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University of California, Los Angeles: Narrative Description


405 Hilgard Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90095
Tel: (310)825-4321; Admissions: (310)825-3101; E-mail: [email protected]; Web Site:

Description: State-supported, university, coed. Part of University of California System. Awards bachelor's, master's, doctoral, and first professional degrees. Founded 1919. Setting: 419-acre urban campus. Endowment: $1.2 billion. Total enrollment: 38,598. Faculty: 2,462 (1,871 full-time, 591 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 18:1. 44,994 applied, 24% were admitted. 97% from top 10% of their high school class. 304 National Merit Scholars. Full-time: 24,598 students, 57% women, 43% men. Part-time: 1,117 students, 52% women, 48% men. Students come from 49 states and territories, 66 other countries, 4% from out-of-state, 0.4% Native American, 15% Hispanic, 3% black, 38% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 3% international, 8% 25 or older, 31% live on campus, 13% transferred in. Retention: 96% of 2003 full-time freshmen returned. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: social sciences and history; psychology; biological/life sciences. Core. Academic remediation for entering students, ESL program, services for LD students, advanced placement, self-designed majors, freshman honors college, honors program, independent study, distance learning, double major, summer session for credit, adult/continuing education programs, internships, graduate courses open to undergrads. Off campus study at University of Southern California. Study abroad program. ROTC: Army, Naval, Air Force.

Entrance Requirements: Options: electronic application, international baccalaureate accepted. Required: essay, high school transcript, SAT I or ACT, SAT II: Subject Tests, SAT II: Writing Test, SAT II Subject Test in math, third SAT II Subject Test. Placement: SAT I or ACT, SAT II: Subject Tests required. Entrance: very difficult. Application deadline: 11/30. Notification: 3/30.

Costs Per Year: Application fee: $40. State resident tuition: $0 full-time. Nonresident tuition: $14,210 full-time. Mandatory fees: $5820 full-time. College room and board: $10,452. Room and board charges vary according to board plan and housing facility.

Collegiate Environment: Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, marching band, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: national fraternities, national sororities, local fraternities, local sororities; 11% of eligible men and 9% of eligible women are members. Most popular organizations: Student Alumni Association, student government, Rally Committee. Major annual events: homecoming, Spring Sing. Student services: legal services, health clinic, personal-psychological counseling, women's center. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices, student patrols, late night transport-escort service. 7,159 college housing spaces available; all were occupied in 2002-03. Option: coed housing available. University Research Library plus 13 others with 7.6 million books, 6 million microform titles, 94,801 serials, 4.6 million audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page.

Community Environment: Los Angeles is a major metropolitan center with a semiarid climate. There are very fine museums and libraries in the city, and a music center, which contribute to the cultural atmosphere of the city. Los Angeles has many points of interest, and is near enough to the beaches and to the mountains for all sports. There are excellent metropolitan shopping centers.

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