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Chances of getting into University of California Los Angeles

Acceptance Rate

Acceptance Rate
14%
Admission Difficulty for University of California Los Angeles
Measure Difficulty
Admission StandardsElite
Applicant CompetitionVery High
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How hard is it to get into UCLA and can I get accepted? The school has a 14% acceptance rate ranking it #7 in California for lowest rate of acceptance. Last year, 15,970 out of 113,754 applicants were admitted making UCLA a very highly competitive school to get into with a low chance of acceptance for typical applicants.  Academically, it has exceptionally high requirements for admission test scores, generally admitting students who score in the top 10 percent. University of California Los Angeles typically accepts and attracts "A" average high school students. Only 39% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school. Most incoming freshmen graduated in the top quarter of their high school class.

UCLA SAT Scores

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range
1290-1520
Applicants Submitting SAT
78%
SAT Scores for University of California Los Angeles
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th 650
SAT Math 25th 640
SAT Composite 25th 1290
SAT Scores for University of California Los Angeles
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 75th 740
SAT Math 75th 780
SAT Composite 75th 1520
Average SAT Score 1410

SAT Scores you need to get in

What are the SAT requirements for students to be admitted to University of California Los Angeles?

University of California Los Angeles typically requires applicants to be in the top 13 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 1290 on a 1600 scale, below which admission should be considered a reach. We estimate some students could be accepted with SAT's as low as 1170. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1410 out of 1600. The school ranks #8 in California for highest average SAT composite score. A competitive SAT score is critical as 78 percent of applicants submit SAT scores to the school.

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2018 starting class

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

University of California Los Angeles admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness Admission Chances
1520 and Above Good >22%
1405 to 1520 Avg + 14%-22%
1290 to 1405 Avg - 9%-14%
1175 to 1290 Reach 5%-9%
Less than 1175 Low <5%
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UCLA ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range
30-34 
Applicants Submitting ACT
53%
ACT Scores for University of California Los Angeles
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 25th 29
ACT Math 25th 28
ACT Composite 25th 30
ACT Scores for University of California Los Angeles
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 75th 35
ACT Math 75th 34
ACT Composite 75th 34
Average ACT Score 32

ACT Scores needed to get accepted

What are the ACT requirements for prospective students to get into UCLA?

Admission data indicates that UCLA regularly accepts students with ACT's of 30 and above. Successful applicants typically send ACT scores in the top 7 percent nationally. We estimate the school accepting minimum ACT composite scores around 28 in some instances. Prospective students submitting an ACT composite of 32 or higher should be in the upper half of applicants - and students with a 34 and above have very competitive chances. The school ranks #5 in California for highest average ACT composite score. 53 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to University of California Los Angeles.

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2018 starting class

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

University of California Los Angeles admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness Admission Chances
34 and Above Good >22%
32 to 34 Avg + 14%-22%
30 to 32 Avg - 9%-14%
28 to 30 Reach 5%-9%
Less than 28 Low <5%
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UCLA GPA

Estimated GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Avg. High School GPA
4.29
Typical High School Grades
A

What GPA do you need to get into University of California Los Angeles?

Applicants require exceptionally good grades to get into UCLA. The average high school GPA of the admitted freshman class at University of California Los Angeles was 4.29 on the 4.0 scale indicating that primarily A students are accepted and ultimately attend. The school ranks #1 in California for highest average GPA. Meeting these GPA requirements alone is not enough to gain admission as UCLA is a very selective school.

 What do these ratings mean?

High School GPA's for admitted University of California Los Angeles students
High School GPA Freshmen Within Range Competitiveness
3.75+ 94% Good
3.50 to 3.75 4% Reach
3.25 to 3.50 1% Reach
3.00 to 3.25 1% Reach
2.75 to 3.00 N/A% Low
2.50 to 2.75 N/A% Low
2.25 to 2.50 N/A% Low
2.00 to 2.25 N/A% Low

GPA Data Source, Wintergreen Orchard House

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High School Class Rank

97% of University of California Los Angeles freshman were in the top ten percent of their high school graduating class.

High School Class Rank for admitted University of California Los Angeles students
High School Class Rank Freshmen Within Range
Top 10% of class 97%
Top 25% of class 100%
Top 50% of class 100%
Bottom 50% of class 0%
Bottom 25% of class 0%
Data Source, Wintergreen Orchard House

Applying

Admission Statistics

University of California Los Angeles admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 61,556 52,198 113,754
Accepted 9,040 6,930 15,970
Acceptance Rate 15% 13% 14%
Enrolled 3,732 2,508 6,240
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 41% 36% 39%

Fall 2021 Application Deadline

Applications are Due
Nov 30, 2020
Days left to Apply
44

Applicants have 44 days left until the Fall 2021 term applications are due on Nov 30, 2020.

Admission Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to University of California Los Angeles and what student information is used for admission decisions?

University of California Los Angeles Admission Requirements
Test Scores Required
High School GPA Required
High School Class Rank Neither required nor recommended
Completion of College Preparatory Program Required
Recommendations Neither required nor recommended
Demonstration of Competencies Recommended

Credits Accepted

High School Credits Accepted at University of California Los Angeles
AP Credit Yes
Dual Credit Yes
Credit for Life Experiences No

Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=110662 IPEDS survey data for University of California Los Angeles.

FAQs

Does University of California Los Angeles prefer SAT or ACT?

78% of students submit their SAT scores to UCLA. 53% of applicants send their ACT scores when applying.

What is my chance of getting into University of California Los Angeles?

14% of those who apply are granted admission to UCLA. Admission competition is very high and the college has elite admission standards. See if your grades and scores are good enough for admission.

What SAT score is required for University of California Los Angeles?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have SAT scores between 1290 and 1520. 78% of students submit SAT scores when applying. See if your SAT score is good enough for admission.

What ACT score is required for University of California Los Angeles?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have ACT scores between 30 and 34. 53% of students submit ACT scores when applying. See if your ACT score is good enough for admission.