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University of California-Los Angeles

Los Angeles, CAwww.ucla.edu/
There's a lot of star power at UCLA. There are professors like computer science pioneer Leonard Kleinrock, who sent the first message over the Internet; Pulitzer Prize-winning geographer Jared Diamond; and Lloyd Shapley, the 2012 winner of the Nobel Prize in Economics. And then there are the students. The Theater, Film and Television school, among the best in the country, boasts scores of alumni in movies and on television, including Mayim Bialik, George Takei, Jack Black and Ben Stiller. The Bruins sports teams have also produced a galaxy of stars, including Arthur Ashe, Jackie Robinson, Kareem Abdul Jabbar, Troy Aikman and dozens of Olympians in track and field. That said, the university does a fine job of supporting ordinary students as well. Although more than one-third of its students come from low-income families, 91% of freshmen eventually graduate -- about 15% more than is typical for schools with similar student bodies. Bruins also tend to graduate into good jobs, reporting average annual salaries to PayScale of about $57,500 within three years, significantly above the average. The campus also offers more than 1,000 clubs and organizations, so there's something for everyone to do. Not to mention, Santa Monica beach is just a short five miles away.
costs
Est. Full Price 2018-2019
$34,700
% of students who get any grants
59%
Est. price for students who receive aid
$15,300
Average price for low-income students
$7,900
admissions
Acceptance rate
18%
Median SAT/ACT Score
1320/31
SAT/ACT required?
Yes
Enrollment
33,148
Financial Aid
% of students with need who get grants
96%
% of need met
83%
% of students who get merit* grants
3%
Average merit grant
$5,000
student success
Graduation rate
91%
Average time to a degree
4.2 years
Average student debt
$16,300
Average salary within 3 years
$57,500
% of low-income students who become upper middle class
55%
key deadlines
Early decision application
N/A
Regular application
Nov 30

* Share of full-time undergraduates who had no financial need and were awarded grants.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, MONEY/College Measures calculations, Equality of Oppourtunity Project.

* Share of full-time undergraduates who had no financial need and were awarded grants.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, MONEY/College Measures calculations, Equality of Oppourtunity Project.

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