You may apply for admission as a freshman if you meet the following criteria:
- You’re currently in high school.
- Or, you’ve already graduated from high school, but haven’t yet enrolled in a regular session at a college or university.
To begin the application process, use the University of California’s online application (UC Application).
Admission Considerations and Requirements
There are a wide variety of factors we consider when admitting our newest Bruins each year. We seek students whose personal stories and rich experience bring the type of perspective and leadership that we value. We seek intellectually curious students who have grown through their academic work and are ready to both contribute to and benefit from the UCLA community. Ours is a highly selective admission process but know that we read every application closely and seek to know our applicants as best we can before making our final admission decisions.
When you apply for admission, we consider your accomplishments both in and outside of the classroom. In fact, there are 14 criteria that our faculty have approved for freshman admission consideration. Among the factors we consider are:
- Strong academic performance in a rigorous high school program.
- Special talents, awards or accomplishments.
- Meaningful insights about yourself when answering the personal insight questions.
We are often asked what the difference is between meeting the UC admission requirements and being “competitive.” Our most successful applicants go beyond minimum requirements and seek to challenge themselves to grow both in and outside of the classroom. To learn more about this and all things freshman requirements, use the link below.
We know that every potential freshman has a story that goes beyond their grade point average. Using a process called comprehensive review, we carefully balance many factors to gain a complete sense of every applicant’s achievements. We take into account how hard you’ve worked to take advantage of the opportunities you’ve had to excel, extracurricular activities and your community.
Some factors are more easily quantifiable than others, but you should understand that we use the full range of factors made available to us through comprehensive review in evaluating and admitting freshmen each year. Among these factors are:
- Grades and GPA (3.93 average unweighted GPA for fall 2020 admits)
- Rigor of your high school curriculum
- Leadership and involvement outside of the classroom
- Your own accomplishments, life experiences and circumstances
College is a time of discovery and self-discovery — and deciding on your major involves both.
For freshmen applying to a major in UCLA’s College of Letters and Science, choice of major will neither enhance nor diminish your prospects for admission. In fact, a large number of freshman applicants apply as “undeclared.”
Some of our majors outside of the College may require applicants to submit a supplemental application directly to that school. These supplemental applications and supporting materials help the faculty in those schools to evaluate applicants for admission to their program. Those schools are listed below:
- School of the Arts and Architecture
- Herb Alpert School of Music
- School of Nursing
- School of Theater, Film and Television
Applicants must list majors in these schools as their first-choice major when completing the UC application. Applicants who select programs in these schools as their alternate major will be reviewed for their primary major only.
Our mission as a university can be described in three words: education, research and service. We value students who seek academic excellence, get hands-on to solve problems and strive to give back to their community.
- Challenge yourself with classes beyond the minimum requirements.
- Stay focused on getting the best grades possible.
- Develop your leadership skills and style.
- Explore extracurriculars to determine your passions.
- Stay sharp with apps designed to test your math abilities.
- Spend time making your community a better place.
- Read! Reading increases your knowledge and improves writing ability.