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Prospective UCLA undergraduate students should give careful thought to adequate preparation in reading, writing, mathematics, laboratory sciences, languages, visual and performing arts, and other subject areas related to a degree objective or major. To be competitive, UCLA applicants need to present an academic profile much stronger than that represented by the minimum UC admission requirements.
To apply for admission to UCLA, complete the UC Application for Admission and Scholarships. Applicants may apply for the Fall Quarter at http://www.universityofcalifornia.edu/admissions/.
One application is used for the nine UC campuses with undergraduate programs. Students apply to one UC campus for a nonrefundable application fee; an additional fee is charged for each additional campus.
All majors and programs in the College of Letters and Science, School of the Arts and Architecture, School of Theater, Film, and Television, School of Nursing, and Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science are open for Fall Quarter. The application filing period is November 1-30 of the prior year. See http://www.admissions.ucla.edu/prospect/applying.htm for up-to-date information on application procedures.
The UC Undergraduate Application Processing Service e-mails notices to acknowledge receipt of applications. Subsequently, UCLA UARS notifies students of the admission decision. Fall Quarter freshman applicants are notified beginning in late March and transfers in late April.
Students who are offered admission are asked to submit a Statement of Intent to Register and a Statement of Legal Residence. A nonrefundable deposit, also required at this time, is applied to the Student Services Fee as long as students register in the term to which they are admitted.
Entrance requirements established by the University follow the guidelines set forth in the California Master Plan for Higher Education, which requires that the top 12.5 percent of the state’s high school graduates be eligible for admission to the University of California. Requirements are designed to ensure that all eligible students are adequately prepared for University-level work.
Fulfilling the minimum admission requirements does not assure admission to UCLA. Admission is based on demonstrated high scholarship in preparatory work going well beyond the minimum eligibility requirements. High school honors level and advanced placement courses are good preparation regardless of the desired major. UCLA offers admission to those students with the best overall academic preparation, viewed in the context of the applicants’ academic and personal circumstances, extracurricular and volunteer experiences, and the overall strength of the UCLA applicant pool. For details, see http://www.admissions.ucla.edu.
Students are considered freshman applicants if they have not enrolled in a regular session of any college-level institution since graduation from high school. Students who attend summer session immediately following high school graduation are still considered freshman applicants.
The subject requirement, sometimes called A to G requirements, is a sequence of high school academic courses required for admission to the University. Each course must be completed with a grade of C or better. The requirement consists of 15 year-long courses, with 11 completed by the end of the junior (eleventh grade) year. These are the minimum requirements; students should exceed these requirements whenever possible.
California residents are eligible for admission to the University of California with a 3.0 grade-point average; nonresidents are eligible with a 3.4 GPA. Minimum eligibility does not guarantee admission to UCLA.
UCLA selects students using a carefully designed holistic review process that takes into account an applicant’s achievements, both academic and nonacademic, in the context of the opportunities available to the student. Among other factors, holistic review specifically considers academic grade-point average; performance on standardized tests; the quality, quantity, and level of coursework taken; sustained participation in activities that develop academic and intellectual abilities; leadership and initiative; employment and personal responsibilities; and overcoming life challenges related to personal or family situations.
Because admission requirements and selection criteria may change, freshman applicants should see http://www.admissions.ucla.edu/prospect/Adm_fr.htm for the most complete and up-to-date information.
Students are considered transfer applicants if they have been a registered student (1) at another college or university or (2) in college-level extension courses. (This does not include attending a summer session immediately following high school graduation.) Students may not disregard their college record and apply for admission as a freshman.
In accordance with the California Master Plan for Higher Education, first preference is given to California community college applicants. Applicants transferring from other UC campuses are next in priority, followed by applicants transferring from other colleges and universities. Each application receives a comprehensive review, integrating all available information. Students attaining senior standing are generally not admitted.
Academic criteria are as follows: junior-level standing (60 semester/90 quarter transferable units completed) by the end of the spring term before transfer, grade-point average in transferable courses, significant preparation for the major, completion of the English composition and mathematics requirements, and progress toward completion of the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC), another UC campus general education requirements, or UCLA general education requirements.
For details on transfer admission requirements, refer to the guidelines in the application. See http://www.admissions.ucla.edu/prospect/Adm_tr/tradms.htm.
Undergraduate students registered in a regular session at any University of California campus (or those previously registered who have not since registered at any other school) may apply for transfer to another campus of the University. Submit the UC Application for Transfer Admission and Scholarships with the required application fees. The filing periods are the same as those for new applicants. Students who have attended another UC campus and wish to be considered for admission to UCLA must have been in good standing when they left that campus. Intercampus transfers are not automatic; students must compete with all other applicants.
Transfer Credit and Credit by Examination
The University awards unit credit to transfer students for certain courses completed at other accredited colleges and universities. To be accepted for credit, the courses must be comparable to those offered at the University, as determined by UARS. All courses that meet the criteria are used in determining eligibility for admission.
College credit for examinations given by national testing services is generally not allowed, except for the AP Tests given by the College Board and the International Baccalaureate higher-level examinations. See http://www.admissions.ucla.edu/trcredit.htm.
To be considered for admission to the University of California, international students must have completed secondary school with a superior average in academic subjects and have earned a certificate of completion that would enable them to be admitted to a university in the home country.
The application for admission, copies of official certificates, and detailed records of all secondary schools attended should be submitted as early as possible after the filing period opens. This allows time for the necessary correspondence and, if students are admitted, to obtain passport visas.
Proficiency in English . Students whose native language is not English must have sufficient command of English to benefit from instruction at UCLA. First-year undergraduate students who have not otherwise satisfied the Entry-Level Writing requirement and who have not taken the Analytical Writing Placement Examination (AWPE) by the time they enter UCLA must take the AWPE in their first term at UCLA. Results of the AWPE are reviewed to determine whether students should complete the English as a Second Language (ESL) requirement, prior to satisfying the Entry-Level Writing requirement, in order to demonstrate sufficient command of English. If held for the ESL requirement, students must complete the requirement by taking the designated ESL courses.
In addition, they are advised to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) as a preliminary means of testing their ability. Make arrangements for this test by contacting TOEFL/TSE Publications, P.O. Box 6151, Princeton, NJ 08541-6151, (609) 771-7100 or at http://www.ets.org. Have the test results sent directly to the UCLA Office of Undergraduate Admissions and Relations with Schools.
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