Management, UCLA. I had applied to various top-ranked colleges in the country, Anderson School of Management being one of them, so I was elated to be selected for the full-time MBA course. I applied here online and paid the application fee of $200.

    Scholarship :

    I was able to secure a fellowship scholarship of about $10,000 which is a significant amount of help to my general finances in making a decision in choosing this school. I would advise every aspirant to give their whole heart, be it the entrances, the essay or the NGOs and other respective work experiences, as honesty is a great guide while narrating a goal pitch.

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    I chose Anderson School of Management for the quality of education and worldly experience for my MBA. My admission procedure started with filling the online application last year after fall and sending my essays, recommendation letters, and every possible document required.

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    VB
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    While pursuing my graduate studies in Business Management, I had read about the Anderson School of Management in California in an article published on the internet by the collaborative efforts of a few educationists, as one of the few schools in the States offering a Masters in Business Analytics. I became even more eager to get admitted to this college after I gathered more information about its educational and infrastructural facilities from the official college website. My academic background in Accountancy, Economics, and Business Operations helped me in this regard. I had to apply through the online application form along with a $200 application fee.

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    cc
    8.5 /10

    I got to know about this college because I live in the same state, and it's very well known to everyone. the admission process wasn't too difficult because I just had to fill out the UC applications and include my grades, extracurriculars, and supporting essays. the application fee was $80 for this particular campus, and I applied to 6 colleges including this one. I chose to go here because I love the environment, location, and overall happiness of the campus as well as its good reputation. my academic background was good because I was in the top 10% of my graduating class, graduated with highest honors, and had extracurriculars and volunteer experience.

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    7.7 /10

    I chose UCLA for its athletics program. It was the best addition to quality education and academics. I got offers from other places but I also wanted to choose this university for the location in Los Angeles.

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    7.2 /10

    I like film, and UCLA is really nice and has wonderful teachers and a great learning environment. It is in California with Hollywood and Beverly Hills so it is nice to be surrounded by an environment that was mostly built up by the film.

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    DW
    9.0 /10

    Because of its good ranking, and academic excellence. The campus is amazing and there are a lot of activities, associations, club and events. So a lot of social events! Then living in LA is amazing, specially in Westwood which is a very nice area.

    Scholarship :

    Because I'm an international student I don't think that there is any scholarships for us. I got merit scholarship in France but that's it. So I would not be able to describe the process.

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    9.7 /10

    I opted for this college for its prestige and popularity. It was also in the top 5 of the nation and #1 in the United States. I was also able to apply for free and it was not far from home at the time.

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    HK
    10.0 /10

    Closest to my house and they had great programs and classes that I needed, it's a really great school. I really liked it and the structure of the programs they had. It's really a great school academically and scholastically.

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    No, I didn't need a scholarship, I paid for my schooling out of pocket. I had a lot of help from my family.

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