University of California, Los Angeles

Consistently ranked in the top tier of national and international universities, UCLA is powered by extensive resources, a renowned reputation, and most importantly, the will to make a real difference in the world—the result can be felt far beyond the campus. UCLA offers more than 5,000 courses in 109 academic departments which create 125 majors including highly acclaimed fields of medicine, nursing, health care, law, economics, languages, theater, television, film, science, education and more. There are countless opportunities for research, community outreach and connecting with major players in almost any field. The campus is located in the beautiful Beverly Hills neighborhood close to the heart of Los Angeles, 15 minutes from the beach and two hours from mountains and desert. With over 26,000 undergraduate students, UCLA is the largest university in the state of California, has the most culturally diverse campus in the United States and receives more admissions applications than any other university.

Student demographics

UCLA draws its strength from diversity. It is one of the most ethnically, culturally and economically diverse campuses in the US meaning students can be part of the global community with individuals from various countries and cultures. UCLA attracts one of the largest populations of international students of any US university. In fall 2012, UCLA will welcome 5,400 freshmen including students from over 70 counties around the world. Special services and attention are available through the Dashew Center for International Students and Scholars to help students transition to life at UCLA and in the US.

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ESL program and/or support services

To ensure that students are equipped with the necessary skills to pursue their studies at UCLA, the University requires that all students demonstrate a high degree of English language proficiency. For those who need to satisfy the ESL requirement, ESL courses are offered by ESL lecturers and experienced graduate students.

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Student Housing options

Over 94 percent of freshmen live on campus and admitted freshmen students are guaranteed three consecutive years of accommodations. All residence halls are within a minute’s walk of each other—with classes not much farther than that. Students are closely connected to the campus, giving them every outlet and opportunity to find their niche at UCLA. Living on campus is vibrant, exciting and an unforgettable experience. UCLA Dining Services is an award-winning program that is nationally recognized for its high quality cuisine, state-of-the-art facilities, and innovative services. There is a variety of menu choices, dining hours, and meal plans to meet the needs of every student. Dining services are designed to provide fresh, healthy, and tasty meals every day for students, faculty, staff, and visitors.

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Admission deadlines

Students apply to UCLA using the University of California application. The online application for the following fall term is available on October 1 and can be filed during the month of November.  The application deadline is November 30, and decisions for freshmen are released online in mid-March for freshman and mid-April for transfers.

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Admission requirements

To be considered for admission to UCLA, international students must have completed secondary school with a superior average in academic subjects and have earned a certificate of completion which enables the student to be admitted to a university in his or her home country.

All freshman applicants are expected to sit for either the SAT Reasoning test with critical reading, mathematics and writing scores or the ACT Assessment plus the ACT Writing test. Applicants to the Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Sciences are strongly encouraged to sit for the following SAT Subject tests: Math Level 2 and a science test that is closely related to the applicants intended major. Transfer applicants are assessed based on their successful completion of required lower-division course work. All applicants must receive a minimum score of 83 on the TOEFL or a 7 on the IELTS.

All tests must be completed by December of the year before you plan to enroll, and your scores must be sent directly to the UCLA Undergraduate Admissions Office.

International Student visas issued

F1 and J1

Cost of attendance and financial assistance

The estimated 2012-2013 undergraduate student budget is $54,780 (includes tuition, fees, room and board, health insurance, books and supplies, transportation and personal expenses). International applicants please note: UCLA does not award scholarships or financial aid to undergraduate students who are not citizens or permanent residents of the United States.

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