University of California graduate admissions


The National Research Council ranks UCLA alongside UC Berkeley and Harvard as offering more top-ranked graduate programs than all other U.S. colleges and universities.

UCLA is located in Westwood, a beautiful neighborhood 5 miles from the Pacific Ocean. The campus boasts six major performance halls, theaters and playhouses; a planetarium and botanical garden; a five-acre outdoor sculpture garden with works by Rodin, Noguchi, Matisse and Miro; the library where Ray Bradbury wrote "Fahrenheit 451"; and the room from which the first Internet transmission was sent. A short drive takes you to the hiking trails of the Santa Monica Mountains or the offerings of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Museum of Contemporary Art, Walt Disney Concert Hall, Dolby Theatre, Staples Center and Hollywood.

UCLA has more graduate students than any other UC campus. Support includes seven graduate-student housing complexes, three award-winning childcare centers, the Kinross Recreation Center, a Graduate Writing Center and Graduate Student Resource Center, graduate career services, professional development workshops, counseling services, and a conference travel grant for eligible incoming doctoral students. UCLA is committed to creating an environment that celebrates the rich diversity of our campus and the communities we serve. To this end, graduate students are supported by offices like the Dashew Center for International Students and Scholars, the Black Bruin Resource Center and the Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ) Campus Resource Center.

With a faculty that includes Nobel laureates, Pulitzer Prize winners, MacArthur fellows and National Academy members, UCLA receives upwards of $1 billion in competitively awarded research grants and contracts annually. The 2020-2021 fiscal year, during which UCLA received $1.6 billion in research awards, is the eighth year in a row that research funding has increased. Today, more than 5,000 UCLA research projects are answering questions on key topics, from transnational migration to the origins of the universe, and generating inventions, including cellphone microscopes and stem cell therapeutics. Signature resources include the UCLA Film and Television Archive, the largest university-held collection of motion pictures and broadcast programming; the Luskin Center’s Sustainable Energy Initiative, advancing renewable energy and energy efficiency; and the UCLA Anderson Business Forecasting Project, providing economic forecasts for California and the nation.

In 2019, UCLA celebrated the 100th anniversary of its founding—a century of growth and achievement as a top-tier university. Students have won 270 Olympic medals (136 gold, 71 silver, 63 bronze) and 118 NCAA championships.

U.S. News & World Report has ranked UCLA Health hospitals in the top 5 nationally with top-10 rankings in 11 specialty areas. They are: ear, nose and throat (#2); gastroenterology/gastrointestinal surgery (#3); cancer (#5); diabetes and endocrinology (#5); geriatrics (#5); ophthalmology (#5); orthopedics (#5); pulmonology and lung surgery (#5); psychiatry (#6); obstetrics and gynecology (#8); and rheumatology (#9).

UCLA offers the most affordable graduate tuition across US News & World Report’s top 25 ranked National Universities in 2022 and the least expensive graduate tuition for out-of-state students. Among National Universities, UCLA received the highest score for economic diversity.

Undergraduate research programs

Completing a research project before you apply to graduate school can help you be a competitive applicant. You don't have to be a UCLA student to take advantage of the campus's programs. The Summer Programs for Undergraduate Research (SPUR) offer upper division undergraduate students with outstanding academic potential the opportunity to work closely with faculty mentors on research projects. The programs are designed for students who wish to learn more about the graduate school experience and possibly pursue an academic career in teaching and research. Opportunities are available in virtually all academic fields (e.g., arts, humanities, social sciences, life sciences, health sciences, physical sciences, etc.)

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